Thursday, July 18, 2019

July 19, 2019

Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska salmon season stays hot
National Fisherman by Jessica Hathaway - July 16, 2019
Record high temperatures might be slowing down some fish pickers in Alaska’s commercial salmon fleet, but you wouldn’t know it from their landings.
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game predicted a statewide annual harvest of 42 million sockeye salmon. Just six weeks into the summer season, the total harvest already stands at 39 million.
https://www.nationalfisherman.com/alaska/alaska-salmon-season-stays-hot/

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 16, 2019
KDLG by Alex Hager - July 16, 2019
Welcome to the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report. The total run in the bay has now surpassed the projected totals from both the ADF&G and UW forecasts. Plus, the Naknek-Kvichak and Egegik are still going strong.
https://www.kdlg.org/post/bristol-bay-fisheries-report-july-16-2019#stream/0

New Area 2A Halibut Season-Setting Process Begins in September
SeafoodNews.com by Susan Chambers - July 18, 2019
The Pacific Fishery Management Council, in an effort to reach out to non-Indian commercial fishermen, is requesting public comment on structuring the Area 2A (West Coast) commercial halibut fishery for the upcoming year at the September and November Council meetings.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife also plans to hold public meetings to discuss the issue.

The process is part of the transition from International Pacific Halibut Commission management to the Council.

In June, the Council committed to working closely with the IPHC and stakeholders on the transition, according to a Council press release. The Council will focus on a smooth transfer of management authority for the commercial directed fishery, and will rely on the IPHC to continue to issue licenses for this fishery in the near-term. The Council intends to maintain the current management structure, but may consider changes to vessel poundage limits and open periods.

At its September and November 2019 meetings, when the Council typically considers changes to its halibut Catch Sharing Plan, it will also make management recommendations for the 2020 directed commercial halibut fishery trip limits and fishing periods. These meetings will provide an opportunity for public, agency, and advisory body comment. The Groundfish Advisory Subpanel meetings held in conjunction with the September and November Council meetings will also provide an opportunity for public comment on this issue. As always, public comment will be accepted through the Council’s e-portal (pfmc.pcouncil.org) before the meetings, the statement said.

The September meeting will be held September 11-18 at the Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho. The November meeting will be held November 13-20 at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa in Costa Mesa, California.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will hold public meetings August 5-8 to discuss fishing periods and trip limits for the 2020 directed commercial halibut fishery. Meeting dates and locations will be posted online at http://tinyurl.com/y58ccqn3; information is also available at (541) 867-4741.

Currently, the Departments of Fish and Wildlife for Washington and California do not have public meetings scheduled to discuss the non-Indian commercial directed halibut fishery season structure for 2020.
https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1147597/New-Area-2A-Halibut-Season-Setting-Process-Begins-in-September


Environment/Science
New technology could help salmon swim over hydroelectric dams
KOMO News by Abby Acone, Meterologist - July 15, 2019
SEATTLE — A Seattle company called Whooshh Innovations has developed a creative way for fish to swim over hydroelectric dams. This product creates a pressure difference around the salmon, sucking the fish up a long tube and releasing it at the top of the dam.
https://katu.com/news/local/new-technology-could-help-salmon-swim-over-hydroelectric-dams

NOAA Scientists Receive Presidential Early Career Awards
NOAA Fisheries - July 15, 2019
Three NOAA Fisheries scientists to be recognized at award ceremony on July 25.
What do a fisheries scientist, a seal veterinarian, and a whale acoustician have in common? They are all recipients of one of the most prestigious awards given to scientists early in their careers.
https://www.savingseafood.org/science/noaa-scientists-receive-presidential-early-career-awards/


Labeling and Marketing
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute: Marketing Update
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute - July 2019
ASMI Announces Jeremy Woodrow as Executive Director, ASMI News and Updates Facebook Page, FDA Adds Emphasis on Nutritional Benefits Found in Seafood to Dietary Guidelines for Americans, International Food Blogger Conference,
Alaska Seafood Culinary Tour to Naknek, SeaWeb Seafood Summit, New Fact Sheets: Alaska Coho & Sockeye Salmon...
https://mailchi.mp/alaskaseafood/alaska-seafood-marketing-update-asmi-leaders-speak-at-women-in-seafood-2656135?e=eb00f7076f


Federal Register
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Exchange of Flatfish in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 07/17/2019
NMFS is exchanging allocations of Amendment 80 cooperative quota (CQ) for Amendment 80 acceptable biological catch (ABC) reserves. This action is necessary to allow the 2019 total allowable catch of flathead sole, rock sole, and yellowfin sole in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area to be harvested.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/07/17/2019-15194/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-exchange-of-flatfish-in-the-bering-sea-and


FYI’s
GAPP to Host Wild Alaska Pollock Annual Meeting
Fishermen's News - July 17, 2019
Processors of wild Alaska Pollock will gather in Seattle, Wash., on Oct. 29 for an industry update on the progress of strategic initiatives of the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2019/07/gapp-to-host-wild-alaska-pollock-annual.html


Opinion
Opinion: Alaska is fully engaged in transboundary water, mining issues
Anchorage Daily News by Corri Feige, Doug Vincent-Lang, Jason Brune - July 15, 2019
As leaders of Alaska’s state resource agencies, we want to assure everyone who shares our desire for healthy lands, waters, fish and economies that Alaska remains committed to maintaining both high water quality standards and responsible mineral development in the transboundary waters between Southeast Alaska and British Columbia.
https://www.adn.com/opinions/2019/07/14/alaska-is-fully-engaged-in-transboundary-water-mining-issues/


 

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