Alaska Fish Notes September 2, 2016
Top Stories. Salmon runs down overall … Administration bypasses Magnus-Stevens process to expand marine protected area off Hawaii … Agenda and schedule out for October NPFMC meeting … Governor Walker backs off CFEC reorganization to consult with industry …MSC recertifies halibut and sablefish …ASMI has two job openings
The Alaska Fisheries Report (9/1). Coming up this week, an ad for timber sales along salmon streams got the attention of folks in Southeast; meanwhile in Wrangell, the shift from a timber town to a maritime one hit a milestone recently, and it could hail an expansion in the boatyard. All that and more, on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KSTK’s Aaron Bolton in Wrangell, Alaska Historic Cannery Initiative’s Anjuli Grantham in Kodiak, Alaska Energy Desk’s Elizabeth Jenkins.
The Alaska Fisheries Report (8/26). Coming up this week: It’s pretty obvious that the humpy season is a bust – we have two stories. Also, fish that was caught “accidentally,” is being put to a good use. We had help from Fish Radio’s Laine Welch in Kodiak, KFSK’s Abbey Collins in Petersburg, and KMXT’s Kayla Desroches in Kodiak.
Seafood Harvesters of America Recruiting New Executive Director Apps due Sep 8.
Table of Contents
1. Kenai Classic Roundtable calls for separate saltwater sportfishing regulations (8/20)
2. Canada to receive $3.1 million from owners of ship that rammed HMCS Winnipeg (8/24)
3. NMFS. MPA Federal Advisory Committee
4. WaPo. Obama creates the largest protected place on the planet, in Hawaii (8/26)
5. Marine Monument: Monterey Mayor Clyde Roberson — Better tools than Antiquities Act for ocean policy (8/26)
6. Pew Applauds Expansion of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (8/26)
7. New Executive Director at IPHC (8/29)
8. Kodiak Fisheries Working Group (8/23)
9. NMFS. Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management Policy and Roadmap (8/19)
10. NMFS General Counsel Enforcement Report (1/1-6/30, 2016)
11. Quechee Family Rescued at Sea After Boat Sinks Near Alaska (8/30)
12. NF. The ivory watchtower (9/1)
13. NPFMC. Items for October Meeting
14. USCG Safety alert – Voyage data recorders (9/1)
15. Hunt for the swimming dead: Biologists scour Chena River for data about salmon run (8/19)
16. Vancouver-based mining company receives go-ahead to expand near Alaska eagle preserve (8/20)
17. Alaska Sea Grant Fishlines (Aug 2016)
18. Alaska Salmon Forecast & Harvest to Date (8/22)
19. Governor to pause implementation of AO 279 to seek stakeholder input in streamlining Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (8/25)
20. Upper Cook Inlet commercial fishing winds down (8/25)
21. PWS silver harvest reaches 70,000 fish (8/26)
22. Weekend event is a salute to halibut and vintage wooden fishing vessels (8/26)
23. UAS’s Fish Tech program ‘a class in an iPad’ (8/26)
24. State sets new timeline for annexation petitions (8/30)
25. Dismal Pink Salmon Harvest Prompts Call for Assistance (8/31)
26. State asked to pave way for federal relief (9/1)
27. Petersburg Pilot. Disappointing salmon harvest winds season down early (9/1).
28. Wrangell water crisis ends as potential water treatment system points to solution (8/30)
29. Southeast Alaska Dungeness crab catch down from last year (9/1)
30. Shuttered Great Pacific Seafoods to sell processing plants (9/2)
31. Paving the way: DNR project will establish dipnet infrastructure at Kasilof River mouth (9/1)
32. Homer. LFS buys Redden Marine, Kachemak Gear Shed (9/1)
33. Kusko. Final Salmon Working Group Meeting (8/31)
34. Alaska Supreme Court. 7121 S-15371 Thomas v. State, Dept. of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Health, Food Safety & Sanitation (Seafood inspector ethics complaint) (8/26)
35. Airline to phase out 737-400 Combi aircraft (9/1)
36. ADFG. Southeast Alaska Commercial Pot Shrimp Fishery Announcement (9/1)
37. DEC grants extension on pesticide permit renewal comments (9/1)
38. Marine Stewardship Council appoints Eric Critchlow as new U.S. Program Director (8/19)
39. Nominate a White House Champion of Change for Sustainable Seafood (8/10)
40. Salmon farming on the rise in Washington (8/19)
41. MSC – Pacific Halibut and Sablefish Recertified (8/23)
42. MSC Standard Modification for Mixed Fisheries
43. 3MMI - The 2016 Troll Coho Salmon Fishery: We get the Inside Scoop (8/29)
