Friday, July 31, 2020

July 31, 2020

In Memoriam - Sig and Helen Decker

Alaska fishing family loses two children in Petersburg accident
National Fisherman by Jessica Hathaway - July 29, 2020
Julie and Gig Decker met fishing after Julie journeyed to Alaska between semesters at Northwestern University outside of Chicago. They built their lives together in Wrangell, fishing and advocating for fisheries and seafood. They raised their children, Sig and Helen, gillnetting on the F/V McCrea every summer. So when the time came, they proudly sent their kids off seining with Bob Thorstenson Jr. to fish the Alaska summer salmon season and help pay for college.
https://www.nationalfisherman.com/alaska/alaska-fishing-family-loses-two-children-in-petersburg-accident

Please help raise funds for Julie and Gig Decker who just lost their children Sig and Helen.  As long-time Alaska fisheries advocates and fishermen, the Decker’s have made an impact on all of our lives.  Please show your love for the Decker family during this unfathomable tragedy and honor the memory of two wonderful beings who left this earth far too early.

The United Fishermen of Alaska, along with friends of the Decker family, have initiated a GoFundMe to help cover funeral expenses and finalize the Wrangell Fishermen's Memorial. Remaining funds will be raised to start a Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of Helen and Sig.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/memorial-expenses-for-sig-and-helen-decker


Alaska
The Fishing Report: Halibut, rockfish and Orcas out of Seward
KTUU by Grant Robinson - July 30, 2020
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - At the end of July fishing opportunities are plentiful across Alaska.
https://www.ktuu.com/2020/07/31/the-fishing-report-halibut-rockfish-and-orcas-out-of-seward/

Northern Lights: Responding to the covid market
National Fisherman by Jeremy Woodrow - July 30, 2020
The business of seafood didn’t stop with the pandemic, but it sure took a few unexpected turns. While covid-19 has created some hurdles, especially at foodservice, which typically represents two-thirds of domestic seafood consumption, it’s also created some opportunities for Alaska seafood.
https://www.nationalfisherman.com/alaska/northern-lights-responding-to-the-covid-market

Alaska's worst week of the pandemic: Seafood facilities account for 80% of non-resident cases
American Seafoods, Cooke's OBI Seafoods and others have contributed to the rise of cases.
Intrafish by Rachel Sapin - July 31, 2020
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (ADHSS) reported that July 19-25 was "Alaska's worst week of the pandemic in terms of rapid increases in resident and nonresident cases."
https://www.intrafish.com/processing/alaskas-worst-week-of-the-pandemic-seafood-facilities-account-for-80-of-non-resident-cases/2-1-850078


National
Building a Stronger and More Resilient Seafood Sector
Commerce.senate.gov - July 29, 2020
U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled, “Building a Stronger and More Resilient Seafood Sector,” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. This hearing will examine the national and regional impacts of COVID-19 on the seafood industry and the effects of the fish disaster funding provided in the CARES Act. Witnesses will have the opportunity to discuss the work that needs to be done to sustain and restore a more resilient U.S. seafood sector.
https://www.commerce.senate.gov/2020/7/committee-announces-hearing-on-u-s-seafood-industry

New COVID-19 relief bill could help US seafood suppliers get paid
Seafood Source by Christine Blank - July 30, 2020
Proposals for the next U.S. COVID-19 stimulus package are now being workshopped in the U.S. Senate, with food industry groups calling for changes and holding out hope that seafood suppliers will see reimbursement for unpaid invoices from foodservice buyers.
https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/new-covid-19-relief-bill-could-help-us-seafood-suppliers-get-paid


Environment/Science
‘The Wild’ Doc Efforts To Save Alaskan Sockeye Salmon From Pebble Mine Project
Forbes by Dana Feldman, Senior Contributor - July 28, 2020
The environment versus industry has been a long-fought battle. In a decades-old fight, it’s salmon versus gold. Alaska is the epicenter of the conflict between the last fully intact natural salmon run left in the world and the world’s largest precious metals mine.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/danafeldman/2020/07/28/the-wild-doc-efforts-to-save-alaskan-sockeye-salmon-from-pebble-mine-project/#23fb8b997f91


Federal Register
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; “Other Rockfish” in the Aleutian Islands Subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 07/30/2020
NMFS is prohibiting retention of “other rockfish” in the Aleutian Islands subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary because the 2020 “other rockfish” total allowable catch (TAC) in the Aleutian Islands subarea of the BSAI has been reached.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/07/30/2020-16533/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-other-rockfish-in-the-aleutian-islands-subarea


FYI’s
NFI Moves 2021 Global Seafood Market Conference to May
Urner Barry by Amanda Buckle - July 30, 2020
The National Fisheries Institute (NFI) announced on Wednesday that they have moved their Global Seafood Market Conference (GSMC) to May 23-28, 2021. The event normally takes place in January, however, due to potential travel restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic, NFI decided to push the event back a few months.

NFI President John Connelly released the following statement on the rescheduling of the event:

The National Fisheries Institute (NFI) has decided to reschedule the 2021 Global Seafood Market Conference (GSMC) from January to May as part of an effort to ensure attendees are able to join this important annual event.

Throughout the ongoing pandemic NFI has produced webinars on everything from COVID-19 market impacts to regulatory changes and value chain alterations. The success of these presentations and the significant attendance illustrate that members of the seafood community are hungry for detailed trend and data analysis, the hallmarks of the annual GSMC. While the digital space is an important platform, hour-long virtual meetings provide a limited experience compared to a full program.

Moving the conference allows NFI to continue to offer this event and provide much needed critical information during a time when there has been so much disruption in the market.

GSMC will be held 23 – 28 May 2021 at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in Coronado, California and NFI will provide more details in the coming months.
https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1177078/NFI-Moves-2021-Global-Seafood-Market-Conference-to-May
 

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