UFA Update  

June 10 2005

Contents

1. Alaskans greet federal fish bill with fire

2. Senator Murkowski reacts to administration’s offshore aquaculture proposal

3. Stevens introduces bill, & amendments on states option & foreign own & Jones Act

4. Supreme Court rules against Alaska in Glacier Bay dispute

5. Klukwan herbicide permit put on hold

6. Klukwan Long Island Pesticide Spraying - Permit Adjudication Notice

7. Court stay allows Chignik co-op to fish this season - & new suit filed

8. Action Item - S.786 would limit NOAA weather reports -

9. Center for Biological Diversity sues to protect Alaska sea otters

10. CFEC notice on permit and vessel fees regs and hearings

11. NPFMC ranks highest on Ocean Conservancy's scorecard

12. ADF&G posts 2005 Southeast Fishery Management Plans

13. Two years later, Ocean Phoenix crew still in limbo

14.  Aleutia recruits fishermen for June opening

15. Alaska Department of RevenueTax Division 2004 Statewide Average Price Lists

16. DCED: Pink salmon sales multiply in Korean market

17. DCED Asia Fish Buyers Conference - Anchorage - June 28th – July 3

18. ASMI reports Strong Demand for Alaska Seafood in Europe - show sales up 29%

19. Alaska Economic Performance Rpt for 2004 shows seafood progress & challenges

20. Alaska editorial: A key to customers asking for wild fish

21. Salmon sales surge on demand for upscale fish

22. ASMI & Charley's Grilled Subs® Features Alaska Grilled Salmon Sub

23. Alaska Chef Shares Spotlight at Nation's Premiere Sustainable Seafood Event 

24. AFMB Salmon Grants Favor Major Processors

25. Copper River /PWS gillnet fleet votes in first Regional Marketing Dev. Assn.

26. Couple seeks looser rules for Chilkat River tours

27. ADN: Wild fish niche marketing boosts salmon

28. When the Taku gill net catch was much greater

29. Oscar Dyson: Dyson the fisherman

30. NOAA Commissions New Fisheries Ship Oscar Dyson In Kodiak

31. ADF&G sets Kodiak seine practice set locations

32. Former Big Valley crewmember makes bronze memorial

33. ADF&G Subsistence Director Resigns to Accept University Position

34. My Turn: U.S. Coast Guard has become the cruise lines' private militia

35. Coast Guard: Back-draft explosion doomed Galaxy in 2002 sinking

36. False Pass puts hopes in harbor and fish plant

37. Wacky 'Wild Salmon on Parade' sculptures ready for the street

38. Seattle P.I. Guest Columnist Knutson: Port favors yachts over working boats

39. WA: Salmon sales surge on demand for upscale fish

40. DC: Diners go wild for Alaska salmon

41. SF: With local wild salmon scarce, Alaskan varieties are swimming into markets.

42. Wild Sablefish Labels available for AK processors

43. Sablefish makes Bon Apetit magazine top ten list

44. California Senator Boxer proposes major overhaul in oceans policy

45. ME: Rising Salmon Grades for Maine fish farms

46. Conservationists: Canada not protecting salmon

47. Deformities in farmed salmon

48. Norway: Workshop to be held on wild and farmed salmon during Aquanor

49. UK: New safety alert as cancer dye is found in organic farmed salmon

50. Laine Welch's Fish Radio, sponsored by Marine Conservation Alliance

51. Coast Guard Safety Alert: Non-Serviceable Plastic Foam Life Preservers

52. House Resources Committee looks at Federal Hatcheries

53. Congressional Research Service Report on Fish topics in 109th Congress

54. Congressional Research Service Report on Ocean Commissions: Review and Outlook

55. NOAA posts Recent Contributions to the Knowledge of the Skates of Alaska

56. AFSC Cruise reports from Southeast Alaska Coastal Monitoring (SECM) surveys

57. AFSC reports - Winter GOA Surveys &  Steller Sea Lions in Southeast Alaska

58. MPA News for June 2005

59. MPA Federal Advisory Committee report on Establishing and Managing MPAs

60. Summary Proceedings from Improving Fishery Management Seminar

61. USFS to prepare EIS for Coffman Cove timber harvest - comment by June 12

62. Free Seabird-avoidance streamers available for longliners

63. NOAA Tech Memo: Using Digital Video Monitoring Systems in Fisheries

64. Alaska Sea Grant Wall Calendar 2006 -see pages & order online  $12

65. Alaska Fisheries Research Bulletin Summer 2005   
66. IPHC Halibut Landing Report #2 for 2005

67. Alaska NOAA Fisheries Expert Steve Lewis Wins Mapping Award, on way to

68. MSC AK Salmon Recertification  Stakeholder Input – Juneau June 13-17

69. MSC Pacific cod - BSAI Stakeholder notification - call for input into assessment

70. MSC BSAI Pacific Cod Fishery Final Performance Indicators And Scoring

71. UC Press - Atlas of Pacific Salmon by Xanthippe Augerot

72. Alaska Sea Grant publishes The Gulf of Alaska: Biology and Oceanography

73. Comment Deadline August 1 on Amendment 79 Groundfish Retention Standard

74. Deadline July 1 for Coast Guard Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Committee

75. Fisheries Enhancement Revolving Loan Fund Overview Report

76. NMFS reopens comment period on Cook Inlet Beluga Whales Draft Plan

77. USFS announcement of EIS for POW Island timber sale

78. Deadline August 1 on new Coast Guard oil-spill removal and response plans

79. Stevens Introduces Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund Maintenance Act

80. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council joint meeting Sat. June 11, Cordova

81. NOAA posts corrections to Crab plan final rule

82. Deadline July 11 for comments on Draft NOAA Coral Ecosystem Research plan

83. USFWS Subsistence News: Sustenance and Science on the Kuskokwim (May 19)

84. State Blue Ribbon Panel on CDQ Program meets June 16 in Anchorage

85. ADF&G 2005 Preliminary Alaska Commercial Salmon Catches - updated weekly

86. June 2005 Salmon Market Bulletin

87. Fish Farm Conference, June 20, Seattle: The Role of Aquaculture in Meeting Global Seafood Demand

88. BOF & NPFMC Joint Meeting on Proposal 455 State and Federal Waters Pollock  - Juneau, June 14-15.

 


1. Alaskans greet federal fish bill with fire

Stevens to offer amendment; Murkowski seeks ban.