44. NY Times. For a Perfect Catch in Seattle, Fishmongers Go for the halibut (8/29)
45. Boston. A beer designed specifically to go with seafood (8/30)
46. A New Look for Bristol Bay (8/29)
47. New Bristol Bay sockeye logo launches (8/30)
48. BBRSDA Pilot Branding Project (8/31)
49. Sources: Rise in Pacific cod prices set to continue (8/29)
50. IntraFish Episode 01 - MSC, Pacific Andes, Alaska Aquaculture 08.29.16
51. The hottest new trend in sustainable seafood comes in a tin (8/31)
52. ASMI Job Opening: Domestic Marketing Director and Marketing/Communications Specialist
53. International crab trade declining (9/2)
54. Saved From the Cull: Tokyo’s Iconic Fish Market Gets Reprieve (8/30)
55. Seafood News Weekly Recap (9/2)
56. Open call for synthesis Working Groups: State of Alaska’s Salmon and People (SASAP) (7/7)
57. Wakefield Fisheries Symposium Will Focus on Climate Change (8/24)
58. Scantrol captured the Innovation Award (8/16)
59. Trawling in the Age of Technology (8/1)
60. What’s eating juvenile salmon (8/24)
61. Social media reacts to huge halibut (8/25)
62. American Fisheries Society recognizes Bill Hogarth with top conservation award (8/22)
63. Marine mammal camp nurtures budding scientists (8/26)
64. Trawling The Ocean Floor, Scientists Discover New Snailfish (8/26)
65. UAS adds two new professors in Marine Fisheries program (8/24)
66. Fred Wahl Marine gets $3.4 million in state funds (8/22)
67. America’s Finest from ‘visionary’ Park could prompt pollock vessel orders (9/1)
68. The State of Climate Adaptation in U.S. Marine Fisheries Management (8/31)
69. Summer Crab Survey Has Industry Concerned (8/31)
70. New Technology Will Provide Better Emergency Care at Unalaska's Clinic (8/30)
71. High seas fisheries management could recoup losses due to climate change (8/30)
72. NOAA partnerships highlight technical solutions to bycatch reduction (8/31)
73. New Publications by AFSC Authors
74. Research fish wheels used for salmon mark and capture study (9/2)
75. Fraser River sockeye run at lowest level in more than 120 years, Pacific Salmon Commission reports (8/19)
76. Icicle Sues Maersk over Damaged Shipment (8/24)
77. New Zealand. FISH Safety Foundation.
78. WA. Fish Less, Pay More (9/1)
1. Kenai Classic Roundtable calls for separate saltwater sportfishing regulations (8/20). While the federal government is reevaluating the Magnuson-Stevens Act for reauthorization, recreational fishing groups would like to change how marine sportfishing is regulated.
The Magnuson-Stevens Act, originally enacted in 1976, defines how the federal government manages fisheries in federal waters. In addition to establishing an exclusive economic zone from three to 200 nautical miles offshore, the act created councils that manage fisheries across the country. This includes the North Pacific Marine Fishery Management Council, which manages species like halibut, cod, pollock and some rockfish species in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. More
2. Canada to receive $3.1 million from owners of ship that rammed HMCS Winnipeg (8/24). The incident happened in April 2013 in Esquimalt Harbour.
The American Dynasty, owned by American Seafoods Co., was heading towards the graving dock for repairs when it accelerated and crashed into HMCS Winnipeg tied to a jetty.
The Canadian government launched legal action against American Seafoods. The $3.1 million payment is an out of court settlement.
The Royal Canadian Navy has not said how much repairs to HMCS Winnipeg cost taxpayers. More
3. NMFS. MPA Federal Advisory Committee. NOAA is seeking nominations to fill 10 vacancies on the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee for 2017-2020. In particular, nominations are sought for representatives of ocean industries, commercial and recreational fishing, tribal and/or Pacific Islanders, state coastal or ocean agencies, natural and social science, cultural resource management, non-consumptive uses, and conservation interests. Deadline for nominations is October 7. For more information, click here.
4. WaPo. Obama creates the largest protected place on the planet, in Hawaii (8/26). President Obama on Friday created the largest ecologically protected area on the planet when he expanded a national marine monument in his native Hawaii to encompass more than half a million square miles.
The president more than quadrupled the size of the Papahanaumokuakea (pronounced “Papa-ha-now-moh-koo-ah-kay-
Hawaii fishermen upset at Hawaii monument expansion (8/29)
5. Marine Monument: Monterey Mayor Clyde Roberson — Better tools than Antiquities Act for ocean policy (8/26). The City of Monterey has long supported the wise management of our coastal resources by federal and state agencies, including by the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The City also supports its historic fishing community, as fishing remains important to Monterey, contributing strongly to the economy and culture of the region. The City supports publicly transparent, science-based processes in making ocean management decisions, such as the mandate embodied in the federal Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation Act. The Magnuson Act (MSA) has a proven track record of success in ensuring the sustainability of our marine resources. More
6. Pew Applauds Expansion of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (8/26). HONOLULU—The Pew Charitable Trusts joins partners in Hawaii and the scientific community in praising today’s announcement by President Barack Obama that the United States has expanded the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument, also known as Papahānaumokuākea, to 582,578 square miles (1.5 million square kilometers). More
7. New Executive Director at IPHC (8/29). The International Pacific Halibut Commission announces that Dr. David Wilson has become its seventh Executive Director, succeeding Dr. Bruce Leaman as of August 2016.
Dr. Wilson comes to the Commission from the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), where he served as Deputy and then Interim Executive Secretary. He has a wide range of experience in international and domestic fisheries management and administration with the IOTC and in various positions with the Australian Government. Prior to that, Dr. Wilson worked in fisheries science positions in Panama, American Samoa, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Dr. Wilson earned his doctorate at James Cook University (Australia) in 2001, in association with the Australian Institute of Marine Science and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. More
9. NMFS. Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management Policy and Roadmap (8/19). Resilient, productive ocean fisheries are critical to our economy and way of life. Managing these fisheries over the long-term means taking into account more than just one species at a time. It requires a holistic, science-based approach that looks at the entire ecosystem. This approach is known as Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management (EBFM).
NOAA Fisheries has developed an agency-wide EBFM policy, which outlines a set of principles to guide our actions and decisions over the long-term. It directs continued progress toward development and implementation of EBFM approaches. It also ensures our commitment to incorporate EBFM into the agency’s resource management decisions. More Comments due Oct 15.
