Future of CGOA Rockfish Program Rests in Hands of NPFMC
Fishermen's News - December 4, 2019
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) will decide this week at its winter meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, whether to reauthorize the Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish (CGOA) Program, which would otherwise sunset on Dec. 31, 2021.
Bristol Bay red king crab harvest is a wrap
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - December 4, 2019
Commercial harvesters have wrapped up the 2019 Bristol Bay red king crab season, with the average crab in the 3,797,000-pound quota weighing in at 7.1 pounds, the highest average weight dating back to 1973.
Longline fishing remains off limits
Fishing regulators rejected a proposal to allow California fishermen to use longlines
San Diego Union Tribune by Deborah Sullivan Brennan - November 27, 2019
Federal fishery regulators voted to uphold an existing ban on longline fisheries, a fishing method that ensnares high numbers of marine mammals and other unintended catch.
The Sitka tribe's struggle to save Alaskan herring – photo essay
Dwindling numbers of the fish have led indigenous people to sue the Alaskan government for failing to protect the fishery
The Guardian by Pieter Ten Hoopen and Jo Griffin - December 5, 2019
Every spring, the herring arrive in the cold Alaskan waters of Sitka Sound to spawn. But as those waters have warmed, their numbers have fallen drastically.
On the frontline against illegal fishing in the world’s biggest ocean
Global Fishing Watch by Sarah Bladen - November 14th, 2019
Global Fishing Watch data assists US Coast Guard patrol in the Pacific. The 2019 patrol produced a threefold increase in vessel boardings and an eightfold increase in identified violations compared to 2018.
Russia Plans 60% Fish Industry Growth by 2030
SeafoodNews - December 5, 2019
The total turnover of the Russian fish sector should grow by almost 60% by 2030, up to RUB 888 billion ($13.79 billion USD), according to a new state strategy for the development of the fishery complex in Russia, which was recently approved by the Russian government.
According to the document, the industry is expected to attract up to RUB 613 billion (~$9.6 billion USD) of private investments by 2030, a significant part of which will be allocated to the implementation of a "New Whitefish Industry" state project. The project involves building new facilities and the modernization of existing facilities for the production of whitefish species in Russia. As part of this, up to 43 new fishing trawlers and 26 coastal fish production and processing enterprises that will process cod, pollock and other whitefish will be built in Russia by 2025.
As part of these plans, about RUB 118 billion (~$1.8 billion USD) in funding will be allocated to the implementation of the Marine Biotechnology Project that involves the production start of innovative fish products for Russia and fish feeds. For this purpose, plans include significantly increasing the volume of catch of sardine-iwashi and Pacific mackerel in Russia.
Finally, a significant part of funds will be invested in the development of salmon aquaculture in Russia as well.
In addition to private investments, Russian federal reserves and monies from Russian regional budgets will contribute to the program.
Successful implementation of these plans will contribute to the increase of fish production in Russia by at least 5.6%, up to 5.4 million tons, by 2030. At the same time, aquaculture production is planned to grow by 2.6 times to 618,000 tonnes, compared to the current figures. That will also contribute to the growth of the per capita fish consumption in Russia from the current 21.7 kg per year to 25 kg by 2030.
On The Oregon Coast, Turning Pollution Into Art With A Purpose
KUCB by Kirk Siegler - December 4, 2019
At Coquille Point along the remote and rugged southern Oregon Coast, the wind is tumultuous and the sea just as violent. Huge waves crash up against the giant, moss-cloaked rocks perched off the beach.
The Giving Season: Salmon Sisters deliver
National Fisherman by Jessica Hathaway - December 5, 2019
The Salmon Sisters, Claire Neaton and Emma Teal Laukitis, have been delivering fish from their Alaska-based family fishing business since they can remember.
The duo has more recently made a secondary career of delivering the goods through a fishing lifestyle brand that includes branding partnerships with fish-gear gurus Grundéns and XtraTuf.
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