Alaska/Pacific Coast

Hatcheries made up one-third of 2015 salmon harvest
Morris News Service-Alaska/Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – April 6, 2016
KENAI — Though hatcheries are a major part of the commercial fishing industry statewide, they’ve remained a small portion of the harvest in Cook Inlet.

The Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Jay Barrett –  April 7, 2016
Coming up this week, a disaster is declared at the mouth of the Yukon because of the cannery fire there last month, flatfish harvesting gets another stamp of approval for sustainability, and fishermen race against the clock to be named deckhand of the year in Kodiak. We had help from KNOM’s Laura Kraegel and Mitch Borden in Nome, KMXT’s Kayla Desroches in Kodiak, and KFSK’s Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg.

Senator Dan Sullivan on Fish Internationally and Fish in Schools
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – April 7, 2016
This year, ComFish had a notable number of political speakers, including Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott and Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan. On Friday, directly after Mallot spoke about Alaska’s fiscal crisis, Sullivan stepped up in front of the audience and gave an overview of some of the legislation he’s most recently worked on.

ISER’s Gunnar Knapp Speaks on State Budget and Fisheries
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – April 6, 2016
ComFish brought a host of speakers to Kodiak to address fisheries issues and how current events are influencing the industry. The state’s budget gap was at the forefront of the talks Friday afternoon. Academic speaker Gunnar Knapp, along with political speakers like Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott and Senator Dan Sullivan, all emphasized the urgency of Alaska’s fiscal crisis.


Gulf fishermen wary of Congressional intrusion into council process
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – April 6, 2016
Gulf of Alaska fishermen suspect that Washington, D.C., politics might come into play for fisheries regulations they want left to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.


Environmentalists spar with Obama administration over fish catches
USA TODAY – Ledyard King – April 6, 2016
WASHINGTON – A proposed federal rule that would give regional councils more say in setting catch limits on fish has sparked rare friction between the Obama administration and environmental groups.


China’s Frozen Fish Processors are Retooling for Domestic Demand
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Amy Zhong and John Sackton, based on material from CAPMA –  April 7, 2016
The rapid growth of imported seafood in China, and its great popularity, is causing some of the primary frozen fish processors in Qingdao to re-invent themselves as domestic seafood processors.

One such company is China Starfish, a frozen fish processor that has been around since 2000. Earlier this year, the company listed itself on China’s ‘third board’ or the NEEQ exchange, which is sometimes called the Chinese Nasdaq. This is a share market with specific rules about company disclosure and transparency, and it is open of course to foreign capital.

According to an article by CAPMA the rapid development of China’s seafood consumption has pushed the nation’s aquatic industry to innovate.

A great variety of seafood is now sold in China’s supermarkets. And local consumers can also get access to an increasingly large number of imported seafood like Argentina red shrimps, Canadian lobsters and Greenland turbot.

It is learnt that the global demand has reached as high as 600 billion yuan for seafood during 2015. And there is great potential for China’s increase of aquatic product consumption with the rise of household incomes, improvement of commodities, changes to consumption concept as well as development of the nation’s sales channels and networks.

One indicator of the strength of this demand is that China Starfish has been listed on the New Three Board of China on January 29th.

China Starfish specializes in the sales of imported seafood and it has built franchise stores in different areas like Beijing, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Shandong, Liaoning, Hebei, Henan, Guangdong and Guangxi.

It sells seafood directly to consumers both through its physical stores and online. The company has spent great efforts in building its cold chain logistics and ensuring high quality of those products sold through the Internet, which makes it convenient for buyers to get their seafood. And this has also proved the great potential for the development in e-commerce business of frozen seafood.

China has become one of the largest seafood consumption markets in the world. The gradual increase of consumption has diversified consumers’ demand for seafood and they have more options in their seafood purchases. There is a gradual increase in China’s demand for such high-end seafood as northern prawns, salmon, codfish, king crabs, Argentina red shrimps and Greenland turbot.

During the past few years, this increase in domestic demand has begun to change traditional Chinese frozen fish processing for export. For example there is drastic increase in the overall capacity of this industry.