11. Quechee Family Rescued at Sea After Boat Sinks Near Alaska (8/30). Megan Potter mustered all of her strength to swim through 10-foot swells as the boat she had spent the summer on slowly sank into the frigid water of the Bering Sea off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.
Ambition, the 75-foot fishing tender operated by the Potter family sinking into the Bering Sea on July 23, 2016. The Potter family, who live in Quechee, and a friend from the Upper Valley were rescued/ (Photo courtesy of Megan Potter)
A Quechee resident and University of Connecticut student, she had spent the last two months on the Ambition, her father’s boat, ferrying thousands of pounds of salmon from fishing boats to canneries on the Alaskan shore. Now, with her family scattered in the water around her, Megan started to panic. Her rescuers were on another fishing boat, the Star Watcher, some 100 yards away. More
12. NF. The ivory watchtower (9/1). By Jessica Hathaway. Precedent. I’ve come to learn that it can carry far more weight in our country than the word of law, even a massive, longstanding federal law.
The Magnuson Act is formed around 10 National Standards, but they don’t enjoy equal weight in practice. Federal fisheries are managed primarily by the first two standards — preventing overfishing and using the best available science. Though it’s all the way down the list as number 8, the act explicitly states that the importance of fisheries to their communities should be taken into account and quantified with the same science used to assess the fisheries themselves “in order to provide for the sustained participation of such communities, and to the extent practicable, minimize adverse economic impacts on such communities.” More
14. USCG Safety alert – Voyage data recorders (9/1). The Coast Guard issued safety alert 12-16 to remind vessel owners and operators to periodically validate the proper operation of their vessel’s voyage data recorder (VDR).
VDR data is extremely important to marine investigators during accident reconstruction. However, it can also be highly valuable to vessel owners and operators. Following an accident, VDR data can assist owners and operators evaluate the performance of shipboard personnel and vessel equipment, while also helping to determine causal factors related to an incident. This information can be essential for resolving damage claims arising from an accident. Periodic reviews of VDR data can also help detect unsafe practices and equipment problems before a marine casualty occurs. More
15. Hunt for the swimming dead: Biologists scour Chena River for data about salmon run (8/19). UPPER CHENA RIVER — A day in the life of Fairbanks fish biologist can be pretty nice if the weather is right and you’re good at holding your nose.
Each August, Fairbanks-based biologists scour the Chena and Salcha rivers searching for spawned-out salmon. They collect scales from the dead fish to understand the salmon run’s demographics.
The Chena and Salcha river salmon runs are especially important because they are major spawning grounds for the struggling Yukon River king salmon run. To keep the run healthy, state biologists estimate at least 2,800 king salmon need to spawn in the Chena River each summer. More
16. Vancouver-based mining company receives go-ahead to expand near Alaska eagle preserve (8/20). The Canadian company exploring for copper, zinc and gold upstream of a southeast Alaska bald eagle preserve has received permission from a U.S. federal agency to expand. Vancouver, B.C.-based Constantine Metal Resources Ltd. is exploring upstream of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve outside Haines.
The preserve sees the world's largest gathering of bald eagles in early winter. Up to 4,000 of the raptors fly in to feed on salmon that spawn, die and collect along the Chilkat River after other waterways have frozen. More
17. Alaska Sea Grant Fishlines (Aug 2016). New beaked whale … Understanding the Hong Kong seafood market … Wakefield Symposium … More
19. Governor to pause implementation of AO 279 to seek stakeholder input in streamlining Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (8/25). With the current state fiscal crisis, the Walker-Mallott administration continues to look for cost savings wherever possible, including sharing administrative resources and streamlining services.
In February, Governor Walker issued Administrative Order 279, authorizing the transfer of certain administrative functions from the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC) to the Department of Fish and Game. The objectives of the Order were to streamline administrative and research functions of the agencies, identify cost-saving measures, and provide appropriate support to the commercial fishing industry in the state without negatively impacting the fishing industry. More
20. Upper Cook Inlet commercial fishing winds down (8/25). The boom of fish the commercial operations in Upper Cook Inlet expected never arrived this year.
High preseason expectations made the 2016 season a disappointment for many commercial fishermen. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game originally projected about 7.1 million sockeye salmon to return to the Upper Cook Inlet streams, but by Wednesday, only 5.2 million had. More
21. PWS silver harvest reaches 70,000 fish (8/26). Silver salmon harvests in Prince William Sound rose to 70,000 fish through Aug. 23, and the humpy harvest reached 12 million fish, boosting the overall harvest to 17.4 million salmon.
State Department of Fish and Game preliminary harvest through Aug. 23 also included deliveries to date to processors in Prince William Sound of 1,935,000 sockeyes and 3,430,000 chums.
ADF&G’s Cordova office said the non-profit Valdez Fisheries Development Association had collected 225 million eggs, or 90 percent of a 250 million egg take goal, though Aug. 21, and said egg takes were anticipated to conclude on Aug. 23. More
22. Weekend event is a salute to halibut and vintage wooden fishing vessels (8/26). Sea shanties, fish poetry, a community fish fry, a presentation on halibut ecology by Claude Dykstra of the International Pacific Halibut Commission, and more are on the agenda for the 2016 Homer Halibut Festival Sept. 8 through Sept. 11.
