Alaska/Pacific Coast

Fisheries board nixes shutdown of Yukon River chum salmon commercial fishery
News Miner by Sam Friedman – January 16, 2016
FAIRBANKS — The most aggressive approach to cutting king salmon bycatch on the lower Yukon River went nowhere Friday evening, but a number of more subtle approaches remain on the table.


Salmon Jumps Shrimp as Most Traded Seafood Item by Value
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Financial Times] Emiko Terazono – January 19, 2016
Salmon has overtaken shrimp as the most popularly traded fish as new products have helped open up fresh markets.

In 2013, for the first time salmon overtook shrimp, accounting for 17 per cent of the total traded value of seafood. Shrimp, meanwhile, had a 15 per cent share, according to new figures from the UN Food and Agricultural Organization.

The trend is expected to have continued, with salmon accounting for about a fifth of all seafood trade in 2015 and shrimp 16 per cent, according to early FAO estimates based on available monthly data.

Seafood is the highest traded food commodity by value, and shrimp has been the most traded species for decades. However, production and price volatility due to disease has reduced its share in international trade. Growing demand in the producers’ own domestic markets has also led to lower exports, according to the FAO.

“Salmon is very versatile — it can be canned, smoked and processed in other ways. Shrimp has more issues in production volatility,” said Audun Lem, a seafood official at the FAO.

Over the past few years the international trade in shrimp and prawns has been affected by disease, which has hit the industry in Thailand, one of the leading producers and

Production had been falling in the Asian producer since 2012 due to the so-called early mortality syndrome, with prices hitting a record high in 2014. In 2015, output recovered for the first time in 3 years, pushing prices down by 15 to 20 per cent.

The salmon trade has been buoyed by rising demand in the US and Europe and higher prices, especially for the fish produced in Norway, the top producer and exporter. In contrast, Chile, the second leading grower, has been facing falling prices and higher production costs.

The demand for the oily fish has led to the development of genetically modified salmon. US regulators have licensed the production and consumption of the controversial product, although it is unlikely leading retailers will stock the fish once it is available.

The changes in seafood trade come as demand has been supported by more consumers appreciating the health benefits of eating fish regularly.

Expectations of steady demand growth have attracted new entrants into the fish farming sector. Mitsubishi of Japan bought Norwegian salmon producer Cermaq for $1.4bn in 2014, while last year Cargill, the US commodities trader, acquired EWOS, the Norwegian fish-feed company, for $1.5bn.

World fish consumption per person between 2011 and 2015 has risen from 18.7kg to 20kg, according to the FAO. Although the international trade for seafood declined in value to about $130bn in 2015 from $144bn the year before, volumes are expected to remain stable or slightly increase, the organisation said.

Nevertheless, the industry is likely to feel the impact of slowing or negative growth in new markets including Russia, Brazil and China, which supported demand over the past few years.

“We’ve seen serious demand issues in some countries,” said Gorjan Nikolik, seafood analyst at Rabobank. The EU and US markets have taken on some of the lost consumption despite high prices, but the recalibration in market growth has meant changes in trade flows for seafood, he added.


Senate committee considers prospect of supertrawlers in NT, with AFANT and
Daily Telegraph by CRAIG DUNLOPNT – January 18, 2016
THE Northern Territory Seafood Council has welcomed the prospect of foreign supertrawlers plying Territory waters as a federal senate committee considers the environmental impacts the boats could have on Australian fisheries.

Federal Register

Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management
Plan; Trawl Rationalization Program; Flow Scale Requirements

A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/19/2016
This proposed rule would revise scale requirements for processing vessels that are required to weigh fish at sea, i.e. mothership and catcher/processor vessels, and Shorebased Individual Fishery Quota Program (IFQ) first receivers. For motherships and catcher/processors that weigh fish at sea, the proposed action would require the use of updated scale technology, require enhanced daily scale testing for flow scales (also known as belt scales), and require the use of video to monitor the flow scale and the area around the flow scale.


High fish consumption in pregnancy tied to brain benefits for kids
Reuters – January 18, 2016
When mothers eat three sizeable servings of fish each week during pregnancy it may benefit children’s brains for years to come, according to a large study in Spain.

To Save Its Salmon, California Calls In the Fish Matchmaker
At a hatchery on the Klamath River, biologists are using genetic techniques
to reduce inbreeding, though some argue natural methods are more effective.

New York Times by Matt Richte – January 15, 2016
HORNBROOK, Calif. — On a frigid morning in a small metal-sided building, a team of specialists prepared to orchestrate an elaborate breeding routine. The work would be wet and messy, so they wore waders. Their tools included egg trays and a rubber mallet, which they used to brain a fertile female coho salmon, now hanging dead on a hook.

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January 19, 2016