Alaska/Pacific Coast

Kodiak Pink Run is Poor, Late, or Both – Lowest Since 70s
KMXT by Jay Barrett – August 2, 2016
Salmon fishermen in the Kodiak Management Area are harvesting about 200,000 pink salmon a day, which, according to Fish and Game Area Management Biologist James Jackson, is right up there among the slowest of pink salmon years.
http://kmxt.org/2016/08/kodiak-pink-run-poor-late/

West Coast Salmon Prices Started High This Spring But Have Leveled Out
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Susan Chambers – August 2, 2016
It’s been a slow season so far for West Coast salmon fishermen, but a strong market demand appears to have offset the limited landings and prices have leveled out this summer.

In Oregon, the ocean salmon fisheries started with high prices in the spring, at around $11 a pound, Oregon Salmon Commission Administrator Nancy Fitzpatrick said. The average price reported by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife was $10.77 a pound in April, $9.45 per pound in May and preliminary figures reported in late June were $9.46 a pound. Fishermen were landing between 10 and 30 fish per boat, she said, with a handful bringing 50 or more fish to the dock.

“When Copper River (Alaska) comes on in May, our price usually goes down,” Fitzpatrick said. “It didn’t. Copper River was slow in their numbers.”

Since early spring, the ex-vessel prices have decreased continually as more salmon from other sources is landed and more Chinook returns to West Coast rivers.

Washington’s fishermen received an average of $8.13 per pound in April for Chinook, but that has dropped to an average of $4.69 per pound by June. California’s ex-vessel price has remained steady, at around $9 a pound, at least through May.

Fitzpatrick said this year has been a bit tough, with closures for multiple weeks designed, in part, to protect coho stocks that showed poor winter survival. “But we are still on the water fishing,” she said, “so that’s good.”

The National Marine Fisheries Service and Oregon and Washington departments of fish and wildlife approved a change in the commercial troll salmon fishery north of Cape Falcon, Oregon, recently, to allow for more commercial harvest. Beginning Aug. 1, trollers can now land 225 Chinook per vessel per open period, up from 150 fish. Fishermen have landed only 4,140 Chinook out of the total quota of 21,000, a state notice said, so this will give the industry more opportunity to land fish during the two open periods in August – Aug. 1-7 and Aug. 15-23.

“The increased limit should provide a more reasonable opportunity to harvest the quota,” the notice said.

At the same time, both Oregon and Washington released the August schedule for gillnetting on the Columbia River and off-channel fisheries. Nine 9-hour periods will be open on the Columbia River, four 36-hour openings and three 12-hour openings will be allowed in the Youngs Bay and an assortment of openings at Tongue Point, Blind Slough and Knappa Slough should supply some fall Chinook to processors on the Columbia River.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1028053/West-Coast-Salmon-Prices-Started-High-This-Spring-But-Have-Leveled-Out

Alaska’s Total Salmon Catch at Just Over Half the Forecast With Chum and Coho Seasons Left
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker – August 2, 2016
With a few months left in the salmon season — fall chum and coho seasons are ahead in some areas — landings of all salmon are at 82.4 million fish in a forecast of 161 million.

Pink salmon landings are at 20.3 million as of August 1, in a forecast of 90 million.

In Prince William Sound, the forecast was for 37 million hatchery pink salmon (19.6 million from PWS Aquaculture Corp. and 17.4 from Valdez Fisheries Development Association) and 3.8 million non-hatchery. So far, landings for the two major pink hatcheries have been 3.2 million and the common property fishery (non-hatchery) has produced 5.8 million pinks as of August 1.

“This is well below the 10-year Eastern district average harvest level of 10.8 million fish for this date,” writes the ADF&G management biologist in their in-season summary. “ADF&G sampling of  Common Property Fishery (CPF) pink salmon harvested in Valdez Narrows on July 27 resulted in 62.8% female (sample size of 1,009 fish).This is well below the 10-year Eastern district average harvest level of 11.5 million fish for this date.”

In Southeast 7 million pink salmon and 4.3 million chum have been landed.

“Indications are for a total harvest slightly below the preseason forecast of 34 million fish with the majority of the harvest projected in Southern Southeast districts,” writes the ADF&G biologist in an in-season summary. “Indications of pink salmon escapement are normal for Southern Southeast and below normal for Northern Southeast.”

