National Fisherman


U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell today announced that her bipartisan bill—which will change the market name of “Alaska pollock” to “pollock”—will be included in the Congressional spending bill, also known as the ‘omnibus.’

The bill will legally change the acceptable market name essentially outlawing Pollock harvested in Russia from being passed off as “Alaskan Pollock” in the supermarket. Representative Jamie Herrera Butler sponsored the bill in the House.

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Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has appointed Gulf Seafood Institute’s President Harlon Pearce, along with three other new advisors, to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee.

As owner and operator of Harlon’s LA Fish in New Orleans, a seafood processing and distribution company, Pearce has more than 46 years of experience in the seafood industry. He has been an advocate for developing strong and viable seafood industries, a “go to” source for the media and seafood events, and a guest speaker and lecturer.

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The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center recently received a $12,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Cultural Heritage Grant which will go toward a project to digitize the cultural heritage of New Bedford’s fishing community.

Commercial fishing is often a family activity with skills and knowledge passed from one generation to the next. Consequently, much of this history resides in the photo albums, documents, and artifacts of fishing families.

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Xtratuf, a boot brand based in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, has been awarded the the 2015 Fisheries Supply “InNEWvation” Award in the clothing category for its new Elite Insulated Performance Boot.

The Fisheries Supply InNEWvation Awards are judged by a panel of industry experts who evaluate submissions on overall value, durability, aesthetics and ease of installation. Eleven category winners and one overall product winner were chosen from approximately 100 submissions.

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Keith Rhodes, chef at the Wilmington, N.C., restaurant Catch, has announced that he will resign from his at-large seat on the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission after a vote on flounder fishing restrictions drew angry debate.

His resignation letter was dated Nov. 20, the last day of the commission’s November meeting. In that meeting, members of the commission voted for limits of flounder fishing that the commercial fishing industry opposed. He was one of six members for voted for the passing regulations.

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The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute recently announced two additions to the seafood marketing team that represents the Alaska seafood industry.

Susan Marks was brought on board to oversee ASMI’s Sustainability program while Michael Kohan will head the seafood technical program.

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The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.

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NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.

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A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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President Obama signed the Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act last Thursday, strengthening the U.S. commitment to fighting seafood fraud.

The bi-partisan legislation will help prevent illegally harvested fish from entering the United States, and supports efforts to achieve sustainable fisheries around the world.

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Inside the Industry

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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