Alaska/Pacific Coast

Commercial fishing season slow so far, big chum harvest for drift fleet
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – July 13, 2017
Upper Cook Inlet’s commercial fishing season has been relatively slow so far, but it will likely pick up speed soon.

Yukon River fishermen get first chance to sell kings since 2011
Alaska Dispatch News by Lisa Demer – July 17, 2017
BETHEL — For the first time since 2011, some Yukon River chinook may end up as specials in high-end restaurants.

Where We’ve Been And Where We’re Going With Kuskokwim Tribal Managment
KYUK by Anna Rose MacArthur – July 14, 2017
The third year of fisheries co-management on the Kuskokwim River has been difficult. This summer’s low king salmon run meant some tough decisions for the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission, the group that manages the fishery in conjunction with the federal government. This year’s low run forced the commission to limit drift nets until most of the kings swam by. KYUK sat down with commissioners to discuss this season and their plans for moving ahead.


Russian Salmon Season off to Strong Start; up 30-40% Over 2015
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – July 18, 2017
Reports from the Hokkaido North Pacific Development Association are that Russia’s salmon season is off to a strong start, and the TINRO survey results point to a big run of pink salmon this year.

Russia’s salmon landings in the Far East aggregated about 15,600 tons as of July 3, kicking off a favorable start of the season with a 32% increase over the like period of 2015, the most recent odd-numbered year, according to Sapporo-based North Pacific Development Association.

By species, sockeye totaled about 12,300 tons, centering on Kamchatka, with 1,860 tons of chum, 1,000 tons of pink salmon, and 290 tons of king salmon.

The association also said that the Russian scientific institute made public the results of salmon trawling survey carried out in June on the Pacific side of the Kuril Islands.

The estimated biomass of pink salmon stood at 337 million fish corresponding to 330,000 tons.

This represented a 40% improvement in terms of the number of fish over the result of the survey conducted in 2015.

Based on the survey result, expectation is high toward strong catch along the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk, where the salmon season will enter into full swing shortly.

Labeling and Marketing

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute: Marketing Update
ASMI – July 2017
Alaska Herring Week in Seattle June 19-25,  ASMI Hosts Seafood School in Seward,  ASMI Retail Program Launches Promotion with Costco,  ASMI featured at Gateway ’17 in Detroit, ASMI Hosts Agricultural Trade Delegation from China,  ASMI International attends U.S. Export Development Council Attaché Seminar,  Waba Grill Switches  to Alaska Salmon, Successful Alaska Seafood Promotion Held at Large Mid Atlantic Retailer, Harris Teeter…

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July 18, 2017