U.S. Commerce Department officials on Tuesday rolled out proposed legislation to make it easier to set up fish farms in federally controlled seas from three to 200 miles offshore… http://www.adn.com/money/industries/fishing/story/6583529p-6467120c.html

& KTUU: New farm-fishing proposal carries risk for wild fisheries

Alaska’s fishing industry may be forced to reinvent itself because of a new Bush administration proposal. It would allow federally sanctioned fish farming in waters off Alaska’s coast…

“If we don't make sure that we have the proper precautions in place, you could not only lose the jobs that are associated with the wild fishermen, but you can lose all of our healthy, wild stock,” she (Senator Lisa Murkowski) said…

Senator Stevens disagrees with parts of the bill and will offer an amendment to allow states like Alaska to opt out of the farming plan…

http://www.ktuu.com/CMS/templates/alaska_news/
master.asp?articleid=13718&zoneid=4

& Juneau Empire: Federal agency calls for offshore fish farming

Alaska groups say NOAA has glossed over ramifications for the fishing industry

Despite recent pleas for a moratorium by Alaskan leaders, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration asked Congress on Tuesday to allow fish farms in federal waters…

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/060805/sta_
20050608029.shtml

& CSM: Offshore fish farms - a solution or a problem?

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0608/p02s01-usju.html


2. Senator Murkowski reacts to administration’s offshore aquaculture proposal

http://murkowski.senate.gov/pressapp/record.cfm?id=238549


3. Stevens introduces bill, & amendments for states option & opposing foreign owners & Jones Act exemptions

Chairman Stevens Introduces National Offshore Aquaculture Act of 2005…

Along with the bill, Senator Stevens introduced an amendment to allow coastal states to decide whether or not they want offshore aquaculture in the EEZ off that state’s coastline.

Senator Stevens co-sponsored Senator Inouye’s amendments to provide environmental safeguards for wild fish stocks and to strike language that would have allowed foreign governments to operate offshore aquaculture facilities. Additionally, Stevens and Inouye co-sponsored Senator Olympia Snowe’s (R-Maine) amendment to strike the Jones Act waiver for vessels supporting offshore aquaculture facilities contained in the Administration’s bill…

http://commerce.senate.gov/newsroom/printable.
cfm?id=238578

NOAA Aquaculture Home Page: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/mediacenter/aquaculture/

& Press release: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/docs/aquaculture_release.pdf


4. Supreme Court rules against Alaska in Glacier Bay dispute

U.S. government owns land underneath park, not the state, justices rule.

In a setback for the state's ambitions in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the federal government, not Alaska, owns the land underlying the park.

http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/6579879p-
6463354c.html

Court Decision (50ppg): http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/06jun20051130/
www.supremecourtus.gov/opinions/04pdf/128orig.pdf


5. Klukwan herbicide permit put on hold

A top state regulator has pulled Klukwan Inc.'s controversial permit to spray herbicides over Long Island in southern Southeast Alaska this summer, pending review by an administrative judge.

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/052205/sta_
20050522006.shtml


6. Klukwan Long Island Pesticide Spraying - Permit Adjudication Notice

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has received and granted a request for adjudicatory hearing under 18 AAC 15.195 - 18 AAC 15.340 for a permit to apply pesticides…

Any person who wants to participate in this proceeding may submit a request to intervene under 18 AAC 15.225. If the request is granted, that person will be considered a party.

 

Requests to intervene may be submitted to Laura Hastings, Office of the Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation, 410 Willoughby Avenue, Suite 303, Juneau, AK 99801-1795, (FAX: 465-5070) and will be considered if postmarked no later than June 14, 2005. Requests to intervene must also be served each party.

Public Notice:

Adjudicatory Hearing For A Permit To Apply Pesticides

Or try: http://notes3.state.ak.us/pn/pubnotic.nsf/019f6cab
525ebf3f89256dd0006b1b22/f852fb6a6822629889257008000
397ce?OpenDocument

Or scroll down to May 20 on the comlete list of DEC Public Notices at:

http://www.dec.state.ak.us/public_notices.htm


7. Court stay allows Chignik co-op to fish this season - & new suit filed

Several dozen fishermen are relieved after an order issued by Alaska's highest court late Friday afternoon. The Supreme Court granted a stay on an order issued earlier this week…

http://www.ktuu.com/CMS/templates/alaska_news/master.asp
?articleid=13670&zoneid=4

&& Ruling derails Chignik co-op deal

Arrangement conflicts with law governing participation in state fisheries…

The controversial Chignik salmon harvest cooperative took another legal hit Thursday when an Anchorage judge ruled the fishing arrangement is unlawful, despite considerable rejiggering last month by the Alaska Board of Fisheries…

http://www.adn.com/money/story/6565025p-6447823c.html

&& Opponents of fish co-op file suit (June 10th)

Commercial salmon fishermen opposed to a unique cooperative style of harvest at Chignik took their legal fight to a new level this week by suing state fishery managers in U.S. District Court in Anchorage…

http://www.adn.com/money/industries/fishing/story/6590881p-6474573c.html


8. Action Item - S.786 would limit NOAA weather reports -

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050512/
OPINION02/505120433

&& New Bill Would Ban Public NOAA Weather Data - with bill text

http://www.eham.net/articles/10794

For- profit companies drop unprofitable services and go out of business every day. Virtually every recipient of this email would be at serious risk without access to free broadcast NOAA weather reports.  

