Here’s how a planeload of salmon gets from Cook Inlet to customers in Anchorage
Alaska’s Energy Desk by Nathaniel Herz – July 17, 2018
It was a tough start to Alaska’s fishing season this year. The famed Copper River red run was a bust, and the state harshly restricted king salmon fishing in the Mat-Su and in Southeast Alaska.
Alaska Commercial Salmon Harvests Near 50 Million Fish
Fishermen’s News – July 18, 2018
Commercial fish harvesters delivered nearly 50 million salmon to processors through July 17, including an estimated 36 million sockeyes, more than eight million chums, in excess of five million humpies, 261,000 silvers and 158,000 Chinooks. Harvest figures are compiled daily by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Board of Fish denies petition to block larger Solomon Gulch Hatchery egg-take
KBBI by Aaron Bolton – July 17, 2018
After some back and forth during an Alaska Board of Fisheries emergency meeting Tuesday, a Prince William Sound pink salmon hatchery will be allowed to move forward with its plans to increase its production by 20 million eggs this summer.
Military Says Planning Has Begun for Northern Edge 2019 War Games
Fishermen’s News – July 18, 2018
With less than a year to go before the scheduled Exercise Northern Edge 2019 war games in Alaska, military officials confirmed they are planning to host the event in May, but so far declined to confirm exact dates.
Sea to Table Says AP’s Fraud Story Was Misleading
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – July 18, 2018
In June the Associated Press published an article exposing Sea to Table – a national distributor that guarantees that the products they are selling are wild-caught, sustainable and directly traceable to a U.S. dock – as a fraud. Now, Sea to Table is speaking out and saying that the AP’s story was “misleading.”
“The AP’s reporting has damaged years of effort and takes away from the U.S. fishermen and coastal businesses that desperately need and deserve our collective support,” Sean Dimin, founder of Sea to Table, said in a press release. “It’s a very unfortunate case of killing the good because everything is not perfect.”
Dimin says that he started Sea to Table with his father to bring transparency into the “highly complex world of seafood logistics.” Dimin claims that Sea to Table works with over 50 coastal businesses and only distributes domestically-caught seafood processed in the U.S. However, DNA testing conducted by the AP suggested that some yellowfin tuna sold by Sea to Table actually came from “the other side of the world.” Further investigating by AP traced Sea to Table’s supply chain to “migrant fishermen in foreign waters who described labor abuses, poaching and the slaughter of sharks, whales and dolphins.” In addition, some species being offered by the distributor were reportedly found to be illegal to catch, out of season, or farmed.
In a press release issued on Tuesday, Dimin said that the testing that the AP based their story on was only preliminary. However, he also admitted that Sea to Table has experienced some “growing pains.” It’s not clear what these “growing pains” are, but Dimin claims that the company is still committed to their goal of delivering traceable, wild seafood.
“Sea to Table and its processes are not yet perfect but we stand committed to driving positive change,” Dimin added. “We are improving every day, but please put the AP’s reporting in context. Our job is not to fixate on the AP’s motives, rather it is to accept scrutiny and to continue working to bring the best, most sustainable, ethically-harvested and traceable seafood to American consumers.”
With that said, the AP story has taken a toll on Sea to Table’s customer base, with many no longer working with the company. U.S. Senator Edward Markey has also called for federal agencies to launch an investigation into where the seafood distributor actually gets its fish.
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