Alaska/Pacific Coast

Chum salmon dominate the start of commercial gillnet season in the Northern Lynn Canal
KHNS by Abbey Collins – July 10, 2017
Gillnetters in District 15, the waters between Juneau and Skagway, hauled in an estimated 470,000 chum over four days last week. That’s more than 3,000 fish per boat.

Where are Koliganek’s king salmon?
Red salmon hit subsistence nets hard in Koliganek this summer, but so far they are pulling in very few king salmon.
KDLG by Avery Lill – July 11, 2017
More than two and a half million sockeye have returned to spawn in the Nushagak River this year, one of the highest counts on record. They have filled pools and creeks, jumping and swimming their way to their spawning grounds.


EPA moves to cancel proposed restrictions at Pebble prospect
Alaska Dispatch News by Alex DeMarban – July 11, 2017
As commercial fishermen in Bristol Bay were busy landing salmon, the Trump administration on Tuesday moved to cancel the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2014 action that would have blocked development at the Pebble gold and copper prospect in Southwest Alaska.

Labeling and Marketing

AFDF Announces the 25th Alaska Symphony of Seafood With a New Timeline for 2018
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – July 12, 2017
WRANGELL, Alaska — The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) 25th annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood will have a whole new timeline in 2018, responding in part to industry’s requests.

The Alaska Symphony of Seafood is a competition for new value-added products made from Alaska seafood. The overall goal is to inspire innovative ways to fully utilize and increase the value of Alaska’s seafood. Product categories are: Retail, Foodservice, Beyond the Plate and Beyond the Egg.

The timeline of the competition will provide more lead time and allow winning products to also be included in national and international competitions, giving winners additional exposure and value.

The Call for Product will be released in mid-August, 2017. Entry forms and fees will be due by October 6, 2017.

All information will be available at AFDF’s website: .

Judging and open house events will be held in Seattle on the week of November 13, 2017, and in Juneau in mid- February, 2018. Winners will have an opportunity to display their winning products at the Seafood Expo North American (SENA) in Boston March 11-13, 2018.

New this year, the winners will also be entered into SENA’s Seafood Excellence Awards (SEA).

Since 2017 is a special 25th anniversary of the Symphony, AFDF will be collaborating with Diversified Communications to hold a unique sponsorship at the Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle on November 16-19, 2017. The activities will include a special “Hall of Fame” displaying 25 years of winning products, a panel presentation about the importance of product development for the seafood industry, announcement of the Seattle People’s Choice, as well as other promotional activities.

Product entries are individually evaluated in each category by a panel of expert judges during a private judging session. Evaluations are based on the product’s packaging and presentation, overall eating experience, price and potential for commercial success. First, second and third place winners from each category are crowned, as well as an overall grand prize, Seattle People’s Choice and Juneau People’s Choice.

AFDF depends upon sponsorships to fund this event each year. AFDF would like to recognize and thank our major sponsors from last year: Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Alaska Air Cargo, Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association, At-sea Processors Association, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation, Alaskan Brewing Company, Marel, Northwest Fisheries Association, Kwik’Pak Fisheries LLC, Trident Seafoods, UniSea and United Fishermen of Alaska.

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska; Stock Assessment of Eastern Bering Sea Tanner Crab; Center for Independent Experts Peer Review Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 07/11/2017
NMFS has requested the Center for Independent Experts (CIE) to conduct a peer review of the agency’s stock assessment of eastern Bering Sea Tanner crab (Chionoecetes bairdi). The CIE is a group affiliated with the University of Miami that provides independent peer reviews of NMFS science nationwide, including reviews of stock assessments for fish, shellfish and marine mammals.


Farming Alaska’s seas
Alaska Dispatch News by Bethany Goodrich – July 9, 2017
COSMOS COVE — It’s 4:30 a.m. and the wake-up alarm screams. There is no escape. There’s barely enough room to roll over. Lia Heifetz, Matthew Kern and Clayton Hamilton stumble to their feet in the dank belly of the F/V Dial West. Time to go kelping.

U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program; Public Meetings on Implementation (NOAA)
Pacific Fishery Management Council – July 2017
NMFS will hold public meetings in the U.S. and abroad beginning July 2017. The intent of the meetings is to discuss implementation of the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program. All meetings are free of charge
and open to the public.

Ann Owens
Pacific Seafood Processors Association
Office Manager
1900 W Emerson Place Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98119
Phone: 206.281.1667
E-mail:; Website:
Our office days/hours are Monday-Friday
8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

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July 12, 2017