Alaska/Pacific Coast

Public testimony underway at Board of Fish Area M meeting
KDLG by Molly Dischner  – February 23, 2016
Who is catching whose fish? That’s the question that’ll be left to the state Board of Fisheries to sort out at its meeting in Anchorage this week.
http://kdlg.org/post/public-testimony-underway-board-fish-area-m-meeting

House Fish holds tax increase proposal
KDLG by Molly Dischner – February 23, 2016
The governor’s proposal to increase fish taxes as part of the effort to generate more revenue for the state is on hold.
http://kdlg.org/post/house-fish-holds-tax-increase-proposal

International

MSC Certified Fish Products Hit 20,000 Mark
The Fish Site –  February 24, 2016
GLOBAL – The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has reached an important milestone, with the launch of the 20,000th MSC labelled product, Las Cuarenta Paella.
http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/27232/msc-certified-fish-products-hit-20000-mark/

Strong Sales of Salmon Roe in Japan and no Inventory are Positive Signs for 2016 Alaska Season

SEAFOODNEWS.COM – February 23, 2016
Salmon roe sales are picking up to Japan.  For the current year, ending March 31st, US exports of salmon roe to Japan are predicted at about 6000 tons.

Good quality roe remains in short supply.   One reason is the continuing shortfall in production of salmon roe in Hokkaido.

For the year, about 6000 tons of salmon roe to be processed into sujiko and ikura will come from the US, and about 2000 tons from Russia. Sales are reported to be good.

Excluding non-sujiko products, such as soft roe, from these figures, it is estimated that about 5,200 tons would be shipped from the U.S. along with 1,750 tons from Russia.

These figures represent a sharp increase of about 80% compared from a year before when purchase slowed down due to high prices (3,500 tons from the U.S. and 1,000 tons from Russia).

In 2015, prices came down and sales improved.  Now inventories are depleted, setting up a good sales season for 2016.

Demand for sujiko (salmon roe in skein) has been high for multiple purposes, including materials for sushi at restaurants as well as take-out products at supermarkets and convenience stores.

The price of Russian pink salmon roe stayed nearly constant at Y1,600-1,700 per kilo, which products from the U.S. including strong-harvest immature roe from Prince William Sound in Alaska, seem to have come into a price bracket of Y1,100-1,200.

Quality of frozen salmon roe varies, and the price of roe for soysauced products is coming up to around Y3,200 from initial Y2,700-2,800.

There is a possibility that at least about 700-800 tons of chum roe–basically used for soysauced ikura–will be delivered from the U.S. this season–in a clear change of climate from the stagnant production in Southeastern Alaska in last season.

Chum roe is to be marketable at around Y4,000 per kilo, shipments of  which being primarily directed for business use.

Industry sources estimate that, of the 6,000 tons of salmon to be delivered from the U.S., pink salmon will account for 3,000-3,500 tons–more than half of the total from the U.S.–while chum, coho and sockeye roe combined will take the remaining  2,500 tons.

The prospect for a stronger priced roe market in 2016 is one piece of potential support for wild salmon prices in Alaska this year.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1009446/Strong-Sales-of-Salmon-Roe-in-Japan-and-no-Inventory-are-Positive-Signs-for-2016-Alaska-Season

Environment/Science

Higher Levels of Fukushima Cesium Detected Offshore
SiteNews – February 23, 2016
Scientists monitoring the spread of radiation in the ocean from the Fukushima nuclear accident report finding an increased number of sites off the US West Coast showing signs of contamination from Fukushima. This includes the highest detected level to date from a sample collected about 1,600 miles west of San Francisco. The level of radioactive cesium isotopes in the sample, 11 Becquerel’s per cubic meter of seawater (about 264 gallons), is 50 percent higher than other samples collected along the West Coast so far, but is still more than 500 times lower than US government safety limits for drinking water, and well below limits of concern for direct exposure while swimming, boating, or other recreational activities.
jpg Higher Levels of Fukushima Cesium Detected Offshore
http://www.sitnews.us/0216News/022316/022316_fukushima.html

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 630 in the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/24/2016
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 630 in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2016 total allowable catch of pollock for Statistical Area 630 in the GOA.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/02/24/2016-03864/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pollock-in-statistical-area-630-in-the-gulf-of?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Vessels Using Pot Gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/23/2016
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by vessels using pot gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2016 Pacific cod total allowable catch apportioned to vessels using pot gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/02/23/2016-03732/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-by-vessels-using-pot-gear-in-the?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Crab Rationalization Program
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/23/2016
NMFS issues a proposed rule that would modify regulations governing the Crab Rationalization (CR) Program. This proposed rule is comprised of three actions. Under the first action, this proposed rule would modify regulations to create an exemption for participants in the Western Aleutian Islands golden king crab (WAG) fishery from the prohibition against resuming fishing before all CR Program crab have been fully offloaded from a vessel.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/02/23/2016-03670/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-bering-sea-and-aleutian-islands-crab?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

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February 24, 2016