Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Maggie Wall - June 20, 2019
The US House approved a federal spending bill that would sideline permitting for the Pebble Mine. It passed, but don’t hold your breath. That amendment isn’t likely to even come up in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Alaska Congress members ask to tap relief funds for seafood
Associated Press - June 20, 2019
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's congressional delegation said the state's fishermen and seafood processors should be included in a federal trade war relief package, a report said.
Study Shows Marine Fisheries Form a Single Network
Fishermen's News - June 19, 2019
A new international study concludes that the world’s marine fisheries form a single network, with fish valued in excess of $10 billion harvested annually outside of the country of origin.
MSA reauthorization still stalled with 2018 House bill expired
Alaska Journal of Commerce by Elizabeth Earl - June 19, 2019
More than a decade has passed since the last reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act was signed into law, but the latest effort has stalled in Congress.
Senate measure would recognize International Year of the Salmon
Cordova Times - June 20, 2019
Legislation introduced recently in the U.S. House would recognize 2019 as the International Year of the Salmon.
Russian Government Concerned About Decline of Domestic Pollock Processing
SeafoodNews.com by Eugene Gerden - June 19, 2019
The Russian government has sparked concern regarding the decline of pollock processing volumes in the domestic market. The increasing decline has been observed this year despite good figures of catch and stable domestic reserves, according to recent statements made by senior officials of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture and Rosrybolovstvo.
Regarding pollock production, the catch volume in the Sea of Okhotsk region -- a major Russian production base -- amounted to about 840,000 tonnes during the first half of the pollock fishing season this year. That volume accounted for about 87% of the total allowable catch of the fish and was generally comparable with the figures of last year.
According to Aleksey Buglak, president of the Russian Association of Pollock Producers, while the volume of pollock catch in Russia remains stable, the figures of its processing are significantly lower than initial state plans. According to Buglak, official statistics show the Russian pollock fillet and minced meat output for the period of January-May fell by 8%, to 39,000 tons (pollock), and by 16%, to 6,600 tons (minced meat), respectively.
More importantly, the majority of pollock enterprises in Russia continue to primarily focus on the production of headed and gutted pollock, the volume of which has amounted to 424,000 tonnes since the beginning of the year.
According to Buglak, despite efforts taken by the Russian government and some domestic pollock producers in recent years to expand processing capacities, they are still insufficient to start regular supplies of pollock products to both domestic and foreign markets.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Kamchatka Flounder in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 06/21/2019
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Kamchatka flounder in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2019 Kamchatka flounder initial total allowable catch (ITAC) in the BSAI.
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