Alaska/Pacific Coast

As Fishery Nears, Salmon Processors Face Certification Issues
Fishermen’s News – April 15, 2015
On the eve of what is forecasted to be a very robust wild Alaska salmon harvest, sustainable certification issues, plus a substantial inventory of unsold canned and frozen 2014 salmon, have many processors scrambling to meet market certification demands.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2015/04/as-fishery-nears-salmon-processors-face.html

Pot Longline Gear Approved for Gulf of Alaska Sablefish IFQ Fishery
Fishermen’s News – April 15, 2015
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has approved the use of pot gear in sablefish individual fishing quota fishery in the Gulf of Alaska. Final action reached at the council’s meeting on April 12 includes provisions for identifying tags on the pots, retention of halibut caught incidentally and a review of the effects of this fishery three years after implementation.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2015/04/pot-longline-gear-approved-for-gulf-of.html

Facing tough market, salmon processors plan return to certification program
Alaska Dispatch News by Jeannette Lee Falsey – April 15, 2015
Several Alaska salmon processors have decided to rejoin one of the world’s best-known sustainable seafood certification programs, after breaking away about three years ago.
http://www.adn.com/article/20150415/facing-tough-market-salmon-processors-plan-return-certification-program

National

Overfishing drops to all-time low, reports NOAA
FIS.COM – April 16, 2015
The number of domestic fish stocks listed as overfished or subject to overfishing has dropped to an all-time low since 1997, when NOAA began tracking stock status, according to the 2014 Status of US Fisheries report to Congress.
http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=75879&ndb=1&df=0

Labeling and Marketing

Lower prices could mean more markets for state’s wild salmon
Homer News by DJ Summers – April 15, 2015
Morris News Service – Alaska
Too much red and pink salmon could be a blessing in an ugly disguise for 2015.
The commercial fishing industry has a pessimistic outlook for the price of Alaska salmon in 2015, due in large part to one of the largest pink and sockeye salmon run forecasts in 50 years. A healthy U.S. economy is driving a strong dollar, which can harm exports, and key markets have vanished.
http://homernews.com/homer-news/business/2015-04-15/lower-prices-could-mean-more-markets-for-state%E2%80%99s-wild-salmon

FYI’s

Legislature considering a sockeye stamp to raise money for popular sport, personal use fishery
Alaska Dispatch News by Jenny Neyman Redoubt Reporter – April 7, 2015
A suggestion before the Legislature to institute a special fee for sport and personal-use sockeye salmon fishing in Alaska is getting a stamp of approval from Kenai-area constituents.
http://www.adn.com/article/20150407/legislature-considering-sockeye-stamp-raise-money-popular-sport-personal-use

Alaska Legislators Consider Special Day to Celebrate Salmon
Fishermen’s News – April 15, 2015
Alaska Rep. Bryce Edgmon, a Democrat from Dillingham, has asked fellow legislators to honor the state’s beloved wild salmon with a day of its own, Alaska Wild Salmon Day, to be celebrated every Aug. 10.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2015/04/alaska-legislators-consider-special-day.html

Ann Owens
Pacific Seafood Processors Association
Office Manager
1900 W Emerson Place Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98119
Phone: 206.281.1667
E-mail: pspafish@gmail.com; Website: www.pspafish.net
Our office days/hours are Monday-Friday
8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, any copyrighted work in this message is distributed under fair use without profit or payment to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving this information for non-profit research and educational purposes only. *Inclusion of a news article, report, or other document in this email does not imply PSPA support or endorsement of the information or opinion expressed in the document.

April 16, 2015