Alaska/Pacific Coast

Copper River Coho Season Gets Off to Strong Start; Landings Could Exceed Preseason Forecast
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – August 19, 2016
After a lackluster pink season and less-than-expected sockeye catch in the Copper River, the Cordova gillnet fleet may have a silver lining for this year’s salmon season.  After an aerial survey of the Copper River district, the silver salmon season opened on Monday, August 15 with an estimated landing of 19,000 silvers, also called coho salmon, and 760 sockeye.

In the 24-hour opener, 206 deliveries were reported.

The 19,000 coho caught initially puts the run on track with the preseason estimate of 201,000 coho.

“If the run comes in as forecast, harvest could be over 45% higher than last year when 137,000 Copper River coho were caught,” said ADF&G biologist Steve Moffitt.

“Copper River coho is essentially the season finale to Alaska’s fresh summer salmon season,” said Cassandra Squibb, Chief Marketing Officer at Copper River Seafoods.

“So far we’re seeing an average start to the run and the fish are absolutely beautiful.”

The Bering River District, an important coho river system, will open at 7:00 am, Monday, August 22 for a 24-hour commercial fishing period.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1030403/Copper-River-Coho-Season-Gets-Off-to-Strong-Start-Landings-Could-Exceed-Preseason-Forecast

The Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Jay Barrett – August 18, 2016
Coming up this week, they’re processing fish in Petersburg, people are wondering if the streams are too hot for salmon in Wrangell, and just how many salmon do you think they’ve caught in 125 of fishing in Bristol Bay? We had help from KFSK’s Abbey Collins in Petersburg, KSTK’s Aaron Bolton in Wrangell, KDLG’s Dave Bendinger in Dillingham, and the Historic Cannery Initiative’s Anjuli Grantham in Kodiak.
http://kmxt.org/2016/08/alaska-fisheries-report-18-august-2016/

Debating the timing of closure of gillnet fishery
Frontiersman by Andy Couch – August 20, 2016
On Wednesday, in a belated effort to attain the Little Susitna River coho salmon spawning escapement goal, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued a news release announcing the closure of set gillnetting in that portion of the general sub-district of the Northern District east of the Susitna River (including Fire Island). Remember that the department earlier closed the Little Susitna River sport fishery to bait fishing back on August 6.
http://www.frontiersman.com/sports/outdoors/debating-the-timing-of-closure-of-gillnet-fishery/article_2216435e-6777-11e6-af6c-9bdbdb8b0ef7.html

International

Record Salmon Catches in Russia This Year to be Directed to the Domestic Market
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden –  August 22, 2016
Russia expects a record salmon catch this year.   The volume of salmon catch in Russia this year may set a new record for the last 7 years and exceed the figures of 2014 by 25%, according to recent statements of Russian Rosrybolovstvo.

However, the 25% jump over 2014 (the last even year for pinks) also is resulting in a strong push by the Russian government to keep this fish for the domestic market.

According to forecasts of Rosrybolovstvo, total salmon catch in Russia this year will significantly exceed 400,000 tonnes. The growth of catch is currently observed in the majority of areas of the Russian Far East region, except Sakhalin.

In the case of Kamchatka, the volume of catch this year is expected to reach 220,000 tonnes, which is almost 30% higher the figures of 2014. Of these, about 139,000 tonnes account for pink salmon, while the rest are chum salmon and sockeye salmon.

In contrast to the previous years, the majority of catch this year will be supplied to the domestic market. This will be part of the state plans to replace salmon imports from Norway, which are still banned by the Russian government.

The volume of salmon exports this year will be small and will mostly account for sockeye salmon, which is in high demand in Japan. According to data of Rosrybolovstvo, in recent years, salmon catch in the Russian Far East has varied in the range from 350,000 to 500,000 tons, with 2009 became a record for the Russian salmon industry, when the catch amounted 550,000 tonnes.

In the meantime, despite a significant increase of production this year, salmon prices in Russia remain high, being by almost 30% higher those in 2015. According to Rosrybolovstvo, this is mainly due to of high activities of speculators and other re-sellers.  They do not recognize that the global salmon market is also at record high levels.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1030561/Record-Salmon-Catches-in-Russia-This-Year-to-be-Directed-to-the-Domestic-Market

Environment/Science

Chum salmon prove surprisingly resistant to pollution
Kitsap Sun by Tristan Baurick – August  20, 2016
BREMERTON – Chum salmon appear to have a cockroach-like resistance to pollution.
Scientists at Washington State University’s stormwater research center in Puyallup recently made the surprising discovery that chum are unaffected by the same levels of toxic road runoff that quickly kills their coho cousins.
http://www.tri-cityherald.com/sports/outdoors/article96532442.html

Hunt for the swimming dead: Biologists scour Chena River for data about salmon run
News Miner by Sam Friedman – August 19, 2016
UPPER CHENA RIVER — A day in the life of Fairbanks fish biologist can be pretty nice if the weather is right and you’re good at holding your nose.
http://www.newsminer.com/features/outdoors/hunt-for-the-swimming-dead-biologists-scour-chena-river-for/article_12d47ba0-65e1-11e6-8da5-0b09005ff8d9.html

Science forum in Unalaska addresses sweeping change
The Bristol Bay Times by Jim Paulin – August 19, 2016
Fewer but bigger than ever pink salmon in Sand Point. Missing herring and humpback whales in astonishing numbers in Unalaska Bay. A population explosion of introduced crawfish potentially threatening wild salmon in Kodiak.
http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1633science_forum_in_unalaska_addresses_sweeping

Labeling and Marketing

3MMI – What’s Happening to the Yellowfin Sole and Flounder Market out of China
TradexFoods – August 22, 2016
3-Minute Market Insight:
– Prices of raw materials are slowly climbing, as Chinese processing plants take orders of Yellowfin Sole and Flounder before Chinese New Year. Both European and North American demand on Flounder is strong right now, contributing to rising prices on the raw materials as procurement efforts increase.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS0GNYXAtZc

Federal Register

North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 08/22/2016
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Abundance- based Prohibited Species Catch (PSC) workshop will meet September 12, 2016.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/08/22/2016-19950/north-pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meeting?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

FYI’s

Hefty 16.22-pound silver is now the fish to beat in Seward derby
Alaska Dispatch News by Mike Campbell – August 20, 2016
Update, 1 p.m. Saturday: There was a new leader in the Seward Silver Salmon Derby. Mike Hanson of Anchorage landed a 16.22-pound silver on Friday from the vessel Fishing Machine off Tonsina Point, according to derby organizers.
http://www.adn.com/outdoors-adventure/fishing/2016/08/19/hefty-15-4-pound-silver-is-the-fish-to-beat-in-seward-derby/

Press Release

Press Release: Marine Stewardship Council appoints Eric Critchlow as new U.S. Program Director
Saving Seafood – August 19, 2016
The following was released by the Marine Stewardship Council:
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Eric will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.
http://www.savingseafood.org/other-news/marine-stewardship-council-appoints-eric-critchlow-new-u-s-program-director/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SavingSeafoodRss+%28Saving+Seafood%29

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