Alaska/Pacific Coast

Pacific Halibut and Sablefish Landings on Track
SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Peggy Parker – July 21, 2016
Halibut landings in Alaska through July 21 totaled 10.6 million pounds, about 60% of Alaska’s catch limit of 18.2 million pounds.

In British Columbia, year to date halibut landings are 2.9 million pounds out of a total catch limit of 6.1 million, or about 45% of the annual quota.

Homer, AK is so far the port with the most commercial halibut deliveries to date — 1.65 million pounds were landed there as of yesterday.  Kodiak is not far behind, with 1.59 million pounds, followed by Seward with 1.4 million pounds. Last year, Kodiak bested Homer with 2.8 million pounds delivered, compared to Homer’s 2.6 million. Yakutat and Cordova round out the top five Alaskan ports receiving Pacific halibut deliveries.

Sablefish or black cod landings in Alaska have reached 11.7 million pounds as of July 21, or 57% of the annual catch limit of 20.3 million available.

British Columbia longliners have caught 1.4 million pounds of sablefish, about 40% of their annual limit of 3.5 million pounds.

Total Pacific halibut catch limits for 2016 are 24.34 million pounds, which include waters off of Washington, Oregon, and California as well as Alaska and western Canada.

2016: The year Bristol Bay landed its 2,000,000,000th salmon
KDLG by Dave Bendinger – July 21, 2016
When the commercial fleet caught the 10,033,455 salmon this season on July 6, it marked the two billionth fish harvested since 1884. Who gets credit? Everybody, of course.

Wrangell’s water shortage causes borough to declare local disaster
KSTK News by Aaron Bolton – July 20, 2016
Wrangell is in a water crisis. Between two fish processors and the public, demand is exceeding the water treatment system’s ability to produce clean water. The assembly and borough manager declared a local emergency disaster Tuesday and are asking the public to cut water consumption 30 to 50 percent.

Upper Cook Inlet commercial fishermen near 2M salmon harvest
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – July 21, 2016
Salmon are rolling into Upper Cook Inlet’s commercial fishery.
The drift fleet and setnetters in Cook Inlet have been out frequently in the past two weeks and were out for extended hours Thursday. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game also opened the drift gillnet fishery in the Expanded Kenai and Expanded Kasilof Sections of the Upper Subdistrict and the Anchor Point Section of the Lower Subdistrict for an additional 12-hour period on Friday to increase harvest on the sockeye salmon bound for the Kenai and Kasilof rivers, according to an emergency order issued Thursday.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report
KDLG by Molly Dischner – July 20, 2016
The Bristol Bay total run through Tuesday — 44.4 million. Will Wednesday be the day we hit Fish and Game’s forecast? While we wait to find out, we fast-forward to the plan for pinks and silvers, and take a trip back in time to the APA cannery in South Naknek.


MSC intends to assure labour practices are met  – July 20, 2016
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) announced its intention to consult stakeholders on a number of options aimed at providing the market with greater assurance that MSC certified fisheries and supply chain companies meet internationally accepted norms for labour practices.

U.S., EU, Japan Biggest Importers of Vietnam Seafood in First Half of Year
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Vietnam News Brief Service] – July 22, 2016
The U.S., the EU and Japan were leading importers of Vietnam-sourced seafood in the first half of this year, with respective market shares of 20.6%, 17.8% and 14.3%, said the General Department of Vietnam Customs.

In January-June, the U.S. imported $636 million worth of seafood products from Vietnam, up 11% while the 28-nation bloc purchased $550 million of Vietnamese seafood, up 2.2% on year.

Japan was ranked the third, buying $442 million worth of seafood products from the Southeast Asian nation, down 2.1% on year.

In the first half, Vietnam raked in $3.08 billion from seafood export, up 4.4% on year, the custom said.


Global Warming Expedition Stopped In Its Tracks By Arctic Sea Ice
Daily Caller by Craig Boudreau – July 20, 2016
A group of adventurers, sailors, pilots and climate scientists that recently started a journey around the North Pole in an effort to show the lack of ice, has been blocked from further travels by ice.


Labeling and Marketing

The Economic Benefits of Ecolabels for Fisheries: A Complex Story
Fish Site – July 21, 2016
UK – Created to tackle issues surrounding overexploitation and ocean habitat degradation, ecolabels are designed to offer market-based incentives to encourage sustainable fisheries. The premise is simple; environmentally conscientious consumers not only want seafood products that have been sourced from well-managed, ecologically sustainable fisheries, but are willing to pay a premium.


Salmon Tales
What to Cook
New York Times by Sam Sifton July 18, 2016
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Salmonfest Celebration August 5-7
Fishermen’s News – July 20, 2016
Salmonfest, a celebration of the connection of Alaskans to salmon and its habitat, is back at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds at Ninilchik for three days of fish, love and music August 5-7.

A closer look at the ship bringing high-speed internet to Western Alaska
KUCB by Laura Kraegel – July 21, 2016
Western Alaska just got one step closer to high-speed internet.
The Ile de Brehat docked in Dutch Harbor. (Photo by Laura Kraegel, KUCB – Unlaska)

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July 22, 2016