Alaska/Pacific Coast

Hard decisions loom as Southeast Alaska’s king salmon continue their slide
KTOO by Jacob Resneck – January 16, 2018
Dwindling king salmon numbers in Southeast Alaska are a familiar headline.
Still, little is known about why the fish aren’t coming back.
https://www.ktoo.org/2018/01/16/hard-decisions-loom-southeast-alaskas-king-salmon-continue-slide/

Politics

Herring, salmon draw public heat at Fish Board
Juneau Empire by Kevin Gullufsen – January 17, 2018
Board to deliberate today, vote Thursday
The Alaska Board of Fisheries wrapped up four days of public testimony on Southeast fisheries Tuesday with most of the debate surrounding proposals to change herring and Chinook salmon management.
http://juneauempire.com/local/news/2018-01-16/herring-salmon-draw-public-heat-fish-board

Push on for fisheries emergency relief

Cordova Times – January 17, 2018
A bipartisan group of eight senators is asking the Senate Appropriations Committee to include disaster funds for coastal communities impacted by ongoing fisheries disasters in a relief package for communities affected by hurricanes and wildfires.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2018/01/17/push-fisheries-emergency-relief/

Board votes down change in Southeast Dungeness crab season
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki – January 15, 2018
Alaska’s Board of Fisheries Saturday voted down a proposal to change commercial Dungeness crab seasons in Southeast Alaska. Crabbers were seeking set season lengths and no option for shortened fishing time like they experienced in 2017.
https://www.kfsk.org/2018/01/15/board-votes-change-southeast-dungeness-crab-season/

International

Russian Pollock Producers Again Vow to Focus more on Domestic Market
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden – January 18, 2018
Leading Russian pollock producers plan to significantly reduce the volumes of processing of their catch at Chinese factories this year despite the existing lack of capacities in the domestic market.

According to Andrew Teterkin, CEO of the Russian Fishery Company — until recently one of Russia’s leading producers of whitefish — China had cheap labor, which allowed RFC to supply the majority of pollock to Chinese factories, where it was further processed by manual labor to fillets and re-frozen. The situation has changed in recent years, however, as the increase of labor costs in China has resulted in the increase of the overall costs of local fish processors and the rise of prices for their services.

This has forced the RFC and other leading Russian pollock producers to change the geography of processing of semi-finished products and to focus on on-board processing. This may also result in a change of geography of supplies.

This situation is similar to the one in the 2000s in the Northern Basin of Russia, when Russian whitefish producers refused further processing of their cod and haddock at the Norwegian factories on the coast of the Barents Sea, which resulted in massive bankruptcies of the latter.

This year, Russian pollock producers plan to speed up construction of new vessels that will allow them to better implement their plans for the reduction of dependence on Chinese processing. According to their plans, Western Europe and Russian markets will become a priority for sales of their products in the near future.

“The Russian market currently shows a significant demand for domestic fish products, and in particular Pollock, and we are ready to satisfy it,” Teterkin said. “In the case of Western Europe, supplies are expected to grow in the near future, due to an increase of the demand for fillets of primary freeze and minced fish meat among the EU population. According to our predictions, the value of pollock and other wild fish will continue to grow in the EU in the coming years, which provides better opportunities for our growth.”
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1089281/Russian-Pollock-Producers-Again-Vow-to-Focus-more-on-Domestic-Market

Labeling and Marketing

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute: Marketing Update
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute – January 2018
SENA Appointment Reservations , Analyses of Specialty Products Published , Giant Eagle’s National Seafood Month Success , ASMI and Del Taco Renew Partnership for 2018 Lent , ASMI Brazil Creates Video with Chef Ambassador Highlighting Alaska Pollock , Industry Media Outlets Feature SWAP Meat Recipes , Alaska Seafood Recipe Featured on Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube …
http://mailchi.mp/alaskaseafood/alaska-seafood-marketing-update-asmi-leaders-speak-at-women-in-seafood-2655757

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Inseason Adjustment to the 2018 Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Pollock, Atka Mackerel, and Pacific Cod Total Allowable Catch Amounts; Correction
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/18/2018
NMFS is correcting a temporary rule that published on December 20, 2017, adjusting the 2018 total allowable catch (TAC) amounts for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) pollock, Atka mackerel, and Pacific cod fisheries. One table in the document contained an error.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/18/2018-00789/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-inseason-adjustment-to-the-2018-bering-sea-and

FYI’s

Fishery council seeks nominations
The Daily Astorian – January 12, 2018
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking to fill a seat on the Pacific Fishery Management Council.
http://www.dailyastorian.com/Local_News/20180112/fishery-council-seeks-nominations

 

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January 18, 2018