Thursday, April 18, 2019

April 18, 2019

Alaska/Pacific Coast

Recruiting for More than 4,000 Seafood Processing Workers
Department assists seafood processing job seekers in Alaska
Anchorage Press - April 17, 2019
Alaskans looking for summer employment have the opportunity to work in the seafood processing industry. Employers are recruiting for more than 4,000 full-time temporary seafood workers and most offer transportation, room and board benefits for those who successfully complete their contract. Alaskans seeking to work in the seafood industry can consider current openings in Dutch Harbor, Naknek and Juneau just to name a few locations, and more than 14 seafood processing employers have openings at this time.
https://www.anchoragepress.com/bulletin/recruiting-for-more-than-seafood-processing-workers/article_9703f9c4-6146-11e9-a4df-3b56f3280228.html

Council committee struggles with federal Cook Inlet salmon plan
Alaska Journal of Commerce by Elizabeth Earl - April 17, 2019
Two-and-a-half years after a federal court directed the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to develop a fishery management plan for the Cook Inlet salmon fishery, there is still a lot of work to do.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2019-04-17/council-committee-struggles-federal-cook-inlet-salmon-plan

Togiak herring fishery opens, breaking the record for earliest start
KDLG by Isabelle Ross - April 17, 2019
ADF&G staff spotted herring in the eastern half of the Togiak district during a survey conducted April 16. The sac roe fishery opened that same day.
https://www.kdlg.org/post/togiak-herring-fishery-opens-breaking-record-earliest-start#stream/0

Many California Crabbers Switching to Chinook Trolling as Salmon Seasons Are Set
SeafoodNews.com by Susan Chambers - April 17, 2019
From San Francisco to Crescent City, Calif., crab pots were being loaded onto trailers and stacked in port lots for storage as Dungeness crabbers were forced to stop fishing Monday.

But there may be a little light at the end of the tunnel: Many crabbers also fish for salmon, and California salmon trollers will have more than 25 percent additional opportunity this year.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council announced the final West Coast salmon seasons Monday at its meeting in Rohnert Part, Calif.

“Although some salmon stocks are returning in stronger numbers than last year, balancing fishing opportunities with conservation is always a challenge for the Council, its advisors, fishery stakeholders and the public,” Council Executive Director Chuck Tracy said in a press release. “The seasons this year continue to protect stocks of concern, including Puget Sound Chinook, Washington natural coho, and Sacramento River fall Chinook.”

In addition to recommending salmon regulations for 2019, the Council developed a plan to work collaboratively with NMFS on southern resident killer whales, which are listed under the Endangered Species Act. Conservation groups have sued to force NMFS to take action to provide more salmon to orcas.

“This year’s package was adopted after careful consideration and analysis in order to meet our conservation objectives, consider impacts on the prey base important to southern resident killer whales, and consider in-river and Puget Sound fisheries,” Council Chair Phil Anderson said in the statement. “The Council also established a workgroup that will be working closely with the National Marine Fisheries Service to assess on a longer term basis the ocean salmon fisheries' effect to the prey base of southern resident killer whales.”

However, for now, many California crabbers will be taking the crab blocks off their vessels and putting on their salmon gear. This year's seasons open in some areas in May.

“It’s the best season we’ve seen in a while, though it’s still not wide-open fishing,” Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations Executive Director Noah Oppenheim was quoted as saying in the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s important there are opportunities spread throughout the coast. They’re going to need to operate in this fishery after having lost crab fishing time in the spring.”

Between Horse Mountain and Point Arena (Fort Bragg), Calif., the area will be open June 4-30, July 11-31, and August 1-28. From Point Arena to Pigeon Point (San Francisco), the area will be open May 16-31, June 4-30, July 11-31, August 1-28, and September 1-30. From Pigeon Point to the Mexico border (Monterey), the area will be open all of May, June 4-30, and July 11-31. There will also be a season from Point Reyes to Point San Pedro, a subset of the San Francisco area, on October 1-4, 7-11, and 14-15.
https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1138551/Many-California-Crabbers-Switching-to-Chinook-Trolling-as-Salmon-Seasons-Are-Set


FYI’s
Is Fish Slime an Untapped Resource?
Fishermen's News - April 17, 2019
Researchers seeking potential replacements for current antibiotics losing their effectiveness against multidrug-resistant pathogens have identified a possible option in the protective mucus that coats young fish.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2019/04/is-fish-slime-untapped-resource.html
 

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