Alaska/Pacific Coast

Fisheries funding in focus in Juneau
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – February 1, 2017
Discussions continue on how to patch up the state’s $3 billion budget hole, and again fishermen will feel the cuts from one realm or another.

Halibut season in jeopardy even as catch limit rises
Seafood Source by Christine Blank – January 31, 2017
Despite a 5 percent hike in the total halibut catch limits, the start of the 2017 season will likely be delayed because of a 60-day freeze on federal regulations in the United States.

NPFMC Meeting Gets Underway in Seattle
Fishermen’s News – February 1, 2017
The general session of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s meeting in Seattle is underway today at the Renaissance Hotel, and is being broadcast online via On the agenda for today are a number of reports from National Marine Fisheries Service, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the US Coast Guard, US Fish and Wildlife Service, the International Pacific Halibut Commission and the Navy, the last regarding its upcoming Gulf of Alaska training exercises set for May.

4% Cut Recommended to Norton Sound’s Winter Season King Crab Quota; Ice Conditions Reportedly Poor
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh – February 2, 2017
Alaska’s winter red king crab season in Norton Sound will start on February 7 and could be operating with a quota slightly below last year’s. The region’s crabbers have also been advised of poor ice conditions.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Crab Planning Team recommended a total commercial Guideline Harvest Limit (GHL) of 496,000 pounds. This was based on a total legal male biomass of 4.32 million pounds.

The resulting winter harvest based on these figures is 39,744 lbs since regulations require 8 percent of the GHL to be allocated to the winter season fishery.

This allocation is down about 4 percent from last year’s quota, which was set at 41,376 lbs. Harvesters took the entire 2016 quota in about a month last year.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council will discuss the Crab Planning Team’s recommendation during its meeting this week.

The winter season is scheduled to start on February 7, though crabbers have been advised of poor ice conditions.


Resolution Urges President Trump and U.S. Congress to Mitigate Harm to Alaska’s Fishing Industry Resulting from TPP Withdrawal
Alaska Native News by Jeanne Devon – February 2, 2017
Today, Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage) introduced Senate Joint Resolution 3 (SJR3) urging President Donald Trump, and the U.S. Congress to take action to mitigate the harm caused to Alaska’s fishing industry as a result of the President’s announcement last week that the United States would withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).


Russian Confirms Increases in Snow Crab, Bairdi TACs for 2017
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  February 2, 2017
Russia’s Rosrybolovstvo has announced catch quotas for the Far East for 2017.

Following the advice of TINRO, the largest Snow crab fishery will be in North Okhotsk, at around 15,500 tons  The next largest area is Primorskiy, with about 5200 tons.  Overall snow crab should total about 25,700 tons.

Bairdi will be 5200 tons mostly in the Kamchatka Kurile sub area.  Another 6000 tons will be deep sea red crab (Angulatus), and some triangle tanner crab.

Red king crab will be 21,672 tons.  Overall, the total TAC’s for all species are up about 10%.  The biggest increases are in red king crab and snow crab, which increased by 25% and 16% respectively.

Canadian seafood industry braces for new U.S. traceability rules
Goal of new rules is to stop illegal, unregulated and unreported catches from entering the U.S.
CBC News By Paul Withers- February 2, 2017
Canadian seafood producers will need to “raise their game” to satisfy new American seafood traceability rules, according to federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc.


Evidence Suggests Harmful Algae Blooms Impact Species From Humans To Whales
KYUK by Johanna Eurich – January 30, 2017
There is growing evidence that harmful algae blooms have widespread health impacts on everything from humans to whales.

Labeling and Marketing

Jeremy Woodrow Hired as ASMI’s Next Communications Director
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – January 31, 2017
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) has hired Jeremy Woodrow as the new Communications Director.

Woodrow is a longtime Juneau resident from a commercial fishing family. ASMI said he brings not only communications expertise but also a wealth of industry knowledge to the role.

He most recently served as the Communications Officer for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, where he led all internal and external communications for the Department and grew their social media presence five-fold. Woodrow has previously worked with ASMI both as an intern in the Communications Program and with ASMI’s former PR agency, Schiedermayer & Associates Alaska.

Woodrow has a bachelor’s degree in public relations and advertising from Northern Arizona University.

“As ASMI Communications Director I will build upon the success of my predecessors and deliver meaningful results directly tied to Alaska Seafood’s local, national and global campaigns. As a lifelong Alaskan, it is an honor to have the opportunity to dedicate myself to sharing Alaska Seafood’s amazing story,” said Woodrow.

As Director, Woodrow will oversee ASMI’s Communications Program out of the ASMI headquarters, located in Juneau.

ASMI’s communications program targets both in-state audiences, as well as national consumers to raise the value of Alaska seafood.

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February 2, 2017