Alaska/Pacific Coast

Increase of pink salmon may be leading to the decline of kings
KBBI by Renee Gross – April 17, 2018
Pink, chum and sockeye salmon have been doing really well over the past few decades. A new study published in Marine and Coastal Fisheries finds in the North Pacific, those species’ abundance levels have been peaking over the past 25 years. But more salmon can be a bad thing. Evidence suggests that more pinks, chums and sockeye are contributing to declining king salmon stocks.

Fishermen skip herring fishery in Kodiak

KMXT by Kayla Desroches – April 17, 2018
Kodiak’s herring sac roe fishery opened by regulation on Sunday and it looks like an early fishing season in another, bigger area could mean less participation in Kodiak waters.

Herring jobs attract lots of workers

Processing companies finding a lot of interest in employment
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – April 18, 2018
Business was brisk at the Alaska Department of Labor’s Anchorage Midtown Job Center as recruiters from North Pacific Seafoods interviewed sought to hire workers for the upcoming herring season.

Price Quotations for Alaska 5-8 Snow Crab Restarted by Urner Barry for First Time Since 2016
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton – April 18, 2018
Urner Barry has begun quotations for Alaskan 5-8 Snow Crab for the first time since 2016.

In order to establish a quote, Urner Barry requires that their be enough product being traded on the spot market by a sufficient number of sellers to establish a price.

During 2017 that never happened, as whatever Alaskan product was available was on allocation to specific customers. It was the first time in 10 years that Urner Barry was unable to establish a spot price quote for Alaskan Opilio.

Yesterday, Urner Barry began quoting Alaska 5-8 Opilio at $8.50 to $8.65.  This is an all time high, $2.00 more than it was in 2016.  Furthermore, volumes are reported to be small.

Nevertheless, the quotes suggest that at least some Alaskan crab sellers have inventory available for spot market customers.  Another factor that may be bringing crab to market is the increased share of King Crab owned by Western Alaska CDQ community corporations, some of whom sell directly or outside of the sales channels through the traditional large Alaskan packers.

The availability may also be due to the fact that those who have Alaskan product would like to move more of it before the Canadian snow crab season opens in earnest.

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands; 2018 and 2019 Harvest Specifications for Groundfish; Correction
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/18/2018
NMFS is correcting the final 2018 and 2019 harvest specifications for groundfish in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). The amounts of Atka mackerel specified for the Amendment 80 sector in the Central Aleutian District (CAI) and the Western Aleutian District (WAI) were incorrect.

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April 19, 2018