Alaska/Pacific Coast

ADFG cuts Kenai setnet hours
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – August 8, 2016
After allowing liberalized harvest of Kenai River sockeyes and king salmon throughout July, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is implementing restrictions on the East Side setnetters in response to its latest forecast for escapement.


Russian Pink Salmon Numbers Show Big Improvement Over 2014; Cold Stores 95% Full In Vladivostok
SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [Fish Kamchatka] – August 3, 2016
As of August 1, 2016, the catch of Pacific salmon fisheries in the Far Eastern basin totaled 187.7 thousand. Tons, up 40.3% (54,000 tons)  more than the same period in 2014.  As pink salmon are on a two year cycle, comparisons are with the comparable cycle year.

Salmon season Staff Head of the Department of Fisheries Andrei Cosmin said the best performance during the fishing season continues to be Kamchatka Territory. The total catch in the region amounted to 123.5 thousand tons, which is 46.7% more than the same period in 2014.

In the Sakhalin region catch was 14.83 thousand tons, 28.7% less than the same period in 2014. Catches in the Khabarovsk Territory was 45.5 thousand tons which is higher than in the previous reporting year by 64.4%. Catches of salmon in the Primorsky Krai, the Magadan Region and the Chukotka Autonomous District was 5.9 thousand tons.

During the season so far, a number of fishing adjustments have been made so that the total potential catch for 2016 after adjustments rose to 425 thousand  tons.

According to the Acting Director Nina Shpigalskoy of TINRO, in the basins of Kamchatka Krai actively conducted research work to assess the stock status and biology of salmon. Information obtained in the course of research enables to promptly evaluate the approaches of Pacific salmon, giving the industry short-term forecasts of the situation.

In the West Kamchatka at this stage the main target species are salmon and sockeye Ozernovsky, catches of these species was 15.6 thousand tons.  (6.5 times higher than the 2014 level of the year).

Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for Fishery Petr Savchuk noted the need to strengthen monitoring and surveillance.

At a staff meeting, they discussed IUU salmon fishing.  The FSS Border Guards reported detention of three vessels in the North Kuril fishing zone for banned drift net fishing.

At the end of the meeting, Deputy Head of Federal Agency for Fishery Petr Savchuk said that he has created an inter-ministerial committee, which will monitor the situation of refrigeration capacity in Vladivostok. Currently, the city’s port refrigeration load is about 95%, though the cooling capacity in some other areas is available.

“Refrigerators are filled very quickly and, most importantly, about 56 thousand. tons of fish are on the way to Vladivostok on board cargo ships. We plan in the framework of the interdepartmental commission to gather all stakeholders in order to solve the problem online. Traffic flows will need to shift, especially in Vanino, Nakhodka and Zarubino which have spare capacity. And we should use this resource “said Petr Savchuk.


Draft EIS on Potential Cook Inlet Lease Sale
Fishermen’s News – August 3, 2016
Public comment is being sought through Sept. 6 on a draft environmental impact statement analyzing possible environmental impact of a potential oil and gas lease sale in Alaska’s Cook Inlet, a major commercial salmon harvest area.

Labeling and Marketing

ASMI Pushing Alaskan Salmon at Walmart, Sam’s Club and With First Online Retailer FreshDirect
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – August 3, 2016
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has launched three new “fresh summer promotions” nationwide, supporting retailers for fresh sales to consumers who are focused on back yard barbeques, picnics, and vacation meals.

Since May, ASMI’s Retail Program staff have worked with WalMart, SAM’s Club, and Fresh Direct, an online retailer based in New York City, to promote Alaska’s wild fresh salmon.

The promotion with WalMart features fresh wild Alaska salmon in overwrap packaging. Fillets, sides, steaks, and other product forms are included in the nationwide promotion.

SAM’s Club will promote fresh wild Alaska sockeye through 200 in-store demos, also nationwide.

ASMI partnership with Fresh Direct is its first domestic promotion with an online retailer. Fresh Direct’s customer base is strong in the 5-state area in the Northeast. The Summer Lovin’ promotion is the first of three multi-species promotions scheduled with Fresh Direct over the summer.


Salmon Sisters See Success with Wild Salmon Donation
Fishermen’s News – August 3, 2016
Owners of the apparel company Salmon Sisters, in Homer, Alaska, have donated 14,688 cans of wild Alaska salmon to the Food Bank of Alaska – one can for every product sold through their online store and wholesale accounts.


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August 4, 2016