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NOAA Study: Snow Crab Likely Well Adapted to Projected Ocean pH Levels
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NOAA Study: Snow Crab Likely Well Adapted to Projected Ocean pH Levels

Conclusions of a two-year federal study suggests that snow crabs are well adapted to projected increases in ocean acidification within the next two centuries, with no detectible effects on embryo development larval hatching or female calcification. Authors of the study, which was published Oct. 18 in the open access online journal Plos One, said that given the number of strongly negative effects they have documents over the years it is, in all honesty, a nice change to be able to report relatively good news in regard to how high the level of carbon dioxide will affect a commercial crab species. In both years of the study, starvation-survival, morphology, condition and calcium/magnesium content were assessed for larvae. The difference in response to high partial pressure of car...
House Members Launch Bipartisan American Seafood Caucus
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House Members Launch Bipartisan American Seafood Caucus

An American Seafood Caucus has been created by three members of the U.S. House of Representatives to provide a forum that ensures domestic seafood doesn’t take a backseat to foreign projects not meeting U.S. quality and sustainability standards or are illegally subsidized by foreign governments. “For generations, from Puget Sound to the Pacific Ocean, seafood has been more than a source of sustenance – it’s been a way of life for folks from our region,” said Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-WA, who announced formation of the caucus on Nov. 8, with Reps. Mary Peltola (D-AK), Garret Graves (R- LA), and Rob Wittman (R-VA). “Today, members of the bipartisan American Seafood Caucus stand united in our commitment to safeguarding this heritage,” Kilmer said. Peltola noted that American and Alask...
California Fishermen File Pollution Lawsuit Against Tire Manufacturers
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California Fishermen File Pollution Lawsuit Against Tire Manufacturers

Two California-based fisheries entities are suing U.S. tire manufacturers over allegations that the use of the chemical 6PPD in rubber tires is largely responsible for “urban runoff mortality syndrome,” which kills up to 100% of coho salmon returning to spawn in many urban streams. The environmental law firm Earthjustice is representing the Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR) and the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA) in U.S. District Court in San Francisco against 13 tire manufacturers. Defendants named in the litigation include Bridgestone; Continental Tire; Giti Tire; Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.; Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.; Hankook Tire America Corp.; Kumho Tire USA; Michelin North America; Nokian Tyres; Pirelli Tire North America; Sumitomo R...
Working Waterfront Preservation Act Introduced in Senate
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Working Waterfront Preservation Act Introduced in Senate

Federal legislation that would provide $20 million annually to boost and protect working waterfronts has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. It is backed by the Fishing Communities Coalition, a national association of community-based small-boat commercial fishing groups. The Working Waterfront Preservation Act, initiated with support from the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association, was introduced Nov. 1 by Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine and Jack Reed, D-RI. “All across Alaska, fishing communities are facing infrastructure challenges and need upgrades to harbors and boatyards,” said Linda Behnken, executive director of the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association in Sitka, who helped to promote the legislation. “This bill would support that. It’s a great start.” If approved by Co...
Bristol Bay Entities Challenge State of Alaska Pebble Mine Lawsuit
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Bristol Bay Entities Challenge State of Alaska Pebble Mine Lawsuit

Two Bristol Bay region entities have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court to counter Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act veto of the proposed Pebble mine in Southwest Alaska. “EPA finalized Clean Water Act protections in Bristol Bay with the strong support of the people of our region and across Alaska,” said Russell Nelson, board chair of the Bristol Bay Native Corp. (BBNC), which has offices in Dillingham and Anchorage. The EPA’s work in Bristol Bay, Nelson said, “is grounded in solid science and an important regulatory obligation to protect the invaluable salmon resource that has sustained our people since time immemorial.” He also said in a Nov. 9 statement issued by BBNC and United Tribes of Bristol...
ASMI’s Food Aid Program Reaches to Fill Domestic, International Needs
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ASMI’s Food Aid Program Reaches to Fill Domestic, International Needs

