Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Supreme Court rules setnet ban initiative unconstitutional
Peninsula Clarion By DJ Summers and Rashah Mcchesney  – January 2, 2016 (Updated)
The Alaska Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling Thursday, declaring a ballot initiative to ban set nets in certain areas of the state unconstitutional.
http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-12-31/alaska-supreme-court-rules-setnet-ban-initiative-unconstitutional

Aleutian Islands Pacific Cod Harvest Level Down 42 Percent

KUCB by Greta Mart – January 3, 2016
Last week Alaska Fish and Game set the Pacific cod guideline harvest level (GHL) for the fishing season that began on Jan. 1.
Dutch Harbor Fish and Game biologist Justin Leon says the 2016 numbers are a big change from last year.
http://kucb.org/post/aleutian-islands-pacific-cod-harvest-level-down-42-percent

Forecast could mean early fishing for Stikine River kings
News Miner by Associated Press – December 31, 2015
PETERSBURG, Alaska – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is predicting a return of about 34,000 king salmon to the Stikine River next year in southeast Alaska.
http://www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/forecast-could-mean-early-fishing-for-stikine-river-kings/article_632cdf34-b006-11e5-8405-13bad8d272ab.html

International

Health trends pushing up fish consumption
Fis.com – January 04, 2016
UNITED KINGDOM – A survey for sustainable seafood ecolabel, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has found that one in six people (17 per cent) in the UK are eating more fish and seafood than they were a year ago, with most of them (65 per cent) saying they have increased their fish intake because they are trying to eat more healthily.
http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=81386&ndb=1&df=0

Labeling and Marketing

Salt Cod Prices Skyrocket; Upcoming Pacific Cod Fishery to Pressure Large Fillet Offers
TradexFoods – January 4, 2016
3-Minute Market Insight: A national specialty, salt cod is typically sold dried salted, or frozen de-salted for retail use. Recently, China has begun to produce product that directly competes with the salted cod producers in Portugal. Norway’s proximity to the Atlantic gives production advantages and price breaks.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BtoiwBYQ-E

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January 4, 2016