Alaska/Pacific Coast

Fish and Game seeks trawl vessel for salmon survey
Bristol Bay Times by Molly Dischner – January 13, 2017
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is looking for a trawler to help with Bering Sea salmon research.

Demand for Alaska crab remains hot
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – January 13, 2017
A market summary on Alaska’s crab fisheries, posted in December on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s website, pronounced the crab market as “hot” and indeed it remains so.

Fishing industry applauds tiny increase in state management budget
Alaska Dispatch News by Laine Welch – January 16, 2017
As lawmakers convene in Juneau this week, Alaska’s fishing industry sees a glimmer of hope that the state’s fisheries-management budget won’t be gutted again.

Ocean Acidification to Hit Dungeness Crab Fishery
Fish Site – January 16, 2017
US – The acidification of the ocean as seawater absorbs increasing amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere will reverberate through the West Coast’s marine food web, but not necessarily in the ways you might expect, new research shows.

Victorious Inlet drifters file to vacate salmon rule
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – January 13, 2017
A Cook Inlet salmon plan will take a lot more work from federal managers in the next few years.

Shipment of California Dungeness Crab to China Allowed by Chinese, but not by Canadians
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton – January 16, 2017
The situation of live shipments of Dungeness crab to China remains murky.  For a couple of weeks, there was a ban on shipment of California crab and the Chinese interpreted that to apply to most fishing areas on the West Coast.

During this time, the Canadian authorities stopped accepting any US-caught Dungeness crab for airshipment to China through Vancouver.

But the Chinese, working with US Food inspection and NOAA, quickly lifted the ban on US Dungeness crab, accepting the fact that the crab in question was well within the limits for domoic acid.  They now accept crab from California.

As a result, US shippers have been able to supply live crab to the Chinese market.

However, the situation has not been cleared up with Canada. According to Jim Gonzalez of Pacific Harvest, who sells crab for the Quinault Indian Nation that operates 18 boats out of Westport, Washington, the Canadian authorities are still not allowing US crab caught in California to be shipped to China.

“Canadian Customs is requiring much more proof of origin like fish tickets now and signing documents stating that this is not crab from CA.,” says Gonzalez.

Reports from China indicate that Dungeness crab is being well received for the Chinese New Year.

Seafood Industry Fights Back Against Obama’s Fish Fraud Laws

Munchies Vice by Wyatt Marshall – January 12, 2017
Even your humble local sushi joint will (hopefully) offer a dizzying array of seafood, from fluke to lobster to sea urchin. But chances are high that your sashimi isn’t what it seems: According to one report a couple years back from the ocean advocacy group Oceana, as much as 74 percent of fish sold at sushi spots in the US is fraudulent. Per that report, 92 percent of what’s sold as
“red snapper” and 71 percent of what’s sold as “tuna” are actually imposter species of fish.

Predicting Toxic Algae Blooms Just Got Easier
OPB by Jes Burns – January 9, 2017
Scientists at Oregon State University have figured out a way to predict outbreaks of a dangerous neurotoxin called domoic acid in the Pacific Ocean. The toxin is produced during algae blooms and can make crab and shellfish unsafe to eat.

Diversification key to resilient fishing communities – January 14, 2017
Fishing communities can survive—and even thrive—as fish abundance and market prices shift if they can catch a variety of species and nimbly move from one fishery to the next.

Labeling and Marketing
3MMI – Pollock “A” Season to Begin – What Pricing and Trends Should You Expect To See
TradexFoods – January 16, 2017
3-Minute Market Insight:
Pollock “A” Season Fishing begins this Friday in the Gulf of Alaska which opens up discussions and projections for pricing and trends for the 2017 market. In Russia, Pollock raw materials have dropped and the twice frozen finished goods held steady – but what’s the pricing looking like for after Chinese New Year

Wild Alaska Salmon: A Prized Healthy & High Quality Lean Protein Source
ASMI – January 13, 2017
JUNEAU, Alaska – Known for its wild salmon, crab and whitefish varieties, Alaska is home to dozens of different species of seafood, including more than 90 percent of the wild salmon harvested in the United States. From the rich, robust flavor of sockeye to the firm texture of coho, consumers can rely on the five unique species of wild Alaska salmon as a food choice that is nutritious, low in saturated fat, and high in essential vitamins and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

More than 7,000 people work in the local maritime industry. Watch what they do.
The Bellingham Herald – January 12, 1017
Bellingham SeaFeast 2017 has released “The Servants of the Salish Sea,” a short film by by Pollock Pictures about the local commercial fishing and maritime industry.

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January 16, 2017