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IYS Research Continues on Salmon in Open Ocean
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IYS Research Continues on Salmon in Open Ocean

Researchers participating in the International Year of the Salmon (IYS) are preparing to bring a team to Vancouver, Canada in October for a preliminary review of expedition findings on what happens to salmon in the North Pacific Ocean, including the Gulf of Alaska. Organizers of the IYS Synthesis Symposium, slated for Oct. 4-6 in Vancouver, Canada, identified as the ultimate goal developing a roadmap for the resilience of salmon and people through 2030. Synthesis papers and presentations given during the symposium are to be used to identify critical knowledge or method gaps and potential solutions to inform that roadmap, they said. Lab work is ongoing as scientists from five international research vessels that participated in the IYS Pan-Pacific Winter High Seas Expedition betwee...
Alaska Symphony of Seafood Calls for Product for 2023 Competition
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Alaska Symphony of Seafood Calls for Product for 2023 Competition

A call for product is out for the 2023 Alaska Symphony of Seafood competition, with judging in November in Seattle and the winners to be announced in February during an open house in Juneau, where invited guests include members of the Alaska Legislature. The deadline for entries is Oct. 21. Details and entry forms are the website of the event organizer, the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF), at https://www.afdf.org/wp-content/uploads/2023ASOS_CallForProducts.pdf. Judging is in Seattle on Nov. 16, prior to the Seattle Open House, co-hosted by Northwest Fisheries Association at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center, with invited guests from the seafood industry, plus sponsors and news media. The next event is the awards ceremony in Juneau on Feb. 23, co-hoste...
Evolution of Alaska Pollock Fishery Discussion On Topic For Annual GAPP Meeting
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Evolution of Alaska Pollock Fishery Discussion On Topic For Annual GAPP Meeting

Top officials with Arctic Storm Management Group and Glacier Fish Co. will discuss the evolution of the wild Alaska Pollock fishery in a panel discussion during the annual meeting of the Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) on Oct. 17 at the Seattle Westin hotel. The idea of a panel to discuss the rise of the multi-million-dollar Alaska Pollock industry came from Bob Desautel, chairman of the board of GAPP and president and chief operating officer of Global Seafoods. Panelists include Wally Pereyra, chairman of Arctic Storm Management Group; Doug Christensen, president and chief executive officer of Arctic Storm; and Jim Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Glacier Fish Co. DeSautel said he felt the panel discussion detailing how far this fishery has come and the s...
UBC Urges Strong Action to Mitigate Climate Change
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UBC Urges Strong Action to Mitigate Climate Change

A new study released by the University of British Columbia is projecting the impact of different global temperature increases and ranges of fishing activity will have on biomass, or the amount of fish by weight in a given area, from 1950 to 2100. The simulations suggest that climate change has reduced fish stocks in 103 of 226 marine regions studied, including Canada, from their historical levels, and that these stocks will struggle to rebuild their numbers under projected global warming levels in the 21st century. According to lead study author William Cheung, a professor at Canada’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, more conservation-oriented fisheries management is essential to rebuild over-exploited fish stocks under climate change. But that alone is not enough, Cheung ...
Final Decision Coming on Northern Edge 2023 Military Exercises in Alaska
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Final Decision Coming on Northern Edge 2023 Military Exercises in Alaska

U.S. Navy officials have released a final document on plans for 2023 training exercises in the Gulf of Alaska, with a final decision on which action alternative to implement coming a minimum of 30 days after publication of the final supplemental document. The final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS) is available for review at www.GOAEIS.com. The document includes consideration of a number of comments made during public comment periods in 2020 and 2021. While no additional public comment periods are now anticipated, new and different comments from those previously submitted would still be considered, according to Julianne Stanford, environmental public affairs specialist with the Navy Region Northwest. The 30-day wait ...
Guest Column: Doing More with Less
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Guest Column: Doing More with Less

It would appear that “doing more with less” could be the unofficial motto for today’s society, especially regarding the workplace. Restaurants, offices, tech companies and many other businesses are feeling the squeeze of being short staffed and finding it hard to recruit and retain qualified long-term help. What does this mean for the employees who are in the workforce? It means doing more than your normal duties in your job description. While it is a fact that sometimes you just do what needs to be done to perform the task at hand, this extra effort is creating an environment for workers that leads to extra stress, longer hours, fatigue and eventually burnout. This does not create a healthy and sustainable model for businesses to succeed and thrive. The COVID-19 pandemic w...
Roadway Runoff Lethal to Coho, Chinook Salmon, Steelhead: Report
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Roadway Runoff Lethal to Coho, Chinook Salmon, Steelhead: Report

Researchers with NOAA Fisheries have released a report showing that stormwater runoff containing a toxic compound from automobile tires washed into streams is lethal to protected coho salmon, Pacific steelhead and Chinook salmon, while sockeyes appear to be largely unaffected. The report, which was released Aug. 24, could help inform mitigation efforts for construction and overhaul of highways on the West Coast, to protect salmon and steelhead in the future, researchers said. Steelhead are rainbow trout that migrate to the ocean like salmon. Some Western states are already designing highways with inexpensive filtration measures proven to protect salmon. According to Barbara French, a research scientist at NOAA Fisheries’ Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, biofil...
FISH Act Legislation Would Blacklist Vessels, Owners Guilty of IUU Offenses
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FISH Act Legislation Would Blacklist Vessels, Owners Guilty of IUU Offenses

Federal legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate would blacklist vessels engaged in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing from entering U.S. ports and waters. The Fighting Foreign Illegal Seafood Harvest (FISH) Act would bolster U.S. Coast Guard enforcement capabilities and advance international and bilateral negotiations to reach enforceable agreements and treaties, according to Senators Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., who introduced the bill on Aug. 25. The FISH Act would direct the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to establish a blacklist of foreign vessels and owners who have engaged in IUU fishing, direct the Coast Guard to boost its at-sea inspection of foreign vessels suspected of IUU fishing, and coordinate with regional...
2022 Seafood Donations to Yukon River Villages Via SeaShare Reach 74,000 Pounds
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2022 Seafood Donations to Yukon River Villages Via SeaShare Reach 74,000 Pounds

For a second year in a row, the Seattle-based nonprofit SeaShare has coordinated delivery of thousands of pounds of salmon to communities along Alaska’s Yukon River whose residents were banned from commercial and subsistence fishing, due to weak runs of wild salmon. SeaShare officials coordinate the donations of fish from harvesters and processors and logistics companies in Alaska to get the fish to communities in need. This year’s donations from Bristol Bay and Kodiak seafood processors includes 74,000 pounds of frozen king and chum salmon, which is 20,000 more pounds than in 2021. Donors included Alaska General Seafoods, Leader Creek Fisheries, North Pacific Seafood, OBI Seafoods, Silver Bay Seafoods and Trident Seafoods. For a second year in a row Kwik’Pak, a subsidiary of ...
AFSC Speeds Up Data Collection To Tackle Bycatch Issues
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AFSC Speeds Up Data Collection To Tackle Bycatch Issues

Researchers with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) say they’re speeding up the process of gathering data to share with the fisheries managers and others on the decline of Chinook and chum salmon runs, particularly in western Alaska. The AFSC, which is collaborating with state and federal researchers, as well as those at the university level, reported in late August that the center has developed models to better understand and help resource managers address bycatch impacts. “These models, after accounting for natural mortality, produce estimates of the number of adult fish that would be expected to return to their natal rivers to spawn if they hadn’t been taken as bycatch in the Eastern Bering Sea Pollock fisheries,” their report states. Salmon bycatch levels vary year...