IPHC Meets Virtually Nov. 30-Dec. 1

Image: International Pacific Halibut Commission. The 98th International Pacific Halibut Commission interim meeting is underway online Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, with all sessions to be webcast and open to the public. Topics up for discussion include fishery monitoring, stock status of Pacific halibut for 2022 and the 2023 harvest decision table, project updates on […]

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NMFS Reinstates ESA Consultations on BSAI and GOA Groundfish Management Plans

Image: National Marine Fisheries Service. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) has reinstated steps in the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to evaluate effects of fisheries managed under the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska, on ESA-listed species and designated critical habitats. State of Alaska parallel groundfish fisheries are also subject to evaluation. North […]

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USDA Proposes Better Access to Seafood in WIC Program

Image: National WIC Association. Federal officials in late November proposed changes for participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), including improved access to canned fish, to reflect the latest dietary guidelines. These science-based revisions, recommended by the National Academies of Science, Engineers and Medicine (NASEM) and the Dietary Guidelines […]

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From the Editor: Pacific Marine Expo ‘22

In mid-November, I had the privilege and pleasure of representing Fishermen’s News at one of the largest and longest running commercial fishing and commercial marine trade shows in existence, Pacific Marine Expo, who took place Nov. 17-19 in Seattle. Maritime Institute, the parent company of Maritime Publishing, which runs Fishermen’s News, operated Booth 220 at […]

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NPRB Seeks to Fill Two Advisory Panel Seats

Image: North Pacific Research Board. The North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) is seeking applicants through March 1 to fill two seats on its advisory panel, one for the Arctic Region and a second seat designated for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Region. The advisory panel of the Anchorage-based research entity represents stakeholders, user groups, […]

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Filmmaker Explores Possible Extinction of Early Run Pacific Chinook Salmon

Image: Swiftwater Films. Good news for fans of award winning documentary filmmaker Shane Anderson’s latest film, “The Lost Salmon.” The documentary will be available for viewing via download from public television stations at https://www.pbs.org/video/the-lost-salmon-8hjf4t/ through Oct. 29, 2025. Anderson, of Olympia, Washington, has spent the better part of the past decade documenting wild salmon in […]

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Feds Approve Demolition of 4 Klamath River Dams

Image: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Federal officials have approved a plan for demolition of four aging dams on the Klamath River at the foot of the Cascade Mountains on the California-Oregon border, in an effort to open up salmon habitat and restore the river by 2024. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) unanimous decision allows […]

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FDA to Require Additional Seafood Traceability

Image: Food and Drug Administration. New regulations published in the Federal Register by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) require traceability of high-risk foods, including seafood, in the latest effort to halt seafood fraud and protect consumers from food safety risks. The final rule, a key component of FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety […]

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Washington Cancels Net Pen Salmon Farm Leases

Image: Washington Department of Natural Resources. Washington state officials have declined to renew expired leases for two remaining finfish net pens citing the damage done in the Cypress Island net pen collapse of 2017. The state’s Department of Natural Resources in mid-November informed Cooke Aquaculture, based in Saint John, Canada, that the agency would not […]

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2022 Alaska Salmon Harvest Valued at $720M

Image: Alaska Department of Fish & Game. A preliminary commercial harvest summary recently issued by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game puts the value of 160.7 million salmon caught in 2022 at $720.4 million, compared to the 2021 harvest of 233.8 million salmon harvested. The 31% decrease in the total harvest is explained by […]

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From the Editor: PME ‘22

As you probably know if you’re involved in the West Coast commercial fishing industry, one of the largest and longest running commercial fishing and commercial marine trade shows in existence, Pacific Marine Expo, takes place Nov. 17-19 in Seattle. And once again, the company that owns Fishermen’s News Magazine will be in attendance. Maritime Institute, […]

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Backyard Buoys to Help Support Blue Economy

Image: PacIOOS. A new effort to gather wave data to enhance the blue economy, including maritime activities, food security and coastal hazard protection, is underway with National Science Foundation (NSF) funds to improve ocean data access for Indigenous communities. NOAA officials said the Backyard Buoys project would empower Indigenous and other coastal communities to collect, […]

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