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OBI Seafoods Packaging is Now 100% Recyclable
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OBI Seafoods Packaging is Now 100% Recyclable

Seattle-based OBI Seafoods says its canned salmon products are now packaged in 100% recyclable product, with all plastic made from at least 30% recycled materials. The Tuesday, Nov. 30 announcement said that the recyclable shelf-ready packaging will be used on all of OBI’s domestic canned salmon brand and export products, including cans and lids, can labels, trays and shrink overwrap. The company will utilize recycled content as possible, including trays made from 100% recycled content and cans and lids made from 35% recycled content. The plastic shrink overwrap is made of 30% recycled materials, which will make the product exempt from an incoming United Kingdom tax on single-use plastics, a regulation that is effective as of April 2022. OBI’s chief executive officer, Mark Pal...
Pribilof Island Harvesters, SHIP Collaborate to Collect Observations on Fisheries, Oceans
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Pribilof Island Harvesters, SHIP Collaborate to Collect Observations on Fisheries, Oceans

Commercial fishermen harvesting their catch in the far reaches of the Bering Sea are collecting ecological observations, including changes in fisheries and ocean conditions, to help prepare for climate-ready fisheries. Since the program was establishment earlier this year, some 1,697 fishermen have provided their views on climate change via telephone interviews in the Skipper Science program, which is endorsed by 19 Alaska-based fishing trade organizations. Also this year 100 commercial harvesters signed up for the program, a collaboration of the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island tribal government and SalmonState’s Salmon Habitat Information Program (SHIP). A key tool of the program is a smartphone app that allows fishermen and women to log their observations in real time from f...
From the Editor: PME Recap
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From the Editor: PME Recap

If you were fortunate enough to attend this year’s Pacific Marine Expo, I hope that you found the experience both productive and informative. Since it’s one of the largest and longest running commercial fishing and commercial marine trade shows on the West Coast, I had planned to be there on the first day of the show, Nov. 18, in Seattle. But then something happened. A few hours before my flight, I woke up with a horrible feeling in my midsection that turned out to be food poisoning. The day before, I ate something that I’d grabbed the back of the ‘fridge, and that something had an expiration date that had already passed a few days earlier. (No, it wasn’t fish.) So rather than get on a flight to Seattle and risk upsetting the boiling cauldron that my stomach had become, I stayed b...
Juvenile Chinooks Rescued from Drought Released Into California’s Klamath River
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Juvenile Chinooks Rescued from Drought Released Into California’s Klamath River

More than two million juvenile Chinook salmon that were rescued from drought conditions by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are being released back into the Klamath River with cooler temperatures and increased water flow giving them a better chance at survival. The Chinooks, hatched in early 2021 at CDFW’s Iron Gate Fish Hatchery in Siskiyou County, spent the summer at three different CDFW facilities, including a million fish trucked to trinity River Hatchery through Redding in triple-digit temperatures. CDFW officials said all three groups of fish did exceptionally well over the summer. Mark Clifford, hatchery senior environmental scientist for CDFW’s Northern Region, said CDFW staff worked for several months at all three locations to save the fish, which otherwise...
Coast Guard Cutter Healy Deployment Includes Extensive Seafloor Mapping
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Coast Guard Cutter Healy Deployment Includes Extensive Seafloor Mapping

The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Healy has returned to their Seattle homeport after a 22,000-mile, 133-day deployment circumnavigating North America, during which they mapped over 20,000-square kilometers of seafloor, including 12,000 square kilometers of previously unmapped regions. The Healy also provided U.S. surface presence in the Arctic, supported high-latitude oceanographic research missions, participating in an international search-and-rescue exercise and exercises with surface vessels from the U.S., Canadian and Mexican navies. The crew also hosted members of the international science community and institutions from the U.S., Canada, Norway and Denmark that were conducting oceanographic research throughout the Arctic, including the Northwest passage and within Baf...
Marine Sanctuary Off of Hawaiian Islands Under Consideration by NOAA
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Marine Sanctuary Off of Hawaiian Islands Under Consideration by NOAA

NOAA Fisheries has announced the initiation of a process to consider designating marine portions of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument as a national marine sanctuary. This designation would build on existing management by adding conservation benefits and enhanced long-term protection of a national marine sanctuary. NOAA was directed by the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Report for FY 2021 to initiate the work on the national monument to supplement and complement, rather than supplant existing authorities. Stakeholders and partners, including the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council and the state of Hawaii support the current sanctuary designation process. ...
Red King Crab Savings Area Extension Decision Ready for Action at NPFMC Meeting
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Red King Crab Savings Area Extension Decision Ready for Action at NPFMC Meeting

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is set to hear during its December meeting an analysis of likely conservation benefits and impacts of an emergency rule shifting the Red King Crab Savings Area boundary further north in the eastern Bering Sea. The council requested the analysis as a result of the 2021 eastern Bering Sea bottom trawl survey, which showed a continued decrease in mature female red king crab and the state of Alaska calculated abundance estimate for mature female red king crab of 7.9 million crab. This is below the threshold of 8.4 million female red king crab required for a directed fishery. The council requested the analysis to assess whether extension of the savings area would boost the likelihood of a directed red king crab fishery in the future. The...
BC Grants Second Exemption To Seabridge Gold on Environmental Assessment Certificate
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BC Grants Second Exemption To Seabridge Gold on Environmental Assessment Certificate

British Columbia officials have approved a second request from Seabridge Gold for its Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell (KSM) project Environmental Assessment Certificate, requested because the mining company contends it has experienced delays and economic challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The extension was granted by Elenore Arend, chief executive assessment officer for B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office in mid-November along with a list of conditions for that extension, including a detailed plan development. KSM is an open pit/underground mine proposed just 20 miles from the Alaska border and Misty Fjords National Monument in the headwaters of the Unuk and Mass River systems. The Unuk is a major producer of king salmon and eulachon in Southeast Alaska. The king salmon have be...
Polar Star Marks 25th Participation in Operation Deep Freeze
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Polar Star Marks 25th Participation in Operation Deep Freeze

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, the nation’s only heavy icebreaker, is off on its 25th journey to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze, an annual joint military mission to resupply the U.S. Antarctic stations in support of the National Science Foundation, for the nation’s Antarctic Program. Polar Star left its homeport in Seattle on Nov 13 with a crew of 159 U.S Coast Guard men and women, heading south on its annual trek to Antarctica. Capt. William Woityra, commanding officer of the Polar Star, said that maintaining and operating the 45-year-old ship in the harshest environment on the planet makes for arduous duty, but that the crew are committed to this important mission, and “excited for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit a part of the world that most will n...
Salmon Catch, Renewed Demand Buoy Alaska Marine’s 2021 Season
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Salmon Catch, Renewed Demand Buoy Alaska Marine’s 2021 Season

Robust harvests of Alaska’s sockeye salmon, plus renewed restaurant demand and changes in consumer buying habits added up to a very good 2021 season for Alaska Marine Lines and the supporting Lynden companies. Alaska salmon runs were 15% higher than projected and the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon had a record 66.1 million fish, with a catch of some 40 million red salmon comprising 90% of the record 44 million fish harvest, according to AML seafood sales manager Tyler Maurer. All Lynden companies stayed busy keeping up with the volume of fish this year, prompted by larger returns, restaurants reopening after pandemic closures and new consumer buying habits, he said. Lynden Air Cargo annually flies fresh fish from Naknek, Emmonak, Cold Bay, Sand Point and Dillingham to Anchorage, w...