Alaska/Pacific Coast

Prince William Sound nears last year’s total pink harvest
After a historically dismal year for pinks, both in the sound and statewide, this year’s run seems to be shaping up to meet expectations, and even on an odd year will soon surpass last year’s total catch.
KDLG by Nicholas Ciolino – July 21, 2017
Last year was not a good year to be fishing for Alaskan pink salmon. The run was so pitiful, in fact, it was designated a natural disaster by the federal government, though the fisheries may not receive relief funding.
http://kdlg.org/post/prince-william-sound-nears-last-years-total-pink-harvest#stream/0

Herring return, much to delight of fishermen
Bristol Bay Times by Jim Paulin – July 21, 2017
The herring have returned at a convenient time, after what seemed like a biomass boycott last year.
http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1729herring_return_much_to_delight_of_fishermen

Catch rates higher than expected in first Southeast summer king troll opening
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki – July 20, 2017
Southeast Alaska’s commercial salmon troll fleet had higher than expected catch rates of king salmon during the first summer opening at the start of the month.
http://www.ktoo.org/2017/07/20/catch-rates-higher-expected-first-southeast-summer-king-troll-opening/

Epic seasaon for Bristol Bay sockeye salmon
Seafood Source by Cliff White – July 21, 2017
Fishermen and processors in Bristol Bay, Alaska are celebrating one of the largest sockeye salmon runs ever recorded, with more than 35 million fish harvested and a total run estimated at 51 million salmon.
https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/epic-seasaon-for-bristol-bay-sockeye-salmon

Final season thoughts from BBRSDA board member
With the end of a season comes reflection, anticipation of prices and prep for next year. Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board member Larry Christensen offered thoughts while he was tied up for some quick repairs last week.
KDLG by Caitlin Tan – July 21, 2017
Docked up at Silver Bay is Larry Christensen and his crew on the Lyra. They are fixing a head gasket, but will be out on the water again soon enough. This record breaking season has served Christensen well, but he said the limits have been a damper.
http://kdlg.org/post/final-season-thoughts-bbrsda-board-member

Politics

Bill rider holds GE salmon at bay
Alaska Public Media by Liz Ruskin – July 21, 2017
Federal regulators have already approved a genetically engineered salmon for human consumption. One reason it’s not for sale in the U.S.: A few short paragraphs that have hitched a ride on a congressional spending bill.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2017/07/21/bill-rider-holds-ge-salmon-at-bay/

International

Russian Fish Co. to Expand Sales of Single Frozen Pollock to Domestic Market, Citing Weakness in EU
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden  July 24, 2017
Russian Fishery Company to become largest producer of pollock fillets in Russia
Russian Fishery Company – RFC (former Russkoe More), one of Russia’s leading fish producers is beginning massive production of fish products under the Nordeco brand.

According to the company’s plans, RFC should become one of the largest suppliers of fish products that will be mostly manufactured from pollock on the domestic market.

A spokesman of RFC said that the company wants to produce fish products that will be processed and frozen on board immediately after the catch. It is reported that future production will be positioned for middle-priced and premium segments of the market.

According to RFC, currently the company sells all the products to wholesale buyers and processors.

Sources close to RFC said that the company will probably focus on the production of pollock fillets, that will be manufactured in packages. German Zverev, head of the Russian Pollock Association said that in the first five months of 2017 the production of pollock fillets in Russia fell by approximately 1.4%, to 34,800 tonnes on year-on-year basis.

In the case of RFC, planned production volumes are not disclosed, however, according to some sources, they may reach 25,000 tonnes already next year.

Zverev has also added that the main reason of such decline became the recent change of situation in the European market, where since 2012, prices for pollock fillets have fallen from US$3,000 to $ 2.450 per tonne, as well as a drop in retail sales of these products.

A spokesman of RFC said that the company plans to show its customers an advantage of packaged fish frozen immediately after the catch, compared with cheaper twice-frozen products.

This year RFC plans to increase production up to 303,700 tonnes, of which 226,300 tonnes will be pollock and 65,500 tonnes of herring. In May this year RFC purchased quotas for the production of 2.400 tonnes of crab in the Far Eastern basin, paying more than 10 billion rubles (US$180 million).
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1069626/Russian-Fish-Co-to-Expand-Sales-of-Single-Frozen-Pollock-to-Domestic-Market-Citing-Weakness-in-EU

FYI’s

Tracing a magnificent (and tasty) king salmon to its Alaska origins
The New York Times by Sam Sifton – July 23, 2017
There was a big fillet of king salmon on my cutting board, a shimmering, deep orange, magnificent in its heft. It resembled the farmed salmon you see at the supermarket all year in the same way a perfect, just-picked peach from the orchard resembles the one in syrup you’re served on an airplane. It glistened with hard-earned fat, a product of thousands of miles of migration and eating, from birth in the snow-fed headwaters of Alaska rivers to a life lived in the sea beneath.
https://www.adn.com/alaska-life/food-drink/2017/07/22/tracing-a-magnificent-and-tasty-king-salmon-to-its-alaska-origins/#8709

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July 24, 2017