We need those of you outside Alaska to make sure your Senators know the risk this legislation poses to our safety.

Webform for emailing your Senators:

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/
senators_cfm.cfm
 

Contacts for Senate Commerce Committee members from major home states for Alaska fishermen:

Ted Stevens - Alaska - 202-224-3004

Conrad Burns - Montana - 202-224-2644

Olympia Snowe - Maine - 202-224-5344

Gordon Smith - Oregon - 202-224-3753

Daniel K. Inouye - Hawaii - 202-224-3934

Barbara Boxer - California - 202-224-3553

Maria Cantwell - Washington - 202-224-3441


9. Center for Biological Diversity sues to protect Alaska sea otters

Environmentalists have sued the U.S. Interior Department for taking too long to put Alaska sea otters on the threatened species list…

http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/06/07/
alaska.otters.reut/index.html?section=cnn_latest

Kenai Peninsula Clarion:

http://ap.peninsulaclarion.com/pstories/state/ak/20050602
/3073645.shtml


10. CFEC notice on permit and vessel fees regs and hearings

CFEC is proposing changes to miscellaneous regulations including changes to permit fees based on  SB 93.  A handout with 2006 permits fees based on the proposed regulations will be available by the end of July

Comments to Susan Haymes at Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission, 8800 Glacier Highway, Suite 109, Juneau, AK 99801-8079 or by email: susan_haymes@cfec.state.ak.us. The comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 1, 2005.

Oral or written comments may also be submitted at hearings to be held on August 9 and August 17, 2005in the Conference Room of the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission, 8800 Glacier Highway, Suite 109 Juneau, Alaska.

CFEC Notice: http://www.cfec.state.ak.us/notices/NO_2005_0519.htm

Proposed Regulation & Fees:

http://www.cfec.state.ak.us/pregs/PR_2005_0519_
Miscellaneous.pdf


11. NPFMC ranks highest on Ocean Conservancy's scorecard

Councils overseeing West Coast fisheries -- from the Pacific halibut to California sardines -- did the best job of managing fish stocks on the U.S. coasts, while the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic did poorly, according to an environmental group's assessment.

The North Pacific council, which regulates Alaska's fisheries, has been praised for a series of management steps, including requiring observers on vessels and setting aside large areas as marine reserves. It rated highest on the scorecard…

http://www.adn.com/money/story/6543863p-6425951c.html


12. ADF&G posts 2005 Southeast Fishery Management Plans

Southeast Alaska Drift Gillnet Fishery http://www.cf.adfg.state.ak.us/region1/pdfs/salmon/Fmr05-24.pdf

Yakutat Set Gillnet Fishery

http://www.cf.adfg.state.ak.us/region1/pdfs/salmon/fmr05-34.pdf

2005 Seine Fishery

http://www.cf.adfg.state.ak.us/region1/finfish/salmon/s1mp.php


13. Two years later, Ocean Phoenix crew still in limbo

Two years ago, 23 Latino crew members of a Seattle-based processing ship lost their jobs after refusing to accept a Bering Sea work day that swelled from 16 to 16.5 hours…But today, their fates are in limbo as a legal battle has yielded two very different rulings…

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2002293511
_mutinyupdate31m.html?syndication=rss


14.  Aleutia recruits fishermen for June opening

Officials of Aleutia, a nonprofit group that markets ocean-caught salmon from Southwest Alaska, is looking for more Area M salmon permit holders to join its fleet for the June 7 opening.

http://www.alaskajournal.com/stories/052905/hom_
20050529011.shtml


15. Alaska Department of RevenueTax Division 2004 Statewide Average Price Lists

Fishery Resources Other than Crab:

 http://www.tax.state.ak.us/programs/fisheries/reports/2004/
SWAP-04.pdf

& Crab: http://www.tax.state.ak.us/programs/fisheries/reports/2004/
SWAP-Crab-04.pdf


16. DCED: Pink salmon sales multiply in Korean market

Alaska's fishing industry is making substantial progress in entering the Korean

market. Although details of the business transactions are confidential, at least

three Alaskan processor-marketers have made new pink salmon sales to four

buyers in Korea for 2005. Their product lines include skinless, boneless fillets

and cans. Additionally, sales for a test-market of salmon burgers are being sold

to a Korean fast-food chain…

 http://www.dced.state.ak.us/pub/Pinks_in_Korea.pdf

Kodiak Daily Mirror: Salmon marketing efforts paying off in Korea

http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=1565


17. DCED Asia Fish Buyers Conference - Anchorage Millennium Hotel  - June 28th – July 3 2005. 

This is an opportunity for Alaska fish and seafood suppliers to meet with Asian buyers in person, conference attendees will exchange information and learn how best to do business with Asia countries… 17 Korean, 3 Chinese , 2 Hong Kong buyers are coming...

There will be a reception on the night of June 29th at the Museum of Art in Anchorage and train ride to Seward on July 1st.