The event, with 14 sponsors ranging from the Alaska Marine Conservation Council and Trident Seafoods to Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Alaska, Salmon Sisters and Cook Inletkeeper, is being held this year in conjunction with the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society’s Wooden Boat Festival. Also on the agenda are events sponsored by the Center for Alaskan Coastal studies and the Kachemak Bay Running Club. More
23. UAS’s Fish Tech program ‘a class in an iPad’ (8/26). Reid Brewer, Associate Professor for Fisheries Technology, talks about the fisheries technology program at the University of Alaska Southeast. There are two areas of study – fisheries management and salmon enhancement. The program is designed to address Alaska’s projected shortage of fisheries technicians and fish biologists. Brewer shares how the courses are available through iPad technology. KCAW Audio
24. State sets new timeline for annexation petitions (8/30). Competing petitions to annex parts of the Nushagak fishing district could still go to the Legislature this winter, despite a delay this fall.
Dillingham and Manokotak have asked to annex overlapping parts of the fishing grounds to get more revenue from the fishery. Those requests have drawn considerable feedback from others in the region – particularly after the state entity vetting the requests suggested a borough, instead. Under the latest timeline, the state’s Local Boundary Commission will hold a public hearing on the petitions in both communities in late November. That’s almost two months later than the late-September hearing that was planned earlier this summer. More
25. Dismal Pink Salmon Harvest Prompts Call for Assistance (8/31). In what is being described as Alaska’s worst pink salmon season in 40 years, the state is being asked to lend a hand financially. Rep. Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, has asked Gov. Bill Walker to issue a disaster declaration for the pink salmon fishery, which has a total harvest to date of just over 36 million fish, compared to the preseason forecast of 90 million humpies. The disaster declaration would open the door to federal disaster aid for those affected.
Stutes also has asked the Alaska Division of Investments for a waiver of payments due this year from state funded loans to fishermen, so that those payments can be put on the end of their loan rather than paid this year. More DCCED Letter (8/25)
26. State asked to pave way for federal relief (9/1). In the midst of what’s proving to be the worst pink salmon harvest in Alaska in four decades, Rep. Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, is seeking state and federal relief for those in the industry impacted by the multi-million dollar loss.
After going door-to-door in Kodiak, speaking with cannery workers and others hard hit by what Stutes said is the worst pink salmon harvest in 40 years, she has appealed to Gov. Bill Walker and the state Department of Commerce for help. More
27. Petersburg Pilot. Disappointing salmon harvest winds season down early (9/1). With the seasonal peak behind it, Alaska’s commercial fishing industry is expecting one of the worst shortfalls for salmon in recent memory.
As of last Tuesday, Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s in-season blue sheet summary estimated just over 102,245,000 salmon had been caught statewide, with less than a quarter of that caught in Southeast. Despite a fair showing for sockeye, the state’s fishermen would be fortunate enough to harvest half the 263,463,000 salmon estimated caught last year.
The news has not been good for the local commercial industry, with a number of fishermen having to travel further afield to catch fish. Processing has also been affected, with Trident Seafoods closing down its Wrangell plant early. It previously had to temporarily suspend operations at its Petersburg plant at the end of June, transferring those workers over to the Wrangell plant. It resumed operations there after more than a month’s hiatus last week, after concluding its activities in Wrangell. Its cannery in Ketchikan also finished its season on Friday. More
28. Wrangell water crisis ends as potential water treatment system points to solution (8/30). With a slow pink season bringing fishing to a close, Wrangell’s water crisis is over for now. One Wrangell seafood processor has closed its doors for the season and another is wrapping up. But, borough officials aren’t losing site of the longstanding issue. Preliminary results from a possible new water treatment system are pointing in the direction of a solution. More/KSTK Audio
29. Southeast Alaska Dungeness crab catch down from last year (9/1). This summer’s commercial catch of Dungeness crab in Southeast Alaska looks to be down from last year, even with a strong price paid for the crab.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s preliminary harvest estimate for the summer harvest is 1.9 million pounds.
A total of 198 permit holders landed crab during the season which runs June 15 through Aug. 15. More
30. Shuttered Great Pacific Seafoods to sell processing plants (9/2). The trustee picking up the pieces after the May bankruptcy of Alaskan processor Great Pacific Seafoods is preparing the sell the firm's shuttered processing plants, court records show.
Great Pacific Seafoods, which operated plants in Anchorage, Kenai and Whittier and employed 300 people statewide, shut its doors for good on May 30 following a difficult 2015 season and sharp fall in roe sales. More
31. Paving the way: DNR project will establish dipnet infrastructure at Kasilof River mouth (9/1). Fish have played a major role throughout Kasilof’s history.
The Dena’ina people fished and lived near the mouth of the Kasilof River for generations. The first cannery in Cook Inlet, the second in Alaska, was built on the Kasilof River and operated there from approximately 1882 until 1938. Fish traps, which were controversially used by commercial processors and ultimately banned after statehood, were spaced out between the mouth of the Kasilof and Kenai rivers. More
32. Homer. LFS buys Redden Marine, Kachemak Gear Shed (9/1). After a bidding battle between a chain of two Pacific Northwest commercial fishing supply stores, LFS of Bellingham, Wash., made the top offer and has purchased Redden Marine, including its Homer store, Kachemak Gear Shed. Englund Marine & Industrial Supply Co. of Astoria, Ore., initially appeared to have the best offer, but LFS made a late and better offer two weeks ago. The sale was final on Wednesday.
Kachemak Gear Shed will remain in business. Other than losing the Redden Marine name, “The rest of us stays the same,” said Gear Shed manager Gary Squires. “We’re going back to what we always do. Nothing’s changing.” More
33. Kusko. Final Salmon Working Group Meeting (8/31). At the last Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group meeting of the year, managers and other members from the Delta found themselves with no action items, but plenty about this year's salmon season to reflect on. More
35. Airline to phase out 737-400 Combi aircraft (9/1). Local air travelers were invited to the airport for a question-and-answer session August 25.
