Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Maggie Wall – April 26, 2017
A new report shows that Alaska seafood now tops the list of favorite protein items at restaurants around the country.
http://kmxt.org/2017/04/alaska-fisheries-report-april-27-2017/

Copper River Fishery Faces Escapement Challenges
Fishermen’s News – April 26, 2017
With the opening of Alaska’s famed Copper River sockeye salmon fishery coming up in three weeks, commercial fishermen are trying to figure out ways to fish on the reds while assuring that escapement goals on the kings are met.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2017/04/copper-river-fishery-faces-escapement.html

Upper Cook Inlet Salmon Outlook
Fishermen’s News – April 26, 2017
A run of some 4 million sockeye salmon is the forecast for Alaska’s Upper Cook Inlet this summer, with a harvest by all user groups of 2.6 million reds. That would include about 1.7 million sockeyes, which is 1.2 million fewer fish than the most recent 10-year average annual commercial sockeye harvest of 2.9 million fish.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2017/04/upper-cook-inlet-salmon-outlook.html

International

Global Effort Launched on Seafood Traceability
Fishermen’s News – April 26, 2017
The Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability has launched a web-based platform inviting companies to join in a collaborative process to adopt voluntary standards and guidelines for interoperable seafood traceability systems.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2017/04/global-effort-launched-on-seafood.html

Environment/Science

The Arctic Ocean is on track to be ice-free in summer by 2040
Alaska Dispatch News by Yereth Rosen – April 26, 2017
The Arctic Ocean is on track to become ice-free in summers as soon as two decades from now, while autumn and winter temperatures in the Arctic, if carbon emissions are not controlled, will be about 22 degrees higher in 2100 than they were at the end of the 20th century.
https://www.adn.com/arctic/2017/04/25/far-north-warming-and-changes-are-accelerating-say-reports-issued-by-arctic-council-groups/

FYI’s

Recruitment Underway for Jobs in Alaska’s Seafood Industry
Anchorage Midtown Job Center hosting At-Sea Processors job fair
Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development
Alaska Business Monthly – April 26, 2017
ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Alaskans looking for summer employment have the opportunity to work in the seafood industry. More than 20 work locations throughout the state are seeking qualified applicants. The largest demand is for seafood processors, with approximately 1,400 positions to be filled, and salmon roe technicians, with an estimated 700 positions to be filled.
http://www.akbizmag.com/Government/Recruitment-Underway-for-Jobs-in-Alaskas-Seafood-Industry/

Opinion

Op-Ed: What Trump’s Budget Means for the Filet-O-Fish
New York Times by Bren Smith, Sean Barrett and Paul Greenberg – April 25, 2017
Consider the pollock.
It is the most voluminously caught fish in the United States, accounting for a quarter of everything Americans catch. As such it is the major bulwark against the United States’ multibillion-dollar seafood trade deficit — the second-largest deficit in our trade portfolio, after crude oil. And it is, today, the main component in the McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish, or the “fish delight,” as Donald Trump likes to call it.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/opinion/what-trumps-budget-means-for-noaa.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170425&nlid=60894292&tntemail0=y&_r=0

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April 27, 2017