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Silver Bay Acquires Trident Seafood’s False Pass Processing Facilities
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Silver Bay Acquires Trident Seafood’s False Pass Processing Facilities

Trident Seafoods and Silver Bay Seafoods on June 7 announced that they’ve reached an agreement for Silver Bay to acquire one of Trident’s processing facilities and fuel business. Trident’s False Pass operation, located in the community of False Pass, a remote southwest Alaska fishing community on Unimak Island located between the tip of the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutian Islands, is dedicated entirely to processing salmon. The facility’s located next to Silver Bay’s False Pass processing facility, which opened in 2019. “The acquisition of the False Pass operations will create efficiencies between the two neighboring processing plants and includes a fuel facility that provides critical fuel services to the community and fishing fleet,” Silver Bay Seafoods President and CEO C...
NOAA Fisheries Announces Changes in Alaska Survey Portfolio
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NOAA Fisheries Announces Changes in Alaska Survey Portfolio

The Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) said in early June that it plans to redesign and reprioritize efforts in several of its surveys this year, while advancing ways to more efficiently collect data and accomplish its research mission to support sustainable fisheries management. The new survey combines the current eastern Bering Sea bottom trawl survey, the northern Bering Sea bottom trawl survey, and portions of the historical Eastern Bering Sea slope survey. AFSC is also suspending one survey due to shortfalls in cost recovery to the industry in conducting the survey, related to depressed economic value of the harvest. It’s all part of a NOAA Fisheries multi-year effort, announced June 7, to strategically respond to climate-driven changes in the environment, maintain fi...
Southeast Alaska Harvester Pleads Guilty to Falsifying Records, Endangering Whale
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Southeast Alaska Harvester Pleads Guilty to Falsifying Records, Endangering Whale

A 54-year-old commercial fisherman from Southeast Alaska has pleaded guilty to false labeling of fishing records in violation of U.S. law. The fisherman admitted to violating the Lacey Act, which prohibits trade in wildlife, fish and plants that have been illegally taken, possessed, transported, or sold, and illegally taking a sperm whale in violation of the Endangered Species Act. The case was investigated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Law Enforcement. The U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Alaska said that Dugan Paul Daniels of Coffman Cove is to be sentenced Sept. 16. He faces a maximum penalty of six years in prison. U.S. Attorney for Alaska S. Lane Tucker said June 6 that a federal district court judge would determine any se...
Higher Pacific Salmon Abundance in Canadian Arctic Linked to Warming Seas
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Higher Pacific Salmon Abundance in Canadian Arctic Linked to Warming Seas

A new study by researchers at Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the University of Alaska Fairbanks links higher Pacific salmon abundance in the Canadian Arctic to warming ocean temperatures. The study, published June 5 in the journal Global Change Biology, found that a two-part mechanism was tied to the presence of salmon in the Canadian Arctic. Warm late spring conditions in the Chukchi Sea, northwest of Alaska, drew salmon into the Arctic. When those conditions persisted in the summertime Beaufort Sea, northeast of Alaska, salmon could continue to Canada, researchers said. Canadian and Alaskan scientists, working together with communities in the western Canadian Arctic, connected the salmon booms experienced by subsistence fishermen in recent years with a sequence of warm,...
Expedited Review of Salmon Disaster Plan Requested by California Congressmen
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Expedited Review of Salmon Disaster Plan Requested by California Congressmen

Congressional representatives from California say complete closure of the state’s ocean and river salmon fisheries has been devastating for their constituents and that federal agencies should expedite the review and approval of the 2023 California fisheries disaster plan request. U.S. Representatives Jared Huffman and Jimmy Panetta and Sen. Alex Padilla, all Democrats, made their request in a June 4 letter to Shalanda Young, director of the Office of Management and Budget, and NOAA Administrator Richard Spinrad. Last year, California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office requested that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo declare a federal fisheries disaster after the Pacific Fishery Management Council and the state closed the season because of weak Chinook salmon stocks. “Any accele...
NOAA Fisheries: More Than Half of Seafood Import Entry Filings Noncompliant
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NOAA Fisheries: More Than Half of Seafood Import Entry Filings Noncompliant