A delegation of managers with Alaska Airlines fired up a grill out front, fielding questions people may have about the phasing out of the services “combi” fleet next year.
Since its introduction in 2007, the 737-400 combi has been a unique facet of travel within the state, combining cargo conveyance with passenger service in the main cabin. Until it phases them out, Alaska Airlines is the only major domestic carrier to still use the combination jet. More
37. DEC grants extension on pesticide permit renewal comments (9/1). A state agency has extended the public comment period on a proposed renewal of a statewide general permit for using pesticides. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has granted an additional 30 days for comment following concerns from Petersburg. More/KFSK Audio
38. Marine Stewardship Council appoints Eric Critchlow as new U.S. Program Director (8/19). The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Eric will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry. More
39. Nominate a White House Champion of Change for Sustainable Seafood (8/10). Fishing is one of our nation’s oldest and proudest professions. Each day, long before the sun rises, thousands of men and women head out to sea. Others go off to repair boats and fishing equipment, or chill refrigeration trucks that will deliver fresh and healthy seafood to Americans’ tables.
America’s fishers, and our seafood industry, have fed Americans and their families since our nation’s beginning. What’s more, this industry remains critical to the economic health and well-being of communities across the country. More Apps due Sep 9.
40. Salmon farming on the rise in Washington (8/19). Human travelers have I-5 and I-90. Salish Sea salmon have the Juan de Fuca Strait.
It’s the route that they all swim on their way to and from the wide Pacific — the salmon from the Elwha and all the rivers of Puget Sound, plus many salmon returning to Canada’s Fraser River, which are the main local food source for Puget Sound orcas and have always formed the bulk of Puget Sound’s commercial catch.
Now, Icicle Seafoods — recently acquired by Canada’s Cooke Seafood — wants to raise Atlantic salmon in 9.7 acres of salmon net pens in the strait, just east of Port Angeles. More
42. MSC Standard Modification for Mixed Fisheries. The MSC is working to create a new standard for assessing mixed fisheries. The proposed new standard will contribute to greater efficiency and accessibility to the MSC program for fisheries that are catching multiple species simultaneously. Consultation (till Sep 30) timeline and webinars.
43. 3MMI - The 2016 Troll Coho Salmon Fishery: We get the Inside Scoop (8/29). Video
45. Boston. A beer designed specifically to go with seafood (8/30). Nothing goes better with seafood than frosty beer. With that in mind, Delaware’s Dogfish Head craft brewery has just debuted SeaQuench Ale, a session sour brewed with ingredients including sea salt and black limes that is specifically designed to be paired with seafood. The unique recipe brews three different beers in sequence — a straightforward Kolsch with lots of wheat and Munich malt; a salty Gose with black limes, coriander, and sea salt; and a citrusy-tart Berlinerweiss with lime juice and lime peel — then blends all three in a fermentation tank to create a thirst-quenching German hybrid. More
46. A New Look for Bristol Bay (8/29). BBRSDA is pleased to announce that our branding pilot project will launch September 1st in Boulder, Colorado. Our rebranded consumer facing website is now live, so you can see the new, modern look at www.bristolbaysockeye.org.
While the campaign’s primary target is Millennials – a demographic that values things like healthy, sustainable food choices, knowing where their food comes from (think farm to table movement) and believes in supporting foods that are in line with those values – the branding was developed using assets, themes and a look and feel that will appeal to other secondary demographics as well. The campaign themes of wild taste and amazing place introduce consumers to the national treasure of wild Bristol Bay sockeye salmon and tells the story of our salmon and our fishermen. More
47. New Bristol Bay sockeye logo launches (8/30). Bristol Bay has the world’s largest sockeye run, but outside of Alaska, not everyone has heard the name. This week, the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association is launching a marketing campaign in Boulder, Colo. to try and build a brand name. More/KDLG Audio
48. BBRSDA Pilot Branding Project (8/31). Alaska’s Bristol Bay fish harvesters are testing the marketing waters of upscale Boulder, Colorado with a branding pilot project aimed at people who value sustainable food choices and want to know where their food really comes from.
To that end, the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association, which represents the drift gillnet fleet that harvests the Bay’s famed sockeye salmon, has gone live with a colorful new website promoting the salmon, the region, and the fishermen, with links to 10 distributors and 11 processors of Bristol Bay salmon. More
NF. Selling sockeye to millennials (8/30)
Cordova Times. BBRSDA launches branding pilot project (9/1)
49. Sources: Rise in Pacific cod prices set to continue (8/29). Pacific cod prices have firmed up during B season, which started earlier this summer, with some Undercurrent News sources expecting rising prices to be the long term trend.
"Prices have gone up from the start of the season," said one source who wished to remain anonymous (source A), estimating that in late May and early June prices for cod going into Japan were around $3,450 per metric ton for long line-caught, medium-sized, J-cut product. More
50. IntraFish Episode 01 - MSC, Pacific Andes, Alaska Aquaculture 08.29.16. In the very first episode of the IntraFish Podcast, Editorial Director Drew Cherry and Executive Editor John Fiorillo discuss the Marine Stewardship Council's (MSC) move into Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs), the deepening troubles of Hong Kong giant Pacific Andes, and the controversial idea of salmon farming in Alaska. Audio
51. The hottest new trend in sustainable seafood comes in a tin (8/31). With overfishing decimating seafood supplies around the world, the hottest new trend to hit our shores is tinned seafood. This is nothing new to the Europeans but it is taking hold here in the U.S. as fisheries find new ways to market their products in a manner that is as fresh as the first catch.