For information contact Sun Kim at (907) 269-8131 or sun_kim@commerce.state.ak.us


18. ASMI reports Strong Demand for Alaska Seafood in Europe - Trade show sales up 29%

Business was brisk in the Alaska pavilion at the 2005 European Seafood Exposition (ESE) this spring. Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI), which sponsors the Alaska pavilion, reported that on-site sales of 15 participating Alaska exporters were estimated at $18 million, with 12-month combined sales from the show expected to exceed $104 million: a 29% increase over last year…

http://www.alaskaseafood.org/aboutus/051605.htm


19. Alaska Economic Performance Report for 2004 highlights seafood progress & challenges

Worth over $1.1 billion to Alaska’s commercial fishermen, the total (ex-vessel) value of

Alaska’s 2004 seafood harvest is the best reported since 1999. Salmon had its best year

since 2000, continuing a positive four-year climb with a total harvest value of $235 million…

The ability of the Alaska seafood industry to alter its operations and adapt to changing

marine and market environments will dictate its long-term success and to a large extent,

the health of Alaska’s coastal communities…

Alaska’s seafood industry must

continue to lower costs and increase efficiencies while increasing product value and

diversifying product options…

http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/dca/pub/AEPR2004.pdf   (See pages 19-20 for Seafood)


20. Alaska editorial: A key to customers asking for wild fish

 Paying attention to quality is definitely a key to success for Alaska salmon fishermen. Gone are the days when fishermen could just toss their catch into an unrefrigerated hold and still expect a big payday for warm, bruised fish. Fresh and fresh-frozen fish, especially fillets, command higher prices. Last year, quality control work and niche marketing efforts clearly paid off. The dockside value of Alaska's salmon catch rose 15 percent.

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/053105/opi_
20050531002.shtml


21. Salmon sales surge on demand for upscale fish

Upscale and health-conscious consumers' demand for Northwest wild salmon is growing, rejuvenating an industry that just a few years ago seemed on the verge of being smothered by waves of cheap farmed salmon from Chile.

With forecasters projecting a second strong year of sockeye production in Alaska, and prices trending upward, companies at most stages of the salmon food chain are making money…

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2005/05/30/
story3.html


22. ASMI & Charley's Grilled Subs® Features Alaska Grilled Salmon Sub

On April 18, 185 Charley's Grilled Subs kicked off an eight-week "It's Wild" promotion featuring an Alaska Grilled Salmon Sub… The majority of the 243 Charley's locations are in regional malls across the United States. Charley's also runs operations in 53 Army & Air Force Military bases, 10 international airports, and strip centers in 39 states, Canada, Japan, Korea, Germany, and Italy.

http://www.alaskaseafood.org/aboutus/051905.htm


23. Alaska Chef Shares Spotlight at Nation's Premiere Sustainable Seafood Event 

Chef Jack Amon of Anchorage, Alaska, is the first Alaska chef invited to showcase his talents at the country’s premiere sustainable seafood event series, Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program’s “Cooking for Solutions,” held recently in Monterey, California…

http://216.65.44.93/aboutus/060405.htm


24. AFMB Salmon Grants Favor Major Processors

Five major Seattle processors were awarded $3.5 million of the total $6.5 million in federal funds from the Alaska Fisheries Marketing Board to promote wild Alaska salmon in 2005… the funds, part of a $10 million appropriation from Congress for fiscal year 2005, were allocated through a performance-based program that takes into consideration the volume of all salmon species purchased by the processors for the previous year…  

http://afjournal.yellowbrix.com/pages/afjournal/Story.nsp?story
_id=72036546&category=empty%3Acommercial+
fishing&ID=afjournal


25. Copper River /PWS gillnet fleet votes in first Regional Marketing Dev. Assn.

By a margin of 250 “yes” votes to 68 “no” votes, salmon drift gillnet permit holders in the Prince William Sound authorized a self-imposed one percent tax to provide funding for marketing efforts undertaken by the newly formed Copper River/Prince William Sound Marketing Association. This is the first RSDA to be formed in the state under legislation HB 419 that was signed into law by Governor Frank H. Murkowski on June 21, 2004. http://www.dced.state.ak.us/pub/Regional_Seafood.pdf

Div. of Revenue Instructions for Regional Seafood Development Tax return

http://www.tax.state.ak.us/programs/fisheries/forms/04-582.pdf


26. Couple seeks looser rules for Chilkat River tours

EAGLES: A permit granting access to spawning beds is expected to be approved.

…Duck and Karen Hess want the state to lift seasonal restrictions on their permit to operate the tours on the Chilkat River -- an action critics say would disrupt critical salmon spawning habitat within the Chilkat River Bald Eagle Preserve.

"They are putting the fishery at risk, possibly," said Norm Hughes, a Haines fisherman and vice president of the United Southeast Alaska Gillnetters.

The United Fishermen of Alaska and the Alaska Trollers Association have also criticized the proposed rollback, saying the state shouldn't allow any activity inconsistent with the protection of spawning and rearing salmon habitat…

 http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/6579883p-6463361c.html


27. ADN: Wild fish niche marketing boosts salmon

Niche marketing and quality control are helping Alaska's salmon industry deal with farmed fish competition…

Selling straight to customers also helps Alaska fishermen boost their income. The number of "catcher-sellers" in Alaska grew 27 percent last year.

http://www.adn.com/opinion/story/6538998p-6420925c.html  (scroll to bottom of column for salmon story)


28. When the Taku gill net catch was much greater

Elton Engstrom's On the Waterfront highlights "This Raw Land" by Wayne Short and it's portrayal of Southeast tender skippers Brown, Horchover, Bardason and Holm.

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/052705/nei_
20050527013.shtml


29. Oscar Dyson: Dyson the fisherman

Kodiak Daily Mirror and residents remember Oscar Dyson

http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=1545


30. NOAA Commissions New Fisheries Ship Oscar Dyson In Kodiak

http://www.publicaffairs.noaa.gov/releases2005/may05/noaa05-r809.html


31. ADF&G sets Kodiak seine practice set locations

http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=1547


32. Former Big Valley crewmember makes bronze memorial

A former crew member of the fishing vessel Big Valley is creating a bronze memorial honoring the captain and crew lost when the boat sank on the first day of the opilio crab opening, Jan. 15.

