Alaska/Pacific Coast

Bristol Bay buyers say they can handle full sockeye run
Bristol Bay Times by Molly Dischner – April 10, 2016
Salmon season may be a few months away, but the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has been prepping for the coming season, and processors have said they’re ready to handle the full run that’s expected.

Federal money eased Alaska salmon fishery failures, but only for some
Alaska Dispatch News by Annie Zak – April 9, 2016
The federal government’s help easing the impact of recent Alaska salmon fishery failures wasn’t enough to provide relief to all the players involved.


FDA’s Seafood Refusals Up Across-the-Board in March and in 2016
SeafoodNews – April 7, 2016
In March, the FDA continued to break last year’s record pace for seafood items refused to the US market.

Labeling and Marketing

3MMI – Where’s the Halibut Market Headed This Year? Price Talks Delay Shrimp Fishery Again
TradexFoods – April 11, 2016
3-Minute Market Insight:
– We have already seen 2016 Frozen Pacific Halibut offers, which could be a great indicator for pricing.
– The Pacific Pink Shrimp fishery – Pandalus Jordani – has had a delayed opening due to price negotiations… again.

Federal Register

Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/11/2016
The Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries, Greater Atlantic Region, NMFS, has made a preliminary determination that an Exempted Fishing Permit application submitted by The Nature Conservancy contains all of the required information and warrants further consideration. This Exempted Fishing Permit would allow participants to use electronic monitoring systems in lieu of at-sea monitors in support of a study to develop electronic monitoring for the purposes of catch monitoring in the groundfish fishery.


Navy Makes Sure it Has Presence at ComFish 2016
KMXT by Kayla Desroches –  April 4, 2016
One new booth at ComFish 2016 wasn’t a vendor at all. The U.S. Navy decided to reserve a spot this year in the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center. It also gave a public presentation Thursday, where Alex Stone, the Navy’s program manager on the environmental impact statement, spoke about the training in the Gulf of Alaska.

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April 11, 2016