FishNews – May 31, 2017 – No Selfies with Seals, ESA Recovery Guideline Revisions, Fisheries Information Systems Update, and More

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HIGHLIGHTS
Reminder: No Selfies with Seals
Endangered Species Recovery Guidelines – Open for Public Comment
Fisheries Information Systems Stakeholder Update
Alaska
Alaska Essential Fish Habitat Plan: A New Approach
Greater Atlantic
Gulf of Maine Cod and Haddock Measures – Open for Public Comment
Increased Catch Limits for Black Sea Bass
Turtle Team Sets Loggerhead Tagging Record

Feds and Walmart allege canned-tuna prices fixed

Executives of the most popular tuna brands in the U.S. — Chicken of the Sea, Bumble Bee and StarKist — conspired regularly to keep prices high for consumers with a taste for one of America’s favorite sandwich ingredients, according to criminal and civil court records updated this week. A typical can of tuna today costs about $1.50 and the U.S. Department of Justice says that price may be the result of price fixing by Thai, South Korean and U.S. seafood dealers… Read more (seattletimes.com)

NOAA Fisheries Releases Fisheries Economics of the U.S. and Status of Stocks Reports

Today, NOAA Fisheries announced the release of two new reports: the Annual Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries and the 2015 Fisheries Economics of the United States Report. These reports highlight the continued rebuilding and recovery of U.S. fisheries and the broad economic impact of commercial and recreational fisheries on the U.S. economy.
Read more (fisheries.noaa.gov)