Board agrees to add net fisheries for Crawfish chums
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki - January 30, 2019
Alaska’s Board of Fisheries in January approved a change for commercial seine and gillnet fishing at a new hatchery release site south of Sitka. The change is meant to allow net fishing fleets to take advantage of unexpectedly strong returns of chum salmon at Crawfish Inlet.
Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program Town Hall Report Now Available
CDFW Marine - January 29, 2019
The report concludes that preferences for the future direction of the OREHP varied among stakeholder groups. Recreational fishing, K-12 education, and academic science participants who participated in the Town Hall meetings were overwhelmingly in support of continuing the OREHP’s White Seabass program and/or another species (primarily California Halibut) for potential enhancement. Discontinuation of the OREHP was favored by the commercial fishing groups who attended the Town Hall meetings and was suggested by seven to 20 percent of participants in the non-profit, K-12 education and recreational fishing groups, with a preference for using collected funds to apply to other efforts that may benefit fisheries and the ocean. The report also recommends the development and implementation of an inclusive, open process for making decisions about the OREHP’s future.
Alaska cod: Under-60s land 5 million pounds in 10 days
National Fisherman by Jessica Hathaway - January 31, 2019
Alaska’s inshore Pacific cod fishery opened Jan. 19 in Area O, near Dutch Harbor. As of Tuesday, Jan. 29, the record 36 participating pot boats had made 74 landings, tallying 5.1 million pounds.
Trident Seafoods, True North Seafood Receive Funding From GAPP for New Projects
Urner Barry by Amanda Buckle - January 30, 2019
On Tuesday the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) announced that Trident Seafoods and True North Seafood have received funding awards for four new projects designed to develop new market opportunities for wild Alaska pollock.
“The GAPP North American Partnerships program was designed by our Board of Directors with the goal of further developing new products and market channels for wild Alaska pollock in our critically important North American market,” GAPP CEO Craig Morris said in a press release. “We are pleased to assist these innovative partners in furthering our mission to spread the Wild Alaska Pollock story far and wide and help consumers experience this great fish more often in new and exciting ways.
Trident is receiving funding for three new projects, including a publicity campaign to get wild Alaska pollock into “white tablecloth restaurants” in seven major U.S. markets. The other projects include new portions, and protein noodles made from wild Alaska pollock surimi in North American club stores.
“The funding from this program enables Trident to stretch its marketing dollars even further, to reach more people, in more places, more often and to help us introduce innovative new products like our all new Protein Noodles made with wild Alaska pollock to consumers,” Trident CEO Joe Bundrant said of the funding.
Meanwhile, True North Seafood is receiving funding for their project to introduce IQF wild Alaska pollock fillets in grocery stores across North America.
“We feel there is a lot of potential for this species to be more top-of-mind for chefs and consumers and we want to play a role in getting more North American consumers to try this sustainably sourced, delicious fish,” added Andrew Young, Senior VP of Global Sales & Marketing at True North Seafood.
The awards from GAPP represent the first round of funding. Award amounts are confidential.
Labeling and Marketing
Murkowski, Sullivan renew push to label genetically engineered salmon
KTVA by Chris Klint - January 31, 2019
Genetically engineered salmon should be labeled exactly as such when sold to Americans at supermarkets across the nation, according to Alaska’s U.S. senators who hope to make the phrase law.
Fishing Capacity Reduction Program for the Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Salmon Fishery
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/01/2019
On December 3, 2018, NMFS issued a notice to announce the voting period for the proposed second fishing capacity reduction program loan in the Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Salmon Fishery and inform persons of their eligibility to vote. This notice informs the public of the revised referendum voting period due to the lapse in appropriations. The referendum, if approved, will result in a loan of $10.1 million and permanently retire an additional 36 permits from the fishery.
Commercial Fishing Grants Offered
Fishermen's News - January 30, 2019
Federal health and safety experts are partnering with the US Coast Guard to administer $6 million in research and training grants to improve workspace safety in the high-risk commercial fishing industry. “We expect academia, members of non-profit organizations, municipalities and businesses involved in the fishing and maritime industries would apply for these grants,” said Jennifer Lincoln, co-director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies. “The research and training supported by this funding should further reduce occupational safety risks in the commercial fishing industry.”
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