Tuesday, September 24, 2019

September 24, 2019

International

NOAA Reports on IUU Fishing
The Maritime Executive - September 21, 2019
NOAA Fisheries has released its 2019 Improving International Fisheries Management Report to Congress identifying nations with vessels reported to be engaged in illegal, unreported or unregulated (IUU) fishing activities globally.  
https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/noaa-reports-on-iuu-fishing

Rise of the investor class in the British Columbia Pacific halibut fishery
Science Direct by Danielle N.Edwardsa and Evelyn Pinkertonb - November 2019
Abstract
Individual transferable quotas (ITQs) have been promoted as a management approach to address many of the economic and conservation challenges encountered in fisheries. ITQs are expected to improve fishery outcomes based on assumptions about who owns the quota, how ownership is transferred and how ownership incentivizes stewardship. Changes in the ownership profile of the British Columbia Pacific halibut fishery were examined over a 25-year period. This analysis revealed that, despite the halibut fishery traditionally being an owner-operator fishery, with owner-operators owning and catching 90% of the halibut in 1991, owner-operators have been increasingly marginalized in the fishery, catching 45% of the halibut in 2016 while owning 15% of the quota.
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308597X19302696


Environment/Science
How long before these salmon are gone? ‘Maybe 20 years’
Today - September 21, 2019
NORTH FORK (Idaho) — The Middle Fork of the Salmon River, one of the wildest rivers in the contiguous United States, is prime fish habitat. Cold, clear waters from melting snow tumble out of the Salmon River Mountains and into the boulder-strewn river, which is federally protected.
https://www.todayonline.com/world/how-long-these-salmon-are-gone-maybe-20-years-0


Labeling and Marketing
3MMI - Brexit Part 2: Impacts on China Imported Seafood Into The UK
TradexFoods - September 23, 2019
As the October 31st deadline nears for Brexit, it really is anyone's guess if the UK will exit the EU with a no-deal. So how will Brexit affect the import of Seafood from China into the UK? Has Brexit affected imports of seafood from China over the years?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=6exnMdx24Bc

How Alaska's fishers protect wild seafood - And how retailers can benefit from telling their stories
Grocery Dive - September 23, 2019
There is no mistaking the value that the Alaska fishing industry (and the state as a whole) places in sustainability by ensuring that the state’s fisheries are protected for the long-term. It is even encoded in the state’s constitution, which mandates that “fish...be utilized, developed and maintained on the sustained yield principle.” It is a core belief that’s resulted in undeniable success; to date, no species of Alaska seafood has ever been labeled as ‘endangered.’
https://www.grocerydive.com/spons/how-alaskas-fishers-protect-wild-seafood-and-how-retailers-can-benefit-f/563077/


Federal Register
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Several Groundfish Species in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 09/23/2019
NMFS apportions amounts of the non-specified reserve to the initial total allowable catch (ITAC) and Community Development Quota (CDQ) of Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) arrowtooth flounder and to the ITAC of Aleutian Islands (AI) Greenland turbot, AI sablefish, Bering Sea (BS) sablefish, BS “other rockfish,” Bering Sea and Eastern Aleutian Islands (BS/EAI) blackspotted/rougheye rockfish, Central Aleutian Islands and Western Aleutian Islands (CAI/WAI) blackspotted/rougheye rockfish, BSAI northern rockfish, BSAI sharks, and BSAI shortraker rockfish. This action is necessary to allow the fisheries to continue operating. It is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the fishery management plan for the BSAI management area.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/23/2019-20556/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-several-groundfish-species-in-the-bering-sea-and

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska; Application for an Exempted Fishing Permit
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 09/24/2019
This notice announces receipt of an exempted fishing permit (EFP) application from United Catcher Boats for pollock catcher vessels (CVs) using pelagic trawl gear in the eastern Bering Sea (BS) and Gulf of Alaska (GOA) to evaluate the efficacy of electronic monitoring (EM) systems in lieu of observers for at-sea monitoring of vessels for compliance with fishery management regulations. If granted, this EFP would allow approximately 49 pollock CVs and nine tender vessels to participate in the proposed EFP to evaluate whether the use of EM systems is a cost and operationally effective means for monitoring vessel compliance with catch and discard requirements.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/24/2019-20535/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-application-for-an-exempted-fishing-permit

Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee
A Notice by the Coast Guard on 09/24/2019
The Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee (CFSAC) will meet via teleconference to discuss CFSAC task statement #01-19. The U.S. Coast Guard will consider CFSAC recommendations as part of the process of developing voluntary guidelines for fishing vessel construction, maintenance, and repair. The teleconference will be open to the public.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/24/2019-20613/commercial-fishing-safety-advisory-committee


FYI’s
How to buy better seafood for your family

Canada.com - September 20, 2019
Seafood is widely known to be some of the healthiest protein available. Fish is an excellent source of Vitamin D, is low in fat, contains a variety nutrients and minerals each offering a wide range of benefits to the body, and oily fish are an excellent source of omega-3s.
https://o.canada.com/life/food/how-to-buy-better-seafood-for-your-family/wcm/43eefbd0-b3b4-43f3-abcf-a6f5c56d22f8
 

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