Alaska/Pacific Coast

Seattle April Pollock Roe Auction Sees Record Low Prices
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton – April 27, 2015
Heavy supplies and a weak market pushed the second round roe auction in Seattle to record lows.  The auction ended on April 16th.

Average prices came to 395 yen/kg, which is 40% lower than the average price in March, and 50% lower than the price for the second round auction in 2014.

Generally the second round auction sees lower quality and more mature or over mature roe. This year, with roe maturing faster than normal, many inshore processors had a large volume of overmature roe.

The catcher processor fleet, with a lower percentage of mizuko, saw a drop of about 20% in their average prices from March.  Their average prices for all grades were 583 yen/kg.

Some industry executives said this was the lowest price they have seen since the auction sales began in the 1990’s.

American Seafoods, which is engaged in refinancing negotiations, did not report its roe auction results.

Hometown U: Fishing for salmon consumers in China
Alaska Dispatch News by Kathleen McCoy – April 26, 2015
Right about now, Alaskans are digging through the spidery corners of their backyard sheds and garages, pulling out waders and tackle boxes, sweeping leaves off gunnels and hooking up boat trailers.

East Coast Fishery

Lean Year for New England Cod Ahead as Shutdown Looms
ABC News By PATRICK WHITTLE Associated Press – April 26, 2015
Catch limits set to take effect this week will take a bite out of an industry that dates back to America’s colonial past: New England cod.


Russia reports 40% increase in pollock fillet production from ‘A’ season this year
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden – April 27, 2015
The first stage (“A” season)  of pollock fishing season  was officially completed in Russia this year, according to an official spokesman of the Russian Pollock Association.

According to official data of the Association, during the period of January 1 to April 15, 2015, total pollock production in all fishing areas of the Far East fishery basin totaled 901,760 tonnes, which is by 2% higher, compared to the same period of last year.

At the same the percentage of quota usage this year slightly decreased.  As of April 20, 2015 total pollock quota in the Far East fishery basin used by 60.5%.

According to German Zverev, head of the Association, the unfavorable ice and hydrological situation during fishery in January led to a very serious imbalance of pollock production on certain fishing areas in the Far East.   VINRO recommended the fleet move away from fishing in the Northern Sea of Okhotsk.

Overal, during the first stage of the fishing season the volume of pollock production exceeded 424,500 tons, which is by 3% lower, compared to the same period of last year.

According to Zverev, the decrease in production can be explained by the significant increase of the share of processing products. For example, total production of pollock fillets in the Far East Basin at the end of the A” season amounted to 24,650 tons, which is by 43% more than in 2014.

At the same time the production of pollock roe totaled 40,390 tons.

Starting from the beginning of May, Russian fisherman will begin the production of pollock in the Bering Sea. According to state plans, the volume of pollock production during the second stage of the fishing season should reach 400,000 tons.

At present that the Okhotsk pollock fishing season in Russia is divided into two periods: the “A” season (winter-mid-spring) and “B” (Fall).

Russian leading fishing associations and fisherman have criticized the current situation in the Russian fishing industry and planned state reforms in the industry.

According to Vyacheslav Zilanov, former Deputy Minister of Fisheries of the USSR and Chairman of the Coordinating Council of associations, organizations and enterprises of the fishing industry of the North Basin Russian, a recent tragedy of Oleg Naydenov fishing trawler in the Okhotsk sea became the result of poor management of the domestic fishing industry by the current head of Rosrybolovstvo and Arkady Dvorkovich, Russia’s first deputy prime-minister, who is responsible for the development of fishing industry in the Russian government.

So far, the producers have already sent a petition to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, asking to block the recently approved state decision about the reform of the Russian fishing industry, and in particular the introduction of auctions.

According to producers, planned introduction of the auctions during the distribution of fishing quotas, (instead of the currently existing quotas’ distribution in accordance with the historical principle), will destroy the industry.

According to producers, the introduction of the new system is lobbied by the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service and some top officials, affiliated with foreign fish producing and processing companies, which plan to gain a control over the Russian fishing industry.

According to state plans, the system of auctions will be introduced since 2018.

Seafood Expo: EU Fishing Industry to Boost Sustainable Image
The Fish Site – April 24, 2015
EU – The European fishing sector is to make a concerted bid to boost the image of the industry in the eyes of consumers and European governments.
The move follows a survey conducted among consumers that showed that the majority believe that the fishing industry has a vital role to play in feeding a growing world population.

Labeling and Marketing

Fish Talks: ASMI posts two upcoming meetings
Cordova Times – April 26, 2015
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has announced upcoming meetings of its salmon committee on April 29, and the institute’s board of directors on May 5.



Federal agency, Alaska businesses partner on whale program
KTUU – April 24, 2015
JUNEAU – Southeast Alaska companies have agreed to participate in a program intended to help mitigate boats’ impacts on whales.

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April 27, 2015