A new NOAA Fisheries report to Congress on combatting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing finds that about 56% of audited import entry filings are noncompliant, mostly for incomplete chain of custody and misreporting of harvest weight. The volume and value of seafood species subject to the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) during fiscal year 2023 included over 1.7 billion pounds of seafood with a combined value of more than $6.4 billion in U.S. dollars. NOAA announced delivery of the report on May 31. The SIMP imports represented about 32% by volume and 30% by value of all seafood imports into the United States last year. The decrease in imports subject to SIMP reporting requirements is reflective of the overall decline in imports observed over the past fi...
Northline Seafoods Barge Heads for Bristol Bay
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Northline Seafoods Barge Heads for Bristol Bay

Northline Seafoods’ new vertically integrated barge, equipped to buy, freeze, ship, store and distribute wild Alaska salmon, is expected to make its debut this summer in the Bristol Bay wild salmon fishery, with a capacity to hold more than 10 million pounds of fresh fish. The barge would be located at Clarks Point in the Nushagak district to buy fish from all Bristol Bay fishing districts. The Hannah’s departure on May 25 from Fairhaven Shipyard in Bellingham, Wash. marks the completion of a more than three-year project, including 15 months of construction. Seeing the Hannah depart for the Bristol Bay fishery “is a dream come true,” Northline Seafoods CEO Ben Blakey said in a May 28 statement, confirming the maiden voyage of the barge. Blakey said that the successful compl...
NPFMC to Discuss Observer Coverage, Other Fisheries Issues at Next Meeting
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NPFMC to Discuss Observer Coverage, Other Fisheries Issues at Next Meeting

Observer coverage, Aleutian Islands golden king crab, vessel caps for halibut landings and the release of small sablefish are top items for discussion before the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) meeting in Kodiak June 7-12. The council has received over three dozen comments to date on the issues. The council’s Fishery Monitoring and Advisory Committee is to present its report on observer coverage in the 2023 fisheries. Most of the comments regarding observer coverage are from harvesters calling for reduced bycatch from trawlers whose nets catch an abundance of salmon, halibut and snow crab. One commenter cited an incident of draggers reporting 85,295 individual snow crab as bycatch within seven days in an area closed to crabbing. An observer with Saltwater Inc. urg...
Trident Seafoods’ Kodiak Plant to Operate Through ‘B’ Season as Sale Negotiations Continue
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Trident Seafoods’ Kodiak Plant to Operate Through ‘B’ Season as Sale Negotiations Continue

Trident Seafoods plans to keep its Kodiak processing facility operating through the groundfish “B” season, as negotiations continue with prospective buyers for that property and another facility at False Pass. Trident CEO Joe Bundrant said May 30 that the company is currently in the midst of sale negotiations for the Kodiak facility, a process covered by a non-disclosure agreement. “While we aren't able to disclose more details at this time, we’re confident about the plant's future and we’re looking forward to sharing more details as soon as possible,” he said. The Kodiak plant is the largest and most complex of Trident’s shoreside facilities, with year-round operations supporting multiple species. The details of the Kodiak plant’s operations makes the sale of that plant a len...
NOAA Fisheries Updates Efforts on Wild Fish Conservancy Remand
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NOAA Fisheries Updates Efforts on Wild Fish Conservancy Remand

NOAA Fisheries officials say they are working to complete the analyses required by a district court under remand in the Wild Fish Conservancy litigation involving Chinook salmon. The federal agency announced May 31 that it’s finalizing a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement on Expenditure of Funds to Increase Prey Availability for Southern Resident Killer Whales and an associated Endangered Species Act Biological Opinion, for a prey increase program that mitigates the impacts from the U.S. salmon fisheries managed under the 2019 Pacific Salmon Treaty. NOAA is also finalizing an environmental impact statement for the issuance of an Incidental Take Statement Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for Salmon Fisheries in Southeast Alaska subject to the 2019 Pacific Salmon Tre...