Alaska/Pacific Coast

As concern grows over sustainability of halibut stocks, a bycatch compromise remains elusive
Bristol Bay Times by John Messick – March 28, 2015
A lot has changed in Alaska since commercial vessels began fishing for halibut off the coastline in 1888, but in almost 130 years, halibut has remained a staple of the state’s fishing economy and culture. Along with salmon and crab, no species of fish captures the Alaska imagination and fills Alaska pocketbooks more than halibut.


Weekly Overview: Forecast Seafood Production Figures Revealed in New Trade Map
The Fish Site – March 31, 2015
ANALYSIS -Rabobank has forecast that Global Atlantic salmon production will reach 3 million tonnes by 2020 and that global farmed whitefish production (catfish, tilapia and pangasius) will reach over 12 million tonnes by 2020.

Labeling and Marketing

Salmon powder project scores well in Congo
Research continues to develop a seafood powder that appeals to more taste buds
The Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – March 31, 2015
Wild Alaska salmon in powdered form is being promoted as a vital nutrient to the diets of people in Asian and African countries served by the International Partnership for Human Development.

Just Concluded Surimi Price Negotiations Show Increases for 4 Seasons in a Row
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton – March 31, 2015
The higher production of surimi by the US pollock producers that we highlighted yesterday is being driven by a series of favorable changes in market conditions, from the Alaskan point of view.

Prices for standard A grade surimi were set at 380-400 Yen / kg, according to sources, which is about 50 yen higher than the B season price.

This is the largest increase for the seasonal negotiations in the past two years.

Several factors are driving the price up.

First, the supply of surimi from other sources in decreasing.  Surimi from Thai fisheries will be down 10%, due largely to decreased catches as Thai vessels are forced to stop fishing in Indonesian waters, due to a crack down on IUU fishing.   Furthermore, the thai fishery is under increasing government scrutiny due to labor practices, and this may be having an impact on their production.

Second, the domestic supply of surimi produced in Hokkaido is the lowest in many years.  Sources say the drop was 30% in 2014.  This includes surimi made from both pollock and atka mackerel.

Also there are reports of increased exports of round Japanese pollock to China and Korea, again taking raw material out of surimi production.

The net effect of these shortages is to force prices up despite the weakness in Japanese currency.  The actual cost of the price increases higher than just to cover the change in exchange rates, even though the Japanese Yen has weakened considerably between the B season and now.

Federal Register

Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Catch Sharing Plan
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/01/2015
This final rule announces the approval of the Area 2A (waters off the U.S. West Coast) Catch Sharing Plan (Plan), with modifications recommended by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), and issues implementing regulations for 2015. These actions are intended to conserve Pacific halibut, provide angler opportunity where available, and minimize bycatch of overfished groundfish species. The sport fishing management measures in this rule are an additional subsection of the regulations for the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) published on March 17, 2015.

Fisheries Off West Coast States; Coastal Pelagic Species Fisheries; Amendment 14 to the Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery Management Plan
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/01/2015
NMFS announces the approval of Amendment 14 to the Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The purpose of Amendment 14 is to specify an estimate of maximum sustainable yield (MSY) for the northern subpopulation of northern anchovy in the CPS FMP. This action promotes the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the FMP, and other applicable laws.

April Fool’s Special Bulletins

Could Seattle’s Tunnel Deliver Salmon Salvation?
EarthFix and others on SoundCloud – April 1, 2015
Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct Tunnel project is more than a year behind schedule. As local frustration mounts, one engineering firm has a fresh idea that could mean good news for urban salmon recovery. EarthFix’s April Fool’s Day Special.

Cisco’s “Internet of Fish” to Create Marine Based Underwater Wifi Network
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Ben Stricker – April 1, 2015
There’s no doubt that the Internet of Everything will have profound implications for all of the world’s industries. However, the vast majority of these industries are located on land, leaving the two-thirds of the Earth covered in water with minimal Internet connectivity.

With that, no greater opportunity exists to “connect the unconnected” than in the geographic area that has largely been untapped: the world’s bodies of water.

That’s where Cisco comes in.

