West Coast, Alaska senators urge disaster aid for multiple fisheries

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In a bipartisan push led by Senator Jeff Merkley, a democrat from the US state of Oregon, all eight West Coast senators — Merkley, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash; Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.; Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.; and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. — this week called on congressional leaders and the Trump administration to include disaster aid for fisheries in the next 2017 disaster funding package… Read more (undercurrentnews.com)

Professor has a message for Congress: Overfishing is over

Tomorrow, Hilborn, a professor of aquatic and fishery sciences at the University of Washington, will appear before a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation panel, getting another chance to argue his case that overfishing is no longer a concern for the United States. He’s one of four experts scheduled to testify before the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard….
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Spanish fleet not allowed to capture more albacore, after exhausting quota

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From this Friday the Spanish fleet will not be able to fish more albacore (Thunnus alalunga) in the Atlantic Ocean due to exhaustion of its fishing quota.
The General Direction of Fisheries Management estimated that by October 13 the fleet will have exhausted 100 per cent of the estimated albacore quota for the set of Spanish ships: 14,196,452 kilos….
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Aramark Reports Progress on Sustainable Seafood Sourcing Goals

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PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As a responsible participant in the world’s seafood supply chain, Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), a global provider of dining solutions to businesses, schools, universities, hospitals and stadiums, is making significant progress toward its 2018 commitment to purchase 100% of its U.S. contracted seafood from sources that meet Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program recommendations….
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Spanish tuna firms protest as gov’t orders ‘unfair’ closure of Indian Ocean yellowfin fishery

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VIGO, Spain — The Spanish national association of tuna freezer vessels, Anabac, “shows its total indignation” for the country’s tuna management in the Indian Ocean, it stated in capital letters in a note following the general secretary of fisheries’ decision to close the yellowfin fishery for the country’s fleet. Anabac urged the government to amend its decision….
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North Korean workers prep seafood in China that goes to US stores, restaurants

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Americans buying salmon for dinner at Walmart or Aldi may be inadvertently subsidizing Pyongyang as it builds nuclear weapons program. The workers wake up each morning on metal bunk beds in fluorescent-lit Chinese dormitories, North Koreans outsourced by their government to process seafood that ends up in American stores and homes. Privacy is forbidden. They cannot leave their compounds without permission…. Read more (scmp.com)