Wild Alaska seafood sold by Alaska Seafood Marketing Association (ASMI) through its Global Food Aid Program now feeds millions of beneficiaries of federal and international food aid programs, and ASMI’s Bruce Schactler hopes to feed many more in 2024. “We are dealing with product development, new generations of people eating more seafood, and we are trying to distribute seafood to 30 million to 40 million people who have never eaten seafood before,” Schactler said in his report to ASMI’s All Hands on Deck conference in Anchorage on Nov. 2. Schactler, who leads the Global Food Air Program at ASMI, told the conference that through October the U.S. Department of Agriculture had purchased over $205 million in wild Alaska seafood. “Last year was a record year of purchasing seafood ...
Coast Guard Cutter Kimball Returns to Honolulu After 85-Day Patrol
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Coast Guard Cutter Kimball Returns to Honolulu After 85-Day Patrol

The Coast Guard cutter Kimball returned to its homeport in Honolulu on Nov. 2 after completing an 85-day patrol covering 14,000 nautical miles from the Hawaiian Islands north to the Arctic Circle. While at sea, the crew provided search-and rescue coverage and conducted living marine resources (LMR) and counter Illegal Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing operations during the patrol, following a response to wildfires on the Hawaiian island of Maui. On Aug. 8, while en route to the Aleutian Islands, the cutter received a report of people in the water attempting to escape a raging wildfire on Maui. The cutter shifted to the tactical control of Sector Honolulu and altered course to support the mass search and rescue efforts. Arriving on scene within hours, the Kimball became ...
Wild Seafood Connection Conference Set for Feb. 29 in Wash. State
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Wild Seafood Connection Conference Set for Feb. 29 in Wash. State

Independent commercial fishermen, wild seafood buyers and sustainably harvested wild seafood stakeholders are invited to gather in Bellingham, Wash. on Feb. 29 for Wild Seafood Connection, a one-day conference aimed at connecting harvesters with more markets for their fish. Sponsors include Sea Grant entities for the states of California, Oregon and Washington, plus Seattle Marine & Fishing Supply Co. and Maritime Fabrications Inc. The agenda includes panel discussions on how chefs and retailers choose their seafood, direct marketing, Sea Grant programs, processing and distribution, plus a wild seafood luncheon roundtable on a variety of seafood topics. Peter Philips of Colibri Northwest and Bellingham Port Commissioner Bobby Briscoe are scheduled to deliver opening remark...
EPA Takes Step to Protect Salmon from Tire Chemicals
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EPA Takes Step to Protect Salmon from Tire Chemicals

Environmental Protection Agency officials have announced an intention to publish an advanced notice of rulemaking under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to gather information that could be used to ban use of a chemical used in tires and found to be lethal to coho salmon. The decision, announced on Nov. 2 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was in conjunction with the EPA’s decision to grant a petition submitted in August by the Yurok Tribe in California and the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, and the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, both of Washington state. The petition asked the EPA to consider establishing regulations prohibiting the manufacturing, processing, use and distribution of the chemical N-(1,3-Dimethylbutyl)-N’-phenyl-p-phenylenediamine (6PPD) in tires. ...
Hanrahan to Succeed Palmer as OBI CEO
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Hanrahan to Succeed Palmer as OBI CEO

Seattle-based OBI Seafoods this week announced a change of command in its executive leadership, with John Hanrahan to become chief executive officer following the December retirement of CEO Mark Palmer, who has been with the company for 40 years. The company also announced that Monica Hollenback was being promoted to chief financial officer, filling the vacancy left with the pending retirement of CFO Tony Ross, also in December. Palmer began his career with Ocean Beauty as a truck driver in Idaho and held numerous positions before becoming CEO in 2007. When Ocean Beauty merged with Icicle Seafoods in 2020 to become OBI, he became CEO of the new firm. OBI board of directors co-chairs Len Stewart and Robin Samuelson said in a Nov. 6 joint statement that OBI was fortunate to have...