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Sunken Fishing Vessel No Longer Environmental Threat: USCG
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Sunken Fishing Vessel No Longer Environmental Threat: USCG

A commercial fishing vessel that sank in mid-August near Sunset Point off Washington’s San Juan Island, was recovered, defueled and on a salvage barge as of Sept. 21, and no longer posed a significant threat to the environment, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Plans were to transit the Aleutian Isle to a mainland facility for further investigation into the cause of the sinking. The federal on-scene coordinator representative, U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Kira Moody, said that the unique environment of the San Juan Islands and location of the vessel made for a complicated and technical response. The 58-foot fishing vessel sank Aug. 13 near Sunset Point off San Juan Island with an estimated 2,500 gallons of diesel on board and 100 gallons of motor oil and other oils. It was recovered from o...
ALFA Wins Seafood Industry Climate Awards Grant
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ALFA Wins Seafood Industry Climate Awards Grant

The Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA) in Sitka, Alaska, has received a $40,000 grant for a pilot project that would convert the Alaska fishing fleet to hybrid diesel/electric in order to help lower the carbon footprint within the seafood industry. The project, supported by the Energy Transitions Initiative Project Partnership, has ALFA working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Kemp Energetics to transfer technologies proven through other forms of transportation to small scale commercial fishing boats. The Seafood Industry Climate Award (SICA) from Acme Smoked Fish Foundation in Brooklyn, N.Y., will be used to purchase equipment for ALFA’s hybridization/decarbonization project, ALFA Executive Director Linda Behnken said. Together with TD Bank of Anc...
Rallying Cry Issued for National Seafood Month
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Rallying Cry Issued for National Seafood Month

The Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP), National Seafood Council Task Force and Seafood4Health Action Coalition have launched a pilot program, Celebrate Seafood, in advance of the upcoming October National Seafood Month. The collaborative effort calls for reinforcing the increasing interest of consumers in eating seafood and its health benefits, based on retail sales throughout 2020 and 2021. In a message posted Tuesday, Sept. 27, they cited the opportunity for the seafood community to work together around a common message that seafood is good for public health and the health of the planet. SNP offered links to resources for the industry, including Celebrate Seafood Toolkit and Logos/Graphics, plus way to earn prizes, from free seafood to a one-on-one cooking class with celebrit...
Comment Sought on Salmon Disaster Spend Plan
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Comment Sought on Salmon Disaster Spend Plan

The State of Alaska, in consultation with stakeholders and NOAA Fisheries, is seeking public comment through Oct. 6 on the initial $131.8 million spend plan for the 2020-2021 statewide Salmon Disaster Initial Draft Spend Plan. The money is intended to assist fishery participants harmed by the disaster, to improve fishery information used to assess and forecast future fishery performance and to develop management approaches that mitigate the impacts of future fishery disasters that cannot be prevented. Allocation amounts include: 2019 Norton Sound Red King Crab: $1,433,137; 2020 Norton Sound, Yukon River, Kuskokwim River, Chignik, and Southeast Alaska salmon; and 2021 Yukon River salmon: $55,928,849; 2018 and 2020 Copper River and Prince William Sound salmon: $34,326,26...
NOAA Hosts First Responder Training on Entangled Whale Response
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NOAA Hosts First Responder Training on Entangled Whale Response

NOAA Fisheries, the leader in the Alaska Large Whale Entanglement Response Program, recently held workshops in four Alaska communities on how to best respond to entangled whales. The training sessions in Metlakatla, Auke Bay and Gustavus in Southeast Alaska and Cordova, on Prince William Sound, taught safety skills needed to approach whales in distress, especially entangled whales. Participating NOAA employees and partner agencies included a team of advanced, authorized responders and trainers who use specialized equipment to safely and legally respond to entangled whales. The program emphasizes the importance of assessment and documentation from a safe, legal distance from the on-water communities. NOAA Fisheries leads the Alaska Large Whale Entanglement Response Program. It ...
Alaska to Request Federal Disaster Aid for West Coast Storm Damage
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Alaska to Request Federal Disaster Aid for West Coast Storm Damage

The State of Alaska has indicated that it plans to seek a federal disaster declaration for the September storm that hit struck the Western coast as soon as a damage assessment to determine the financial need is completed. Gov. Mike Dunleavy has already issued a state disaster declaration for the storm, activating the State Emergency Operations Plan, for all communities impacted by the record storm. If the state’s request for federal aid is approved, at least 75% of eligible disaster costs would be covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA disaster aid covers three general categories, including assistance to individuals and households, public assistance for emergency replacement of public facilities, and hazard mitigation assistance to reduce future losses to public...
Growth in Protein Demand is Driving the Global Aquaculture Sector
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Growth in Protein Demand is Driving the Global Aquaculture Sector

A new analysis from the San Antonio, Texas research firm Frost & Sullivan says innovation in aquaculture technologies and smart farming methodologies are revolutionizing the sector and generating billions of dollars in revenue streams. The company predicts that the market will garner $415.82 billion in revenue by 2030, up from $284.63 billion in 2021, an uptick at a compound annual growth rate of 4.3%. According to Frost and Sullivan research analyst Akheela Dhiman, the aquaculture industry has fully recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic, after facing the most intense impact in the first half of 2020. Dhiman said that with reopening of hotels, restaurants and cafes since and recovery in global household demand have revived the aquaculture industry. To take advantage of t...
New OA, Hypoxia Report Delivered to Oregon Legislators
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New OA, Hypoxia Report Delivered to Oregon Legislators

A new report delivered to Oregon legislators by the Oregon Coordinating Council on Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia says that impacts of ocean acidification and hypoxia are now predictable every summer. That steady increase in acidification is approaching or meeting levels problematic not only for oysters, but for crab, mussels, urchins, salmon rockfish and other species, according to the report from the Oregon Coordinating Council on Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia (OAH Council). The diverse stakeholder group provides science-based recommendations to legislators in Oregon. Since it was created by legislators in 2017, the OAH Council has worked to understand, mitigate and adapt to changing ocean conditions and associated negative impacts. Over the last two years, the OAH Counci...
Sunken Fishing Vessel Raised Off San Juan Island
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Sunken Fishing Vessel Raised Off San Juan Island

A commercial fishing vessel that sank near Washington’s San Juan Island on Aug. 13, with estimated 2,600 gallons of diesel and oil on board, was successfully lifted to the surface this past week, in a lengthy process that ended on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 17. The lifting of the Aleutian Isle began during that weekend afternoon and continued late into the night. The Coast Guard said after the vessel was brought to the surface that the crew began the complicated task of dewatering and removing fuel. The vessel was partially dewatered and approximately 775 gallons of oily-water liquids were removed, but crews were unable to safely access all spaces and completely dewater the vessel. The Aleutian Isle is now floating with assistance from the barge DB-24. The incident command...
Comment Period Open for Items on NPFMC’s October Agenda
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Comment Period Open for Items on NPFMC’s October Agenda

Comment is being accepted in advance of the Oct. 6-11 meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in Anchorage on agenda topics ranging from integration of electronic monitoring on Pollock catcher vessels to a proposal for expanded Pacific cod catches in federal waters. Final decisions on both matters are expected at the meeting. Development of the trawl electronic monitoring program evolved as part of a cooperative research plan developed by the Trawl Electronic Monitoring Committee through pilot projects in 2018 and 2019, and under an exempted fishing permit, which has expanded participation since 2020. The proposed amendment to redefine the current federal Bering Sea/Aleutian Island Pacific cod jig sector to include jig catcher vessels and catcher processors, as...