Bryce Kidd is creating the memorial at his own cost and hopes to break ground for the memorial in Kodiak during July…

http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=1538


33. ADF&G Subsistence Director Resigns to Accept University Position

Mary Pete, Director of the Subsistence Division at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), today announced that she is leaving to accept a position as the Director of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel. Her last day is June 15… http://www.adfg.state.ak.us/news/
2005/05-24-05_nr.php


34. My Turn: U.S. Coast Guard has become the cruise lines' private militia

On May 27, the public comment period for the Coast Guard's proposed cruise ship security regulations closed. These are the regulations that will impose 100-yard underway security zones around cruise ships, 250-yard "go slow" underway zones, and 25-yard in-port zones…

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/060505/opi_
20050605019.shtml


35. Coast Guard: Back-draft explosion doomed Galaxy in 2002 sinking

A back-draft explosion caused when crew members opened hatches before a fire suppression system had been activated apparently sank the fish processor Galaxy in 2002 near St. Paul Island in the Bering Sea, the Coast Guard has concluded.

http://ap.alaskajournal.com/stories/state/ak/20050608/
3087113.shtml


36. False Pass puts hopes in harbor and fish plant

On wind swept Unimak Island, on the eastern edge of the Aleutians, the salmon will soon be running by False Pass, and hopes are high for major economic improvements that are in the works…

 http://www.alaskajournal.com/stories/052205/foc_
20050522012.shtml


37. Wacky 'Wild Salmon on Parade' sculptures ready for the street

In Seattle they decorate pigs. In Chicago, it's cows. And in Alaska this time of year, local artists devote hours to embellishing fish.

http://www.adn.com/life/story/6554206p-6436828c.html


38. Seattle P.I. Guest Columnist Knutson: Port favors yachts over working boats

The Port of Seattle now markets Fishermen's Terminal as a recreational marina. This is a significant milestone in the progressing deindustrialization of Seattle's waterfront.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/227676_knutson09.html


39. WA: Salmon sales surge on demand for upscale fish

Upscale and health-conscious consumers' demand for Northwest wild salmon is growing, rejuvenating an industry that just a few years ago seemed on the verge of being smothered by waves of cheap farmed salmon from Chile…

http://seattle.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2005/05/30/
story3.html


40. DC: Diners go wild for Alaska salmon

Copper River season has even sophisticated Washingtonians salivating…

 http://www.adn.com/front/story/6522162p-6403474c.html


41. SF: With local wild salmon scarce, Alaskan varieties are swimming into markets.

The trick is knowing how to cook them…

"Farmed Atlantic salmon is not an alternative I'm willing to use," says Diane Morgan, author of "Salmon: A Cookbook" (Chronicle Books, 2005; $24.95). Her objections have to do with the coastal and genetic degradation of intensive salmon farming, the high PCB concentrations in the fish, the use of colored feed and the overall unsustainable practices of large-scale farmed salmon.

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/06/08/FDGMQD1RJ11.DTL


42. Wild Sablefish Labels available for AK processors

The Canadian Sablefish Association is making available WILD SABLEFISH labels  - to differentiate this excellent product in the marketplace proactively.  They encourage all Alaska suppliers to give them a call for labels…

www.canadiansablefish.com


43. Sablefish makes Bon Apetit magazine top ten list

http://www.epicurious.com/bonappetit/features/hot2005top

Black Cod With Roasted Sweet-And-Sour Onions recipe online:

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/recipe_views/views/231429


44. California Senator Boxer proposes major overhaul in oceans policy

Bill to cut overfishing and pollution faces uphill fight in Congress, could conflict with White House plans

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/
archive/2005/06/10/MNG8SD6C4O1.DTL


45. ME: Rising Salmon Grades for Maine fish farms

Behind the headlines about salmon lawsuits and draconian regulations, the aquaculture industry, regulators and environmental groups have slowly developed rules and practices that, when fully implemented, should position Maine salmon farms to be leaders in the industry. These efforts to encourage sustainable farming should be rewarded, by consumers willing to pay more for salmon raised under environmentally friendly conditions, by regulators willing to lessen scrutiny of companies with histories of compliance and by environmental groups willing to forgo lawsuits in favor of negotiation… http://www.bangornews.com/news/templates/?a=114665


46. Conservationists: Canada not protecting salmon

Two international conservation groups have given Canada a failing grade when it comes to protecting wild Atlantic salmon from the environmental hazards of fish farms…

 http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Science/2005/05/31/1064977-cp.html


47. Deformities in farmed salmon

Deformities – often a curved spine because young farmed fishes’ flesh can grow too fast for their skeletons – also affect fish in other nations and other farmed species like rainbow trout or sea bream in pens from Norway to Chile…

http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2005/6/7/
features/10936130&sec=features


48. Norway: Workshop to be held on wild and farmed salmon during Aquanor

This summer in Norway an event organised by salmon farmers and wild salmon conservationists will provide a constructive forum to discuss the relationship between the wild and farmed north Atlantic salmon sectors…

http://www.fishupdate.com/news/fullstory.php/aid/2669/
Workshop_to_be_held_on_wild_and_farmed_salmon_during
_Aquanor.html


49. UK: New safety alert as cancer dye is found in organic farmed salmon

A banned dye linked to cancer has been found in organic salmon sold at a leading supermarket chain.

