Thursday, October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020

Alaska

State CARES plan splits $50M among fishery sectors
Alaska Journal of Commerce by Elwood Brehmer - October 14, 2020
Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials plan to evenly distribute $50 million in fisheries pandemic relief aid among the sport, commercial and processing sectors with smaller amounts set aside for mitigating impacts to aquaculture businesses and subsistence harvesters.
https://www.alaskajournal.com/2020-10-14/state-cares-plan-splits-50m-among-fishery-sectors

Crab harvests set: Kings still in decline, snow and Tanner see bump
Alaska Journal of Commerce by Elizabeth Earl - October 14, 2020
This year has brought little good news for commercial fisheries, but the commercial crab fishermen in the Bering Sea are getting some in the form of some increased catch limits.
https://www.alaskajournal.com/2020-10-14/crab-harvests-set-kings-still-decline-snow-and-tanner-see-bump

Trawl Survey Shows More Chums May Be Coming To Yukon
KYUK by Johanna Eurich - October 14, 2020
The low chum salmon run on the Yukon River last summer was foreshadowed by the low number of juvenile chums caught three years earlier in the Northern Bering Sea Trawl survey. That 2017 catch was the lowest since the trawl survey began early this century. 
https://www.kyuk.org/post/trawl-survey-shows-more-chums-may-be-coming-yukon

NPFMC Takes Initial Steps Toward Abundance-Based Halibut PSC Management in BSAI
Fishermen's News - October 14, 2020
Federal fisheries officials are moving toward an initial review analysis to establish an abundance-based halibut prohibited species catch management program in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands for the Amendment 80 sector of the groundfish fleet. The particular area of concern is area 4CDE, including the Pribilof Islands.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2020/10/npfmc-takes-initial-steps-toward.html

Seawatch: Fisheries asking for disaster relief
Five legislators ask Dunleavy for disaster declaration
Homer News by Cristy Fry - October 9, 2020
Several fisheries around the state are asking for disaster relief from the state and federal government due to low returns, low prices due to the pandemic, and alleged mismanagement.
https://www.homernews.com/news/seawatch-fisheries-asking-for-disaster-relief/


West Coast
Navy pledges no serious harm to Alaska marine life, environmentalists skeptical of claims
KSTK by Sage Smiley - October 13, 2020
The U.S. Navy says it doesn’t know how many marine mammals it actually disturbs or harms each year. But it predicts its exercises and maneuvers in Southeast Alaska waters won’t cause the death of any marine mammals, according to its updated environmental review for the next seven years for its Northwest Training on the West Coast.
https://www.ktoo.org/2020/10/13/navy-pledges-no-serious-harm-to-alaska-marine-life-environmentalists-skeptical-of-claims/


Politics
Alaska US Senate debate focuses on mine, money, fisheries
APNews - October 12, 2020
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan and challenger Al Gross met in a debate focused on fisheries policy that ended up focusing on other issues including federal COVID-19 relief funding and Pebble Mine.
https://apnews.com/article/virus-outbreak-alaska-senate-elections-dan-sullivan-anchorage-82d3a01aa8ad793771a450d931acf4a8


FYI’s
Certified Quality Seafoods working with Trident Seafoods to develop “electric nose” to rate fish freshness
Seafood Source by Brian Hagenbuch - October 13, 2020
Juneau, Alaska-based Certified Quality Foods has been honing its Certified Quality Reader (CQR) with Trident Seafoods and other partners in their ongoing effort to provide the seafood industry with organized access to more objective quality data.
https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/food-safety-health/certified-quality-seafoods-working-with-trident-seafoods-to-develop-electric-nose-to-rate-fish-freshness

GAPP holds virtual annual meeting
Cordova Times - October 12, 2020
A panel of overseas marketing representatives for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute will answer questions on how to capitalize international markets. The discussion will be held Oct. 12 during the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers virtual annual meeting.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/10/12/gapp-holds-virtual-annual-meeting/


Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor: Thank you, fish processors
Cordova Times by Letter to the Editor - October 12, 2020
To the editor,
The 2020 commercial fishing season will go down in the history books. In March and April, the prospect of executing statewide fisheries was in question amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and even communities that rely upon fisheries as their economic drivers were pressing for partial or complete closures. Cordova and the opening of the Copper River District were in the spotlight as the first Alaskan salmon fishery to come on line for the summer salmon season.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/10/12/letter-to-the-editor-thank-you-fish-processors/

 

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