Secondly, the techniques are improving and the industry’s attention has shifted from primitive processing to the intensive higher value processing, including packing for retail sales.

In addition, the industry has become increasingly aware of the significance of quality and sanitation in the processing procedures and in its product handling and storage. As a result, there is a rationalization of production focused on a dramatic increase in products’ added value.

Another feature is the growth of clusters. Processing plants tend to cluster together and some industrial zones begin to appear, most of which are in coastal areas. This in turn helps improve the industry supply chain and companies benefit from the cluster effect.

Third, with the more and more fierce competition, a increasing number of large companies turn to a branding strategy so as to build their reputation on the global stage.

Currently the Chinese aquatic industry is still in the process of changing its consumers’ consumption habits, improving cold chain logistics and anticipating great market changes.

As more and more consumers are getting used to buying processed aquatic products from virtual and physical stores companies like Starfish provide their products to consumers through various channels like online shopping platforms, mobile apps as well as a great number of supermarkets, most of which are located in the north, east and northeast areas of China at the current stage.

E-commerce has exerted great influence on the traditional sales channels, but now some consumers are still skeptical of those online seafood products, especially the frozen ones. This is because China’s present cold chain logistics has not been able to meet the requirements of consumers regarding product qualities. However, it is expected that those processed aquatic products are going to become increasingly popular with China’s economic development and the improvement of consumers’ living standards.

This transformation is changing the face of Chinese Seafood Processing from being the manufacturing center of world fish processing with little concern about the final product, to being strongly focused on customer perceptions where increased quality and value is paramount.


Arctic sea ice isn’t only sparser; it’s younger and thinner too
Alaska Dispatch News by Yereth Rosen –  April 7, 2016
Arctic sea ice, which already hit a record low for winter extent this year, is also younger and thinner now than at almost any time since the satellite record was begun in the late 1970s, scientists said Wednesday.


Professor Ray Hilborn wins 2016 International Fisheries Science Prize
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton  – April 8, 2016
Professor Ray Hilborn, of the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, was recognized by the World Council of Fisheries Societies for his contributions to fishery management science.

“Professor Hilborn has had an extremely impressive career of highly diversified research and publication in support of global fisheries science and conservation. Throughout his 40-year career, Ray has been a model of dynamic and innovative science, and in the application of this work to the ever-changing problems of fisheries management and conservation in both marine and freshwater ecosystems. Professor Hilborn’s Prize will be awarded at the World Fisheries Congress in Busan, South Korea in late May.”

In recent years, Professor Hilborn has been one of the organizers of the Ram legacy Database at the University of Washington, which is the most complete global database on fish stocks, biomass surveys and catch history ever assembled.  The resulting analysis and modeling from this database have not only united many fisheries scientists around the world who had been portrayed by the media as opposing each other in terms of fisheries conservation issues, but the database has also served to highlight a road map for fisheries conservation efforts over the next twenty years.

As a result of these efforts, Hilborn has been instrumental in changing the perception that fish stocks were being fished to extinction and instead has shown that when fisheries management principles are properly applied, strong stock recoveries take place.

Frustrated by the public misperception about the actual state of major fisheries, Hilborn and other colleagues have created cfood a website scientists use to communicate with journalists and the general public about fisheries science issues.  The database, and website, have been particularly helpful in countering organizations who use distorted or outdated fisheries science to alarm regulators and the public.

Why you shouldn’t be afraid of halibut
Seattle Times by Bethany Jean Clement –  April 6, 2016
The delicious, pricey and infamously easy-to-overcook Northwest favorite is back in season, and John Sundstrom and Edouardo Jordan are here to help you cook it.

Haines 6th graders release pet salmon fry into wild
KHNS by Emily Files – April 6, 2016
This week, sixth graders at Haines School had to bid a sudden farewell to their class pets – baby salmon. The students collected the chum salmon eggs from Herman Creek in September, and watched them hatch and grow over the months.

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April 8, 2016