A food safety alert has been issued to all European countries over organically farmed salmon that contained malachite green. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said last week the presence of the banned chemical at any levels in fresh fish was “unacceptable”.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1641588,00.html


50. Laine Welch's Fish Radio, sponsored by Marine Conservation Alliance

Recent topics:

Friday 6/10/05 - Senator from PA aims to sink Nat'l Weather Service

Thursday 6/9/05 - Streamers keep sea birds away from fishing gear: They're Free!

Wednesday 6/8/05 - Offshore fish farm bill launched: Comments by nation's fishery leaders

Tuesday 6/7//05 - Nat'l Offshore Aquaculture Act unveiled: Sneak Preview

Monday 6/6/05 - AK fishery managers ranked tops by environmentalists

 http://www.marineconservationalliance.org/fishradio.htm

& see Laine Welch's Fish Factor at http://www.kinyradio.com/fishfactor.html


51. Coast Guard Safety Alert: Non-Serviceable and Substandard Type I Unicellular Plastic Foam Life Preservers

Recently during several annual inspections of small passenger vessels, Coast Guard Marine Inspectors discovered a number of problems with Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) manufactured by Atlantic-Pacific Manufacturing Co. (APCO). APCO formerly produced various types of PFDs including several sizes of unicellular plastic foam life preservers and is currently out of business. PFDs from other manufacturers could have similar problems…

http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/moa/docs/3-05.pdf


52. House Resources Committee looks at Federal Hatcheries

(includes testimony by UFA President Bob Thorstenson, Jr.  under Panel 2)

http://resourcescommittee.house.gov/archives/109/fcwo/
052405.htm


53. Congressional Research Service Report on Fish topics in 109th Congress

IB10139 - Fishery, Aquaculture, and Marine Mammal Legislation in the 109th Congress

http://www.ncseonline.org/NLE/CRS/abstract.cfm?NLEid=64001


54. Congressional Research Service Report on Ocean Commissions: Ocean Policy Review and Outlook

http://www.ncseonline.org/NLE/CRS/abstract.cfm?NLEid=54459


55. NOAA posts Recent Contributions to the Knowledge of the Skates of Alaska

Recent emphasis on ecosystem-level management of federally regulated marine fisheries and the recent development of a commercial fishery targeting skates in the Gulf of Alaska have underscored the need for basic biological data on these fishes…

http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/Quarterly/jfm2005/jfm05
featurelead.htm


56. AFSC Cruise reports from Southeast Alaska Coastal Monitoring (SECM) surveys

http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/abl/MarSalm/4secm.htm


57. AFSC Winter Surveys in the Gulf of Alaska and the Southeast Aleutian Basin

Resource Assessment & Conservation Engineering (RACE) Division Midwater Assessment & Conservation Engineering (MACE) Program

http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/Quarterly/jfm2005/divrptsRACE2.htm


AFSC Daily Predictability of Prey Available to Free-Ranging Steller Sea Lions in Southeast Alaska

Pacific herring are a major prey species for Steller sea lions in Southeast Alaska. During winter, herring in this region aggregate in dense, layered schools associated with the seafloor. If sea lions can easily find these aggregations, the net benefits from foraging trips are maximized. Predictability of prey aggregations, both in time and location, decreases search time and improves foraging profitability.

http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/Quarterly/jfm2005/divrptsABL3.htm


58. MPA News for June 2005

Contents include:

-Applying Lessons from Rainforest Protected Areas to MPA Management: Interview with Tom Struhsaker

-Hawai'i Resource Managers Propose State Marine Reserve for NWHI

-MPA Perspective   Science, Participation, and Politics in MPA Management

By Nancy Dahl-Tacconi, University of Queensland

-Notes & News: IMPAC1  -  Precautionary principle  -  Pew Fellows  -  Biodiversity loss  -  Western Pacific  -  Arctic ecosystems  -  Tsunami links

http://depts.washington.edu/mpanews/issues.html#Jun%202005


59. MPA Federal Advisory Committee report on Establishing and Managing a National System of Marine Protected Areas

On June 8, the MPA Federal Advisory Committee delivered its first set of recommendations to the Departments of Commerce and the Interior on establishing and managing a national system of marine protected areas.

Public comments on the development of the national system are welcome and can be submitted through mpa.comments@noaa.gov.

Full report:

http://www.mpa.gov/fac/pdf/mpafac_report_06_05.pdf

MPA Home page: http://www.mpa.gov/


60. Summary Proceedings from Improving Fishery Management Seminar (Nov 2004)  Melding Science and Governance…

http://www.sma.washington.edu/fishsymp/
Improving_Fishery_Mgmt.pdf


61. USFS to prepare EIS for Coffman Cove timber harvest - comment by June 12

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to harvest timber on north Prince of Wales Island, in a location south of Coffman Cove, west of Luck Lake and East of the Naukati/Sarkar on the Thorne Bay Ranger District, Tongass National Forest. The proposed action would harvest up

to 50 million board feet (MMBF) of timber on approximately 4,500 acres. The project would require up to 32 miles of new road construction (14 of these would be temporary road) and seven miles of road reconstruction…

Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received

within 30 days of the date of this notice. (Posted May 13)

http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/
edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-9379.htm


62. Free Seabird-avoidance streamers available for longliners

http://www.uaf.edu/MAP/fisheries/streamer-lines.html

&& Government/industry partnership helps small fishing vessels meet federal and state seabird regulations

http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/infobulletins/lightbirdline.htm


63. NOAA Tech Memo: Using Digital Video Monitoring Systems in Fisheries

Application for Monotiring Compliance of Seabird Avoidance Devices and Seabird Mortality in Pacific Halibut Longline Fisheries

http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/Publications/AFSC-TM/NOAA-TM-AFSC-152.pdf


64. Alaska Sea Grant Wall Calendar 2006 -see pages & order online  $12

http://www.uaf.edu/seagrant/Pubs_Videos/pubs/SG-ED-48.html


65. Alaska Fisheries Research Bulletin Summer 2005   
Research reports include:
-Catch Estimation Algorithm for the Walleye Pollock

