National Fisherman

On July 10, 2013, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) announced that 16 more companies have met the requirements of the FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Chain of Custody certification.

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The New England Fishery Management Council is forming an ad hoc electronic monitoring working group.

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The United Fishermen of Alaska, a statewide commercial fishing industry trade association representing 36 member organizations, announces the election of Jerry McCune of Cordova District Fishermen United as president.

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NMFS has announced two senior leadership changes that the agency says align with changes it is making to its West Coast operations.

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Over 500 lots of seafood processing equipment formerly owned by Adak Seafood will be sold at auction on Tuesday, June 18, starting at 10 a.m. Hawaiian-Aleutian Daylight Time at the Hilton Garden Inn in Anchorage Alaska.

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Kevin Adams ASMI ChairmanAlaska fisherman and commercial fisheries activist Kevin Adams was elected chairman at the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute board of directors meeting on May 9 in Anchorage.

The governor-appointed board consists of seven members: five seafood processors and two industry representatives actively engaged in commercial fishing. Adams was appointed to fill a harvester seat by Gov. Frank Murkowski in 2004.

With 38 years of fishing experience in Bristol Bay, Adams has long been an active member in the Alaska fishing industry, ASMI says. He has worked for both the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation and the Bering Sea Fisherman's Association, and represents Alaska fishermen on numerous boards.

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The Northeast Regional Planning Body, a group of state, tribal and federal representatives from New England who are working to implement the National Ocean Policy and address critical New England ocean issues, is holding a series of public meetings in May and June.

The meetings are being held to discuss draft regional ocean planning goals and associated potential actions. The planning body seeks input on these goals and actions. Additional information on the group's progress can be found here

The meetings will also provide an opportunity to review draft maps and products from initial efforts to gather information on the natural resources and diverse uses of the ocean, including fishing, transportation, energy and infrastructure, aquaculture, and recreation.

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On May 8, 2013, the Copper River/Prince William Sound Marketing Association and Alaskan Brewing Company will partner in Dallas, Texas, to support the Dallas Observer Iron Fork competition and to bring two Alaska products — Copper River salmon and Alaskan Brewing beer — to the Lone Star state.

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Samson Tug & Barge, a long time Sitka, Alaska-based marine freight transportation company, will expand its current service in Southeast Alaska pending a planned purchase of Northland Services Inc. by Lynden Inc.

Samson's existing service will not be affected at this time, the company says. The expanded service has been announced in reaction to Lynden's notice that they are in the process of purchasing Northland, leaving only one carrier operating in most of Southeast Alaska.

Samson currently provides scheduled intermodal marine cargo transportation service to and from Seattle, Sitka, Cordova, Valdez, Seward, Kodiak, King Cove and Dutch Harbor. Carriage to the rail‐belt market, including Anchorage, Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay, is provided via Seward and Valdez. Samson says it plans to provide service to Ketchikan, Prince of Wales, Wrangell, Petersburg and Juneau once the sale is completed.

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The NOAA Northeast Region website's Fish Species Pages are sporting a new look, the agency says. The first redesigned page being rolled out is for squid, mackerel and butterfish.

The plan, NOAA says, is to redesign all of its species pages over the next several months. NOAA is also encouraging users to comment on the new design as well as make suggestions on how to further improve the pages to make it easier for them to find information they need about the species and current regulations.

Click here to view the redesigned Fish Species Page for squid, mackerel and butterfish. 

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National Fisherman Live

Brian Rothschild of the Center for Sustainable Fisheries on revisions to the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

National Fisherman Live: 4/8/14

Inside the Industry

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is currently soliciting applicants for open advisory panel seats as well as applications from scientists interested in serving on its Scientific and Statistical Committee.

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The North Carolina Fisheries Association (NCFA), a nonprofit trade association representing commercial fishermen, seafood dealers and processors, recently announced a new leadership team. Incorporated in 1952, its administrative office is in Bayboro, N.C.

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