Alaska/Pacific Coast

Togiak Herring Season Opens
SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by Peggy Parker  –  April 28, 2015
Alaska Department of Fish and Game opened the Togiak herring roe fishery to seiners for 74 hours from 8:00 p.m., April 27, until 10:00 p.m., April 30.

ADF&G described the open area as “from Togiak Reef at 160 degrees 30.10’ west longitude to the longitude of Cape Newenham at 162 degrees 10.50’ west longitude and in the area from a line perpendicular to the shore at 58degrees 50.50’ north latitude to the longitude of Anchor Point at 160 degrees 19.70’ west longitude. Participants are reminded that Ungalikthluk Bay is closed by regulation.”

ADF&G staff flew a survey of the Togiak herring district Monday afternoon and could document a threshold biomass of 35,000 tons of herring on the grounds. Herring were observed entering the district along Cape Constantine, Hagemeister Island and between Hagemeister and High Islands.

Reports from the grounds indicate the herring are still green with zero percent mature roe reported from a small sample taken today. More samples will be taken as the fishery begins.

Commercial fishing with gillnets will open in the Egg Island Section and eastward to longitude 159 degrees 30.00’ west longitude. This is approximately from the Egg Island Section to the base of Cape Constantine. Commercial fishing will open at 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 27 until further notice. Metervik Bay is closed by regulation.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/973421/Togiak-Herring-Season-Opens

Environment/Science

B.C., First Nations reach coastal marine pact to protect ocean health
Vancouver Sun by Larry Pynn –  April 27, 2015
A marine planning agreement between the province and 18 First Nations covering two-thirds of the B.C. coast — including the Great Bear Rainforest — was hailed Monday as an important first step in sustainable management of the oceans.
http://www.vancouversun.com/First+Nations+reach+coastal+marine+pact+protect+ocean+health/11008289/story.html

Labeling and Marketing

European Seafood Expo is a Success for Alaska Seafood
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] – April 28, 2015
Preliminary reports by Alaska seafood representatives indicate strong international seafood sales at the Seafood Expo Global in Brussels April 21st to April 23rd. High sales come in the nick of time, as the Alaska salmon industry is poised on the brink of some of the largest projected runs in recorded history and other commercial fisheries thrive.

On-site sales were reported to be over $44 million. Additionally, seafood producers project that sales over the next 12 months to be over $650 million as a result of attendance at the show.

“The Brussels show is always valuable to Alaska’s seafood producers. Not only do we make critical sales there, but we are there to represent the always-popular Alaska brand,” said Chief Marketing Officer Cassandra Squibb of Anchorage-based Copper River Seafoods, Inc.

The Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global is the world’s largest seafood trade event. More than 25,800 buyers, suppliers, media, and other seafood professionals from 150 countries visit the exposition. Attendees come to meet with existing suppliers, source new products and network with other industry professionals.

“World interest in our fish is as strong as ever, which is especially gratifying considering the strong dollar and disruption in Russia and Ukraine” said Tom Sunderland, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Ocean Beauty Seafoods.

“The international markets have an ever-growing demand for Alaska’s wild sustainable seafood. It’s important that we represent Alaska at these trade shows both to develop the sales that keep the industry in business and to maintain our leadership seat at the table in the bigger picture of the world’s sustainable fisheries,” said Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Executive Director Michael Cerne.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/973439/European-Seafood-Expo-is-a-Success-for-Alaska-Seafood

Pacific Rockfish Fishery Well Underway
The Fish Site – April 28, 2015
CANADA and US – The fresh market for Rockfish fillets is 40 cents higher than frozen products with much less labour, so processors are leaning, reports Rob Reierson in the Tradex Foods 3-Minute Market Insight.

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http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/25560/pacific-rockfish-fishery-well-underway/

 

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April 28, 2015