Alaska/Pacific Coast

Togiak’s slow but steady salmon run cracks record

Togiak has Bristol Bay’s smallest and latest salmon run, but it’s following the Nushagak’s lead and broke through 1980’s total run record of 1.2 million sockeye on Monday. Follow this set net crew out on the water in Togiak Bay.
KDLG by Austin Fast – August 7, 2018

Twenty-six-year-old Whitney Carlos and her aunt Martha Fox can’t stop laughing as they untangle sticks, moss and a few salmon from Carlos’ set net in Togiak Bay.
http://www.kdlg.org/post/togiaks-slow-steady-salmon-run-cracks-record

California’s salmon industry fears it will be wiped out by Trump
Los Angeles Times by Michael Hiltzik – August 3, 2018
Heather Sears has been fishing for salmon out of this unassuming coastal community for nearly two decades. This year, for the first time since she arrived in 1999, she won’t be going out to sea.
http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-caltrump-salmon-20180802-story.html

National

MSC Study Finds Seafood Consumers Care About Sustainability, But Price Still a Factor
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – August 8, 2018
A study commissioned by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has found that seafood consumers want sustainability claims in supermarkets independently verified.

Research agency GlobeScan surveyed over 25,000 consumers in 22 countries. Of those surveyed, 72% said that they want independent verification of sustainability claims in supermarkets. That’s a jump from MSC’s 2016 survey, in which 68% of people surveyed said that they want independent verification.

The researchers found that most seafood consumers agree that “in order to save the oceans we need to consume seafood from sustainable sources.” However, the researchers also found that consumers are putting price before sustainability when purchasing seafood.

“This survey shows that consumers really do care about the oceans, but with so much confusion about how consumers can help, it’s more important than ever to cut through the clutter and deliver an easy way for people to choose sustainable seafood,” Richard Stobart, head of marketing for the Marine Stewardship Council, said in a press release. “With a rising consumer focus on price, and the finding that worldwide more than half of consumers report eating seafood weekly, it is critically important that they have a range of clearly labelled sustainable options at the right price point. We’re pleased to see that trust in the blue MSC label remains very high and our focus continues to be to drive understanding of the label.”

According to the study, 69% trust the blue MSC label. And understanding of MSC’s label is increasing as well. From 2016 to 2018 the number of people who understand the label jumped from 32% to 37%.
https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1112655/MSC-Study-Finds-Seafood-Consumers-Care-About-Sustainability-But-Price-Still-a-Factor#forumSubmit

International

Pollution and overfishing top seafood consumers’ concerns
Fish Site by Rob Fletcher – August 7, 2018
A new study suggests seafood consumers across the globe are united in thinking that the biggest threat to the oceans is pollution, followed by overfishing.
https://thefishsite.com/articles/pollution-and-overfishing-top-seafood-consumers-concerns

Retailers Call 25 Percent Tariffs Perfect Example of “Cutting Off One’s Nose to Spite the Face”
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – August 8, 2018
WASHINGTON – The world’s largest retail trade association said the president’s plan to increase tariff levels for Chinese imports from 10% to 25% “doubles down on a reckless strategy that will boomerang back to harm U.S. families and workers.”

Last week The National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay called the tariff on $200 billion in goods from China “not the answer.” He went on to say “Quite simply, there has been no better example of cutting off one’s nose in order to spite the face.”

Last month NRF’s Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French pointed out the flaw in the strategy of using tariffs to hurt China. “Tariffs on such a broad scope of products make it inconceivable that American consumers will dodge this tax increase as prices of everyday products will be forced to rise. And the retaliation that will follow will destroy thousands of U.S. jobs and hurt farmers, local businesses and entire communities,” French said.

Last week, Shay reiterated the association’s position.

“We said before that this round of tariffs amounted to doubling down on the recklessness of imposing trade policy that will hurt U.S. families and workers more than they will hurt China.

“Increasing the size of the tariffs is merely increasing the harm that will be done. And it’s even more than that – it’s two-and-a-half times the amount originally proposed. Tariffs are an unacceptable gamble with the U.S. economy and the stakes continue to rise with no end in sight.

“This list specifically hits consumer products that have nothing to do with the ‘China 2025’ initiative. These punitive tariffs will be passed along to U.S. consumers and will undo all the positive gains the economy has made in recent months,” Shay pointed out.

“China’s trade abuses need to be addressed, but tariffs are not the answer. A broader, long-term strategy is needed that will bring about fair trade without punishing the wrong people. And those people are American workers and their families. They deserve better,” he said.

NRF represents all levels of retail business in the United States and in more than 45 countries. In the U.S., retail is the largest private-sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans — and contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP.
https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1112677/Retailers-Call-25-Percent-Tariffs-Perfect-Example-of-Cutting-Off-Ones-Nose-to-Spite-the-Face

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August 8, 2018