Alaska/Pacific Coast

Despite fluctuations, pollock quota remains high
Bristol Bay Times by Jim Paulin – December 16, 2016
Next year’s Bering Sea pollock quota remains huge and even a little bigger, following Sunday’s action by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in Anchorage, when it split the pie between the various groundfish interests in Alaska’s most financially valuable fishing sector.
http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1650despite_fluctuations_pollock_quota_remains

NPFMC okays plan for charter halibut RQE
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – December 16, 2016
Federal fisheries managers have decided to move ahead with a plan to create a charter halibut recreational quota entity that could be up and running in as little as two years.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2016/12/16/npfmc-okays-plan-for-charter-halibut-rqe/

Gulf rationalization dies a quiet death
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – December 16, 2016
Gulf of Alaska groundfish will remain an open access fishery indefinitely after the North Pacific Fishery Management Council tabled a policy package that has enraged fishermen of all stripes over the last year.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2016-12-16/gulf-rationalization-dies-quiet-death#.WFdQlpJOFA4

National

Statement by the President on Signing the Ensuring Access to Pacific Fisheries Act
The White House, Office of the Press Secretary – December 16, 2016
Today I am pleased to sign into law H.R. 6452, the “Ensuring Access to Pacific Fisheries Act,” which implements the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fisheries Resources in the North Pacific Ocean, the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacific Ocean, and the amendments to the Convention on Future Multilateral Cooperation in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries.  I recommended that the Senate give its advice and consent to the ratification of all of these treaties because they will help promote sound fishery management; enable us to better combat illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing; and prevent destructive fishing practices and contribute to the long-term conservation and sustainable use of fisheries resources on the high seas.  I appreciate the efforts of the Congress to ensure that the United States can contribute to these international efforts.
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/12/16/statement-president-signing-ensuring-access-pacific-fisheries-act

International

Weaker Euro, Local Currency Boosts Polish Salmon Exports
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Jaroslaw Adamowski – December 19, 2016
The weaker euro and the depreciation of Polish national currency zloty against the euro have brought an increase in fish and processed fish products exports by Poland, as indicated by data from the state-run Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics (IERiGZ).

In 2016, exports of fish and processed fish products are expected to expand to more than €1.7 billion, an increase of 7% compared with a year earlier. Combined with low labor costs, the weaker euro is one of the key reason why Poland has become the European Union’s leading exporter of processed salmon products. This year, exports are expected to total €920 million, compared with €850 million last year, according to estimates by the institute.

Poland sells its processed salmon output mainly to Germany, Italy and France. The weaker euro has made salmon imports from Norway and other markets outside of the EU less affordable for the eurozone countries, and the depreciation of the Polish zloty against the euro allowed local fish and seafood industry players to benefit from this and boost their sales to markets such as Germany. The latter is responsible for as much as 80% of the Polish smoked fish exports.

Meanwhile, Poland’s fish consumption remains at a relatively low level compared with many other EU member states, with an average Pole consuming close to 13 kg of fish per year, and 0.5 kg of seafood, according to data from the IERiGZ. In 2016, salmon consumption is expected to total a mere 0.85 kg per capita in Poland.

Set up in 1950, the IERiGZ is headquartered in Poland’s capital Warsaw. The institute is overseen by the Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and its research activities are focused on agricultural production, food economy and other economic areas in the country’s rural areas.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1044605/Weaker-Euro-Local-Currency-Boosts-Polish-Salmon-Exports

Labeling and Marketing

3MMI – Alaskan & Russian Pollock – Quotas, Catches, Current Pricing, Expectations…
TradexFoods – December 19, 2016
3-Minute Market Insight:
Quotas for the 2017 Alaska Pollock fishery set last week indicate steady pricing and normal product output for the New Year.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIuqL_K8i80

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December 19, 2016