Alaska/Pacific Coast

Applicants sought for PWS Pollock test fishery
The Cordova Times – December 23, 2016
State fisheries managers are soliciting bids to contract a vessel to conduct a test fishery to harvest up to 900,000 pounds of Pollock in Prince William Sound.

The Alaska Fisheries Report 29 December 2016
KMXT by Jay Barrett – December 29, 2016
Coming up on this last show of the year, we take a peek at the IPHC’s crystal ball for its January meeting, the dearth of chinook in the Chilkat drainage looks like it’ll continue, and, we get a follow up on the trans-boundary mine situation. All that and more, as we wrap up 2016 on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help this week from KFSK’s Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg, KHNS’s Abbey Collins in Haines, and CoastAlaska’s Ed Schoenfeld in Juneau.


Alaska’s budget crisis hits lawmakers where it hurts: their stomachs
Alaska Dispatch News – Nathaniel Herz – December 29, 2016
The sting of Alaska’s budget crisis will hit state lawmakers’ stomachs during the upcoming legislative session, with price increases at the Capitol cafeteria and potential cutbacks to the annual seafood smorgasbord organized by the Aleutian town of Unalaska.


Crab prices surging amid falling imports
Jiji Press – December 30, 2016
Prices of crab, a delicacy for Japanese, especially in the year-end and New Year period, are surging on the back of a sharp fall in imports, including from Russia and Alaska.

Federal Register

Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Application for an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP)
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 12/30/2016
NMFS announces the receipt of an exempted fishing permit (EFP) application from the West Coast Seafood Processors Association, Environmental Defense Fund, Oregon Trawl Commission, and Pacific Seafoods for an EFP Program to monitor and minimize salmon bycatch when vessels target rockfish in the shorebased individual fishing quota (IFQ) fishery. The NMFS West Coast Region’s Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries has made a preliminary determination that the subject EFP application contains all the required information and the EFP Program warrants further consideration.


Most Popular Seafood News Stories of 2016 Now Available
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – December 30, 2016
We’ve put together a list of some of the most impactful stories reported out of the seafood industry in 2016.

This year’s list is made up of the top two most read stories from each month in 2016. We understand that some of these stories are superseded by later events. One example is our story about the potential for no snow crab season in Alaska when we later reported how the state’s fishery managers opted for steep cuts to the quota over a complete closure.

You can view our full list of Seafood News’ most popular stories of 2016 by clicking the link here.We look forward to another year of reporting all of the most pertinent news to come out of our industry in 2017.

Have a Happy New Year.

Advances in Deck Gear
Fishermen’s News – January 1, 2017
Bill Webber built a fiber optic Oceanographic Winch for a local research vessel. Photo courtesy of Webber Marine.

Fishing background feeds role as educator
SitNews by Lauren Frisch – December 27, 2016
Cordova, Alaska – With the dual perspective of a commercial fisherman and educator, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory agent Torie Baker strives to help Cordova fishermen connect with each other and run successful businesses.

AFDF Calls for New Products in Alaska Symphony of Seafood Competition, Deadline January 6
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – December 30, 2016
“If your company currently has a product in the market made from Alaska seafood, your innovative product is requested for a command performance in the 24th annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood!” So begins a letter to the industry from Julie Decker, executive director of the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, which sponsors the annual event.

Since 1994, AFDF celebrates the creative products made from Alaska seafood through a series of competitive events that culminate in the winners in each category being displayed at Seafood Expo North America in Boston in March, 2017.

The purpose of Alaska Symphony of Seafood is to encourage and promote the development of value-added products made from fish and shellfish caught in Alaskan waters.

This year the category “Beyond the Egg” will again highlight any product made with different species of roe such as salmon, pollock, cod, herring, or urchin. Beyond the Egg products may include jarred ikura, uni paste, roe-on-kelp, or even uni crème brulee.

The 24th annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood begins with the private judging of qualified entries in Seattle on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. All products will be prepared and displayed by a professional culinary staff. A first, second, and third place winner will be selected from each of the following categories: Retail, Foodservice, Beyond the Plate and Beyond the Egg. (The Retail category will include smoked products.)

Following the judging, an Open House will be held for all entrants, seafood industry invitees, sponsors, the press and the judges. The next event will be an awards ceremony in Juneau on February 22nd, allowing the display and sampling of products by the Alaska Legislature and other special guests.

To participate in the Alaska Symphony of Seafood, products must be market ready—in commercial production by the date of the event. First place winners from each category are sent to Seafood Expo North America in Boston in March, 2017.

Winners will be able to market their product as an Alaska Symphony of Seafood award winner and quote the judges’ scores and comments made about the product.

The goal of the Symphony is to increase the value of Alaska’s seafood by promoting new products which diversify markets, utilize more of the resource, and reduce fish waste.

Deadline to enter new products is January 6th, 2017.

Zebrafish might hold key to fighting leukemia
Detroit Free Press by David Jesse – December 29, 2016
DETROIT — The key to early detection of childhood leukemia might be found in thousands of tiny fish soon to be swimming around in a Wayne State University lab.

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December 30, 2016