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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Halibut Bycatch Cap Reduction Should Reflect What We Know About the Resource

Alaska Dispatch News [Commentary], May 28, 2015
By John Gauvin

As a fishery scientist who has worked for more than 20 years with trawl fishermen to reduce salmon, crab and halibut bycatch, I find the recent rhetoric around proposed North Pacific Fisheries Management Council changes to the Bering Sea halibut bycatch cap very frustrating. In particular, I hear media campaigns underwritten by environmental NGOs claiming, “It’s been 20 years since the halibut bycatch cap was last reduced,” implying that this has created a conservation issue…. Continue Reading

Alaska Groundfish Fleets Face Big Blow from Halibut Bycatch Proposals

America's Finest

undercurrentnews.com, March 9, 2015
By Jeanine Stewart

America's Finest

America’s Finest, the new ship Fishermen’s Finest is building, will replace one of its two vessels – the American No. 1 or the US Intrepid. Credit: Skipsteknisk

Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) groundfish fleets are staring down at what could be a shocking blow to revenues next year.

The North Pacific Fishery Management (NPFMC) is considering halibut bycatch allocation reductions for BSAI groundfish fleets ranging from 10% to 50%, with a final vote slated for its June meeting.

As the potential impacts of this blow begin to sink in, one company — three-decade old Fishermen’s Finest — has already assessed the damages, and they’re not pretty. The company expects the cuts to have a devastating one-to-one impact on revenue for Amendment 80 flatfish fishing operations in the Bering Sea.
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Best Use Cooperative Announcement of its Marine Stewardship Council Certification

For Immediate Release, June 1, 2010

Marine Stewardship Council certifies Alaska’s flatfish trawl fisheries

Contact Jason Anderson at (206) 462-7690 or jasonanderson@seanet.com

Fisheries for all the major flatfish species harvested off Alaska were today certified as sustainable under the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) environmental standard for sustainable and well managed fisheries. … Continue Reading