National

Weather Issues Ripple through Seafood Industry After Valentines Day; Some Regions Badly Hit
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton – February 18, 2015
This year’s valentine’s day was a disaster, or 4 days of strong sales, depending on whether you are an East Coast or West Coast operator.

Boston’s heavy snow, with a new storm last Saturday night, has crippled the restaurant business.  Some places lost up to 80% of their Valentine’s business..and that Saturday was the only fully booked night they had in weeks.

With Boston’s subway service at only 50% and a city-wide parking ban in effect, it is just too hard for many people to get around… meaning they don’t go out.

This lack of sales is rippling through the seafood industry, and the only balance is that supply of many East Coast items like flatfish, clams, and oysters, is way down as well.

Fulton market fresh dealers reported a strong day on Tuesday, based on higher dollar volumes and demand for limited East Coast items, while staples such as sword and tuna languished.

Meanwhile, on the West coast, operators reported four days of strong restaurant sales from Thursday through the weekend.  They are seeing a continuation of the very positive restaurant trends reported for January.  According to Nation’s Restaurant News MillerPulse survey, January was the best month for restaurants in 10 years, with casual dining leading the way.

Overall traffic jumped 3.3%, and casual dining sales rose 6.7%.  The bleak outlook in the East may drop these figures for February.

The south has gotten slammed by another storm as well, causing a backup of seafood items.  Flights have been cancelled, and shipments that would have gone north are still in warehouses … leading to a backup of many fresh Gulf seafood items.

Florida, however, is a bright spot.  The heavy winter weather has sent many people south, and those who are in Florida are reporting strong sales and very heavy demand for the whole range of products.

Nationally yesterday, we saw weaker salmon prices on the West Coast, and unsettled markets in the East, partly due to the slowdown in consumption in the Northeast.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/964695/Weather-Issues-Ripple-through-Seafood-Industry-After-Valentines-Day-Some-Regions-Badly-Hit

Environment/Science

Ocean Acidification And How It Affects Alaska’s Fisheries
APRN by Steve Heimel – February 13, 2015

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Individual components of the final ocean acidification risk index for each census area showing the communities with the highest risk are in the Southeast and Southwest of the state. (Credit: NOAA)

Shellfish are particularly vulnerable to ocean acidification, and colder waters are becoming more acidic than warm waters.  What does this mean for Alaska and its fisheries – especially crabs and oysters? Or for the food chain that feeds other species in the ocean?  The answers are beginning to come in from the scientific world, and we’ll learn more about ocean acidification on the next Talk of Alaska.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2015/02/13/ocean-acidification-and-how-it-affects-alaskas-fisheries/

Alaska Fish Adapt to Climate Change by Following the Food
The Fish Site – February 16, 2015
Not all species may suffer from climate change. A new analysis shows that Dolly Varden, a species of char common in southeast Alaska, adjust their migrations so they can keep feasting on a key food source – salmon eggs – even as shifts in climate altered the timing of salmon spawning.
http://www.thefishsite.com/articles/2013/alaska-fish-adapt-to-climate-change-by-following-the-food

Kenai king sonar moves upriver
Peninsula Clarion by Rashah McChesney – February 17, 2015
After two years of testing, Alaska Department of Fish and Game managers have decided to move the sonar site used to count the Kenai River’s king salmon runs.
http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-02-17/kenai-king-sonar-upriver

Federal Register

Nominations to the Marine Mammal Scientific Review Groups
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/18/2015
As required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), the Secretary of Commerce established three independent regional Scientific Review Groups (SRGs) to provide advice on a range of marine mammal science and management issues. NMFS has conducted a membership review of the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific SRGs and is soliciting nominations for new Members to fill vacancies on the Atlantic and Pacific SRGs. Nominees should possess demonstrable expertise in the areas specified below, be able to conduct thorough scientific reviews of marine mammal science, and be able to fulfill the necessary time commitments associated with a thorough review of documents and attendance at one annual meeting.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/02/18/2015-03196/nominations-to-the-marine-mammal-scientific-review-groups?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/18/2015
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) and its advisory entities will hold public meetings.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/02/18/2015-03204/pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meetings?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

 

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