Alaska/Pacific Coast


Outlook 2015: Another risky year for Alaska’s Bristol Bay sockeye processors
Undercurrent News (Minato-Tsukiji) by Masahiko Takeuchi – January 7, 2015

Alaska’s Bristol Bay sockeye processors could be in for another tough year in 2015, with the forecast of the largest return and harvest in 20 years and weakening demand for major product forms in key markets.

Bycatch Likely a Hot Topic for Upcoming IPHC Meeting
Fishermen’s News Online – January 7, 2015

Incidental catch of halibut in directed groundfish fisheries is likely to be the hot topic Jan. 26-30 when the International Pacific Halibut Commission holds its 91st annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.

This year’s meeting is scheduled to open at the Vancouver Marriot Pinnacle Downtown Hotel with presentations on the fishery, the 2014 stock assessment and the harvest decision table, and conclude with commission decisions of catch limits and regulations.

Alaska Seafood Q3 Export Update Seafood Market Bulletin/ASMI

Export markets are crucial to the Alaska Seafood Industry. It is estimated that more than 100 foreign countries buy roughly two-thirds of all Alaska seafood products (after accounting for re-exports). The export market’s importance is why ASMI maintains marketing programs in 21 countries grouped into 8 regions. These programs are managed and directed centrally by ASMI staff and industry committees, but each region maintains satellite offices staffed by marketing companies working under contract for ASMI. ASMI’s export market programs are primarily funded through a USDA grant as part of the Market Access Program with the goal of promoting American agricultural and commodity exports. Program countries are selected based on a number of criteria with export volume/value being a primary consideration. However, some countries (such as South Korea) import large quantities of Alaska seafood that is subsequently re-exported to other countries.




Expert panel investigating Mount Polley tailings dam collapse receives 24 submissions

Issues raised include dam design and government oversight of mine inspection process Vancouver Sun by Gordon Hoekstra -January 6, 2015


Aerial view shows the damage caused by the Mount Polley mine tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C. on Aug., 5, 2014. An expert panel investigating the incident is due to release its findings Jan. 31.

Two submissions to an expert panel appointed to investigate the tailings dam collapse at Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley mine have raised issues of poor dam design and deficiencies in the inspection of mines and enforcement of regulations. ory.html#ixzz3OFQtVA88

Record Salmon Exports for Norway in 2014
The FIsh Site – January 8, 2015

NORWAY – Norway exported the highest level ever for salmon in 2014 at NOK 43.9 billion – an 11 per cent gain on 2013. ”Increased salmon production in Norway combined with strong demand and record salmon prices have contributed to set a new export record for Norwegian salmon,” said Paul Aandahl, branch manager for salmon and trout at the Norwegian Seafood Council.

”This is despite one of the biggest markets for Norwegian salmon, Russia, choosing to close its borders to Norwegian seafood on 7 August 2014”.




National Weather Service Plans Next Generation of Supercomputers
Fishermen’s News Online – January 7, 2015

National weather forecasters say they are investing millions of dollars in increased supercomputing capacity to provide more timely, accurate, reliable and detailed forecasts nationwide. The announcement of Jan. 5 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is part of ongoing computing and modeling upgrades that began back in July 2013.

Giant underwater waves could hold secrets of climate forecasting and improved fisheries
ABC – January 8, 2015

8aThe Tasman Sea’s giant tides are to be studied as part of a project to improve climate forecasts and locate more
productive fisheries.  Scientists from the US and Canada have joined forces with Australian researchers to study giant underwater waves at the tidal hotspot.

The Tasman Sea’s giant tides are to be studied as part of a project to improve climate forecasts and locate more productive fisheries. Scientists from the US and Canada have joined forces with Australian researchers to study giant underwater waves at the tidal hotspot.

Associate Professor Pete Strutton, from the University of Tasmania, said underwater waves played a significant role in the global climate system by transporting heat around the ocean and helping it absorb carbon dioxide. “As well as mixing cold water up and warm water down, internal waves mix nutrients or fertiliser into the surface layers of the ocean where the plankton can take advantage of them and also take advantage of the sunlight to be productive,” he said.


Labeling and Marketing


Alaska Sablefish (Black Cod) Fishery Completes 3rd Annual Alaska RFM Audit
FIS by ASMI – January 08, 2015

The Alaska Sablefish (Black Cod) fishery has earned continued certification against the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) conformance criteria. This third annual audit of the Alaska Sablefish (Black Cod) fishery was completed on December 18, 2014. The objective of the audit is to monitor any changes since the previous assessment in 2013. Click here to view a copy of the surveillance report or to submit a comment.

Alaska Sablefish (Black Cod) fishery was originally certified on October 11, 2011, with annual audits completed on November 23, 2012, November 8, 2013 and now December 18, 2014.




Japan suspends Antarctic “research” whale kills, adopts non-lethal data collection instead

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [NHK World] – January 8, 2015

A Japanese fleet is on its way to the Antarctic Ocean to conduct a survey of the region’s whales. Two whaling vessels and a patrol boat from the Fisheries Agency set sail on Thursday from the western Japanese city of Shimonoseki.

Following an order from the International Court of Justice last year, Japan suspended what it calls ‘research whaling’ in the Antarctic. This latest voyage is aimed at collecting data on whales through visual contact and DNA analysis without catching them.

Last March, the court judged that, contrary to its claims, Japan’s whaling hadn’t served any scientific purposes and ordered it halted. The 2 vessels had their whaling gear dismantled before departing. The fleet will enter the Antarctic Ocean late this month or early February and will spend around one month there.

The crews are expected to count the number of whales through visual observation and collect skin samples for DNA analysis, using special tools. They also plan to monitor environmental pollution in the giant mammals’ habitat. instead

Canadian Archipelago Likely To Become Important Polar Bear Conservation Region
APRN by Josh Edge- January 7, 2015

Lily Peacock is a research wildlife biologist for USGS and the lead author of the study. She says, historically, polar
bears are highly nomadic and move unpredictably. But, over the last few generations, the bears’ movement patterns
have been changing.

“Instead of sort of random movements of bears across the Arctic that we found in sort of the more ancient historical
picture, we found directional movement towards the Canadian Archipelago,” Peacock said.


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