Alaska/Pacific Coast

Wholesale Prices for Bristol Bay Salmon Trending Up
Fishermen’s News – January 1, 2017
A new market report on the Bristol Bay wild salmon fishery says wholesale prices for sockeye products are trending up, and that produce appears to be moving faster this year.
http://www.fishermensnews.com/story/2017/01/01/features/wholesale-prices-for-bristol-bay-salmon-trending-up/439.html

International

Russia’s 2016 Salmon Production Volume is Best in 20 Years
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden – December 28, 2016
Salmon production in Russia this year became one of the highest for the last 20 years, according to recent statements of Russian Rosrybolovstvo.

This year total salmon catch in Russia reached 437,000 tonnes, of which 265,000 tonnes accounted for humpback salmon.

Statements of Rosrybolovstvo are confirmed by Russian leading analysts in the field of fishing. According to Olga Temnyh, Chief Scientist of Pacific Fisheries Research Center (TINRO Center), one of Russia’s leading research institutions in the field of fishing, more than half of the catch this year accounted for the Kamchatka region, which produced 230,000 tonnes of salmon.

In the case of chum salmon, the result of 2016 was the best in the last 50 years, while in the case of pink salmon became the highest for the entire history of fishing in Kamchatka.

At the same, according to scientists, the volume of catch of sockeye salmon has also become the best for the last 25-30 years.

In addition to Kamchatka, among the other regions, which are characterized by record salmon catch figures are Sakhalin (103,000 tonnes), as well as the Khabarovsk Territory ( 85,000 tonnes).

The decline was only observed in the case of coho salmon, the volume of which catch this year amounted to only 76% of the initially planned figures.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1045592/Russias-2016-Salmon-Production-Volume-is-Best-in-20-Years

Environment/Science

Global warming could cause fishing to decline by millions of tons each year, study says
San Diego Union-Tribune by Joshua Emerson Smith – December 22, 2016
Village anglers to commercial fleets could see a combined annual loss of more than 7 million tons of fish by the end of this century if global warming continues unabated, according to a report published Thursday in the journal Science.
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/environment/sd-me-fisheries-warming-20161222-story.html

NOAA releases Pacific Action Plan For Climate Science
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – December 28, 2016
Would you like to track climate-related changes or see better environmental forecasts? NOAA Fisheries is proud to share its Regional Action Plan for climate science. This plan identifies effective management strategies in the face of changing climate and ocean conditions, and it provides decision makers with the information they need to make climate-ready decisions.

The goal of the plan is to increase the production, delivery, and use of climate-related information to help reduce impacts to, and increase resilience of, the region’s living marine resources and resource-dependent communities.

NOAA Fisheries’ Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center is collaborating with others around the region to acquire the necessary scientific data and information for science-based strategies that sustain fisheries, healthy ecosystems, and coastal communities. This science will be used to inform policy and management decisions. “Climate-ready” management will be precautionary, preemptive, and flexible enough to respond rapidly to changing environmental conditions.

The Pacific Islands region spans both the south and north Pacific, from American Samoa to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and from the main Hawaiian Islands to the CNMI. The region hosts a wide array of living marine resources, from bigeye tuna (one of the most valuable) to coral reefs (one of the most at-risk from climate change).

In the coming years, the Pacific Islands are expected to experience increased ocean temperatures; rising sea level; increased ocean acidity; lower ocean productivity; and changes in ocean currents, weather patterns, and extreme weather.

Scientists have already observed many of these changes, which are projected to intensify further. Because ecosystems and communities will be impacted by these changes in many ways, decision-makers need information on the timing, nature, and magnitude of climate-related impacts to this region’s valuable marine resources.

Climate-related changes are already impacting the distribution and abundance of marine resources, and these impacts are expected to increase with continued changes in the climate and ocean systems.

Coral reef ecosystems are being stressed by both increasing ocean temperatures and increasing ocean acidification. Loss of coral reef habitat negatively impacts both coral reef ecosystems and the people who depend on them.

Low islands in the region are facing rising sea levels, resulting in the loss of coastal habitats for people, as well as sea turtles, sea birds, and monk seals. Rising sea levels are also causing saltwater intrusion, which threatens freshwater and agriculture.

Climate change is projected to reduce the Hawaii-based longline fishery’s yield by up to 50 percent by the end of the century, resulting in a loss of food and economic resources.

NOAA has identified seven key needs to fulfill fisheries management and protected species conservation in the Pacific Islands region. Over the next five years, strategies include:

– Identifying climate-informed reference points
– Creating robust management strategies for a changing climate
– Incorporating adaptive decision processes
– Projecting future conditions
– Understanding how things are changing and why
– Tracking changes and providing early warnings
– Building our science infrastructure

Implementing this plan will begin to provide the climate-related information needed to better understand, prepare for, and respond to climate impacts on marine resources and the people who depend on them.