Today, Cisco is announcing a new global initiative that will provide the infrastructure necessary that will allow consistent Internet connectivity from sea to shining sea:

The Internet of Fish.

With an estimated 32,000 species of fish capable of connectivity around the globe, the possibilities when connecting millions of fish to the Internet become staggering. By attaching WiFi sensors and RFID tags to fish, Cisco is beginning the journey to create one enormous mesh network that provides solid connectivity all the way around the globe.

Initially, the project will be used to monitor and regulate some of the world’s largest and most distressed fisheries for sustainability reasons. From there, the program will be extended to more species with the ultimate goal of creating one giant Wi-Fi network – the more connected fish, the stronger the Wi-Fi signal becomes.

Select Engineers Kick Off the Tagging

Beginning today, Cisco employees will start the historic task of placing sensors on fish. Dubbed “Fish and Chips,” this is an exciting opportunity for select engineers around the country, who will begin tagging fish in their nearest oceans, lakes, rivers, and bays.

The specialized sensors—designed over the past two years—are non-lethal, biodegradable, and otherwise non-harmful. Specially trained fish engineers will manually tag the first wave of fish. Depending on the success of the signals, Cisco plans to “feed” the additional sensors and RFID tags to fish via extremely tiny sensors that will become ingested and then embedded in their intestines.

And although technically a mammal and not a fish, whales are part of the Internet of Fish initiative as well, as they will be tagged with larger Wi-Fi routers that connect all of the sensor-embedded fish.

Cisco’s fish-tagging efforts will begin in some of the world’s largest bodies of water, then continue in global streams, straits, gulfs, wetlands, inlets, sloughs, ponds, canals, harbors, gullies, channels, deltas, lagoons, hatcheries, bayous, bogs, lochs, brooks, waterfalls, tributaries, marshes, reservoirs, swamps, creeks, moats, puddles of water and kiddie pools.

Internet of Everything Value at Stake Skyrockets to $22.5 Trillion

The Internet of Fish (IoF) creates an even bigger financial opportunity that currently exists. Cisco currently estimates the Internet of Everything is poised to generate $19.9T in potential economic ‘value at stake’ exists over the next 10 years for private and public sectors.

However, when factoring in all the connected opportunities enabled by the Internet of Fish, new estimates released today calculate that the IoF will increase the financial opportunities by an additional $3,302,822,708.77 over that same time.

Many industries will benefit. Ocean-faring vessels will be able to conduct Internet commerce and easily communicate with anyone around the world. Scientists and researchers will be able to better conduct research in undersea stations and submarines for biological and environmental studies. Private watercraft will have more reliable means of sending distress signals and being located.

Initially, the project will monitor some of the world’s largest fish species such as tuna and salmon. Cisco engineers will then monitor crustaceans like scallops and shrimp, keeping an eye on the health of the Connected Fish so that fishermen can avoid catching unhealthy fish.

Many industries are expected to benefit tremendously from Cisco’s Internet of Fish initiative. Sailors and ocean-faring vessels will now be able to conduct Internet commerce and easily communicate with anyone around the world – let alone watch the latest movie hits – without any interruption. Scientists and researchers will be able to better conduct research in undersea stations and submarines for biological and environmental studies. And, most importantly, private watercraft will have more reliable means of sending distress signals and being located in the event of an emergency.

FishTime Initiative Makes the Internet of Fish Fun for Families

What’s most exciting is what will happen at Cisco. Engineers will equip about 10 percent of the fish with chips that also include mini cameras. From your desktop, you’ll be able to enjoy your own live aquarium, beginning in FY16.

We plan to sell this Internet of Fish solution—called FishTime—to consumers around the world beginning in Q3 FY16. This will be an excellent way for schoolchildren to experience the underwater world without leaving their desks, and a new way for families to bond over screen time.

You can also help. Once we’ve equipped the first wave of fish with sensors—and have conducted testing—Cisco volunteers can take part with this massive global undertaking. This will likely be the sensor “feeding” portion of the initiative.

Cisco is currently looking for volunteers to help with this massive global undertaking. Anyone interested in helping tag fish can do so by contacting

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