Cod Allocation Could Revive Adak Processing Plant

Pacific Fishing, Dutch Harbor Report, December 2015
By Jim Paulin

Economic development: Despite factory trawler opposition, Adak has won guaranteed minimum amount of Pacific cod each year.

Located some 350 miles west of Dutch Harbor, Adak is a former Cold War military outpost struggling to remake itself as a civilian town.

The 5,000 metric tons of cod could help the local fish-processing plant reopen.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council approved the allocation at its October meeting in Anchorage.

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New Freezer Trawler for O’Hara

O'Hara Corporation's Araho

Fishermen’s News, October 1, 2015

O'Hara Corporation's Araho

O’Hara Corporation’s new freezer trawler, launched on Aug. 31 by Eastern Shipbuilding Group in Panama City, Florida, will join the Amendment 80 fleet in the Bering Sea in 2016. Company officials say it will be used for the harvesting and processing of flatfish for markets in Asia and the United States. Photos courtesy of O’Hara Corp. Read more about the Araho here from Fishermen’s News.

Alaska Flatfish Catchers Take Hit After NPFMC Bycatch Vote, June 10, 2015
By Christine Blank, contributing editor

Flatfish catcher-processors are worried about the impact on their business and jobs in the sector after the North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted to reduce halibut bycatch by 25 percent…. Continue Reading

Trawler Representatives Say 50% Halibut Bycatch Reduction is Neither Fair Nor Equitable

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Letters], May 15, 2015
By Chris Woodley

In keeping with our policy on Halibut, both Peggy and I have comments on this letter from Chris Woodley, who is Executive Director of the Groundfish Forum representing the Amendment 80 fleet:

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NMFS Set to Expand Aleutian Islands Commercial Fishing Following Steller Sea Lion Impact Statement

By Lauren Rosenthal

The new year will likely bring new fisheries to the western Aleutian Islands, now that the National Marine Fisheries Service has issued its final report on the way commercial fishing affects an endangered population of Steller sea lions.

The agency came out in favor of allowing more fishing in its environmental impact statement, or EIS, on Friday morning…. Continue Reading

NMFS Makes a Dramatic Improvement in its Science Assessment with New Steller Sea Lion Bi-Op

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS [News Analysis], April 7, 2014
By John Sackton

The 2014 steller sea lion biological opinion released last week represents a stunning and very welcome turnaround for NOAA…. Continue Reading

Alaska’s Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands, GOA Flatfish Fisheries Enter into RFM Certification Assessment

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS, September 11, 2013
By Michael Ramsingh

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has announced that Alaska’s flatfish fishery has entered into assessment for the FAO’s Responsible Fisheries Management seafood sustainability program.

The Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands (BS/AI) and Gulf of Alaska (GOA) flatfish fisheries will be assessed against the program’s conformance criteria; if successful Alaska flatfish products will be able to carry the RFM ecolabel.

A list of Alaska’s flatfish that will be put up for assessment can be found here.

Meet the Fisheries: Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska Flatfish

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North Pacific Council Unhappy with NMFS Latest Steller Sea Lion Impact Statement

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  [KUCB/], April 10, 2013
By Stephanie Joyce

The National Marine Fisheries Service recently released a court-ordered draft environmental impact statement, intended to be the first step in resolving the decades-long debate over Steller sea lion protection measures in the western Aleutians. Last week, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council reviewed the document, and if their reaction is any indication, it’s not going to be a cure-all…. Continue Reading