News and Notes
US: NOAA bans bottom trawling in Aleutian Islands Marine Habitat
30 June, 2006
NOAA Fisheries Service approved a final federal regulation that will close off large tracts of the Alaskan sea floor to bottom trawling for conservation purposes. The Aleutian Islands Habitat Conservation Area established under the new rule encompasses 279,114 square nautical miles and constitutes the third largest protected area in the world. www.fis.com
Beef News: Japan Begins Inspection of US Beef Plants
27 June, 2006
Ten officials from Japan's agriculture and health ministries have arrived in the US and begun inspections of 35 US meatpacking plants in Nebraska, Kansas, Texas and 13 other states, according to agriculture ministry official Hirofumi Kugita. The officials plan to ensure the plants meet Japanese food safety standards before Japan makes its final decision on whether to resume imports of US beef. Inspections are expected to last one month. www.meatingplace.com
FIS World News: US Likely to Donate Pink Salmon for Foreign Aid
27 June, 2006
The USDA may soon acquire some 1400 tonnes of Alaska canned Pink Salmon for distribution in international food-aid programmes .www.fis.com
US: Alaska Salmon forecasts point to record year for 2006
16 June, 2006
Estimates for this years salmon harvest in Alaska calculate around 166 million fish, which is an amount lower than last years 221 million fish (3rd highest on record), but consistent with the 10-year average of 167 million. The projection for 2006 ranks among the top 10 salmon harvests on record. Species composition of the harvest is expected to be about 65% pink and keta and 35% traditional high-value species (chinook, coho and sockeye). www.fis.com
Bush to Create World's Largest Marine Protected Area Near Hawaii
15 June, 2006
President Bush will create the world's largest marine protected area, a total of 140,000 square miles of Pacific Ocean surrounding a necklace of islands and atolls that stretch from the main Hawaiian Islands to Midway Atoll and beyond. The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands National Monument will be larger than all of America's national parks combined. Fishing will be phased out, and the mining of coral for jewelry will be prohibited, along with other practices that can damage delicate reefs (www.latimes.com).
USDA to reconsider grass-fed definition
13 June, 2006
The Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service is reopening comments on a new rule defining "grass-fed" for the purposes of marketing red meat after many commenters objected that the definition was not stringent enough. The proposed definiton reads as follows: "Grass (Forage) Fed--Grass (annual and perennial), forbs (legumes, brassicas), browse, forage, or stockpiled forages, and post-harvest crop residue without seperated grain shall be at least 99 percent of the energy source for the lifetime of the ruminant specie, with the exception of milk consumed prior to weaning. Routine mineral and vitamin supplementation may also be included in the feeding regimen. Grass (forage) fed claims will be verified, as provided in 7 CFR part 62, by a feeding protocol that confirms a grass or forage-based diet that is 99 percent or higher." The original definition had required a percentage of 80 percent or higher. However, several who commented on the subject objected to the use of harvested stockpiled forages. AMS replied that in colder climates, it would be impossible to raise cattle on live forage. www.meatingplace.com
US: West Coast salmon fishers struggle as legislators aim to help
6 June, 2006
The entire coastal region north of Monterey, California closed to commercial fishers on Thursday for two months as federal officials sought to stem the tide of declining salmon stocks (www.fis.com).
Kodiak Area commercial salmon fishing period will begin at NOON Thursday, June 1
13 May, 2006
The initial Westside fishery will be 57 hours, from NOON Thursday June 1 to 9:00 PM Saturday June 3, 2006 in the Central, North Cape, and Outer Karluk Sections of the Northwest Kodiak District. These are primary harvest areas for Karluk-bound early-run sockeye salmon. The forecast for early-run Karluk sockeye (mid point 314,000) is lower than the 2005 season (mid point projection 404,000). A 57-hour commercial fishery will provide a gauge of run strength without unduly jeopardizing escapement objectives, should this run prove weaker than forecast. Further extensions will depend on sockeye salmon buildup estimates and escapements into the Karluk River, as well as commercial fishing effort and catch levels. Commercial fisheries will not be allowed in the Inner Karulk Section unless the Karluk early-run sockeye escapement goal (100,000 to 210,000 through July 15) is exceeded. The Foul Bay and Waterfall Bay Special Harvest Areas (SHAs), in the Afognak District, will open at NOON Thursday June 1, and will remain open until further notice. These areas will open to harvest supplemental production of sockeye salmon from ADF&G and Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association (KRAA) enhancement projects (mid point projections - 3,700 and 6,800 sockeye respectively). Additional areas will open to commercial salmon fishing at NOON Monday, June 5. SOURCE: State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Commercial Fisheries.
Norway: Krill may be used as salmon feed
5 May, 2006
Krill from the Norwegian Sea can become salmon food. A shortage of raw materials for fish feed is leading to increased research on new resources in the sea (www.fis.com).
US: Senate panel debate flaws & merits of aquaculture bill
12 April, 2006
Sentate Commerce Committee members on Thursday expressed concern over key points of the Bush Administration's plan to expand aquaculture in federal waters five-fold over the next decade (www.fis.com).
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