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ODFW to Consider Dungeness Crab Fishery Management Plan
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ODFW to Consider Dungeness Crab Fishery Management Plan

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials say the state’s Fish and Wildlife Commission is expected to adopt regulations on Friday, Oct. 15 implementing the Oregon Dungeness Crab Fishery Management Plan. That plan describes the status of Dungeness crab and the department’s management of the bay and ocean commercial crab fisheries, and the bays and ocean recreational crab fishery. The conservation plan considered by the commission in September is limited to the ocean commercial sector and mitigation of entanglements of protected marine species. ODFW officials note that Oregon’s Dungeness crab fishery forms the economic backbone of commercial fishing activity along the Oregon coast, including tourism, recreational crabbing and the seafood industry. They said that the FMP prov...
Guilty Plea Entered in Laser Strike on Coast Guard Aircrew
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Guilty Plea Entered in Laser Strike on Coast Guard Aircrew

A Washington state resident has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to aiming a laser pointer at the Coast Guard aircrew as they were on final approach to Air Station Port Angeles on Sept. 26, 2016. Thirty-five-year-old Randall Muck of the Port Angeles area was sentenced to 90 days home confinement with electronic monitoring, one year of probation and a $1,000 fine. The Coast Guard report said that Muck illuminated an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew with a green laser light while the aircrew was on final approach to the air station. The four members of the aircrew reported no injuries. Muck was identified by the Coast Guard Investigative Service as the person using the laser following incriminating statements he made at work. His live-in girlfriend witnessed the a...
Unified Command Continues Response to Oil Spill Off the Coast of Orange County, California
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Unified Command Continues Response to Oil Spill Off the Coast of Orange County, California

A Unified Command established to respond to a massive oil spill off the coast of California is continuing its work, with commercial divers contracted to identify the source of an oil pipeline leak that has caused at least 126,000 gallons of oil to spill into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Orange County. The spill disaster has prompted closure of area fisheries, closed major surfing teaches and left numerous fish and birds coated in oil. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency for Orange County. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed fishing for finfish and shellfish from Huntington Beach to two miles north of San Clemente Municipal Pier, including shorelines and offshore areas, bays and harbors and to eight miles offshore. Updat...
450 Shark Fins Uncovered in International Fisheries Boardings in North Pacific
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450 Shark Fins Uncovered in International Fisheries Boardings in North Pacific

An international boarding team of maritime inspectors from Canada, South Korea and the United States Coast Guard cutter Bertholf uncovered 450 shark fins and 32 potential conservation and management violations during recent annual efforts of Operation North Pacific Guard. The event is a coordinated effort with cooperating Pacific Rim nations working to counter illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. From the beginning of September through Oct. 5, the partners, operating aboard the Bertholf, boarded 15 fishing vessels registered to fish within the Western and Centra; Pacific Fisheries Commission and North Pacific Fisheries Commission convention areas, the Coast Guard said. Potential violations ranged from use of prohibited gear and failure to maintain records of catch to impr...
Trident Seafoods, APICDA Reach Agreement Over False Pass Joint Venture
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Trident Seafoods, APICDA Reach Agreement Over False Pass Joint Venture

Trident Seafoods and APICDA Joint Ventures, a subsidiary of the Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association, have announced the resolution of differences over a lawsuit stemming from Trident’s purchase of majority interest in APICDA’s seafood plant at False Pass in April, 2018. In a joint statement issued on Monday, Oct. 4, Trident and APICDA said they had resolved their primary differences and now look forward to working to strengthen a longstanding relationship and finding new ways to work together. No details were provided involving settlement of the lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington on April 18, 2020. Trident CEO Joe Bundrant said that his company has long valued its partnership with APICDA, that they hav...
Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers Propose Emergency Actions to Help Crab Stocks Rebound
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Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers Propose Emergency Actions to Help Crab Stocks Rebound

Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers are proposing quick action by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council when the federal fisheries managers begin their virtual October meeting today, Oct. 6. The trade association, which represents most of the independent crab harvesters of king, snow and Tanner crab, is asking for limited, short-term emergency action to expand the red king crab savings area closure to bottom trawling to protect female Bristol Bay red king crab. Combined with closure of the directed fishery, this requested action is expected to provide immediate conservation benefits to the stock and reduce the potential of a continued closure of the directed crab fishery next year, said Jamie Goen, executive director of Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers. Commercial Bering Sea crab harv...
Consumer Preferences, Health Concerns, Boost Canned Salmon Market Growth
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Consumer Preferences, Health Concerns, Boost Canned Salmon Market Growth

Canned salmon is seeing an upsurge in demand, thanks to increased consumption of seafood for its health benefits, according to a new report by the industry intelligence and market research firm Fact.MR. The report notes that canned salmon is a great source of essential nutrients such as protein, as well as vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids. Canned salmon has a unique flavor with a less fishy taste compared to other varieties of fish, the report states. It can be offered in various forms such as smoked, sauteed grilled, steamed and poached, making it a natural for breakfast meals and salads. Consumption of highly nutritional seafood like salmon also helps to prevent various chronic diseases like heart disease, reduces the risk of stroke, cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, as...
ADF&G Selects All Pre-Registered Snow Crab Vessels for Observer Coverage
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ADF&G Selects All Pre-Registered Snow Crab Vessels for Observer Coverage

Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials have taken the precautionary step of selecting all vessels pre-registered for the 2021-22 Bering Sea snow crab fishery for observer program coverage. Vessel captains have been advised that it’s their responsibility to contact the state-contracted observer firm, Saltwater Inc., in Anchorage for observer coverage for the eastern and western Bering Sea bairdi Tanner crab fisheries. Captains must also advise Saltwater if they choose not to participate in either fishery. Failure to do so will result in delayed fishing operations or enforcement actions, according to the announcement. ADF&G officials also noted that total allowable catches were to be announced in subsequent news releases, but that this announcement did not imply that a fisher...
Applications for Seafood Processors Pandemic Grants Due Nov. 23
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Applications for Seafood Processors Pandemic Grants Due Nov. 23

Federal Agriculture Department officials are accepting applications from U.S. states through Nov. 23 for the Agricultural Marketing Service’s Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety (SPRS) block grant program, which is expected to award about $50 million in assistance early in 2022. Distribution of funds to seafood industry recipients will depend on each state’s plan, a USDA spokesperson said. USDA has allocated funding to certain states and territories based on a formula that considers economic activity as demonstrated through commercial fisheries landings, as detailed in the request for applications. The program is funded through pandemic assistance funds provided in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Once USDA has awarded the funds, state agencies will provide...
New NOAA Study Looking at Fish Reproduction in a Variety of Habitats
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New NOAA Study Looking at Fish Reproduction in a Variety of Habitats

A new NOAA Fisheries study now underway is looking into the relationship between fish condition and reproductive success in varied habitats, with a focus on deep-sea coral and sponge ecosystems. Part of this research includes developing methods to accurately assess the condition of rockfish by measuring their fat content, since for Alaska rockfish fat signifies health. Evidence compiled by researchers suggests that fish with higher energy reserves (of fat) are more reproductively successful and therefor more productive. Several species of rockfish in Alaska have been shown to skip spawning in certain years. Scientists are uncertain if this reproductive failure is related to body condition. The focus of the study is the most commercially important rockfish in the Gulf of Alaska ...