Alaska/Pacific Coast

Press Release: Restrictions Coming in 2018 to Southeast Alaska Chinook Fisheries
ADFG by Charles O. Swanton – March 29, 2018
(Juneau) — Chinook (king) salmon fisheries in Southeast Alaska are facing restrictions in 2018 as fisheries managers work to increase escapement and rebuild stocks affected by several years of poor marine survival. The restrictions — to be shared by commercial, sport, personal-use, and subsistence fisheries — are needed as forecasts project record-low Chinook returns for regional and transboundary drainages.
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=pressreleases.pr&release=2018_03_29

Finding local seafood is getting easier at America’s top fishing port
KTOO by Zoë Sobel – March 30, 2018
Unalaska is America’s fish capital. More seafood is hauled into Dutch Harbor than anywhere in the country, but for residents it’s not easy to find fresh fish unless they catch it themselves.
https://www.ktoo.org/2018/03/30/finding-local-seafood-is-getting-easier-at-americas-top-fishing-port/

National

US spending plan nearly doubles H-2B visa cap
Seafood Source by Steve Bittenbender – March 30, 2018
Seafood processors and other businesses reliant on guest worker employment scored a victory in last week’s omnibus spending bill signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump.
https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/business-finance/us-spending-plan-nearly-doubles-h2b-visa-cap?utm_source=informz&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_content=newsletter

International

Alaska Governor Bill Walker traveling to China to talk seafood
Seafood Source by Ben Fisher – April 2, 2018
Alaska Governor Bill Walker will be traveling to China this May with the goal of improving trade ties, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/alaska-governor-bill-walker-traveling-to-china-to-talk-seafood

Labeling and Marketing

3MMI – Alaska Flounder Harvests Down Twenty Percent – Fillet Market Bare
TradexFoods – April 2, 2018
3MMI — As the North American market is well aware by now, the twice frozen Flounder market has been extremely short since last November, when Raw materials began to be in short supply.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RerjOrq5cf8

 

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April 2, 2018