-Distribution, Migration Pathways, and Size of Western Alaska Juvenile Salmon Along the Eastern Bering Sea Shelf
-Faunal Assemblage Structure on the Patton Seamount (Gulf of Alaska, USA)
-Resistance of Naturally Spawned Pink Salmon Eggs to Mechanical Shock
-US and Canadian Yukon Chinook Salmon Populations Can Be Segregated Based on Genetic Characteristics
-Quillfish Ptilichthys goodei, Filiform Prey for Small Coho and Chinook Salmon

http://www.adfg.state.ak.us/pubs/afrb/afrbabst.php#Vol11_1


66. IPHC Halibut Landing Report #2 for 2005

http://www.iphc.washington.edu/halcom/newsrel/2005/
nr20050531.htm


67. Alaska NOAA Fisheries Expert Steve Lewis Wins Mapping Award, on way to Iraq

NOAA Fisheries computer mapping and database analyst Steve Lewis has won a prestigious award for his extraordinary achievements placing layers of computer-accessible information on maps of Alaska’s sea floor. But a proxy will have to accept the award: the National Guard is deploying Lewis, a Blackhawk helicopter pilot, to Iraq.

http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/newsreleases/stevelewis2005.htm


68. MSC AK Salmon Recertification  Stakeholder Input – Juneau June 13-17

The assessment team from Scientific Certification Systems, Inc. (Emeryville, CA) will be conducting re-assessment meetings 13-17 June 2005 in Juneau, Alaska with the Department of Fish and Game to gain a full understanding of the current state of Alaska’s management of commercial salmon fisheries. Stakeholders interested in providing input to the SCS assessment team on Alaska’s management of commercial salmon fisheries should contact the SCS Project Manager, Chet Chaffee …

http://www.msc.org/assets/docs/Alaska_Salmon/Notice_
AK_Salmon_StakeholderConsultation_15May05.pdf

ADFG news release: http://notes4.state.ak.us/pn/pubnotic.nsf/pn/0/f68282f5f
694df3889257004005e0588?OpenDocument&seq=2#_
refreshkw_pn_location


69. MSC Pacific cod - BSAI Stakeholder notification - call for input into assessment process and invitation to meet assessment team - deadline 17 June 2005.  http://www.msc.org/assets/docs/BSAI_PacificCod/Notice_
Pcod_Stakeholder_Consultation_15May05.pdf


70. MSC BSAI Pacific Cod Fishery Final Performance Indicators And Scoring Guideposts by Scientific Certification Systems, Inc.

http://www.msc.org/assets/docs/BSAI_PacificCod/Final_
PISGs_P_Cod_30May2005.pdf


71. UC Press - Atlas of Pacific Salmon by Xanthippe Augerot

The First Map-Based Status Assessment of Salmon in the North Pacific

To order online see http://www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/10399.html


72. Alaska Sea Grant publishes The Gulf of Alaska: Biology and Oceanography

Editor:Phillip R. Mundy… order online at:

http://www.uaf.edu/seagrant/Pubs_Videos/pubs/AK-SG-05-01.html  


73. Comment Deadline August 1 on Amendment 79 Groundfish Retention Standard (GRS)

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted Amendment 79 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of  the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP). If approved, Amendment 79 would add a management objective to the goals and objectives section of the FMP that would improve the retention of Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) groundfish species where practicable through the establishment of a minimum Groundfish Retention Standard (GRS)…

Written comments on Amendment 79 must be received on or before August 1, 2005.

http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/
edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-10990.htm


74. Deadline July 1 for Coast Guard Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Committee

The Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Advisory Committee (CFIVSAC).

CFIVSAC advises and makes recommendations to the Coast Guard for

improving commercial fishing industry safety practices.

Application forms should reach the Coast Guard on or before July 1, 2005.

http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/
edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-10142.htm


75. Fisheries Enhancement Revolving Loan Fund Overview Report

http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/investments/pdf/FEover05.pdf


76. NMFS reopens comment period on Cook Inlet Beluga Whales Draft Conservation Plan

-new deadline June 27

NMFS is reopening the comment period for the draft conservation plan for Cook Inlet beluga whales. The initial comment period ended May 16, 2005. The draft conservation plan is intended to promote the conservation and recovery of these whales so they are no

longer considered depleted under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

DATES: Written comments and information must be received by June 27,

2005.

http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/
edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-10668.htm


77. USFS announcement of EIS for POW Island timber sale

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to harvest timber on north Prince of Wales Island, in a location south of Coffman Cove, west of Luck Lake and East of the Naukati/Sarkar on the Thorne Bay Ranger District, Tongass National Forest. The proposed action would harvest up to 50 million board feet (MMBF) of timber on approximately 4,500 acres. The project would require up to 32 miles of new road construction (14 of these would be temporary road) and seven miles of road reconstruction.

http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/
edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-9379.htm


78. Deadline August 1 on new Coast Guard oil-spill removal and response plans

The Coast Guard proposes changes to its requirements for oil-spill removal equipment under tank vessel response plans and MTR facility response plans (33 CFR 154 and 33 CFR 155). These changes would increase the available spill removal equipment required for tank vessels and MTR facilities, add requirements for new response technologies, and clarify methods and procedures for responding to oil spills in coastal waters…

DATES: Comments and related material must reach the Docket Management Facility on or before August 1, 2005.

http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/
edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-10972.htm


79. Stevens Introduces Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund Maintenance Act

Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation introduced the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund Maintenance Act of 2005. The Act will reinstate the 5 cents per barrel tax under the Oil Pollution Act to fund the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund (OSTLF) at $3 billion. Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), Co-Chairman of the Commerce Committee joined Senator Stevens as an original co-sponsor…

http://stevens.senate.gov/pr/2005/June/060905.htm


80. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council joint meeting Sat. June 11, Cordova

The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council’s next meeting is a joint meeting with the Public Advisory Committee on Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. at the Native Village of Eyak’s Masonic Hall in Cordova, Alaska. Public comment is at 10:15 a.m. Action items include FY 04 and 05 project amendments and discussion of FY 06 project proposals. For more information call: (907) 278-8012 or (800) 478-7745 or on the web at www.evostc.state.ak.us .

