Alaska/Pacific Coast

Pacific cod fishery slow going this season
Homer News by Cristy Fry – April 8, 2015
Bad weather and a lack of markets has led to a basic shutdown of the Pacific cod season for state-waters pot boats before it really got started, at least for Homer boats.

Fish-stealing whales take bite out of black-cod harvest
Seattle Times by Hal Bernton – April 8, 2015
Frustrated Alaska fishermen have tried tactics like blasting heavy metal music from their boats to keep whales from stealing fish from their lines. To protect their catch, they are now talking about abandoning hooks and lines in favor of baited traps.

Lower salmon prices may mean more markets
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – April 8, 2015
Too much red and pink salmon could be a blessing in an ugly disguise for 2015.
Industry has a pessimistic outlook for the price of Alaska salmon in 2015, due in large part to one of the largest pink and sockeye salmon run forecasts in 50 years. A healthy U.S. economy is driving a strong dollar, which can harm exports, and key markets have vanished.

NPFMC to Weigh New Wave of Salmon Bycatch Limits by Lauren Rosenthal – April 08 2015
This week, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council will decide whether to mount a new crackdown on salmon bycatch in the Bering Sea’s biggest fishery. he pollock fleet could be asked to fish earlier in the year to avoid salmon. And they may face tighter limits on the number of salmon they can take without shutting down their season.

Strong dollar and oversupply meant slow herring season in Sitka
KCAW by Rachel Waldholz – April 8, 2015
Most years, the sac roe herring fishery in Sitka means boats filling the harbor, crewmembers filling the bars, seiners jostling for position within sight of town, and spotter planes in close formation overhead.

Labeling and Marketing

Ocean Beauty Ranks First in ComFish Filleting Contest
Fishermen’s News – April 8, 2015
The Ocean Beauty Seafoods team of Edwin Alejandro and Estella Valenzuela combined speed and quality to place first among seven processor teams in the 2015 ComFish seafood filleting contest at Kodiak this past weekend.

Federal Register

Fisheries off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Trawl Rationalization Program; Midwater Trawl Fishery Season Date Change
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/09/2015
This action implements revisions to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Program affecting the limited entry midwater trawl fisheries managed under the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). This action revises the primary season-opening date for the Shorebased Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program midwater trawl fishery (targeting both whiting and non-whiting species) to May 15 north of 40°30′ N. lat. to the U.S./Canada border. This moves the season a month earlier for waters off the coasts of Washington and Oregon, and a month and half later for waters off the coast of northern California (north of 40°30′ N. lat.). This action increases consistency in the season start date along the coast and between the shorebased and at-sea midwater trawl fleets.


BBEDC to award refrigeration systems to ten Bay fishermen
KBLG by Hannah Colton – April 8, 2015
The new program aims to improve fish quality by putting hydraulic RSW units on the vessels of CDQ qualified fishermen.

Banks seek to expand portfolios in stable fishing industry
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – April 8, 2015
The rationalization of federal fisheries has created a healthier environment for Alaska banks to underwrite commercial fishing industry loans.
Alaska’s banks had a healthy 2014 in spite of the nervousness over falling oil prices, spurred by increased consumer market confidence and commercial construction. The five Alaska-based banks together grew their total assets 9.3 percent from $5.4 billion in 2013 to $5.9 billion in 2014. Net income grew a collective 11 percent, from $55 million in 2013 to $61 million in 2014.


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April 9, 2015