So what is the difference between tinned and canned? About five dollars and a whole lot of quality and flavor. This is not your run-of-the-mill ninety-nine cent can of tuna that went in little Johnny’s sandwich for lunch today. When we think of canned fish we expect it to be of inferior quality with bits of cartilage or just not at its peak freshness. More
53. International crab trade declining (9/2). GLOBAL - With only one tanner crab processing plant left in Alaska, which by law cannot process more than 30 per cent of the total volume, a significant amount of this species may be left unprocessed, unless regulators come up with a regulation change. More
54. Saved From the Cull: Tokyo’s Iconic Fish Market Gets Reprieve (8/30). The culling of Tokyo’s iconic Tsukiji fish market -- the site of world-renowned early morning tuna auctions -- has been postponed indefinitely.
The 81-year-old market’s future had been in murky waters since 2001, when the city’s government decided to move it to a site on reclaimed land in the Toyosu region near Tokyo Bay. The relocation plan was delayed as contaminated soil had to be removed from the new site -- a process that was completed in October 2014. More
55. Seafood News Weekly Recap (9/2). Video
56. Open call for synthesis Working Groups: State of Alaska’s Salmon and People (SASAP) (7/7). The SASAP project aims to provide an up-to-date interdisciplinary perspective on Alaska’s salmon systems and the people who rely upon them. SASAP is co-led by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and Nautilus Impact Investing (NII).
NCEAS is issuing an open SASAP Call for Proposals for four to five synthesis Working Groups to undertake synthesis research that will advance the understanding of threats and processes affecting Alaskan salmon and/or options for response to those threats for more effective management.
View the SASAP RFP here. Participants from both within Alaska as well as outside of Alaska are encouraged. Applications are due September 20, 2016 at 9:00am PST
For more information on SASAP, visit alaskasalmonandpeople.
57. Wakefield Fisheries Symposium Will Focus on Climate Change (8/24). The 31st Wakefield Fisheries Symposium, set for May 9-12, 2017 in Anchorage, will focus on impacts of the environment on dynamics of Arctic and subarctic species of commercial, subsistence and ecological importance.
Hans-Otto Portner of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Germany is to be the keynote speaker, Alaska Sea Grant officials said. More
58. Scantrol captured the Innovation Award (8/16). The Nor-Fishing Foundation received a total of nine applications for this year’s Innovation Award. This was a slightly lower number than the average for recent years, but many of the candidates presented very interesting projects. The Jury had selected three finalists: The Institute of Marine Research, which presented a project for catch control of the so-called “Danish seine”; Selfa Arctic AS for the development of the world’s first fully electric fishing vessel, “Karoline”; and Scantrol Deep Vision AS for the development of a new method for monitoring the trawl.
This year’s winner was Scantrol Deep Vision AS from Bergen. On behalf of the company, Hege Hammersland-White and Håkon Vågstøl accepted the Award, which was presented to them by Minister of Fisheries Per Sandberg. More
59. Trawling in the Age of Technology (8/1). Trawling is an old and somewhat indiscriminate way to catch fish. As techniques advance, the ability to devastate fish populations exists and is obvious. Regulations ensue. For example: increased horsepower allows vessels to tow larger nets. The goal being increased trawl door spread and the ability to sift through more water volume; therefore in some places the result is to regulate the amount of horsepower. Technological advances in trawl door design allow for increased door spread with reduced horsepower. More
60. What’s eating juvenile salmon (8/24). New research proves that the mass release of salmon smolt from hatcheries acts as a “dinner bell” stimulus for predatory fish. University of Alaska Fairbanks’ biologists Anne Beaudreau, Doug Duncan, and Emily Whitney have spent much of their summer looking inside the bellies of Staghorn Sculpin, Dolly Varden and other predatory fish. The data they collected will help salmon hatcheries determine alternative release strategies in hopes of reducing predation. More
61. Social media reacts to huge halibut (8/25). Earlier this month the buzz around a monster halibut caught by local commercial fishermen in Thomas Bay went crazy after news of the catch spread through social media sites.
Many of the comments expressed amazement for the monster catch, but some talked about sadness because another "breeder" was taken out of the reproduction equation. Multiple people talked about the cruelty of killing such a remarkable fish or simply said, "Should have put it back." More
62. American Fisheries Society recognizes Bill Hogarth with top conservation award (8/22). The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography Director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award - one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. More
63. Marine mammal camp nurtures budding scientists (8/26). The phrase “summer camp” usually brings to mind images of toasted marshmallows, campfires and wobbly canoe trips.
One thing that you won’t find at a typical summer camp: bones.
For the kids at this year’s “Marine Mammal Mystery Camp,” bones are a pretty big part of the experience. More
64. Trawling The Ocean Floor, Scientists Discover New Snailfish (8/26). While trawling the floor of the Bering Sea and the Aleutian region, scientists have discovered several new species of fish -- snailfish. Some were only named last year. Researchers were not looking for them, the trawl was a part of a yearly stock assessment by the federal government that helps set quotas for fisheries. More/KUCB Audio
65. UAS adds two new professors in Marine Fisheries program (8/24). Keith Cox and Michael Navarro joined the University of Alaska Southeast as assistant professors of Marine Fisheries this fall.
