Alaska/Pacific Coast

Southeast Alaska Commercial Tanner Crab Fishing Season Announcement
ADF&G by Joe Stratman – January 9, 2015
The 2014/2015 commercial Tanner crab fishery in Southeast Alaska will open concurrently with the commercial golden king crab fishery at 12:00 noon on Friday,February 13, 2015.
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/508730386.pdf

ODFW donates 175 tons of salmon to Oregon’s food banks
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife – January 12, 2015
Banner runs of Pacific salmon helped feed thousands of Oregonians in 2014.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries donated more than 350,000 pounds of Chinook and coho salmon to food banks in communities across the state.

The huge donation of high quality protein was made possible by one of the largest returns of Pacific salmon in years. A record 1.2 million Chinook and 1 million coho returned to the Columbia River in 2014. Similar returns are expected again in 2015.
http://www.dfw.state.or.us/news/2015/january/011215.asp

International

B.C. fisheries’ sustainability achievements recognized for first time
Invstor Ideas by the David Suzuki Foundation – January 13, 2015
Top North American seafood organizations have given a stamp of approval for the first time to several of B.C.’s groundfish fisheries. Today’s recommendations from the U.S. Monterey Bay Aquarium’s (MBA) Seafood Watch Program and Canada’s SeaChoice program, combined with earlier Marine Stewardship Council recommendations, mean that over 88 per cent of groundfish caught in Canada’s Pacific waters can be recommended to consumers. Six years ago, the same organizations recommended avoiding most of the fish caught by the province’s largest fishery.
http://www.investorideas.com/news/2015/food-beverage/01131.asp

China’s punch-drunk pollock processors hope for better 2015, challenges remain
Undercurrent News by Tom Seaman – January 14, 2015

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Last year will count as one of the toughest ever for China’s pollock processing sector.

Raw material prices were high, completion for business fierce and prices for double frozen finished products were low. One look at the results of Pacific Andes Resource Development’s dive in frozen fish sales tells the story of the year.
http://www.undercurrentnews.com/2015/01/14/chinas-punch-drunk-pollock-processors-hope-for-better-2015-challenges-remain/

 

 

Environment/Science

Further research key to maximize snow crab’s potential
FIS – January 14, 2015
Nofima is currently researching the best ways of using snow crabs (Chionoecetes opilio), which both Norwegian and Russian vessels catch in the Barents sea and land in Norway.

. . . . When boxes of snow crabs arrive at Nofima, the experts are ready for them. The aim of the trials has been to investigate shelf life and quality. Work is also focused on utilizing the leftover raw material from snow crabs to ensure sustainable use of the resource. In addition, the scientists are working with commercial companies on the development of new bait and crab pot technology.
http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=73875&ndb=1&df=0

Study finds common chemical BPA found in plastics causes hyperactivity in fish
The Canadian Press by Bill Graveland – January 13, 2015
CALGARY – A University of Calgary study has found that a common ingredient in consumer products can cause hyperactivity in zebrafish.

Bisphenol A, a chemical used to make household plastics and epoxy resins, is produced in large quantities around the world.
http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Study+finds+common+chemical+found+plastics+causes+hyperactivity/10723045/story.html

FYI’s

Congestion at West Coast ports is getting even worse
SF Gate by Andrew S. Ross – January 13, 2015
The seasonal rush is over and federal mediators are in San Francisco to help settle a contract dispute between shippers and longshoremen. The conditions at the congested Port of Oakland and other West Coast ports should be improving then, right?

Actually, it’s getting worse. There are more container ships sitting in the bay, more trucks waiting in line outside terminal gates, and more local businesses losing customer orders.
http://www.sfgate.com/business/bottomline/article/Congestion-at-West-Coast-ports-is-getting-even-6013264.php

 


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January 14, 2015