Alaska/Pacific Coast

2018 Togiak herring forecast to be a little larger than 2017, according to ADF&G
State’s largest herring fishery will allow for 24,000 tons of harvest next spring.
KDLG by Avery Lill – December 12, 2017
The state has released its forecast for the 2018 Togiak herring fishery. The total forecasted biomass of 136,756 tons of Pacific herring will allow a combined purse seine and gill net harvest of 24,042 tons for the Togiak District Sac Roe Fishery. That biomass is up slightly from 2017’s forecast—130,852 tons.

Commercial Dungeness fall fishery better than expected
KFSK by Angela Denning – December 12, 2017
The commercial Dungeness crab fall season in Southeast Alaska was shortened to protect the species. But as Angela Denning report, the harvest came in better than managers expected. Audio Player


Russia will Expand Pollock to 2 Million Tons of Production Next Year; Aims to Undercut US on Price
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden – December 13, 2017
Russia plans to overtake the US in the global pollock market during the next several years, that will take place through the increase of domestic production and possible dumping in major export markets, Russian experts believe.

According to predictions of experts of Russian Rosrybolovstvo, already next year pollock production in Russia may exceed 2 million tons, that will be significantly higher figures of the current year, which are predicted at 1.8 million tons.

Rosrybolovstvo expects already next year  Russian companies will start on-board production of pollock surimi and fillets and will start active expansion on global market with this product. In addition, next year Russian fisherman also plan  to increase the production of block pollock fillets and individual single frozen fillets.

Finally, Russia plans to significantly increase the production of pollock roe next year.

Ilya Shestakov, head of the Federal Agency for Fisheries earlier this year said that last year Chinese enterprises produced 440,000 tons of pollock fillets from Russian pollock, which accounted for about 45 percent of the world production of pollock fillets for a total cost of about US $1.3 billion. However, it is planned such a situation will change already next year.

The situation for the US pollock producers is also aggravated by the predicted warmings of sea waters in the American fishing zone over the next 25 years that will be result in the migration of pollock from it towards Russia. Analysts predict possible migration may affect about 35 percent of pollock from the US fishing zone.

From their side, Russian pollock producers plan to begin more active expansion in the markets of Asia-Pacific states, and South Korea. According to experts of the Russian Far Eastern Center for Regional Studies, Russian pollock could be more competitive in Asian markets, than  American fish due to lower prices.

Probably the biggest hopes of Russian pollock producers are related with the supplies to the Asia Pacific region, and in particular South Korea. It is predicted, exports of Russian pollock to South Korea, Japan and China could be significantly cheaper than the supplies from the US.

At the same time, according to experts of Russian Rosrybolovstvo, the US, from its side, wants to ensure duty-free and large-scale deliveries of pollock to the Asia-Pacific region, that will be, however, sold at higher prices, than Russian.

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Halibut Bycatch Management in the Groundfish Fisheries of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 12/12/2017
NMFS, in consultation with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), announces its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a new halibut bycatch management program for groundfish fisheries in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI), in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). The proposed action would create a new method of managing halibut bycatch that links halibut prohibited species catch (PSC) limits for the groundfish fisheries to data on halibut abundance.

International Fisheries; Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species; 2017 Purse Seine FAD Fishery Closure
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 12/13/2017
NMFS announces that U.S. purse seine vessels will be prohibited from fishing on fish aggregating devices (FADs) in the area of application of the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (Convention) in the area between the latitudes of 20° N. and 20° S., as a result of reaching the 2017 limit on FAD sets. This action is taken to enable the United States to implement provisions of a conservation and management measure adopted by the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPFC or Commission) and to satisfy the obligations of the United States under the Convention, to which it is a Contracting Party.

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December 13, 2017