For the past three years, Cox has served as the Director for the Alaska Native Science and Engineering (ANSEP) program at UAS and has taught microbiology in the department. Cox’s new appointment will continue to support his work with ANSEP and will expand his responsibilities to include program development and recruitment of new students for the marine fisheries emphasis options in the Biology and Marine Biology bachelor’s degree programs, according to a press release. Cox will teach courses in biology. More
66. Fred Wahl Marine gets $3.4 million in state funds (8/22). Fred Wahl Marine Construction will get a long-awaited $3.4 million ConnectOregon grant for its $8.75 million Bolon Island expansion.
The Oregon Transportation Commission approved the funding at its Aug. 19 meeting in Klamath Falls, according to Region 3 planning manager Mike Baker. The Fred Wahl Marine proposal was one of 39 transportation projects in the running for ConnectOregon funds. More
67. America’s Finest from ‘visionary’ Park could prompt pollock vessel orders (9/1). TRONDHEIM, Norway -- The delivery of an Amendment 80 Alaska flatfish trawler currently under construction at a US shipyard could be the catalyst for orders from the country’s pollock fleet owners, said an executive with a naval architect.
America’s Finest, the 79.80 meter trawler for Fisherman’s Finest, underway at shipyard Dakota Creek Industries, is due for delivery in 2017, according to the website of Skipsteknisk, the Alesund, Norway-based designer of the vessel.
“It is going to be very interesting to see what happens with the US pollock fleet,” Inge Bertil Straume, the sales manager for fishing vessels with Norway’s Skipsteknisk, told Undercurrent News, speaking at the recent Nor-Fishing 2016 show. More
68. The State of Climate Adaptation in U.S. Marine Fisheries Management (8/31). ABSTRACT. This report presents the results of EcoAdapt’s efforts to survey adaptation action in marine fisheries management by examining the major climate impacts on marine and coastal fisheries in the United States, assessing related challenges to fisheries management, and presenting examples of actions taken to decrease vulnerability and/or increase resilience. First, we provide a summary of climate change impacts and secondary effects on fisheries, focusing on changes in air and water temperatures, precipitation patterns, storms, ocean circulation, sea level rise, and water chemistry. We then examine non-climatic factors that affect fisheries management, such as overfishing, bycatch, pollution, habitat degradation and modification, invasive and non-native species, and conflicting uses of marine and coastal ecosystems. More/full report
69. Summer Crab Survey Has Industry Concerned (8/31). Results of the 2016 Eastern Bering Sea continental shelf bottom trawl survey are out, prompting industry concern that while Bristol Bay red king crab is about status quo with last year, the outlook for snow crab and tanner crab may be less rosy.
The standardized survey is conducted every year by the Alaska Fisheries Science Center. This year’s technical memorandum on the survey is online at http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/
Seafood.com Video. Bering Sea Crab Survey Produce Poor Stock Results (9/1)
Cordova Times. Snow crab abundance down (9/2)
70. New Technology Will Provide Better Emergency Care at Unalaska's Clinic (8/30). Unalaska's clinic will soon be the first community health center in Alaska with an electronic intensive care unit (eICU).
That's a type of telemedicine technology that'll connect health care providers at Iliuliuk Family and Health Services with specialists in Anchorage. More
71. High seas fisheries management could recoup losses due to climate change (8/30). Closing the high seas to fishing could increase fish catches in coastal waters by 10 per cent, helping people, especially the most vulnerable, cope with the expected losses of fish due to climate change, new UBC research finds.
"Many important fish stocks live in both the high seas and coastal waters. Effective management of high seas fisheries could benefit coastal waters in terms of productivity and help reduce climate change impacts," said lead author William Cheung, associate professor and director of science of the Nippon Foundation-Nereus Program at UBC's Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries. More
72. NOAA partnerships highlight technical solutions to bycatch reduction (8/31). Today, NOAA Fisheries is awarding more than $2.4 million to partners around the country to support innovative bycatch reduction research projects through its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program (BREP). More
73. New Publications by AFSC Authors
LEW, D. K., D. PUTNAM, and D. M. LARSON. 2016. Attitudes and preferences toward Pacific halibut management alternatives in the saltwater sport fishing charter sector in Alaska: Results from a survey of charter halibut permit holders. U.S. Dep. Commer., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-AFSC-326, 58 p. Online (.pdf, 1.8 MB). Online.
von SZALAY, P. G., and N. W. RARING. 2016. Data report: 2015 Gulf of Alaska bottom trawl survey. U.S. Dep. Commer., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-AFSC-325, 249 p. (.pdf, 10 MB). Online.
RUTECKI, T. L., and J. N. IANELLI. 2016. Feasibility of tagging walleye pollock captured with hook and line using external tags. Mar. Coastal Fish. 8:374-381. http://dx.doi.org/.10.1080/
74. Research fish wheels used for salmon mark and capture study (9/2). Biologists and fisheries technicians with the Native Village of Eyak’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NVE-DENR) have had a productive summer season monitoring Chinook on the lower Copper River this year.
NVE’s fisheries personnel are performing high quality research and gathering the necessary data at their field camps to ensure that the Eyak People can subsist on local fish populations for generations to come, according to NVE’s DENR Coordinator and Fish Biologist Matt Piche. More
75. Fraser River sockeye run at lowest level in more than 120 years, Pacific Salmon Commission reports (8/19). This year’s Fraser River sockeye run is the lowest in more than 120 years, and the Watershed Watch Salmon Society says it all has to do with climate change.
“The salmon are suffering because of the changing environment of which we, as British Columbians, have some responsibility for,” said WWSS fisheries adviser Greg Taylor of the fishery, which ended Aug. 12.
