Alaska/Pacific Coast

Pruitt’s EPA puts brakes on Pebble Mine proposal in Bristol Bay, Alaska
Seafood Source by Brian Hagenbuch – January 30, 2018
Activists fighting a proposed gold and copper mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska breathed a sigh of relief on Friday, 26 January, when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) upheld an Obama-era declaration that the proposed Pebble Mine, which would sit in the watershed for the world’s biggest sockeye salmon run, could cause irreversible harm to area fisheries.
https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/environment-sustainability/pruitts-epa-puts-brakes-on-pebble-mine-proposal-in-bristol-bay-alaska

Politics

Southeast lawmakers agree on protecting funding for fisheries
KHNS by Berett Wilber – January 31, 2018
The Alaska Legislature gaveled in two weeks ago. Legislators are facing a three billion dollar budget deficit for the fourth year in a row.
https://khns.org/southeast-lawmakers-agree-on-protecting-funding-for-fisheries

International

Seafood Industry Kicks Off 2018 With NFI’s Global Seafood Market Conference
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Amanda Buckle – February 1, 2018
Bienvenidos a Miami! Urner Barry and the Seafood News team took Miami, Florida, by storm in January for the National Fisheries Institute’s Global Seafood Market Conference (GSMC). The event drew over 400 members of the seafood industry for four days of panels ranging from overviews of species to trends that could affect the seafood market.

Giant polar bears from Preferred Freezer Services welcomed attendees to the grand ballroom at the water-side Intercontinental hotel on January 23. (And it’s quite possible they were responsible for the Arctic-like temperature setting in the conference rooms as well.)

Chef Barton Seaver kicked off the conference with a passionate speech during the Board of Directors meeting about pioneering a new era in seafood education. His desire to “radically” increase seafood consumption and “author the narration” of why seafood matters truly set the tone for the rest of the week.

The coffee flowed as industry members soaked in the wealth of information provided by guest speakers like Ross Walthall of the Cleveland Research Company, Gorjan Nikolik of Rabobank International and Mike McDevitt of Terra’s Kitchen. Topics covered included consumer trends, the rising popularity of protein, and the role seafood needs to play with home meal delivery kits.

In addition to guest speakers, industry veterans spearheaded panels on salmon, small plates, shrimp and more. Discussions sparked as speakers broke down issues ranging from climate change to perception problems. And, of course, it wouldn’t be a true seafood conference without an update on the Seafood Import Monitoring Program.

Once again, Urner Barry seafood market reporters Jim Kenny and Angel Rubio returned as panel analysts. Kenny, along with Mark Palicki of Fortune Fish & Gourmet, guided the Shellfish Bi-Valves and Mollusks Panel. Meanwhile, in a conference room across the hall, Rubio, along with NFI program manager Richard Barry and Derek Figueroa of Seattle Fish Company, led the discussion during the Premium Finfish Panel. Seafood News publisher John Sackton was also a panel analyst, on stage for the Shellfish Crustaceans Panel. Last, but not least, Urner Barry President Paul Brown, who announced his retirement after 40 years with the company, was recognized for all of his contributions to the industry over the years.

The 2019 Global Seafood Market will take place in Coronado Bay, California, from January 15-17.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1090881/Seafood-Industry-Kicks-Off-2018-With-NFIs-Global-Seafood-Market-Conference

Environment/Science

Expeditions Will Study North Pacific Stock Recruitment
Fishermen’s News – January 31, 2018
Summer and winter expeditions of up to five research ships are being planned in the North Pacific high seas to provide estimates of salmon spawning stock recruitment for three to four age cohorts of chum and sockeye salmon.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2018/01/expeditions-will-study-north-pacific.html

FYI’s

Wrangell reflects on the sea, loss with proposed Mariners’ Memorial
KSTK by June Leffler – January 31, 2018
A group of mostly fishermen is fundraising to build a mariners’ memorial in Wrangell. Organizers say it’s a way to remember those lost at sea.
https://www.kstk.org/2018/01/31/wrangell-reflects-sea-loss-proposed-mariners-memorial/

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February 1, 2018