Alaska/Pacific Coast

Nissui Plans $21 Million Makeover of UniSea Dutch Harbor Plant
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Nikkei Report] By Tatsuro Miyazumi – April 30, 2015
TOKYO, Japanese seafood company Nippon Suisan Kaisha, also known as Nissui, will upgrade a fish-processing factory in the U.S. state of Alaska in an effort to bolster its core business.

A $21 million makeover will be implemented from this year through 2017 at U.S. subsidiary UniSea’s plant in Dutch Harbor. The factory on the Bering Sea coast processes locally caught crab and whitefish to make “surimi,” or fish paste, and other products.

The first step in the project is to renew aging docks for safety. Next, three processing facilities on the factory’s premises will be consolidated and production lines will be rearranged for logistics efficiency.

The factory will handle more processed whitefish products. It will also conduct quick-freezing of raw seafood, with a dedicated workspace added for extracting blood from crabs before they are frozen. Currently, the plant chiefly handles parboiled items.

Surimi is growing popular in many markets, with Chinese consumers using it for fish balls. In the U.S. and Europe, diners are tossing imitation crab meat, which is made from surimi, on their salads. Americans are also eating more processed seafood as they grow health-conscious, Nissui says. The company sees solid demand going forward amid global population growth.

UniSea owns factories in dozens of countries, including France, Brazil and Thailand, and ships products to Japan, the U.S., Europe and China.

Nissui seeks to lift sales in the maritime products business to 288 billion yen ($2.4 billion) by fiscal 2017, up 10% from fiscal 2014.

Halibut Users Mount Effort to Reduce Bycatch in Groundfish Fisheries
Fishermen’s News – April 29, 2015
Pressure is mounting on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to substantially reduce the amount of Pacific halibut taken incidentally in Bering Sea/Aleutian Island groundfish fisheries. A diverse group of halibut users, including commercial, recreational and subsistence harvester, halibut dependent communities, community development quota groups, and an environmental organization, is asking Alaska’s congressional delegation to support their request for lower bycatch.


Press Release: Committee Advances Young Legislation to Reauthorize Magnuson-Stevens Act
Fisheries Reforms Secure Vitality of Coastal Communities by Matthew Shuckerow – April 30, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Natural Resources Committee today passed legislation introduced by Alaskan Congressman Don Young to strengthen and reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the primary law governing fisheries resources and fishing activities in United States. H.R. 1335, the “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act, aims to improve federal fishery management in order to give Regional Fishery Management Councils the proper tools and flexibility necessary to effectively manage their fisheries.


South Korea Wants Higher Pollock Quota Allocation in Russian Waters
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden – April 30, 2015
South Korea hopes to increase pollock quota in Russian territorial waters.

South Korea plans to start talks with the Russian government about the increase of quotas for the production of pollock in Russian territorial waters during the next several years.

This year Russia cut pollock quotas for South Korean fisherman by more than 30%, compared to 2014.  In 2015 the quota is set for 38,000 tonnes, compared to 60,000 tonnes in 2014.

According to an official spokesman of Russian Rosrybolovstvo, such a decision became mainly due to inability of South Korea to fulfil its obligations to invest in the development of Russian seaports.

At present the annual consumption of pollock in South Korea is estimated at 260,000 tonnes.

The reduction of South Korean quotas will provide a chance to Russian fisherman to increase the volume of production. However as in previous years, the majority of Russian pollock catch will continue to be sold to abroad.

According to Dmitry Ozersky, chairman of Severo-Zapadny Industrial company, one of Russia’s largest fish producers, the demand and sales of pollock in Russia still remains relatively low, however, due to the crisis, there is a possibility that its consumption will significantly increase during the next several years.

According to an official spokesman  Rosrybolovstvo, this year the production of pollock is steadily growing, despite the ever growing volumes of catch of young fish, which currently remains one of the major problems of the industry.


Competition Looks for Best pH Sensor for Measuring Ocean Acidification
The Fish Site – April 30, 2015
GLOBAL – The Five finalist teams competing for the $2M Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, a global competition to create pH sensor technology that will accurately measure ocean acidification, have been announced.

Federal researchers breed Arctic fish in Oregon lab as they study ocean warming
Associated Press by DAN JOLING – April 30, 2015
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A silvery fish that represents an important link in the Arctic food chain has been successfully grown in laboratory conditions, giving federal researchers a tool to learn more about the key but vulnerable species.

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