Bristol Bay’s run was on target with a total run of 49.6 million sockeye, made up of 37.4 million in landings and 12.2 million escapement. Those numbers are slightly higher for the landings forecast (29.5 million), and slightly lower for the 15 million pre-season escapement forecast.

The Alaska Peninsula saw 5.6 million sockeye landed this year, more than 2 million sockeye above the forecast of 3.5 million.

In Cook Inlet landings of sockeye are 2.3 million fish, in a forecast of 4.1 million.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1028057/Alaskas-Total-Salmon-Catch-at-Just-Over-Half-the-Forecast-With-Chum-and-Coho-Seasons-Left

International

NMFS Finalizes Program to Electronically Streamline Seafood and Fishery Import and Export Data
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – August 3, 2016
NMFS will integrate the collection of seafood and fishery trade documentation within the International Trade Data System, and will require all electronic information be sent through a single automated portal.

The effective date for implementation is September 20, 2016.

This initiative fulfills part of an Executive Order originally issued in 2014 the Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America’s Businesses. The purpose of the Order was to require the use of a single electronic system, the International Trade Data System (ITDS), to streamline transactions for the import and export of products regulated by any U.S. Federal Agency.

“This rule enables NOAA Fisheries to meet this mandate, by streamlining and consolidating its procedures and trade documentation requirements for certain fishery products, establishing regulations which integrate the collection of trade documentation within ITDS, and requiring information be submitted through a single electronic portal,” NMFS said in a press release.

The ITDS will consolidate existing international trade permits under the Antarctic Marine Living Resources (AMLR) Program and the Highly Migratory Species International Trade Program (HMS ITP). It also expands the scope to include regulated seafood products under the Tuna Tracking Verification Program (TTVP). A single consolidated permit will also provide a more streamlined and cost-effective approach for collecting import and export documentation.

“U.S. consumers can have even greater confidence that their seafood is legally caught as ITDS will allow NOAA Fisheries to better identify and stop shipments of illegally caught seafood more effectively,” NMFS said.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1028198/NMFS-Finalizes-Program-to-Electronically-Streamline-Seafood-and-Fishery-Import-and-Export-Data

Environment/Science

State adopts ‘fish consumption rule’ after years of debate
KOMO News by Phuong Le – August 1, 2016
SEATTLE (AP) – After years of heated debate, Washington state regulators adopted new clean-water rules Monday tied partly to how much fish people eat.
http://komonews.com/news/local/state-adopts-fish-consumption-rule-after-years-of-debate

Labeling and Marketing

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Marketing Update
ASMI- August 2016
ASMI Sets Up Summer Seafood Promotions, ASMI Exhibits at the National Association of College & University Foodservices (NACUFS) Annual Showcase, ASMI Hosts Buyers Mission from UK and Netherlands, United States Department of Agriculture Purchases over 250,000 cases of canned Alaska pink salmon …
http://us2.campaign-archive.com/?u=bcd6d5bec392f12ce703f7e00&id=f6ea60ff29

Opinions

Hat trick on the Yukon River: For third year in a row, chinook salmon run appears healthy
News-Miner – August 2, 2016
The chinook salmon returns this year on the Yukon River are almost in. As the final hundreds of fish make their way across the border into Canada at Eagle, the picture of this year’s run is fairly clear. And while the numbers might not be so unabashedly positive as to declare the run out of the woods for good, for the third year in a row, the state fulfilled treaty obligations with Canada in regard to chinook escapement.
http://www.newsminer.com/opinion/editorials/hat-trick-on-the-yukon-river-for-third-year-in/article_d632de24-5881-11e6-bcd1-ab7c6a355773.html

Put politics aside and salmon on the grill
Alaska Dispatch News by Rep. Bryce Edgmon – August 1, 2016
Smack in the midst of an election season, let’s set aside politics and instead talk about something we can all gladly agree on: Alaska wild salmon. Wednesday, Aug. 10, will be our first-ever Alaska Wild Salmon Day, and I want to encourage people across the state to make something festive and delicious of it.
http://www.adn.com/opinions/2016/08/01/put-politics-aside-and-salmon-on-the-grill/

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