USDA Seafood Trade Relief Program

The USDA recently introduced the Seafood Trade Relief Program (STRP) including $530 million for U.S. fishermen impacted by ‘retaliatory tariffs.’ Fishermen can apply for relief through the program until December 14, 2020. The STRP seafood payment rate will be on a per pound basis and will reflect the estimated severity of the impact of trade disruptions to U.S. seafood caught and sold commercially. Seafood commodities covered through STRP and their payment rates: Atka Mackerel $0.10 lb Crab (Dungeness) $0.47 lb Crab (King) $0.47 lb Crab (snow) $0.47 lb Crab (Southern Tanner) $0.47 lb Flounder $0.15 lb Geoduck $0.76 lb Goosefish $0.10 lb Herring $0.04 lb Lobster $0.50 lb Pacific Cod $0.14 lb Pacific Ocean Perch $0.10 lb Pollock $0.01 lb Sablefish $0.10 lb Salmon $0.16 Read more...
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Modified Temporary Transfer Provision for IFQs

NMFS published the emergency rule for the modified temporary transfer provision for the halibut and sablefish IFQ fisheries making it effective June 25th. This liberalizes the transfers of IFQs for the 2020 season. Quota share holders that wish to use this provision need to fill out the Application for Temporary Transfer. Instructions for the transfer process are here. Read more...
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Sea Grant workshop on Seafood Direct Marketing

Alaska Sea Grant will also be holding a 5-day online workshop on starting and operating a seafood direct marketing business beginning at 5:30pm each evening of April 20, 22, 24, 26, and 29. The workshop will cover regulations, marketing, business planning, and quality. You can register here.

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Update on USCG VHF Outages

Last Friday, March 13, 2020, two sites that had been down for over 120 days were brought back to operational. As of Monday, March 16, 2020, sites that the U.S. Coast Guard is unable to receive VHF communications are: Bede Mountain, Cape Fanshaw, Deception Hills, Sukkwan Island, Althorp Peak, Tuklung Mountain, and Duffield Peninsula. The Coast Guard has experienced various VHF outages in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska. Extra caution is advised in areas serviced by the VHF towers listed below.  Repairs are ongoing, but due to extreme weather and remote locations, intermittent outages are expected to continue in various locations in both Southeast and Southcentral Alaska. Mariners are reminded that due to mountainous terrain, and limited VHF coverage, even with fully operational VHF Read more...
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Rockfish Required Retention in Federal Waters

As a result of the North Pacific Council action taken in December of 2019, beginning March 23, 2020, NMFS has new rockfish retention requirements. This action contains two main provisions: requiring full retention and landing of rockfish by CVs using hook-and-line, pot, or jig gear while fishing for groundfish or halibut in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the BSAI or GOA, even if the species of rockfish is closed to directed fishing or on prohibited species status. limiting the amount of rockfish that can enter commerce, the maximum commerce allowance (MCA). The MCA would limit the amount of rockfish allowed to enter commerce through barter, sale, or trade. Rockfish in excess of these limits could not be sold but could be kept for personal use, donated, processed into fishmeal, Read more...
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USCG VHF Outages

The Coast Guard has experienced various VHF outages in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska throughout the summer and into the winter. Extra caution is advised in areas of Northern Shelikof Strait, Southern Cook Inlet, and portions of Southeast Alaska.  Repairs are ongoing, but due to extreme weather and remote locations, intermittent outages are expected to continue in various locations in both Southeast and Southcentral Alaska. Mariners are reminded that due to mountainous terrain, and limited VHF coverage, even with fully operational VHF sites, the USCG cannot hear VHF calls in all areas, and mariners should have secondary means on communications onboard at all times, file a float plan with a trusted person, and carry safety equipment onboard in the event you are in a survival situation. Read more...
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AMSEA Drill Conductor Class in Petersburg

AMSEA will hold a Drill Conductor class in Petersburg on February 10th from 8am-7pm at the Tides Inn conference room. You can register only at www.amsea.org or by calling (907)747-3287. See the flier here.

 

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