Alaska/Pacific Coast

Pacific salmon ‘more abundant than ever’, new study claims
Canada-Washington state research suggests hatcheries are bolstering pink salmon populations at the expense of chinook, coho
Business Vancouver by Nelson Bennett – April 10, 2018
Pacific salmon are generally “more abundant than ever.”
That is the provocative conclusion of a new paper published in Marine and Coastal Fisheries by Greg Ruggerone of Seattle’s Natural Resources Consultants and James Irvine of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
https://biv.com/article/2018/04/pacific-salmon-more-abundant-ever-new-study-claims

International

Russian Fishery Company Plans New 60,000 ton Value-Added Pollock Plant near Vladivostok
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – April 11, 2018
The Russian Fishery Company (RFC) plans to start construction of a shore-based pollock processing factory in 2018. The processing capacity of the factory will be more than 60,000 tons with an output of 25,000 tons of high value-added products.

The Company plans to put the factory into operation in 2020.

The “Russian Pollock” processing factory will be located at the Nadezhdinskaya Priority Development Territory close to Vladivostok, Russia.

The factory will be equipped with modern high-tech equipment and will allow to produce a variety of high-quality fish products. Total investment into the project is planned at the level of $US12-15 milion.

According to the conditions of  the investment quota available for new seafood factory and vessel construction in Russia, the  RFC will receive an additional quota of 14,500 tons of Pollock and Herring quota once “Russian Pollock” factory is commissioned.

“The construction of modern on-shore processing facilities will be an important step in the implementation of RFC strategy to increase the share of high value-added products in our portfolio,” said Andrey Teterkin, CEO of Russian Fishery Company.

The new factory will ensure the expansion of the Company’s ability to produce high-quality products from wild white fish, including “ready to cook” category, which meets the RFC’s focus on the entire value chain for the end consumers,” he said.

The Russian Fishery Company (RFC) is now the 3rd largest pollock company in the world, after Trident and Nissui, operating 14 vessels.  Their strategy is to develop more value added pollock products based on new factory trawlers and shore plants.
https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1098403/Russian-Fishery-Company-Plans-New-60000-ton-Value-Added-Pollock-Plant-near-Vladivostok

Federal Register

Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/11/2018
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting of its Archipelagic Fishery Ecosystem Plan Team (FEP) and the Fishery Data Collection and Research Committee—Technical Committee (FDCRC-TC). The Archipelagic FEP Team will review the fishery performance, ecosystem consideration, and data integration chapter of the Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) Report for the Western Pacific region, conduct the evaluation of the 2017 catches to the 2017 Annual Catch Limits (ACL) for the coral reef, crustacean, and Territory bottomfish fisheries, review of the ecosystem component action, aquaculture, and crustacean Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) review. The FDCRC-TC will review the status of the data collection improvement efforts in the Western Pacific region, progress on the Pacific Island Fisheries Research Program, discuss the collection of fisheries data for management unit species (MUS) and Ecosystem Component Species (ECS), and the implementation of the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP)—Pacific Islands Regional Implementation Plan (PIRIP).
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/11/2018-07472/western-pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meetings

FYI’s

Kodiak fishing vessel crews train for oil spill response
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – April 6, 2018
In September, a number of fishing vessels responded to a spill at the Valdez Marine Terminal.
http://kmxt.org/2018/04/kodiak-fishing-vessel-crews-train-oil-spill-response/

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April 11, 2018