Alaska/Pacific Coast

Trollers concerned over limits on SE Alaska kings
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – April 13, 2018
A state fisheries decision to set the 2018 preseason Chinook salmon all-gear harvest limit for Southeast Alaska at 130,000 treaty fish is prompting concern from the Alaska Trollers Association in Juneau.

King salmon crisis to be addressed at symposium
With king salmon season restricted again, fishery managers, scientists address public concern
Juneau Empire by Kevin Gullufsen – April 15, 2018
With king salmon sport fishing put off until June to protect struggling stocks, local anglers and subsistence users have questions.

Council works to disentangle state, federal Cook Inlet salmon fisheries
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – April 12, 2018
About a year after the North Pacific Fishery Management Council first took up the Cook Inlet federal fishery management plan issue, the definition of what exactly the plan has to cover is still up for debate.

GSSI Now has 50 Funding Partners, with Addition of Seattle Fish and Glacier Fish
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – April 17, 2018
With the addition of Denver-based Seattle Fish Company and Seattle-based Glacier Fish Company, the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) has reached a total of 50 funding partners worldwide.

Seattle Fish Company, based in Denver and this year celebrating 100 years in business, supplies seafood to restaurants, hotels and grocers throughout the Denver and Kansas City areas. They source product from around the world. Seattle-based Glacier Fish Company produces frozen-at-sea groundfish products from the North Pacific.

Both companies became GSSI funding partners in recent weeks.

As a catcher-processor of Alaska pollock, Glacier Fish supports credible 3rd party certification of the sustainability of its fisheries. The company was an early adopter of the Marine Stewardship Council & ASMI Responsible Fisheries Management (ASMI-RFM) standards.

“Glacier Fish’s commitment to the sustainability and stewardship of our ocean’s natural resources is synonymous with GSSI’s global non-competitive effort working towards more sustainable seafood for everyone, said Herman Wisse, Managing Director, GSSI.

“This makes Glacier a strong addition to GSSI’s growing global partnership of seafood companies,” he said.

Michael Breivik, CEO of Glacier Fish, agrees.

“Our founding principles rely upon the sustainability of the oceans in which we harvest our catch and we are dedicated to doing our part to preserve the vitality of our fisheries for generations to come,” he said.

“In Alaska, we enjoy the most robust science-based fisheries management in the world and along with rigorous third-party review and certification, our fisheries provide a high level of confidence to our customers in making their buying choices,” said Breivik.

“With the growing confusion of seafood certification schemes, GSSI fills a unique role in providing a global benchmark based on measurable, consistent standards in a non-competitive environment. This allows our customers to feel confident that whichever certification scheme best meets their needs will comply with these rigorous requirements,” Breivik said.

“Seattle Fish’s long-standing support for responsible seafood harvesting and production principles, and their active participation in industry programs striving for positive change makes them a valuable partner in our efforts towards more sustainable seafood for everyone,” said GSSI’s Wisse.

“Seattle Fish Company is thrilled to be joining GSSI and help shape the future of sustainable seafood,” said Derek Figueroa, president of the firm.

“We share a vision with GSSI to leave the planet better than we found it, as well as simplify the landscape for consumers to make informed decisions when it comes to purchasing and consuming seafood. This collaboration of stakeholders will result in lasting positive change on the industry and on the health of our oceans, allowing us to sustainably feed people for generations to come,” Figueroa noted.

GSSI is a global platform and partnership of seafood companies, NGOs, experts, governmental and intergovernmental organizations working towards more sustainable seafood for everyone. GSSI’s mission is to ensure confidence in the supply and promotion of certified seafood, as well as, to promote improvement in seafood certification schemes.

This is where GSSI’s global benchmark tool, underpinned by the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, comes in. The benchmark provides clarity on, and transparency in, seafood certification by recognizing robust and credible certification schemes, and supporting them in identifying areas for improvement.

GSSI has three Expert Working Groups (EWG): fisheries, aquaculture, and process. The Fisheries group is headed by Ron Rogness at American Seafoods and addresses certification schemes in fisheries. The Aquaculture EWG that addresses aquaculture certification schemes is headed by Bill DeMento of High Liner Seafoods.

Addressing aquaculture certification schemes, the Aquaculture EWG is headed by Bill DeMento of High Liner Seafoods.

The benchmark process is open to all certification schemes. For more information, visit

Labeling and Marketing

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute: Marketing Update
ASMI – April 2018
Coming Soon: Alaska Seafood Commercial Fishing Photo Contest, Quick & Easy Recipe Collection – New Bilingual Halibut,ASMI Attends Seafood Expo North America, “Get Ugly” Crab Campaign Launched, Kodiak ComFish 2018, Earth Fare Highlights Alaska Sockeye Salmon for Spring…


Juneau women to be inducted into Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame
Associated Press – April 15, 2018
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A trailblazing outdoorswoman and a marine biologist, both from Juneau, will be inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame.

Alward succeeds McCune to head UFA
Cordova Times – April 16, 2018
Veteran harvester Matt Alward of Homer, representing the North Pacific Fisheries Association, has succeeded Jerry McCune, of Cordova District Fishermen United, as president of United Fishermen of Alaska.

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April 17, 2018