Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaskan Salmon Running in Bristol Bay
SeafoodNews – July 12, 2016
Wild Alaskan sockeye salmon are starting to show up in major watersheds around Bristol Bay.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLesIt7MVoTPqBXJyfHTSKzb09u2ekM5AB&v=Auxz-KGbhHs

Bristol Bay fisherman lands fishery’s 2 billionth salmon
KTUU by Cameron Mackintosh – July 10, 2016
BETHEL, Alaska (KTUU) – A fisherman last week landed the 2 billionth salmon to be caught in Bristol Bay’s 133-year commercial fishing history, according to harvest statistics by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
http://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Bristol-Bay-surpasses-2-billion-salmon-milestone-386216371.html

Bristol Bay’s “Late” Run the New Normal For This Year
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker – July 12, 2016
With over 17 million sockeye landed so far in Bristol Bay, the 2016 season is running close to the timing of the 2015 season.

On July 11, 2015 the cumulative catch in the Bay was 18.78 million sockeye. There was still a lot of fishing ahead, as the total harvest last year was 35.7 million sockeye, but by July 11, 2015 the season was at its half-way point. Another metric is escapement totals on that date, which last year on July 11 was 8.2 million out of a projected total of 22.4 million.

Cumulative escapement so far this year is just over six million sockeye with a projected 15.31 million escapment goal.

This year’s forecasted harvest is 29.52 million sockeye, slightly less than twice what the fleet has landed to date, so if that forecast is realized, the season would be at about the half way point.

Comparing catch levels this year with last, even more similarities are found. Daily Bay-wide catches have been in the million fish-plus range, with Monday’s total exceeding 2.2 million.  On July 11, 2015, a total daily catch of 2.2 million was posted.

This year’s cumulative catches on the Egiegik District is 1.2 million sockeye. Last year’s at this time was 1.2 million.

Naknek-Kvichak so far this year has landed 2.8 million sockeye, a little more than half of the 4.32 million landed this by this day last year. Nushagak’s cumulative totals this year are 1.58 million. Last year on July 11, Nushagak posted 1.9 million catch.

On a district level, escapement goals are being reached in the Egegik, Naknek, and Nushagak River Districts.  Egegik’s cumulative total is 1.2 million fish with a projected range of escapement of 800,000 – 2 million.  Naknek’s total to date is 912,000 sockeye with a projected range identical to Egegik’s. Nushagak river has seen 553,000 salmon escape upriver, where their goal is 370,000-900,000 fish.

The other major districts are not far behind.  Ugashik River has 437,000 escapement with a range forecast at 500,000 – 1.4 million.  The Kvichak River’s escapement to date of 1.9 million fish is just under the lower end forecast of 2 million. Upper end forecast on escapment to the Kvichak is 10 million sockeye.  Wood River’s escapment to date is 883,000 fish, within range of it’s projected 700,000 to 1.8 million.  Igushik is slightly below the goal of 150,000-400,000 with 143,000 to date. And Togiak is low this year as it was last, with only 14,000 escapement to date, with a projected 150,000-270,000.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1025616/Bristol-Bays-Late-Run-the-New-Normal-For-This-Year

National

Kroger Has an Incredibly Ambitious Plan to go Green
Fortune by Michal Addady – July 7, 2016,
By 2020 Supermarket chain Kroger KR -0.34% is making a big commitment to going green.
The retailer has published an outline detailing how it plans to become more sustainable by 2020. That involves increasing responsible sourcing in its supply chain as well as becoming more conscientious in its use and protection of the natural environment.

On the supply chain front, Kroger aims to ensure that 90% of all of its seafood comes from fisheries certified by the Marine Stewardship Council or other programs recognized by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative. Additionally, the store aims to source 100% of its wild-caught seafood from MSC-certified fisheries. Currently, Kroger’s numbers stand at about 59% for total seafood volume and 83% for wild species.
http://fortune.com/2016/07/07/kroger-sustainability-goals/

Labeling and Marketing

Murkowski urges Senate to enforce GE salmon labelling
Fis.com – July 11, 2016
Through the Biotechnology Labeling Solutions Act, the Agriculture Department would be allowed to determine which foods qualify as genetically modified and let companies choose the method of disclosing genetically modified organism (GMO) ingredients to consumers.
http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=85640&ndb=1&df=0

Sustainability

GSSI recognizes the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management Certification Program
July 12, 2016  Rome, Italy
Today the GSSI Steering Board announced its recognition of the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Program for the scope of Fisheries Certification at the 32nd session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries in Rome, Italy.
http://www.alaskaseafood.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Final-Press-release-ASMI-Recognition_071216.pdf

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