Alaska/Pacific Coast

Southeast’s Dungeness harvests lower than expected
KFSK by Angela Denning – December 16, 2016 5:18 pm
Commercial Dungeness crab fishing in Southeast Alaska this fall turned out to be below average in both harvest and participation and below what managers expected for the season. Fishing closed in most areas of Southeast on November 30. KFSK’s Angela Denning reports:

New recovery plan aims for delisting Oregon Coast coho salmon
NOAA – Winter 2016
NOAA Fisheries today released a recovery plan for Oregon Coast coho salmon that calls for public-private partnerships to conserve habitat for the threatened species, positioning coho for possible removal from the federal list of threatened and endangered species within the next 10 years.


Overall US seafood exports down slightly from last year
Seafood Source by Brian Hagenbuch – December 16, 2016
Updated numbers from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) indicated that the United States is exporting slightly less seafood this year than in 2015, while imports have seen a small bump.

A dismal Alaska pink salmon season may have contributed to the decline in overall exports. NMFS figures said pink salmon exports plummeted from 102,010 metric tons (MT) from January to October 2015 to 34,065 MT in the first 10 months of 2016. The poor season prompted Alaskan lawmakers to seek federal disaster relief funding for fisherman who depend on pink salmon runs.

In the same 10-month period, sockeye exports held almost steady from 2015 to 2016, hovering around 39,000 MT, while Atlantic salmon exports nearly doubled to 10,342 MT. Exports of chinook salmon caught in the U.S. also shot up from just 572 MT to 3,775 MT this year. However, the U.S. saw salmon roe exports nearly halved from 13,097 MT in 2015 to 7,330 MT this year.

The top flatfish export, yellowfin sole, retained robust numbers with nearly 59,000 metric tons shipped internationally, up about 4,000 MT from last year. The country’s largest yellowfin sole fishery is in Alaska’s Bering Sea.

With some species shuffling, tuna exports enjoyed an overall bump in 2016. While skipjack and yellowfin exports saw a year-on-year decrease, albacore exports were up nearly 40 percent to 14,242 MT in 2016 with total tuna exports at 16,654 MT.

Meanwhile, U.S. consumers kept demand high for shrimp imports, led by warm-water peeled and warm-water shell on imports at 199,266 MT and 184,556 MT, respectively. Imported breaded shrimp was down about 600 MT from 2015, holding at 35,495 MT as of October of this year.

Overall, U.S. seafood exports dropped from 1.45 million MT from January to October 2015 to 1.39 million MT during the same period of 2016. Overall imports in the same 10-month period rose slightly from 2.1 million MT in 2015 to 2.16 million MT in the first 10 months of this year.


Regional Action Plans (RAPs)
NOAA – December 2016
NOAA Fisheries and its partners have developed Regional Action Plans (RAPs) to guide implementation of the NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy in each region (Northeast, Southeast, Gulf of Mexico, Alaska, Western, Pacific Islands).

Investing in Fisheries Management Improves Fish Populations
Fish Site – December 20, 2016
US – New research by researchers from the University of Washington and California Environmental Associates suggests that successful fisheries management can be best achieved by implementing and enforcing science-based catch or effort limits.

Early Action Key to Reducing Sea Lion Impacts on Salmon
Fish Site – December 20, 2016
US – A new study has examined how some California sea lions have learned to prey on salmon gathering to ascend fish ladders at Bonneville Dam.

Labeling and Marketing

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s New Salmon Buyer’s Guide Now Available
SEAFOODNEWS.COM  – December 16, 2016
Everything a buyer of Alaska salmon needs to know is contained in the “new and improved” Alaska Salmon Buyer’s Guide, just released by ASMI.

The full-color publication “informs buyers about Alaska salmon harvesting, processing, quality, and the commitment to sustainable seafood in Alaska.”

Members of ASMI’s technical and salmon committees contributed to the guide, which includes sections on harvest areas and times, species profiles, fishing techniques, and sustainability. A section on salmon fishery management includes a graphic that shows key principles of how management and the salmon life cycle intersect.

Also included are quality and safety standards, nutritional data, and salmon processing techniques.

The 20-page guide is available as a pdf copy on the ASMI website or the publication can be ordered from the online catalog.

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December 20, 2016