Alaska/Pacific Coast

Trident Seafoods lead customer for NewCold’s cutting-edge cold storage facility
Seafood Source by Madelyn Kearns – February 8, 2017
Ground has been broken on a site near the Port of Tacoma in Washington, U.S.A., which will accommodate the development of Norwegian cold chain logistics service provider NewCold’s new Tacoma Automated Coldstore.

Fisheries Board, Loans Considered by Alaska Legislature
Fishermen’s News Online – February 8, 2017
Alaska legislators have several fisheries issues before them, ranging from the Board of Fisheries to sulfide mining in the Bristol Bay watershed and commercial fishing loans, to the impact of federal legislation on marketing the state’s seafood harvest.

Governor wants commission to reverse gillnet decision
Portland Tribune by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau – February 9, 2017
SALEM — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Thursday expressed displeasure with the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission regarding its decision last month to diverge from an agreement with Washington to phase out use of gillnets along the lower Columbia River.

Southeast’s first crab fisheries of the year set to open
KFSK by Angela Denning – February 9, 2017
The first fisheries of the year for many Southeast fishermen are about to get started. That’s the Tanner and golden king crab fisheries, which open February 17. Managers are predicting a healthy harvest for Tanners and another slow year for king crab. KFSK’s Angela Denning reports:

Ninilchik tribe moves forward in Kenai River gillnet approval
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – February 8, 2017
The Ninilchik Traditional Council is on its way to a settled plan for its subsistence gillnet in the Kenai River.


Pollock Roe Season May be Positive, but Traders Face a Lot of Uncertainty
SEAFOODNEWS.COM  – Japan Reports –  February 10, 2017
The A Season pollock roe auction in Seattle has been set for March 14-16th, around the same time as last year.

However, developments on the fishing grounds and in the market give buyers both cause for optimism, and some concern as well.

First, on the market side, cutbacks in roe production last year, especially due to small fish size on the US side, have led to lower supplies in the market, and roe manufacturers are generally low on inventory and eager to buy.

Secondly, some Japanese buyers think that the slight increase in TAC for the pollock A season, around 5%, will help increase the supply of roe.  Also they are encouraged by increased Russian quotas, stable stocks in Russia, and some indications of larger fish size in the Sea of Okhotsk.

But traders express some major concerns as well.

First, on the US side, fish sizes trended smaller, in the 600-700 gram range, with even some reports of 500 gram fish, and low roe recovery rates of around 2%.  This contrasts with larger 700-800 gram fish and higher roe recovery found in the very first weeks of fishing.

At the same time, the pollock fleet is constrained by chinook bycatch concerns, so vessels are fishing cautiously, say the Japanese.

Finally, there does appear to be a very mixed picture among roe processors in Japan.  Sales of mentai pollock roe have been sluggish, and in this market, manufacturers are showing mixed results.  Some are boosting sales and are actively seeking raw material, while others have scaled back or shut down their business.  As a result, there may be a mixed result at the upcoming auctions, with some companies putting in strong bids, and others holding back.

Trident has told its customers that viewing of their roe products will be March 14-15, and the auction will be on the 16th.

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pollock in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/09/2017
NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amounts of the Community Development Quota pollock directed fishing allowance from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the Bering Sea subarea. This action is necessary to provide opportunity for harvest of the 2017 total allowable catch of pollock, consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area.


Alaska Sea Grant offers ‘Alaska Water Law: An Overview’
Alaska Sea Grant by Izetta Chambers – 2017
Alaska residents, NGOs, tribes, city officials, developers, and lawyers have a convenient information source in this publication, covering the history and status of Alaska water laws. While the State of Alaska governs water within its borders and within 3 miles of the shoreline, the federal government has jurisdiction over water rights on federal lands, which make up over 60% of the land in Alaska. Past and current controversies over who has rights to Alaska’s waters involve public lands, subsistence, commercial fishing, mining, and the Clean Water Act, among others. Water law lessons learned in other states have not been applied yet in Alaska, due to an abundance of water resources. But with possible shortages of groundwater and surface water due to climate change, industry, and a growing population, Alaska will likely face the same problems other states have dealt with.


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February 10, 2017