Friday, March 29, 2019

March 29, 2019

Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Maggie Wall - March 28, 2019
It’s been 30 years since the Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef. The massive spill would forever change the lives of many Alaska fishermen and their families.
http://kmxt.org/2019/03/alaska-fisheries-report-march-28-2019/

Tanner crab harvesters offered more fishing opportunity
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - March 28, 2019
Harvesters in the Prince William Sound Area Commissioner’s Permit tanner crab fishery are getting a season extension, to compensate for stormy weather conditions that kept them off the grounds for days.
https://thecordovatimes.com/2019/03/28/tanner-crab-harvesters-offered-more-fishing-opportunity/

E&E Foods to purchase APICDA subsidiary
Cordova Times - March 28, 2019
Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association has announced plans to sell its subsidiary Cannon Fish Co. to E&E Foods, a leader in the seafood industry that has operated in the Seattle area since 1932.
https://thecordovatimes.com/2019/03/28/ee-foods-to-purchase-apicda-subsidiary/

Seiners explain decision to stop test fishing
KCAW by Katherine Rose - March 27, 2019
As of Tuesday evening, herring seiners in Sitka were standing down from further test fishing — but they weren’t calling it a strike. After a full week spent looking for schools of marketable size and roe content, the Alaska Department of Fish & Game couldn’t interest any boats in making test sets over the weekend. KCAW’s Katherine Rose spoke with seiners about their collective decision to stay tied up at the dock.
https://www.kcaw.org/2019/03/27/seiners-explain-decision-to-stop-test-fishing/


National
Sardine Decline Means Likely Fishing Ban Along West Coast
Dramatic sardine population decline means likely West Coast fishing ban
San Fransisco Chronicle by Peter Fimrite - March 26, 2019
There won’t be any boats pulling bulging nets of fresh sardines out of the ocean along the West Coast this year after another dramatic decline in population virtually guarantees a ban on the commercial take of the tiny schooling fish.
https://www.sfchronicle.com/science/article/Dramatic-sardine-population-decline-means-likely-13718772.php


International
Tariffs force Alaska seafood industry to look beyond China
News Miner - March 28, 2019
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Chinese tariffs are forcing Alaska's seafood industry to look for markets beyond the Asian giant, according to an industry marketing organization.
https://www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/tariffs-force-alaska-seafood-industry-to-look-beyond-china/article_638aa4e9-3e05-57ef-b29c-cfa3f78aee5c.html


Environment/Science
International study to shed light on the mysterious lives of salmon at sea
KBBI by Aaron Bolton - March 28, 2019
Scientists know surprisingly little about a salmon’s life outside of their freshwater and nearshore habitats, but an ambitious study is attempting to change that. The International Year of the Salmon put together an expedition with 21 international scientists in the Gulf of Alaska, all in the hopes of understanding more about the mysterious lives salmon lead in the open ocean.
https://www.alaskapublic.org/2019/03/28/international-study-to-shed-light-on-the-mysterious-lives-of-salmon-at-sea/

State research vessel leaves Sitka as window for fishery narrows
KCAW by Katherine Rose -  March 28, 2019
The Sitka sac roe herring fishery remains on two-hour notice, but many seiners and tenders have already left Sitka. If the Alaska Department of Fish & Game doesn’t find enough mature herring to allow fishing to occur, it would be only the second time in the 43-year history of the Sitka fishery that a commercial harvest has not been held.
https://www.kcaw.org/2019/03/28/state-research-vessel-leaves-sitka-as-window-for-fishery-narrows/


FYI’s
Helping hands roll up sleeves, pay it forward at Fraser River cleanup
About 700 volunteers spent a sunny Saturday collecting garbage on the banks of the Fraser River in Chilliwack
Vancouver Sun by Glenda Luymes - March 23, 2019
CHILLIWACK — They came from all over the Lower Mainland, with little in common but a love for the river.
https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/helping-hands-roll-up-sleeves-pay-it-forward-at-fraser-river-cleanup

ComFish Alaska marks its 40th year
Annual forums and trade show offer updates on marketing, legislation and new gear
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - March 28, 2019
Alaska’s seafood industry is gathered in Kodiak March 27-30, for the 40th year running, to talk all things fish, from state and federal legislation to legal challenges, preventing fatal falls overboard, energy audits and vessel upgrades.
https://thecordovatimes.com/2019/03/28/comfish-alaska-marks-its-40th-year/
 

Ann Owens
Pacific Seafood Processors Association
Office Manager
1900 W Emerson Place Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98119
Phone: 206.281.1667
E-mail: pspafish@gmail.com; Website: www.pspafish.net
Our office days/hours are Monday-Friday
8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

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