Alaska/Pacific Coast

SE Alaska Tanner and Golden King Crab Season Opens Feb. 17, Harvest Forecast Down from Last Year
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – January 16, 2017
The 2016/2017 season for golden king crab in Southeast Alaska will open Friday, February 17, to a guideline harvest limit (GHL) that is 30 percent less than last season’s.

The Petersburg office of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced a GHL of 105,000 pounds within seven management areas in Alaska’s panhandle, from approximately Wrangell north to Haines.

Last year’s GHL for golden king crab was 155,000 pounds. The areas where significant catch limit cuts were made was in East Central and Mid-Chatham Strait, where GHLs went from 30,000 lbs to 15,000 lbs and from 40,000 lbs to 20,000 lbs respectively.

The northern district dropped from 15,000 lbs last year to 10,000 this year and Icy Straight’s GHL dropped 2,000 lbs from 12,000 lbs to 10,000 lbs this year.

The golden king crab season opens the same day tanner crab opens in Southeast, to lower estimates of biomass for that species, as well. October 2016 survey data produced a regional biomass estimate of 4.91 million pounds of mature male Tanner crab, a decrease from a mature male Tanner crab biomass estimate of 5.69 million pounds from the previous year.

Harvesters must register by January 19, 2017. Full regulations, including logbook and reporting requirements, closed areas, and retention restrictions can be found  here.

A full stock assessment is available from Tessa Bergmann (772-5236) or Kellii Wood (772-5222) in Petersburg, or Adam Messmer (465-4853) in Douglas.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1047495/SE-Alaska-Tanner-and-Golden-King-Crab-Season-Opens-Feb-17-Harvest-Forecast-Down-from-Last-Year

Uncertainty Over How Recent Storms Impacted Salmon Population

Capitol Public Radio by Randol White – January 16, 2017
The massive amounts of water that hit California last week could have either beneficial or disastrous effects on salmon populations, depending on who you ask.
http://www.capradio.org/88607

NOAA Finalizes New Plan For Columbia River Hatcheries
OPB/EarthFix by Cassandra Profita – January 17, 2017
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a final plan Tuesday for operating 62 hatchery programs in the Columbia River Basin while protecting threatened and endangered fish.
http://www.opb.org/news/article/new-plan-columbia-river-hatchery/

Politics

GOP targets landmark Endangered Species Act for big changes
The Associated Press by Matthew Brown and Matthew Daly – January 16, 2017
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — In control of Congress and soon the White House, Republicans are readying plans to roll back the influence of the Endangered Species Act, one of the government’s most powerful conservation tools, after decades of complaints that it hinders drilling, logging and other activities.
http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/gop-targets-landmark-endangered-species-act-for-big-changes/

Southeast legislators hope to maintain Fish and Game funding
KSTK News by Aaron Bolton – January 17, 2017
Gov. Bill Walker proposed cutting about 45 positions and $3.5 million from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s fiscal year 2018 budget in December. That’s significantly smaller than the $11.5 million in cuts over the past two years. But Southeast lawmakers say the department can’t sustain any additional reductions.
http://www.kstk.org/2017/01/17/southeast-legislators-hope-to-maintain-fish-and-game-funding/

National

Who will lead NOAA under President Trump?
Washington Post by Jason Samenow – January 17, 2017
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the parent organization of the National Weather Service, will introduce new leadership when President-elect Donald Trump assumes office.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/01/17/who-will-lead-noaa-under-president-trump/?utm_term=.746239ef77f7

Labeling and Marketing

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Marketing Update
January 2017
ASMI Responds to Stories About Food Safety Concerns, Newly Released December 2016 Alaska Seafood Market Summary & Outlook, New Alaska Fishing Industry Profiles, Demonstrations & Sustainability Presentations Well Received at Food Matters Live Trade Event, ASMI Draws New Crowd of Trade Members at Gathering in Shanghai …
http://us2.campaign-archive.com/?u=bcd6d5bec392f12ce703f7e00&id=72bafb06a0

AFDF Announces List of New Product Entries for Alaska Symphony of Seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM – January 17, 2017
WRANGELL, AK — Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) announces the entries for the 24th annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood in 2017. This year, products entered are grouped into four categories.

“In the 24th year of this annual competition, we are still seeing high quality and innovative new products made out of Alaska seafood,” said Julie Decker, Executive Director of AFDF. “This year, the competition will be high in the Retail category, with seven new products competing for the winner in that category. We also have some exciting new Beyond the Plate products made with chitosan, oil, and leather, as well as Beyond the Egg products made with pollock and salmon roe. I wish the best of luck to all of the entrants.”

Developing new products is a risky investment. The goal of the Symphony is to increase the value of Alaska’s seafood by encouraging and promoting new products which diversify markets, utilize more of the resource, and reduce fish waste. The Symphony plays an important role in helping new Alaska seafood products be successful in the marketplace.

