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USCG Expanding Its Astoria,  Oregon Facilities to Accommodate  Fast Response Cutters

USCG Expanding Its Astoria, Oregon Facilities to Accommodate Fast Response Cutters

The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded a contract to expand its shoreside facilities at East Tongue Point in Astoria, the USCG announced July 12. The winning bid was placed by GWWH, a  joint venture team comprised of Granite Construction, Webcor Construction LP, Weeks Marine, Inc. and Healy Tibbitts Builders, Inc. The $30 million contract provides design-build improvements at the facility to accommodate the homeporting of fast response cutters (FRCs). The facilities are planned to include a fixed pier, two floating docks, gangways between the docks and pier, cutter shore tie utilities on the pier, underground utilities on the shore, new pavement and parking and a security fence around the site. Additionally, the contract includes dredging 96,500 cubic yards of sediment and an additional 18,00...
AFSC Research Plan Focuses on Shellfish, Seaweed Aquaculture Development

AFSC Research Plan Focuses on Shellfish, Seaweed Aquaculture Development

A strategic research plan released by the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) will be used to help the NOAA Fisheries agency guide research to expand shellfish and seaweed production over the next five years, in hopes of expanding the state’s blue economy. The goal is to provide information for state and federal regulatory agencies and coastal communities in Alaska to ensure a sustainable seafood supply and economic opportunities for Americans. This research will provide an important foundation for sustainable development, AFSC Director Bob Foy said. “Marine aquaculture contributes to restoration efforts in Alaska and is increasing economic opportunities for coastal communities through the farming of shellfish and seaweed,” Foy explained. The research plan notes that the industry in...
Round 2 CARES Act Fisheries Relief Applications Due by Oct. 31

Round 2 CARES Act Fisheries Relief Applications Due by Oct. 31

Applications for Round 2 CARES Act for Alaska fishery participants are available now on the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) website, https://www.psmfc.org. They must be filled out and postmarked by Oct. 31 to be eligible for relief funds. The announcement from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game refers to aid being made available to fishermen financially impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic, which is still ongoing more than two years after it began. The relief funds are from the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020 in response to the economic fallout of the pandemic. ADF&G officials noted that applicants should carefully review Alaska’s spend plan and instructions before co...
Sockeye Salmon Retail Prices Hold Their Own

Sockeye Salmon Retail Prices Hold Their Own

In the aftermath of a robust 2022 Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery, the retail demand for wild Alaska sockeye salmon helped the price stay steady at $10.99 a pound. When the harvest first started coming in, the retail price was $12.99-$15.99 per pound.
UW Study Supports ‘Safety in Numbers’ Hypothesis for Pacific Salmon

UW Study Supports ‘Safety in Numbers’ Hypothesis for Pacific Salmon

A University of Washington study published in late June found that Pacific salmon in large groups face a lower risk of being consumed by predators, although for some salmon species that tradeoff means more competition for food. While most people think of salmon spawning in freshwater streams, they also spend a huge amount of time in the ocean feeding and growing, said Anne Polyakov, lead author of the study, which was published in the journal Science Advances. “One of the reasons why this study is so unique is that we essentially can’t observe these fish at all in their natural ocean environment, and yet we’re able to pull out these really strong results on how grouping affects predation risk and foraging success for individual fish using this incredibly valuable dataset,” said Polyako...
Tax Credit Program for Seafood Processors Extended

Tax Credit Program for Seafood Processors Extended

Legislation signed in early July extends the sunset date for an Alaska tax credit program for seafood processors that bring value-added product to market. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, continues the tax credit for salmon and herring value-added products until Jan. 1, 2027 and also allows tax credits for products from other Alaska fish species. The program, the Alaska Salmon Product Development Tax Credit, is credited as a major reason for the boost in the commercial value of Alaska seafood since its inception in 2003. Data compiled by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and the Pacific Seafood Processors Association concludes that $114.4 million in new revenue has been generated from the program. Stevens said that the new law extends the ability for Al...
Public Comment Sought on Reducing Mortality for Red King Crab, Snow Crab

Public Comment Sought on Reducing Mortality for Red King Crab, Snow Crab

Federal fisheries managers are seeking public comment through Sept. 23 on how to reduce fishing-related mortality for Eastern Bering Sea snow crab and Bristol Bay red king crab. A notice published by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in the Federal Register on July 14 invites comments to be posted online at “Request for Information (RFI) – Bristol Bay Red King Crab and Eastern Bering Sea Snow Crab” (found online at www.federalregister.gov). The National Marine Fisheries Service notified the council in October of 2021 that Eastern Bering Sea Snow crab’s status had been changed to overfished. The Eastern Bering Sea snow crab assessment showed that mature male biomass was 50,600 metric tons, less than the minimum stock size threshold of 76,700 metric tons. Total snow crab m...
SNP Urges Stronger Focus on Seafood Nutrition

SNP Urges Stronger Focus on Seafood Nutrition

The value of seafood nutrition needs to be included in the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health as part of the strategy to end hunger, increase healthy eating and reduce diet-related diseases, members of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership say. That advice came in SNP’s response to a White House request for public comment in advance of finalizing that strategy at the Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health set for September. “After learning that we can reduce our risks of heart disease by 30-50% with eating more seafood, and the breadth of science on seafood nutrition, I made it my personal mission to share this information as widely as possible, Seafood Nutrition Partnership President Linda Cornish said. “What we eat matters to our health and seafood is a vital par...

Appointees Named to Pacific, North Pacific, Western Pacific Regional Councils

Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo has announced appointments of 20 new and returning members of the eight regional fishery management councils, including two each for the North Pacific and Pacific councils and three for the Western Pacific council. On the North Pacific Council, Angela Drobnica was appointed and Nicole Kimball was reappointed to fill two obligatory seats for Alaska. Drobnica, of the Aleutian Pribilof Island Development Association, had previously served on the council’s Advisory Panel. She will fill the seat of former council member Cora Campbell, president and chief executive officer of Silver Bay Seafoods. Kimball is a vice president of the Pacific Seafood Processors Association in Seattle. For the Pacific Council, this year’s reappointments include Peter Hassem...
OBI Expands Efforts to Aid Ukrainian Refugees

OBI Expands Efforts to Aid Ukrainian Refugees

OBI Seafoods is expanding its support for relief efforts of its Ukrainian employees to assist those displaced by the war with relocation, food, medical care and housing. The effort began with and is led by two employees of the seafood processing company, Maryna Molokopoi and Douglas Impagliazzo, a married couple who live in Odessa, Ukraine when not working in Alaska during the salmon season. When Russia invaded Ukraine in February, the couple evacuated their home and relocated to Moldova to assist in the wartime aid effort. With support from OBI Seafoods and dozens of individuals and their families worldwide, the couple and a small group of fellow refugees were able to provide over $70,000 in support for refugees. When the war broke out, “they jumped into action,” said Mark Palmer, ch...