“There’s a great link between (Premier) Christy Clark’s inaction on climate change and river temperatures that are lethal to salmon. More
76. Icicle Sues Maersk over Damaged Shipment (8/24). Icicle Seafoods has filed a lawsuit in US District Court for the Southern District of New York against Maersk for $85,070 in damages, after a shipment of frozen Pacific cod from Dutch Harbor was declared unfit for sale to the customer in Spain.
Icicle contends, in the lawsuit filed in New York on Aug. 12, that there was negligence on the part of the Danish international container shipping firm or its subcontractors regarding the shipment of 810 bags of frozen Pacific cod. More
78. WA. Fish Less, Pay More (9/1). This photo was taken on Friday, August 5th at Seattle's Fishermen's Terminal. We have been either a tenant or neighbor to Fishermen's Terminal since the early 1990s, and we can't remember ever seeing it this empty.
The good news is that the boats that use the Terminal were out making a living, catching wild seafood in Puget Sound to share with the region's landlocked consumers. The bad news is that Governor Jay Inslee and his Fish and Wildlife Commission would prefer that commercial fishermen ply their trade somewhere other than Washington State. More
Aug 30. BOF Southern Southeast Sablefish Longline Emergency Petition, Teleconference
Aug 31. EM Working Group, Teleconference
Sep 1-10. IUCN World Conservation Congress, Honolulu
Sep 6-7. Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Fisheries Standard Committee, Monterey CA
Sep 6-8. Seafood Expo Asia, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Sep 8-11. Homer Halibut Festival
Sep 12. BSAI Halibut Prohibited Species Catch Limit workshop, AFSC Seattle
Sep 13-15. NPRB Advisory Panel, Anchorage
Sep 18-21. USCG Fishing Vessel Safety Exams, Cordova
Sep 19-23. NPRB, Sitka
Sep 20-22. SE Conference Annual Meeting, Petersburg
Sep 23. Kodiak Fisheries Working Group
Sep 26-28. UFA Board, Anchorage Clarion Suites
Sep 27. Comments due on October NPFMC agenda items
Oct 4-6. CONEXMAR (Frozen Seafood Show), Vigo, Spain
Oct 7. Apps due for MPA committee
Oct 11-13. Pacific Salmon Commission Fall meeting, Vancouver BC
Oct 12-14. Smoke Seafood School, Kodiak
Oct 18-20. BOF Work Session. Kenai/Soldotna
Oct 25-27. ASMI All Hands, Captain Cook, Anchorage
Oct 26-27. IPHC Management Strategies Advisory Board
Nov 1-3. MAFAC, Washington, DC
Nov 1-4. Center for Salmon and Society Workshop: Long-term Challenges to Alaska’s Salmon and Salmon-Dependent Communities, Anchorage
Nov 2-13. PICES 2016 Annual Meeting, San Diego
Nov 8. Alaska General Election. Absentee Voting
Nov 10-11. HACCP, Kodiak
Nov 15. Comment deadline for BOF Lower Cook Inlet Finfish Date Change
Nov 14-18. Seafood Processing Quality Control Training, Kodiak
Nov 17-18. MatSu Salmon Symposium, Palmer
Nov 17-19. Pacific Marine Expo (aka Fish Expo), Seattle
Nov 30-Dec 3. BOF Lower Cook Inlet Finfish, Homer Date Change
Nov 29-30. IPHC Interim Meeting, Seattle
Dec 6-14. NPFMC, Anchorage. Council starts on Thursday
Dec 8–9. Harmful Algal Bloom Workshop, Anchorage
Dec 19. Comments due on USCG fishing vessels safety regs (Comments extended 90 days from original 19 Sep deadline)
Jan 9-13. Pacific Salmon Commission post season meeting, Vancouver BC
Jan 23-27. IPHC Annual Meeting, Victoria
Jan 10-13. BOF Kodiak Finfish, Kodiak
Jan 28-Feb 7. NPFMC, Seattle
Feb 6-10. Alaska Forum on the Environment, Anchorage
Feb 13-17. Pacific Salmon Commission 32nd Annual Meeting, Portland, OR
Feb 22-25. Pacific Seabird Group 44th Annual, Tacoma
Feb 23-Mar 8. BOF Upper Cook Inlet Finfish, Anchorage
Mar 1. Wild Seafood Exchange, Bellingham
Mar 6-11. PICES/ICES Symposium 2017, Victoria, BC
Mar 27-31. NPRB Science Panel, Seattle
Apr 24-27. NPRB Advisory Panel, Anchorage
May 1-5. NPRB Spring Board Meeting, Anchorage
May. (Tbd). Blue Vison Summit, Washington DC
May (Tbd). NPAFC 25th Annual Meeting, British Columbia (tbd)
May 9-12. Wakefield Symposium: Impacts of the Environment on the Dynamics of High-Latitude Fish and Shellfish, Anchorage
Mar 13-17. BOF statewide king and tanner crab, supplemental issues, Anchorage
Mar or May. North American Association of Fisheries Economists Forum, La Paz, MX
Aug 18. BOF ACR Request Deadline
Aug 29-24. American Fisheries Society, Tampa
Oct 18-19. BOF Work Session, Anchorage
Oct 17-19. Pacific Salmon Commission Fall meeting, US Location TBD
Dec 1-5. BOF Prince William Sound Finfish, Valdez
Jan 11-23. BOF Southeast and Yakutat Finfish and Shellfish, Ketchikan
Jan 22-26. IPHC Annual Meeting, Portland