Alaska/Pacific Coast

Unalaska business owner denounces city position on trawler
Bristol Bay Times by Jim Paulin – February 9, 2018
The mothershippers are fighting back with the help of a local proxy in a politicized commercial fishing tussle reaching all the way to Washington, D.C.
http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1806unalaska_business_owner_denounces_city

International

Record Russian Salmon Catch Expected for 2018
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden – February 12, 2018
Russia prepares for a record salmon catch this year, according to recent statements of scientific director of the All-Russian Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO) Mikhail Glubokovsky.

Analysts of VNIRO predict the volume of salmon catch in Russia may exceed 500,000 tonnes this year — a record figure in the modern history of the country. The majority of catch (64 percent) will account for Kamchatka, while the most harvested species will comprise humpback and chum salmon.

Last year, only 353,000 tonnes of salmon were produced in Russia, which was mainly due to poor harvests at Sakhalin and the Amur, caused by the migration of salmon to the north and a high level of poaching. That has resulted in the increase of local prices for salmon and caviar and a shortage of fish among Russia’s largest salmon processors.

In the meantime, despite the increase of production, Russia has no plans to reduce salmon imports, mainly from Chile and Faroe Islands. These supplies are mostly intended for Western parts of the country, as in recent years tariffs for the delivery of fish from the Far East to St. Petersburg and other western regions of Russia have significantly increased. Those increases made imports even more profitable than domestic supplies.

This year, Rosrybolovstvo plans to increase the forecasts for the level of harvests, relying on a unified methodology of observations and trawl surveys.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1091974/Record-Russian-Salmon-Catch-Expected-for-2018

Environment/Science

Invasive Species Haven’t Made The Bering Sea Their Home…Yet
KCUB by Zoe Sobel – February 7, 2018
Native species are well adapted to living in the challenging environment of the Bering Sea, but increased shipping means there are more opportunities for invasive species to hitch a ride in. And as the waters warm, the ecosystem will become more hospitable making it easier for them to settle.
http://kucb.org/post/invasive-species-haven-t-made-bering-sea-their-home-yet

Labeling and Marketing

3MMI – Is There a Flounder Crisis?
TradexFoods – February 12, 2018
— As the 2018 Alaskan groundfish fishery unravels, harvest totals indicate Flounder shortages may still be on the horizon for the next several months. Raw Materials have skyrocketed since we saw shortages in September last year…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72gmG-uiBX8

Federal Register

Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/12/2018
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of its American Samoa Archipelago Ecosystem Plan (FEP) Advisory Panels (AP) to discuss and make recommendations on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/12/2018-02736/western-pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meeting

FYI’s

Red Gold: The Livelihood of Bristol Bay
Filson – February 6, 2018
The Bristol Bay salmon run attracts people from all over the globe, who work around the clock from late May until the end of July. They harvest sockeye salmon, known as “Red Gold” for the fish’s deep unique color, it’s sought-after flavor, and it’s lucrative value to the men and women who work feverishly in the fishery.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SmnpvSnk5Q

NOAA seeks nominations for U.S. seats on the International Pacific Halibut Commission
NOAA by Julie Speegle – January 26, 2018
NOAA Fisheries is seeking nominations to fill two non-NOAA commissioner seats on the International Pacific Halibut Commission. Terms for the current commissioners—who are eligible for reappointment—expire on March 31, 2018.
https://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/node/58127?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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February 12, 2018