Wednesday, June 19, 2019

June 19, 2019

Alaska/Pacific Coast

Pollock 'B' Season Opens 'Status Quo'
KUCB by Laura Kraegel - June 17, 2019
Bering Sea fishermen are now trawling for pollock. 
"B" season opened last week with a total quota of almost 742,764 metric tons, which is about 1.5 percent higher than last year.
https://www.kucb.org/post/pollock-b-season-opens-status-quo

New Vessel Registration Issues Spark Confusion
Fishermen’s News Online - June 18, 2019
With the commercial salmon season already under way in Alaska many vessel owners are suddenly finding out about a new law effective on January 1, 2019 requiring them to register their vessels with the state Department of Motor vehicles. Under Senate Bill 92, the Derelict Vessel Act, passed by the Alaska Legislature in 2018, fishing vessels are required to comply with the law even if they are documented vessels, for a $24 fee good for three years.
https://alaska-native-news.com/new-vessel-registration-issues-spark-confusion/42903/


National
Trump orders simpler path for genetically engineered food
AP News by Candice Choi - June 11, 2019
NEW YORK (AP) — President Trump wants to make it easier for genetically engineered plants and animals to enter the food supply, and he signed an executive order Tuesday directing federal agencies to simplify the “regulatory maze” for producers.
https://www.apnews.com/2895e0f0ef344d16bfcf6f457ed2e759


International
Exports of Alaskan pollock surimi according to official figures
Fis.com - June 18, 2019
At US Customs, the average price per kilogram of Alaskan pollock surimi (Theragra chalcogram) (HS 0304991130) in April was USD 2.78/kg. This price is 1% lower than that of March and 8% higher than that of April 2018. In the first four months, the average price is USD 2.77 / kg, 9% more than in 2018.
https://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=103269&ndb=1&df=0


Environment/Science
NOAA Fisheries Adopts New Plan for West Coast Ecosystem Science and Management
NOAA Fisheries - June 17, 2019
The Western Regional Implementation Plan for Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management provides steps for helping West Coast fishermen and fisheries managers make sustainable business and conservation decisions that maximize the value of fisheries while protecting the ecosystems they depend on.
https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/noaa-fisheries-adopts-new-plan-west-coast-ecosystem-science-and-management


Labeling and Marketing
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute: Marketing Update
AMSI - June 2019
ASMI News and Updates Facebook Page, Bristol Bay Fish Expo, New Fact Sheet: King Salmon, Rosauers Supermarket Showcases Alaska Seafood During Lent, Successful Lenten Promotion at Gordon Food Stores ,
Harris Teeter Promotes Alaska Sockeye During Lent Season, Alaska Seafood Featured at National Restaurant Association Reception, PCC Markets Conclude May Promotion of Alaska Sablefish...
https://mailchi.mp/alaskaseafood/alaska-seafood-marketing-update-asmi-leaders-speak-at-women-in-seafood-2656095?e=eb00f7076f


Federal Register
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pollock in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 06/18/2019
NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amounts of the Aleut Corporation's pollock directed fishing allowances from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the Bering Sea subarea directed fisheries. These actions are necessary to provide opportunity for harvest of the 2019 total allowable catch of pollock, consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) Management Area.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/06/18/2019-12865/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-reallocation-of-pollock-in-the-bering-sea-and


FYI’s
NFWF’s Electronic Monitoring Grant Program 2019 Open for Proposals
SeafoodNews.com by Peggy Parker - June 13, 2019
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) will hold a webinar on Thursday, June 20 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time to help applicants prepare proposals to fund the use of electronic monitoring on fishing boats. The EMR Grant Program will award approximately $3.5 million in grants for the 2019 funding cycle. The majority of awards under this program will fall in the range of $200,000 to $500,000, although upper or lower limits to award size are not specified.

The program will consider proposals from all U.S. state and federal fisheries, including commercial or recreational sectors. Priority fisheries include the Gulf of Mexico reef fish fishery, the New England groundfish fishery, the West Coast groundfish fishery, and the Alaska halibut and groundfish fisheries.

NFWF awards grants that catalyze the implementation of electronic technologies (ET) for catch and compliance monitoring and improvements to fishery information systems in U.S. fisheries.

The Electronic Monitoring and Reporting (EMR) Grant Program advances the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) sustainable fisheries goals to partner with fishermen and other stakeholders, state agencies and Fishery Information Networks to systematically integrate technology into fisheries data collection and observations as well as streamline data management and use for fisheries management.

Specifically, the EMR Grant Program will solicit proposals that develop and implement promising ET that improve the timeliness and quality of fisheries data; expand access and availability of data; increase knowledge of fisheries for management, industry and science purposes; improve regional data management systems and data interoperability; and empower fishermen and other citizens to become more actively involved in the data collection process.

For more information on matching contribution requirements, evaluation criteria and timelines, please visit the grant website https://www.nfwf.org/fisheriesfund/Pages/home.aspx]

The timeline for the grant process is:
Applicant Webinar: June 20, 2019 3:00 PM EDT
Full Proposal Due Date: July 15, 2019 11:59 PM EDT
Review Period: July – August 2019
Awards Announced: Early November 2019
https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1144436/NFWFs-Electronic-Monitoring-Grant-Program-2019-Open-for-Proposals
 

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