Listed below by category are the names of the companies, followed by the names of the products:

Retail:
• Authentic Alaska – DearNorth, AlaskaSmokedSockeyeSalmon
• Authentic Alaska – Dear North, Alaska Salmon Bites
• Bambinos Baby Food, Sockeye Salmon Bisque
• Odyssey, Sockeye Spinach Feta Salmon Burger
• Orca Bay, Orca Bay’s Jjamppong (Korean Seafood Noodle Soup)
• Oregon Seafoods, SeaFare Pacific Salmon Chowder
• Trident Seafoods, Louis Kemp Hawaiian Poke Snackits

Foodservice:
• Coppa, Candied Salmon Ice Cream
• Deckhand Seafoods, Canned Smoked Sockeye
• Odyssey, Seafood Cakes with Dungeness
• Orca Bay, Orca Bay’s Albondigas (Mexican Seafood Soup)
• Trident Seafoods, Sealegs Real Simple Surimi

Beyond the Plate:
• Salmon Sisters, Salmon Leather Tote Bag
• Tidal Vision, Salmon Leather Clutch
• Tidal Vision, Crystal Clarity
• Trident Seafoods, Alaska Naturals Alaska Salmon Pet Oil

Beyond the Egg:
• Triad Fisheries, Bruce Gore Coho Salmon Bottarga
• Trident Seafoods, Kasu Alaska Pollock Roe
Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation PO Box 2223, Wrangell, Alaska 99929-2223 Phone: (907) 276-7315 • www.afdf.org

Marc Wheeler, owner of Coppa, a Juneau-based retail store which offers coffee, homemade ice cream and delicious local food, says, “I am excited to be participating in this event for the first time. It looks like it will be a lot of fun!”

Product entries will be individually evaluated by a panel of expert judges during a private judging session. Evaluations are based on the product’s packaging and presentation, overall eating/consumer experience, price and potential for commercial success. First, second, third and grand prize winners will be awarded, as well as the People’s Choice from each promotional event in Seattle and Juneau. In March, the first place winners will be given an opportunity to display their winning products at Seafood Expo North America (SENA) in Boston.

The Seattle Open House and judging will be held on January 25th. The Juneau Legislative Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held on February 22nd.

AFDF gives special recognition to the major sponsors of this event and encourages additional sponsors for 2017.

2017 Major Sponsors include Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Alaska Air Cargo, Aleutian Pribilof Islands Community Development Association, At-Sea Processors Association, Bristol Bay Economic Development Association, Marel, Northwest Fisheries Association, Trident Seafoods, UniSea, and United Fishermen of Alaska.

Since 1993, Alaska Symphony of Seafood has celebrated creative and innovative ideas in the seafood industry, bringing together a host of new products before a panel of judges and the public. It was created by AFDF to promote new product development for seafood harvested in Alaskan waters by encouraging participation and sponsorship from a wide variety of companies and organizations that together, are building the future of the Alaska fishing industry. For more information, visit www.afdf.org/symphony-of-seafood/

Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) is a private, non-profit organization created in 1978 for the purpose of further developing Alaska’s seafood industry by utilizing a broad perspective of seafood harvesters, processors and support sector businesses. Since its inception, AFDF has been dedicated to identifying problems common to the Alaska seafood industry and developing efficient, sustainable solutions that provide benefits to the economy, environment and communities. For more information, visit www.afdf.org .
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1047601/AFDF-Announces-List-of-New-Product-Entries-for-Alaska-Symphony-of-Seafood

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Application for an Exempted Fishing Permit
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/18/2017
his notice announces receipt of an application from the Alaska Seafood Cooperative and co-applicants to renew exempted fishing permit (EFP) 2016-01 as modified on January 10, 2017. NMFS announced receipt of the application for EFP 2016-01 on January 25, 2016. NMFS issued EFP 2016-01 on May 6, 2016, and modified the EFP on January 10, 2017. If granted, this renewal would extend the expiration date of modified EFP 2016-01 from April 30, 2017, to December 31, 2017. The objective of EFP 2016-01 is to allow the applicants to remove halibut from a trawl codend on the deck, and release those halibut back to the water in a timely manner to increase survivability. Under the EFP, halibut are sampled by NMFS-trained observers for length and physical condition using standard International Pacific Halibut Commission halibut mortality assessment methods. The objectives of EFP 2016-01 are to (1) test methods for sorting halibut on deck for suitability as an allowable fish handling mode for the non-pollock catcher/processor trawl fisheries (Amendment 80, community development quota, and trawl limited access) in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands under an eventual regulated program; and (2) simplify and improve on elements that worked under a 2015 deck sorting EFP project. This experiment has the potential to promote the objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 1982.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/18/2017-01063/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-application-for-an-exempted-fishing-permit

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January 18, 2017