Monday, October 7, 2019

October 7, 2019

Alaska/Pacific Coast

Wrangell moves forward on new water treatment plant
KSTK by June Leffler - October 4, 2019
The City of Wrangell struggles to meet peak water demands. Last year, the city decided to build a new $9 million water treatment plant to fix that, but the project stalled. Now the city has finally secured enough federal money to move forward.
https://www.alaskapublic.org/2019/10/04/wrangell-moves-forward-on-new-water-treatment-plant/


Politics
Stutes: harvesters need fair compensation
Congress considers reforms to provide quicker disaster relief
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - October 4, 2019
Bipartisan legislation now before the U.S. Senate to provide harvesters hard hit by fisheries disasters with better compensation in a timely manner is sorely needed by Prince William Sound harvesters, says Rep. Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2019/10/04/stutes-harvesters-need-fair-compensation/


National
NOAA Fisheries Announces Online Tool Screens Finfish Fillets for Mislabeling, Substitution
Sierra Sun Times - October 6, 2019
October 6, 2019 - NOAA Fisheries has formally rolled out a web-based screening tool that can flag potentially mislabeled finfish fillets before they hit the seafood aisle. Developed by the National Seafood Inspection Laboratory (NSIL), the Species Substitution & Protein Pattern Matching Tool could help the seafood industry address finfish substitution and fraud.
https://goldrushcam.com/sierrasuntimes/index.php/news/local-news/20402-noaa-fisheries-announces-online-tool-screens-finfish-fillets-for-mislabeling-substitution

US Seafood Consumers Conflicted Over Sustainable Options
Survey finds sourcing and contaminants are concerns, but pricing still tops list
PRNews News provided by Blue Circle Foods - Oct 03, 2019, 10:17 ET
WASHINGTON -- A new survey by leading sustainable seafood brand Blue Circle Foods revealed that although shoppers are concerned about where their fish comes from and what is in it, price still influences purchasing decisions. Data from the survey, conducted in the U.S. in Sept. 2019 by Blue Circle Foods, shows overwhelming concern about contaminants, ocean pollution and overfishing. Shoppers indicated a strong preference for fish and seafood that is certified sustainable; however, cost still topped consumers' priorities. Blue Circle, which is committed to producing sustainable seafood with total transparency and traceability, initiated the survey to examine shoppers' beliefs about seafood, and how this impacts their purchasing decisions.
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/us-seafood-consumers-conflicted-over-sustainable-options-300930386.html


International
B.C. salmon industry withdraws from eco-certification, unable to meet conditions
The move will voluntarily suspend eco-certification of B.C. chum, pink and sockeye, including Fraser River sockeye.
Vancouver Sun by Randy Shore - October 4, 2019
Canada’s Pacific salmon industry is withdrawing from Marine Stewardship Council certification rather than risk an audit with a high probability of failure.
https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/b-c-salmon-industry-withdraws-from-eco-certification-unable-to-meet-conditions

Listen: Sablefish and Halibut Bycatch; Canadian Liberal Party's Aquaculture Plans and More
Urner Barry by Ryan Doyle - October 7, 2019
Join SeafoodNews Podcast hosts Lorin Castiglione and Ryan Doyle as they discuss the focus on bycatch during fishery management meetings in Homer, Alaska; Canada's Liberal Party's plans to shift open net pen salmon farms to closed containment systems by 2025; Chris Oliver's response to the lobster industry backing out of the April whale TRT agreement; Cantwell speaking on fisheries disasters and Pebble Mine; a look at the tilapia market and much more!

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https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1153975/Listen-Sablefish-and-Halibut-Bycatch-Canadian-Liberal-Partys-Aquaculture-Plans-and-More


Labeling and Marketing
3MMI - Atlantic & Pacific Cod Market Updates & Predictions
TradexFoods - October 7, 2019
As Pacific Cod never seemed to recover from it's shaky start to the year, Atlantic Cod continued to strengthen with strong demand from the EU. Predictions for the Pacific Cod market are for prices to gradually... Predictions for the Atlantic Cod market are for prices to continue to be...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx1HVcIuaeo


FYI’s
We Should All Eat More Seafood to Achieve Sustainability
Seafood is good for your body, wallet, and if that's not enough for you, the Earth.
Food & Wine by Barton Seaver - October 04, 2019
Each product we feature has been independently selected and reviewed by our editorial team. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn commission.
https://www.foodandwine.com/seafood/eat-more-sustainable-seafood

 

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