Alaska/Pacific Coast

We’ve had a number of hirings, board changes and the like to begin the new year. Here’s a quick rundown.
Deckboss by Wesley Loy – January 19, 2015
Cora Campbell, the former Alaska fish and game commissioner, has taken a job with Norton Sound Economic Development Corp.

Charles O. Swanton has been named deputy commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game. Swanton, who previously was director of the Division of Sport Fish, also has been nominated to the Pacific Salmon Commission.

The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Brian Perkins as regional director for the Americas.

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association has added Lange Solberg to its board of directors.

Megan O’Neil is the new executive director for the Petersburg Vessel Owners Association.

Deckboss also hears that Ephraim Froehlich is the new fisheries aide to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. He replaces Jay Sterne.

Canada-U.S. delegates meet in Vancouver to discuss halibut ‘wastage’ in Bering Sea
The Canadian Press by Keven Drews – January 19, 2015
VANCOUVER – You might say it’s a story about the fish that didn’t get away.

Fishermen in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska are tossing back millions of kilograms of dead halibut they’ve caught unintentionally while scooping up other stocks.

The longtime practice, known as bycatch, has become the focus of intense scrutiny in Alaska and will be the subject of debate at a meeting at month’s end of the International Pacific Halibut Commission in Vancouver.

What’s at fault depends on who is talking. Some blame government regulations that forbid fishermen from keeping bycatch, others say it’s because of fish sorting-and-recording methods, and still others point to Alaska’s failure to follow the lead of British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California.


Bipartisan Group Introduce Bills to Ban GE Salmon and Require Product Labeling
Congressman Young Press Release by Matthew Shuckerow – January 16, 2015
In their continued fight against genetically engineered (GE) fish, this week Alaskan Congressman Don Young and Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA), Walter B. Jones (R-NC), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Jared Huffman (D-CA) introduced two pieces of legislation intended to prevent GE fish from making its way onto the nation’s dinner plates and spreading into the nation’s oceans.


Russian Pollock and Salmon Exports Out of Sakhalin Down Sharply to Plug Domestic Supplies
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Interfax] January 20, 2015
In 2014 the Sakhalin region cut exports of fish and seafood in half compared to 2013, to approximately 90,000 tonnes due to the reorientation of supplies to the domestic market.

The press service of the Sakhalin customs said that in value terms exports amounted to $280 million in 2014, having fallen by 20% year-on-year.

The most significant reduction occurred in the exports of pollock and Pacific salmon. In 2014, 15,500 tonnes of salmon were exported, down almost 70% year-on-year, and 20,000 tonnes of pollock, down 64%. In value terms salmon and pollock exports fell by 56% and 62%, respectively.

At the same time, exports of some fish and seafood products increased: exports of crab doubled to 2,000 tonnes, shrimp rose 60% to 5,200 tonnes, cod rose 2.8-fold to 2,800 tonnes and halibut exports tripled to 400 tonnes.

In 2014, the export of gray sea urchins (6,600 tonnes) and crab legs (6,400 tonnes) stayed level with 2013.

The fishermen of Sakhalin region produced 705,000 tonnes of fish and seafood in 2014, which is 7% less than in 2013. But without account of the catch of Pacific salmon (the salmon fishing season in 2014 was lean), the catch of other types of fish and seafood hit a record high for the post-Soviet period of 590,000 tonnes, which is 8.7% more than in 2013.

The vast majority of fish and seafood that was caught was supplied to the country’s domestic market.


Fishing industry could lose up to $41 billion due to climate change
Mongabay by Victor Montoro – January 16, 2015

Climate change is already having a severe impact on the atmosphere and oceans around the world. These changes are also impacting specific economic sectors including the fishing and aquaculture industries. According to a recent report by the European Climate Foundation, the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and the University of Cambridge, the fishing industry is projected to lose tens-of-billions as the world continues to heat up.
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Seafood Products Association searches for new President
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This position has primary responsibility for all operations of SPA, which is the center of technical and regulatory expertise for the Northwest Seafood processing industry. SPA’s President directly supervises all staff and oversees all administrative functions including budget, staffing, and building maintenance. Disseminates essential information to members and regulatory agencies; coordinates joint industry actions, such as the Salmon Control Plan, and issue-oriented task forces and working groups; provides microbiological, thermal processing and chemical support to SPA members. Coordinates industry positions with State and Federal regulatory agencies. Works closely with all staff and members and has involvement in various joint efforts for industry as a whole. Oversees for-profit subsidiary administration and services.
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January 20, 2015