Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska’s Finances Concern Commercial Fisheries
Fishermen’s News – April 6, 2016
An economics professor at the University of Alaska’s Institute of Social and Economic Research is advising those engaged in the commercial fishing industry to keep a close eye on how Alaska works to resolve its current fiscal crisis.

ADF&G Releases Bristol Bay Update
Fishermen’s News – April 6, 2016
A new forecast for the 2016 sockeye salmon fishing season in Bristol Bay says the fishery, which opens by regulation on June 1, is expected to have a run of some 46.6 million fish, with 29.5 million potentially available for commercial harvest.

Coast-Wide Whiting TAC for US and Canada Set at 497,500 tons
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton – April 6, 2016
Whiting catches remain healthy along the west coast.

At the recent meeting of the US-Canada Pacific Whiting Joint Management Board, the overall TAC was set at 497,500 tons.

The US share is 367,553 tons, and the Canadian share is 129,947 tons, reflecting a 74% /26% split.

The US quota is divided among three sectors: Inshore whiting, Mothership, and Catcher Processor.

One issue that came up in the discussions was the Canadian concern over catches of juvenile whiting.

The Canadians have expressed concern for several years over what they see as a high US catch of juveniles or 1 to 2-year-old whiting.  They have blamed this for a slowdown in Canadian catches.

However, Canadian catches went up in 2015, but their survey also found mostly larger fish, not juveniles.

The US, according to Rod Moore, of the West Coast Seafood Processors Association, was a little surprised, as US fishermen do not want to target small fish and try and avoid them.

“In the end, we agreed to what has been termed a gentlemen’s agreement strictly among the Advisory Panel that we would voluntarily and informally try to keep track of juvenile catch, continue to avoid it, and have once per month telephone conversations with our Canadian counterparts to discuss how the fishery was going.”

As a result, the WCSPA plans to work out a voluntary reporting system this year on volumes of juveniles landed by members.


CFEC changes up for discussion in House Resources
KUCB by Molly Dischner – April 7, 2016
The House Resources Committee took testimony this week on the effort to restructure the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission.

Fishing groups voice opposition to CFEC reorganization
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – April 6, 2016
Following an April 4 hearing that drew unanimous opposition from fishing groups, the House Resources Committee held a bill that would make statutory changes to the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission.


NOAA is accepting final comments on new seafood import rules
Associated Press – April 5, 2016
PORTLAND, Maine — Federal fishing regulators who are hoping to crack down on illegal fishing imports are closing the public comment period on proposed new rules.

Labeling and Marketing

Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act in Action: How biological surveys support sustainable Alaskan fisheries
You don’t have to sample a lot of area to get good science! Small samples over very large areas produce good science.
AFSC News – April 6, 2016
This month NOAA Fisheries celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the federal law that set the U.S. on track to healthy fish stocks and fisheries. Underlying the success of this important U.S. law is a management system supported by good science. Biological surveys make it possible for scientists to provide reliable estimates of how many fish are in the ocean. Sometimes, scientists also get a few surprises, like discovering a new species.

BBRSDA to Bring Bristol Bay Salmon Brand to Select Markets this Spring
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – April 7, 2016
The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA) will go ahead with a plan to develop a regional brand for Bristol Bay salmon.

The Association has partnered with Resiliensea’s Phil Gibson and Rising Tide Communications to create a concept of the project and identify initial markets to test the Bristol Bay brand, which will feature the region’s sockeye.

Resiliensea is a full-service advisory firm with a focus in the seafood industry. The company helps industry participants with product sourcing and development; sustainable program development; social issues; governmental relations; marketing; category management; training; and consumer outreach. Gibson is CEO of Resiliensea and has over 30 years experience in the seafood and meat industries, with expertise at the retail level.

Red Tide Communications is an Anchorage-based public relations firm with several clients in the seafood industry including ASMI, the Alaska Marine Conservation Council and the Salmon Sister.

“The firm was a natural fit for many reasons – Rising Tide’s experience and success in marketing Alaskan seafood, in addition to their understanding of our fishery, made them the right choice for developing the Bristol Bay brand and executing this campaign,” said BBRSDA Executive Director Becky Martello.

The campaign is expected this spring in select target areas. BBRRSDA will also feature updates on its web about the marketing campaign throughout the summer.

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April 7, 2016