Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – November 30, 2017
Coming up on this week’s Alaska Fisheries Report, it looks like it’s awards season in the fisheries world. Alaskan Leader Seafoods won honors at the Symphony of Seafoods competition for two of its cod-based recipes, one for humans, the other for pets.

Red king crab catch complete in Bristol Bay
Cordova Times – November 30, 2017
Commercial harvesters brought in 6,588,452 pounds of Bristol Bay red king crab in a season that concluded in mid-November, close enough to the 6,601,000-pound-quota to declare the harvest 100 percent caught, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

As council looks to public for Cook Inlet salmon plan, UCIDA stays wary
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – November 29, 2017
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is looking for input from Cook Inlet fishermen on how it should develop a management plan for the area’s salmon fisheries.

FDA Clarifies Name Rules for Golden King Crab, Will Allow Brown King Crab Labeling until 2020
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton – December 1, 2017
As part of a budget reconciliation bill this summer, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski helped insert a provision that directed the FDA to use ‘golden king crab’ as the market name for Lithodes aequispinus, which is also known in Alaska as brown king crab.

In a guidance for industry notice published on their website recently the FDA said that they would allow use of both names until January 1, 2020.

FDA said they took this action so that products containing brown king crab meat would not have to be relabeled, and would continue to be in compliance with FDA labeling rules.

At the same time, they indicated that golden king crab and crabmeat would be an acceptable market name prior to 2020 as well.

In short, manufacturers who list golden king crabmeat or brown king crabmeat on a label are permitted to use either designation until 2020, when the only FDA acceptable description will become golden king crab.

This guidance also says that the FDA will accept golden king crab or brown crab as the correct market name in all marketing of this product until the new revision of market names for 2020, after which brown king crab will be in violation of FDA guidance.

Note: This is one in a series of ‘sponsored’ stories by Copper River, Prince William Sound Marketing Association. We are including this story, and links  below it to other stories in the series.

Sustained by the Sea: Sharing the harvest, sharing the wealth
SPONSORED: From school lunches to softball teams to food pantries around the state, Alaska’s seafood industry finds ways to give back to the communities it calls home.
Alaska Dispatch News by Presented by Copper River, Prince William Sound Marketing Association – November 29, 2017
There’s a Kelp Box Derby and a dunk tank, games for the kids and a community potluck, but like most Alaskans born and raised under the Midnight Sun, Cordova children grow up without that traditional slice of Americana: an Independence Day capped off with a glittering display of lights against a warm, dark sky.

Sustained by the Sea: Salmon beyond the boat (October 25)
Sustained by the sea: Understanding Alaska’s commercial fishing long game (August 30)



Researchers sniff out the effects of ocean acidification on salmon navigation
National Fisherman by Brian Hagenbuch – November 30, 2017
New research shows ocean acidification could affect salmon’s ability to smell, which the fish rely on to avoid predators and return to their natal rivers. Researchers from the University of Washington and NOAA are investigating the potential effects of acidification on the nation’s wild salmon runs.

New feeding behaviour adopted by humpback whales off Vancouver Island
Vancouver Sun by Larry Pynn – November 26, 2017
Researchers off northeastern Vancouver Island have documented what they believe is a new and globally unique feeding behaviour for humpback whales. And while they’ve dubbed it “trap feeding,” it could just as easily be referred to as the “sneak attack” for the way it lures in unsuspecting prey.

Labeling and Marketing

Alaska’s seafood marketing agency expands its reach
Sales prompted by Global Food Aid program bring in millions of dollars
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – November 30, 2017
On a domestic and international scale, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute expanded its reach over the past year to promote domestic and overseas sales of wild Alaska seafood, and educate the industry on seafood technical issues.


SeaShare: Employee Giving Programs directly impact Americans struggling with hunger
For over 20 years SeaShare has represented the seafood industry’s giving program. SeaShare has provided over 200 million healthy protein portions to food banks and feeding centers nationwide.

Devastating hurricanes and fires have affected millions of Americans this year. The seafood industry responded quickly and generously, and as a result, SeaShare was able to send over 2 million servings of seafood to people struggling to get back on their feet.

But the reality is that for 365 days every year 42 million Americans don’t have enough food on their tables. Every day, people in every county in every state are forced to make tough choices between food and heat or food and medicine. As the holidays approach, these stresses are even more pronounced, as people strain to find the resources to provide holiday meals and gifts for loved ones.

SeaShare will be there to help, bringing the highest quality nutritious seafood to families who would otherwise go without. But we need your support to bring more seafood to our neighbors struggling with hunger.

Do you or your company have a personal or employee giving program or strategy? Are you interested in starting one? We have the tools to help you easily set up individual and/or company-specific donation programs, and we can provide additional co-branded materials to inspire your colleagues to give.

Every dollar has an impact:
For every $1 donated, we’re able to send 8 servings of seafood to food banks. To learn more, please reach out to or make a donation today at Thank you!

Ann Owens
Pacific Seafood Processors Association
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December 1, 2017