Alaska/Pacific Coast

Southeast king salmon quota released, higher than last year
KCAW by Brielle Schaeffer – April 18, 2016
The Southeast Alaska king salmon quota for 2016 is out and it’s already looking better than last year. In 2015, no final harvest limit was ever announced, which left commercial fishermen in the dark as to how many fish they were targeting.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2016/04/18/southeast-king-salmon-quota-released-higher-than-last-year/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+aprn-news+%28APRN%3A+Alaska+News%29

Impasse between fishery and tribal leaders puts salmon season in jeopardy
KOMO News by Matt Markovich – April 19, 2016
SEATTLE — State fishery managers announced late Tuesday they had reached an impasse with tribal leaders over a salmon season this summer. It will now be in the hands of the federal government to make the final decision that will affect the livelihoods thousands of people connected to the Puget Sound salmon fishery.
http://komonews.com/news/local/impasse-between-fishery-and-tribal-leaders-puts-salmon-season-in-jeopardy

Commercial fishing to be opened for Stikine River kings
KFSK by Angela Denning – April 18, 2016
This year’s run of King salmon on the Stikine River is projected to be small but still large enough for limited commercial fishing near Petersburg. KFSK’s Angela Denning reports:
http://www.kfsk.org/2016/04/18/commercial-fishing-to-be-opened-for-stikine-river-kings/

International

M&S becomes first retailer to make Responsible Fishing pledge
Edie.net by George Ogleby – April19, 2016
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has made an industry-leading commitment to support and improve the environmental sustainability of the fishing sector by signing up to the UK’s Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS).
http://www.edie.net/news/7/M-S-becomes-first-retailer-to-sign-up-to-RFS-commitment/

Diversified Expects Strong Seafood Expo Event in Brussels; Says Only 5% of Space Cancelled
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – April 20, 2016
Diversified Communications, the global trade show organizer who owns Seafood Expo Global, says they expect a strong event this year.  The show takes place a few weeks after a major terrorist attack in Brussels, and the country remains on high alert.

Diversified says the show will welcome thousands of visitors when it opens on April 26th.

“The exposition gathers the seafood industry’s decision-makers and purchasers from around the world and both suppliers and buyers anticipate this event all year, ” says Liz Plizga, Group Vice President for Diversified Communications, organizer of the exposition.

“A situation like this [the terror attacks in Brussels]  will have an impact, but exhibitors and buyers recognize the value in having this annual exposition to conduct their business at the global level, ” comments Plizga. A vast majority of the exhibiting companies have decided to maintain their participation, and only 5 percent of exhibit space has been canceled.

“This number represents a small fraction of the exposition. Regardless of the challenging times the event has faced, it continues to be the world’s most important event for the seafood industry. ”

Since the attack in Brussels, buyers from many countries have continued to register,  including Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Norway, Poland, Russia, South Korea and Spain.

“Visitors are registering every day and exhibitors are actively preparing for the event. It is necessary that we continue to provide business continuity to the seafood community counting on the connections made in Brussels to meet their business goals in the global market,” said Plizga.

Diversified is working vigorously this year to ensure participation by key buyers.

A Delhaize buyer explains, “This event is extremely important for the sector, because it brings together all categories of products, as well as a large portion of potential suppliers. In addition to the potential innovations, it also offers the possibility to discover new suppliers, new sources of supply, as well as a great source of information on stocks of raw material and their evolution. ”

“Brussels is the most important Fair in Europe for fish products and offers a real venue for buyers to meet with suppliers and exchange market situations,” comments a Sodexo buyer confirming his attendance.

Another buyer, from Ahold, adds, “As a buyer, this event is important because it gives me the opportunity to meet and speak with my suppliers and get new leads in one place during a limited time. It also offers a chance to see new trends, innovations and products. ”

Seafood industry buyers and processors can learn more about Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Processing Global, register to attend and get more security updates by visiting the exposition’s website.

SeafoodSource.com, a publication of Diversified Communications, is the official media for Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Processing Global. As the global leader in seafood industry news and information, SeafoodSource.com will extensively cover the event.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1015480/Diversified-Expects-Strong-Seafood-Expo-Event-in-Brussels-Says-Only-5-percent-of-Space-Cancelled

Opinion

Big Science is broken
The Week by Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry – April 18, 2016
Science is broken.
That’s the thesis of a must-read article in First Things magazine, in which William A. Wilson accumulates evidence that a lot of published research is false. But that’s not even the worst part.
http://theweek.com/articles/618141/big-science-broken?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits

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