Alaska/Pacific Coast

Preseason Yukon king salmon projections slightly up from last year
KIYU by Tim Bodony – April 18, 2017
Last year, Yukon River subsistence fishermen got their first chance to target king salmon since 2012. More of the same might occur this year, as preseason projections for the 2017 Yukon king run suggest a slight improvement over last year.

Washington Ports Turn Toward Fishing
Fishermen’s News by Kathy A. Smith – May 1, 2017
A new 65-acre mixed-use development currently under construction at the Port of Everett will have the commercial fishing industry as its central feature. Artwork courtesy of the Port of Everett.

Oregon Crab Season Looks Good
Landings already above 10-year average, earnings at record high
Fishermen’s News by Terry Dillman – May 1, 2017
Despite a tumultuous beginning more chaotic than a winter storm, Oregon’s Dungeness crab season has already far surpassed last year’s landings and – more significantly – eclipsed last year’s record-setting to-the-boat earnings.


Russia Squeezed by High Salmon Prices as Chilean Companies Cut Back Shipments
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden – April 19, 2017
Russia may face a shortage of salmon this year, due to the lack of supplies from Norway and the inability of producers from Faroe Islands, Chile and Iceland to fill the vacant niche.  This was laid out by Ilya Shestakov, head of the Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo).

Despite state hopes, domestic fisherman, as well as salmon producers from South America, were not able to replace more than 500 Norway salmon producers and importers, which were banned from Russia at the beginning of 2015 due to sanctions.  Problems in the supply chain were compounded by the lack of experience operating in the Russian market by the new suppliers, traditional Russian bureaucracy, and complex logistics, all of which made salmon supplies to Russia very expensive.

Another reason for the shortages was the recent tightening of control over the antibiotics content in salmon imported to Russia, which resulted in huge losses of importers.

In the case of Chilean salmon producers, of the 116 companies, which received a permission to supply their products to Russia from local regulators, regular supplies through the Russian importers are currently carried out by only 20 companies. At the same time there is a possibility that these figures may further decline this year, as purchases of Chilean salmon have become very expensive for Russian importers.

The situation is aggravated by the high share of falsified salmon in the Russian market, which is supplied both by domestic producers and importers. According to recent statements of an official spokesman of Rosrybolovstvo, currently up to 40% of fillets of salmon and cod, presented in the Russian market are counterfeit products.

Still, there is a possibility that such a situation will change already in the coming months (which could lead to the increase of imports) due to the recently announced plans of  Сooke Aquaculture, a well-known Canadian fish producer to significantly increase the volume of supplies of Chilean salmon to Russia from its Chilean plants.

Researchers recommend banning transshipment at sea to stop IUU fishing – April 19, 2017
A team of researchers who analysed the existing maritime regulations concluded that transshipment at-sea banning is deemed crucial to curb illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing.


Measure supports protection of transboundary waters
Cordova Times – April 14, 2017
Legislature passed April 6 by the House Special Committee on Fisheries urges protection of fish habitat in Southeast Alaska waterways from mine development and operation upstream in British Columbia.

Labeling and Marketing

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute: Marketing Update
ASMI – March 2017
Alaska Seafood Representatives Meet with Chinese President, ASMI Annual Report Available Online Now!, Alaska Seafood Tour in New York City, Trending Now: Alaska Seafood Poké, New Partnership With Food Marketing Institute at Seafood Expo North America, ASMI Food Service Partners With Kansas State University, ASMI UK Promotes Alaska Sockeye & Keta Salmon at Waitrose, Whole Grain Alaska Pollock in School Lunches

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive Zone Off Alaska; Deep-Water Species Fishery by Vessels Using Trawl Gear in the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/18/2017
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for species that comprise the deep-water species fishery by vessels using trawl gear in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary because the second seasonal apportionment of the Pacific halibut bycatch allowance specified for the deep-water species fishery in the GOA has been reached.

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April 19, 2017