Wednesday, February 6, 2019

February 6, 2019

Alaska/Pacific Coast

Vigor will put new 400-employee shipyard in Vancouver, Washington, and close Ballard site
Vigor will close a Ballard plant where it has made aluminum workboats, and move about 60 jobs from a similar operation in Clackamas, Oregon.
Seattle Times - February 1, 2019
Vigor Industrial will take over the former home of Christensen Yachts in Vancouver, Washington, as its site for carrying out a $1 billion, 10-year contract to build new landing craft for the U.S. Army.
https://www.seattletimes.com/business/vigor-will-put-new-400-employee-shipyard-in-vancouver-wash-and-close-ballard-site/

UniSea Still Waiting On DOC Decision About Inmate Work Program
KUCB by Laura Kraegel - February 4, 2019
This winter, UniSea had planned to employ four prison inmates at its Unalaska fish processing plant.
https://www.kucb.org/post/unisea-still-waiting-doc-decision-about-inmate-work-program#stream/0

Shutdown cripples, but doesn’t sink Alaska Marine Science Symposium
Alaska Public Media by Johanna Eurich, KNBA - February 5, 2019
The federal shutdown made waves last week at a major conference on Alaska’s marine research that may have repercussions for the coming research season. While the conference took place after the government workers were back on the job, it was too late for them to get authorization to attend the Alaska Marine Science Symposium. This meant that some of the most senior scientists in arctic marine research were absent.
https://www.alaskapublic.org/2019/02/05/shutdown-cripples-but-doesnt-sink-alaska-marine-science-symposium/


International
Marine Stewardship Council aims to “improve confidence that the MSC Fisheries Standard is being applied consistently”
Seafood Source by Cliff White - February 5, 2019
The Marine Stewardship Council, one of the largest seafood-focused eco-labeling schemes in the world, is reviewing its standards and processes with the dual aims of increasing its effectiveness and addressing perceptions of inadequacies in how its system works.
https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/environment-sustainability/marine-stewardship-council-aims-to-improve-confidence-that-the-msc-fisheries-standard-is-being-applied-consistently


Labeling and Marketing
Senators file bill to mandate labeling requirements on genetically enhanced salmon
Seafood Source by Steve Bittenbender - February 4, 2019
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators from the Pacific northwest filed a bill last week that would require any salmon produced through genetic engineering to be labeled clearly as such on its packaging.
https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/food-safety-health/senators-file-bill-to-mandate-labeling-requirements-on-genetically-enhanced-salmon


Federal Register
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska; Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Program
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/05/2019
NMFS publishes the standard ex-vessel prices and fee percentage for cost recovery under the Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Program. This action is intended to provide participants in a rockfish cooperative with the standard Start Printed Page 1710prices and fee percentage for the 2018 fishing year, which was authorized from May 1 through November 15. The fee percentage is 2.86 percent. The fee payments are due from each rockfish cooperative on or before February 15, 2019.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/02/05/2019-00995/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-groundfish-of-the-gulf-of-alaska-central-gulf-of


FYI’s
Rabung named director of commercial fisheries
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - February 5, 2019
Alaska Commissioner of Fish and Game Doug Vincent-Lang has appointed Sam Rabung as director of commercial fisheries, and Dave Rutz to serve as director of the Division of Sport Fish.
https://thecordovatimes.com/2019/02/05/rabung-named-director-of-commercial-fisheries/
 

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