Fish Radio
January 7, 2014                                                    

 This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch  — The Fish Board comes to Kodiak and Wal-Mart reps talk salmon in Alaska –                            

Board of Fish Primer

Board of Fish Primer

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 Permit stacking and trawl fisheries are the topics that will likely get the most attention when the State Board of Fisheries meets in Kodiak today through Friday.  Nineteen proposals are up for discussion, including two requests by local setnetters to allow permit stacking. That would allow two permits to be fished with accompanying gear. … Requiring 100% observer coverage on groundfish trawlers in state waters of Kodiak, Cook Inlet and Chignik areas will be a hot topic. Four other proposals call for allowing only mid water trawling around Kodiak, and creating a state waters groundfish management plans for trawlers less than 58 feet.  The seven member Fish Board oversees management of commercial, sport, subsistence and personal use fisheries in state waters, meaning up to three miles from shore.   

 Also this week:  a delegation of Wal-Mart officials will be in Juneau at the invitation of Senator Lisa Murkowski and Governor Sean Parnell. Wal-Mart will present its stance on sourcing sustainably managed seafoods, and clarify that it is and will continue to provide wild salmon from Alaska.   Andrea Thomas is Wal-Mart’s senior vice president of sustainability.

 We’re approaching the issue of fisheries management very thoughtfully. We’ve been listening to experts, we’ve been in conversation with governor’s office, and we’re talking to other people who are closely involved to make sure we’re doing the right thing.

 Alaska opted out of high priced, privately run eco-label programs that Wal-Mart used to source its seafood. That caused lots of confusion among buyers committed to well managed fisheries. Thomas agreed that people recognize Alaska as the best brand for salmon.

 We’re proud to offer Alaska salmon in our stores – and it’s important to us because we know it’s important to our customers.

Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods – who salutes and says thanks to the men and women fishing across Alaska for their hard work and dedication. ( In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.