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North Pacific Fixed Gear Sablefish Fishery Recertified by Marine Stewardship Council
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North Pacific Fixed Gear Sablefish Fishery Recertified by Marine Stewardship Council

The Marine Stewardship Council has recertified the North Pacific fixed gear sablefish fishery as sustainable and for the first time, also extended the rigorous certification to the Northern Southeast Inside’s sablefish fishery. “This recertification rightly acknowledges the hard work of Alaska fixed gear fishermen and fishery managers to maintain healthy fisheries in balance with marine ecosystems,” said Bob Alverson, director of the Fishing Vessel Owners Association. “MSC certification requires continued improvement in best fishing and management practices and our sablefish fisheries met all identified criteria.” The client for MSC halibut and sablefish is “Eat on the Wild Side” a nonprofit of the FVOC ad Deep Sea Fishermen’s Union. MSC first certified the North Pacific fixed gear s...
Peter Pan Seafoods Donates 10,000 Pounds of Sockeye Salmon to Regional Schools
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Peter Pan Seafoods Donates 10,000 Pounds of Sockeye Salmon to Regional Schools

Peter Pan Seafoods, which operates processing facilities in Dillingham, Alaska, from April through August, has donated 10,000 pounds of sockeye salmon of its Bristol Bay catch to the regional school system in Dillingham. Vice President of Operations Jon Hickman said the company wanted to do its part to contribute to Alaskans who need the seafood most, so they arranged, organized and custom processed those 10,000 pounds of fish into about 13,333 meals, which were given to the school district for a variety of their programs, including Head Start. Peter Pan also provided 500 pounds of fish to the Bristol Bay Food Bank for free community canning classes and donated over 1,300 meal to Grandma’s House, an assisted living facility, and the senior center in Dillingham. “We feel very fortunat...
GAO Urged to Review Delay of Coast Guard Vessel Deliveries
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GAO Urged to Review Delay of Coast Guard Vessel Deliveries

A U.S. House committee looking into significant delivery delays of Offshore Patrol and Polar Security Cutters to the U.S. Coast Guard has asked the Government Accountability Office to review the situation, as well as related budgetary issues. Given the significant budgetary commitment from Congress, the Department of Homeland Security and the Coast Guard have made for the Offshore Patrol Cutters program to date, continued oversight is necessary to ensure that the program does not continue to experience cost growth or additional schedule delays, said the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Committee chair Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-OR, and ranking member Rep. Sam Graves, R-MO, told Gene Dodaro, comptroller general of the GAO, that the Offshore Patrol Cutter fleet, the lar...
Coast Guard Cutter Munro Deployed in Support of US Indo-Pacific Command
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Coast Guard Cutter Munro Deployed in Support of US Indo-Pacific Command

Crew aboard the Legend-class Coast Guard Munro are currently deployed on a months-long mission in support of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, with plans to have exchanges and capacity-building exercises with partners and allies, and also patrol in the area. The cutter’s deployment to the Indo-Pacific theater aligns with the Integrated All-Domain Naval Power of the Naval Service. “An increased presence throughout the Indo-Pacific strengthens our alliances and partnerships through improved interoperability, which will enhance regional stability, promote rules-based order, and improve maritime governance and security in the region and globally,” said Vice Adm. Michael F. McAllister commander of the Coast Guard Pacific Area. The cutter’s mandate ranges from search and rescue to humanita...
From the Editor: Untangling the Web
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From the Editor: Untangling the Web

By Mark Nero, Managing Editor Did you know that for many years, Fishermen’s News has had two separate websites on which its content lives? First, there’s the “main” or “regular” Fishermen’s News website (fishermensnews.com), which hosts the content that appears in the print edition of the magazine. There’s Fishermen’s News Online (fnonlinenews.blogspot.com) where certain content has been posted, like articles that are generated for our weekly Fishermen’s News newsletter, and the editorial that you’re reading right now. The reason I point this out is that currently, our hard working staff is in the process of merging the two sites so that all content going forward will appear solely on the fishermensnews.com site. As you may have noticed, the transition is already underwa...
Coast Guard Cutter Puts Heavy Focus on Albacore Tuna Vessels off Washington, Oregon
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Coast Guard Cutter Puts Heavy Focus on Albacore Tuna Vessels off Washington, Oregon

Crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alert out of Astoria, Oregon, have completed 60-day law enforcement patrol focused on albacore tuna fishing within the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone of the coasts of Washington and Oregon. During the two-month patrol that concluded on Aug. 7, law enforcement teams from the Alert boarded 31 vessels, many of which had not been boarded in over a decade and issued 22 violations to commercial fishing vessel operators. Coast Guard officials note their key role in maintaining health populations of marine fish which includes preventing the decline of protected marine species populations and promoting the recovery of endangered marine habitats. They also partner with other agencies to enhance and sustain marine ecosystems. In addition to their enforcement ...
Effort Continues to Meet Yukon River Villagers’ Salmon Needs
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Effort Continues to Meet Yukon River Villagers’ Salmon Needs

Help in the form of thousands of pounds of wild Alaska salmon is coming to Yukon River villagers, where freezers by now are normally filled with Chinook and keta salmon, but many more fish will be needed to fill a gap in a year when fishing was banned. About 12,500 pounds of chum salmon were delivered to the Yup’ik village of Emmonak on the Lower Yukon on Aug. 10 by Everts Air Cargo, courtesy of the state of Alaska. They came in the wake of some 13,000 pounds of Chinooks delivered less than two weeks earlier, that were the gift of six major Bristol Bay seafood processers. The Prince William Sound chums from Copper River Seafoods were purchased by the state. Once delivered to Emmonak, the fish were being repackaged and distributed by Kwik’Pak Fisheries, a subsidiary of the Yukon Delta...
Kodiak Harvester Sentenced for Falsifying Fishing Records
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Kodiak Harvester Sentenced for Falsifying Fishing Records

A veteran commercial harvester from Kodiak, Alaska, will serve six months in federal prison and pay a $1 million fine for violating the Lacey Act by falsifying records about his halibut and sablefish catch from 2014 to 2017. James Aaron Stevens, 47, owner and captain of the f/v Alaskan Star and f/v Southern Seas, was also ordered to spend 126 days in a halfway house, perform 80 hours of community service and to make a public service announcement acknowledging his wrongdoing. The sentence was handed down in early August by U.S. District Judge Joshua M. Kindred in Anchorage. According to court documents, Stevens falsely numerous individual fishing quota (IFQ) documents, including Alaska Department of Fish and Game fish tickets and fishing logbooks, on where he harvested 903-208 pounds ...
EPA Ordered to Update Regs on Toxic Chemical Use in Oil Spill Responses
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EPA Ordered to Update Regs on Toxic Chemical Use in Oil Spill Responses

A federal district court for the Northern District of California has ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to update regulations on the use of toxic chemical dispersants in oil spill responses. The decision handed down in San Francisco on Aug. 10 by Judge William H. Orrick gives the EPA until May 31, 2023 to take final action on listing and authorizing the chemicals involved. In the interim, the court ordered the EPA to file status reports every 180 days. The lawsuit filed in early 2020 sought to require the EPA to take into account current science on the use of chemical dispersants in response to oil spills. The plaintiffs included Earth Island Institute’s ALERT project, Alaska Community Action on Toxics, Cook Inletkeeper, the Center for Biological Diversity, an Alaska...
Alaska’s Commercial Salmon Harvest tops 125M: ADFG
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Alaska’s Commercial Salmon Harvest tops 125M: ADFG

Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game statisticians say the 2021 salmon harvest, which now tops 125 million fish, has exceeded five-year averages for a fourth consecutive time driven by strong pink salmon harvests. The cumulative statewide salmon harvest is now 12% above the same point in 2020 using 2019 for pinks, said Dan Lesh, who produces the in-season commercial update for McKinley Research Group in Anchorage on behalf of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. With the salmon season more than half over, a clearer picture of the total end-of-season harvest should come into focus in the next week or two, Lesh said. The biggest remaining unknown is the timing and magnitude of peak pink salmon harvests. According to Lesh, the biggest remaining unknown is the timing and magnitu...