A critical element of this action plan is partnerships. The challenges are great, the issues are complex, and resources are limited. By working together, we can reduce the impacts of climate change on living marine resources, and increase the resilience of the ecosystem to this change, including living marine resources and the people, businesses, and communities that depend on them.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1045538/NOAA-releases-Pacific-Action-Plan-For-Climate-Science

Labeling and Marketing

“Holiday Traditions” – 2016 Tradex Foods Happy Holiday Video
TradexFoods – December 23, 2016
This year – we made you guys a Skit!
Thanks to all our customers and vendors for a great year. From everyone at Tradex Foods have a safe and happy holiday season.
All the best in 2017.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8Tl25oz_p4&feature=youtu.be

Opinion

Alaska must put ‘Fish First’
Peninsula Clarion by Monica Zappa – December 22, 2016
Kasilof – Over the past decade Alaskans have been working hard to protect the wild salmon of Alaska. We have protested, rallied, voted and organized for the fish. We have crossed boundaries of ethnicity, age, fishing type and diverse backgrounds to come together on this issue because for Alaskans, fish are a defining entity of our identity.
http://peninsulaclarion.com/opinion/letters/2016-12-22/alaska-must-put-fish-first

NMFS Chief Scientist Writes on Changing Climate, Oceans and America’s Fisheries

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  Commentary by Dr. Richard Merrick – December 19, 2016
Across America, changes in climate and oceans are having very real and profound effects on communities, businesses and the natural resources we depend on, according to Dr. Richard Merrick is the chief scientist for NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service.

Fishing communities face extra challenges, as droughts, floods, rising seas, ocean acidification, and warming oceans change the productivity of our waters and where wildlife live, spawn and feed. And there is much at risk – marine fisheries and seafood industries support over $200 billion in economic activity and 1.83 million jobs annually.

NOAA last year set out a national strategy to help scientists, fishermen, managers and coastal businesses better understand what’s changing, what’s at risk and what actions are needed to safeguard America’s valuable marine resources and the revenues, jobs and communities that depend on them. Today, NOAA released regional action plans with specific actions to better track changing conditions, provide better forecasts, and identify the best strategies to reduce impacts and sustain our marine resources for current and future generations. Implementing these actions will give decision-makers the information they need now to sustain our vital marine resources and the many people that depend on them every day.

We are seeing dramatic changes, particularly in cooler-ocean regions like New England and Alaska where warming waters over the last twenty years are pushing fish northward or deeper to stay in cooler waters. In New England, known for its cod and lobster fishing, ocean temperatures have risen faster than many other parts of the world. Changes in the distribution and abundance of these and other species have affected where, when and what fishermen catch, with economic impacts rippling into the coastal communities and seafood businesses that depend on them. With better information on current and future shifts in fish stocks, fisheries managers and fishing industries can better plan for and respond to changing ocean conditions.

But not all change is bad: As southern fish species like black sea bass spread northward along the East Coast, they may provide opportunities for additional commercial or recreational fisheries. Changing conditions may also stimulate more opportunities for other marine related businesses, such as fish and shellfish farming. Better information on when, where and how marine resources are changing is critical to taking advantage of future opportunities and increasing the resilience of our fisheries and fishing-communities.

Communities and economies in southern states are also being impacted by changing climate and ocean conditions. Louisiana loses a football field size area of coastal wetlands to the sea every hour due to rising seas and sinking lands. The loss of these essential nursery areas for shrimp, oysters, crabs and many other commercial or recreationally important seafood species has significant impacts on fisheries, seafood industries and coastal communities. Better information and on-the-ground action can reduce these impacts and help sustain these vital habitats and the many benefits they provide.

In the Pacific and Caribbean, we’re seeing bleaching and destruction of vitally-important coral reef environments associated with warming seas. Covering only one percent of the planet, coral reefs are the home to 25 percent of all marine species, and upwards of 40 billion people rely on coral reefs for the fish and shellfish they eat. The loss of coral reefs also makes coastal communities more vulnerable to storm events. Coral reefs in Puerto Rico, for instance, help prevent an estimated $94 million in flood damages every year.  NOAA’s Coral Bleaching Early Warning System has already helped decision-makers take action to try and increase resilience of valuable reef ecosystems to warming seas and other threats.

While these challenges may seem daunting, with better information on what’s changing, what’s at risk and how to respond decision-makers can find ways to reduce impacts, increase resilience and sustain America’s vital marine resources and the millions of people who depend on them.

We are committed to sustaining the nation’s valuable marine resources and the many people, businesses and communities that depend on them for generations to come.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1044636/NMFS-Chief-Scientist-Writes-on-Changing-Climate-Oceans-and-Americas-Fisheries

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December 28, 2016