Notice of Meeting:

http://notes4.state.ak.us/pn/pubnotic.nsf/cc52605f7c156e7a89
25672a0060a91b/b05e97c5e6122d64892570140
0740862?OpenDocument


81. NOAA posts corrections to Crab plan final rule

…NOAA seeks to ensure the final rule (March 2, 2005; 70 FR 10174) conforms to the statutory requirements and intent of the Program, to provide clarification regarding the Program's regulatory requirements, and to correct minor technical errors…

http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/
edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-11392.htm


82. Deadline July 11 for comments on Draft NOAA Coral Ecosystem Research plan

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) publishes this notice to announce the availability of the Draft NOAA Coral Ecosystem Research Plan Part I: National Priorities for public comment…

Deadline July 11

http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/
edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-11430.htm


83. USFWS Subsistence release: Sustenance and Science on the Kuskokwim (May 19)

http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/news.cfm?gnr=1


84. State Blue Ribbon Panel on CDQ Program meets June 16 in Anchorage

The State's Blue Ribbon Panel to review the CDQ program meets Thursday June 16 from 9 -5  in the King Salmon Room of the Captain Cook in Anchorage.

http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/ (see right sidebar)

Background reading: Alternatives for the National Marine Fisheries Services’

(Federal Government) Role in Management and Oversight of the Community Development Quota Program

http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/current_issues/CDQ/
NMFS_CDQ_605.pdf


85. ADF&G 2005 Preliminary Alaska Commercial Salmon Catches - updated weekly

http://csfish.adfg.state.ak.us/BlueSheets/BLUEWebReport.php


86. June 2005 Salmon Market Bulletin - brought to you by ASMI's Salmon Market Information Service

http://www.alaskaseafood.org/fishingprocessing/0605smb.pdf

SMIS home page: http://www.alaskaseafood.org/fishingprocessing/bulletin.htm


87. Conference June 20, Seattle: The Role of Aquaculture in Meeting Global Seafood Demand

A networking conference, The Role of Aquaculture in Meeting Global Seafood Demand, has been scheduled for June 20, 2005, in Seattle.

Sponsors: The Royal Norwegian Embassy, through its US Forum for Research and Technology, in co-operation with NOAA Fisheries Service, Aquanet, Canada's Research Network in Aquaculture, the University of Washington's School of Marine Affairs and the Pacific Aquaculture Caucus.

Purpose: What are the major challenges and opportunities that confront the global aquaculture industry? The Seattle conference will bring together scientists, business professionals, and government representatives from both sides of the Atlantic to search for common ground on addressing future challenges and opportunities in global aquaculture.

Policies, Regulatory Frameworks: Aquaculture has developed at different rates in different countries, due in part to the policies and regulatory frameworks adopted by national governments. National experiences from the perspective of government and industry will be examined. Lessons learned will be highlighted.

The Role of Science: It is well-known that science will play a major role in developing the aquaculture industry. Scientific progress is of vital importance to improving the general performance of the global aquaculture industry. Science will also play a critical role in increasing the industry's contribution to the global food supply. The conference will seek to clarify urgent and long-term research challenges for the sustainable development of a new global industry and identify the real world approaches that have been adopted to deal with these challenges.

Seafood Industry Needs: What do traditional seafood producing companies think about aquaculture? What do volume seafood buyers really want? How has the market for seafood changed? What will be the role of aquaculture in meeting seafood demand?

(They left out fishermen in the Seafood Industry Needs)


88. BOF & NPFMC Joint Meeting on Proposal 455 State and Federal Waters Pollock  - Juneau, June 14-15.

Notice Of Public Meetings Of The Alaska Board Of Fisheries

Notice is given that a committee of the Alaska Board of Fisheries (board) will meet with a committee of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (council) on June 14-15, 2005, at the Centennial Hall, 101 Egan Drive in Juneau, Alaska.  The committee meeting begins at 1:00 pm on June 14 and continues at 8:30 am on June 15.

 Notice is also given that the full board will meet by teleconference beginning at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, June 14, 2005.  Both the board/council committee and the full board teleconference meetings are open to the public.  The board will not take regulatory action at either meeting.

 The board/council committee will meet June 14-15 to discuss information needs and scheduling considerations for addressing open and closed state and federal waters to fishing for pollock.  The board has deferred action on related proposal 455 in order to receive input from the council.  The board/council committee will identify information that will be useful in making full recommendations to the respective bodies concerning fisheries in the Aleutian Islands, South Alaska Peninsula, and North Gulf of Alaska areas. 

 The full board will meet by teleconference June 14 to finalize the meeting calendar for the regulatory meetings scheduled for October 2005 – March 2006.  The board will not take oral public testimony during this session.  Listen-only teleconference sites will be provided to the public in Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Juneau.  For further information, a copy of the agenda, and addresses of those sites call Diana Cote at (907) 465-4110. 

 If you are a person with a disability who may need a special accommodation in order to participate, please contact Lori VanSteenwyk at (907) 465-4110 no later than 9 am on June 14, 2005 to ensure that any necessary accommodations can be provided.