October 3, 2015

3 Oct

Goodbye and congrats to another season! I hope it was a good and safe one for you even given low prices and other factors. Some news…

Prices. Permit prices low with poor salmon prices: https://www.adn.com/article/20151002/dismal-salmon-prices-trigger-plunge-sale-alaska-permits The USDA recently purchased $22 million worth of canned sockeye from Peter Pan and Icicle, 7.6 million pounds. This from the summer’s announcement from Senator Murkowski’s office to support the industry and offer healthy food to charity: http://www.alaskajournal.com/2015-09-30/usda-buys-22m-sockeye-peter-pan-icicle

Transboundary. Canadian Judith Lavoie has written a series of articles on transboundary and has this opinion piece in the Times Colonist where she shares her experiences of trying to get info from the governments of BC and Alaska: http://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/op-ed/comment-alaskans-distrust-of-b-c-is-well-founded-1.2072495 Here’s some Tahltan perspecitive on the Stikine area/Red Chris: https://www.biv.com/article/2015/9/tahltan-builds-mining-and-multi-faceted-business-s/ The editorial I wrote and the opinion piece Dale Kelley and I authored continue to garner attention, which is hopefully elevating the need to get our transboundary needs met. Here’s the cooperative piece in Fishermen’s News: http://www.fishermensnews.com/story/2015/10/01/features/from-the-fleet-minister-bennetts-visit-to-alaska/354.html

Organizational News. I just mailed renewal letters to those whose membership expires this fall (September through November). USAG is helping host United Fishermen of Alaska’s semi-annual meeting in Petersburg where 50 people are expected. We’ll also attend Fish Expo http://www.pacificmarineexpo.com/ November 18-20 where I’ve been invited to join a panel discussion about transboundary waters.

Thank you for your support!

Cynthia Wallesz