Tighter Retention Rules Prompted United States Seafoods Vessel Refit

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Undercurrent News, June 10, 2016
By Ola Wietecha
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As part a general industry move toward maximizing catch usage in response to regulations encouraging higher fish retention on vessels, Seattle-based United States Seafoods recently christened its newest vessel which will replace two smaller ships.

The company began working on a refit for the 233-foot catcher-processor Seafreeze America in March 2015 with the goal of replacing two of its smaller, 100-foot vessels.

The vessel, which will catch and process groundfish, will head north to Alaska later in the month to fish in the Bering Sea…. Continue Reading

Latest McDowell Analysis Shows Market Distribution for Alaska’s Groundfish and Crab (Fish Radio)

Seafoodnews.com [Fish Radio], June 1, 2016
By Laine Welsh with Fish Radio

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Where in the world does all that Alaska fish end up? It’s an easy find – after this

Did you know that the Alaska seafood brand tops all others on menus across the nation? Learn more about the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute at www.alaskaseafood.org.

Have you ever wondered where all that fish crossing Alaska’s docks ends up around the world?

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Alaska Fisheries Value and Volume Again Lead in NOAA Seafood Economics Report

Seafoodnews.com [Alaska Journal of Commerce], May 27, 2016
By DJ Summers

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its annual report detailing national and regional economic impacts of U.S. fisheries and, as usual, Alaska produced both the greatest value and volume of any area.

The report includes economic impacts in the harvesting, processing, wholesale, retail, and import sectors, as well as those from recreational saltwater fishing.

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North Pacific Council to Talk Halibut Rules, Groundfish Quota

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Alaska Journal of Commerce, December 2, 2015
By DJ Summer

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Dave Jacobs, left, and Steve Curl watch as Anthony Ballam lowers a halibut into the hold of the Independence in Cook Inlet. Cook Inlet, which is in Area 3A for charter halibut removals, has a recommended cut in harvest from 2015 according to the scientists at the International Pacific Halibut Commission. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council meets this month in Anchorage to set charter harvest rules for 2016…. Continue Reading

Reallocating Alaskan Halibut Restrictions Could Ruin Seattle’s Trawl Fleet

The Seattle-based trawl fleet faces new economic threats in the debate over Bering Sea halibut fishing rules

Seattle Times [Opinion], June 2, 2015
By Chris Woodley

IN Sunday’s guest column, the Central Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association referred to trawl fishing as a grave threat and an “environmentally disastrous policy” that has devastated their halibut fishery and “plundered the Bering Sea.”… 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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Amendment 80 Captain Gives His Take on Halibut Bycatch Issues in 2 Part Op-ed

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Opinion], March 31, 2015
By Bill Hayes (part 1) 

Bill Hayes is captain on the Vaerdal, a 124-foot catcher processor owned by United States Seafoods, one of the larger companies in the Amendment 80 Coop.  As the Council begins working on draft documents about halibut by catch, a number of Amendment 80 Captains have been publicly testifying about their need for halibut and their view of the history of their halibut bycatch allocations.  The Opinion piece below, which we will run in two parts, is based on Bill Hayes’ testimony before the council in January. 

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Amendment 80 Fleet Takes Further Measures to Reduce Halibut Bycatch

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Opinion], January 28, 2015
By Chris Woodley

Chris Woodley is the executive director of Groundfish Forum, which represents most of the Amendment 80 fleet

With recent evidence showing a possible decrease in the Bering Sea halibut fishery allocation this year, there has been a growing concern about halibut bycatch and discard mortality and what to do about it. Both groundfish and halibut fishermen will be affected by the outcomes…. Continue Reading

Alaska’s Flatfish Trawl Fleet is an Important Economic Contributor to Reducing Halibut Bycatch

Pacific Fishing [Commentary], January 2015
By Chris Woodley

Click here to read what Chris Woodley, Executive Director of Groundfish Forum says about halibut bycatch and discard mortality.

Alaska Flatfish Fleet Wins Council Approval for Greater Quota Flexibility

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS, April 9, 2013
By John Sackton

At the N. Pacific council meeting this past week, the council approved the industry favored option developed by the Amendment 80 fleet that will increase their flexibility to use quotas…. Continue Reading