Alaska/Pacific Coast

Effort continues to replace humans with cameras on fishing boats
Alaska Journal of Commerce by Molly Dischner – January 6, 2017
Several years into the controversial effort to bolster Alaska’s fisheries observer program, a top federal fisheries official defended the work at a Seattle gathering of fishermen.

The Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Jay Barrett – January 5, 2017
Coming up on this first show of the new year, what could widespread record warmth in 2016 mean for Alaska’s fisheries in 2017 – and beyond? Would you bet a salmon on a Husky? And, can the guy who makes your rain slicker make a better rubber boot? All that and more, coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KDLG’s Dave Bendinger in Dillingham and KMXT’s Kayla Desroches in Kodiak.

A slow year for dipnetters: Fish harvest on the Kenai, Kasilof rivers down slightly in 2016
Alaska Dispatch News by Suzanna Caldwell – January 8, 2016
According to data from last year’s Kenai River sockeye run, the fishing was steady. More than enough fish made it up the river to spawn and commercial fishermen were slightly over their 10-year average harvest. But for dipnetters?

Alaska Expects 7,500 Job Losses in 2017
Southeast Alaska forecasted to lose about 600 jobs
SitNews – January 06, 2017
Ketchikan, Alaska – In 2016, job losses spread through nearly all sectors of Alaska’s economy, and a more broad-based decline is forecasted statewide for 2017. According to Heidi Drygas, Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Labor, “It has been a long time since Alaskans were confronted with such a challeng- ing economic landscape. In fact, our economy is shrinking faster than at any time since the 1980s. We lost 6,800 jobs last year.”


NOAA plans to open federal waters in Pacific to fish farming
The Associated Press by Caleb Jones – January 6, 2017
HONOLULU, Hawaii – As traditional commercial fishing is threatening fish populations worldwide, U.S. officials are working on a plan to expand fish farming into federal waters around the Pacific Ocean.


Scientists say the global ocean circulation may be more vulnerable to shutdown than we thought
Washington Post by Chelsea Harvey – January 4, 2017
Intense future climate change could have a far different impact on the world than current models predict, suggests a thought-provoking new study just out in the journal Science Advances. If atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations were to double in the future, it finds, a major ocean current — one that helps regulate climate and weather patterns all over the world — could collapse. And that could paint a very different picture of the future than what we’ve assumed so far.

Labeling and Marketing

Seafood Market Bulletin
ASMI – January 2017
McDowell Group, an ASMI contractor, has produced new market bulletins about crab, halibut, black cod, pollock, cod, and other whitefish species. Find out about supply expectations, key factors impacting demand, and much more by clicking on the reports below.

3MMI – Pacific Cod Fishery Now Underway, This is the Market Info You Need to Know
TradexFoods –  January 9, 2017
3-Minute Market Insight:
The GOA TAC for Pacific Cod i just over 62,000MT, last minute urgent demand for FAS Pacific Cod has left processors paying 20% premiums, first offloads of the season appear to be suitable for all main fillet sizes for the finished good market, supply is steady before Chinese New Year as orders are pre-booked

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January 9, 2017