Alaska/Pacific Coast

Stikine sockeye run is the best return in a decade
KFSK by Angela Denning – July 28, 2016
The sockeye salmon run returning to the Stikine River near Petersburg and Wrangell was predicted to be good, but it’s turning out to be even better than expected.

The Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Jay Barrett – July 28, 2016
This week, two crews are safe after their fishing vessels meet their fate in the past week, we have king salmon news from the upper Yukon and chum salmon news from the lower river, and more, coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. Thanks to KMXT’s Kayla Desroches for sitting in while I was away for a few weeks. We had help with this edition from KUCB’s Laura Kraegel in Unalaska, KUAC’s Dan Bross in Fairbanks, KYUK’s Anna Rose MacArthur in Bethel and KRBD’s Leila Kheiry in Ketchikan.

Wild Alaska Salmon Harvest Tops 74 Million Fish
Fishermen’s News – July 27, 2016
Commercial salmon harvests in Alaska rose by nearly 11 million fish over the past week, as deliveries to processors reached a total of 49 million sockeyes, 15 million humpies, 8.9 million chums, 957,000 silvers and 313,000 Chinooks.

News Release: NOAA reopens comment on proposed Gulf of Alaska fisheries management program EIS
NOAA by Julie Speegle – July 27, 2016
NOAA Fisheries, in coordination with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, is announcing its intent to expand the scope of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a new bycatch management program for Gulf of Alaska trawl groundfish fisheries.


Russia and China Sign Agreement on Controlling IUU Crab Sales to Chinese Market
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden – July 28, 2016
Russia and China have signed an agreement on the supplies of Russian crab to the Chinese market, according to recent statements of Alexander Dyaplyakov, President of the Association of Crab Producers of the Far East.

According to Dyaplyakov, this is a historical agreement, signed between the two countries in the field of crab business, as, to date, exports of Russian crab to China have taken place mostly illegally.

So far, the Russian Rosrybolovstvo has started talks with the Chinese government and has completed a list of companies, that will be able to export crabs to China.

It is planned that signing of an agreement will help to solve a problem of crab poaching, taking into that in recent years, China has become one of the major destinations for the illegal crab supplies from Russia.  Russians say the majority of the illegal crab coming into China is re-exported to Western Countries

Currently the majority of illegal crab imports from Russia to China are supplied through the Northern Korea, despite the fact that Russia has an agreement with the  North Korean government to fight illegal crab supplies.

Last year China officially imported about 3,000 tons of Russian crab, however there is a possibility that signing of an agreement will allow to increase these figures by several times and also reduce illegal supplies.

At the same time, according to Dyaplyakov, in addition to signing of an agreement with China, Russia plans to continue talks with the Asia Pacific states, regarding with the establishment of the  Coordination Centre for combating illegal fishing in the Asia Pacific region and it is planned that an agreement might be signed at the beginning of 2017.

Last year became the record year in terms of crab production in Russia for the last 15 years. In 2015 49987 tons of various kinds of crab were produced in Russia, the majority of which were exported to abroad.


Warm water Blob survives as El Niño dies
KTOO by Matt Miller – July 28, 2016
t’s being called a marine heat wave. The combination of the strongest El Niño in recent history and the warm water anomaly known as the Blob generated the greatest amount of warm ocean water that has ever been recorded, possibly affecting marine life up and down the West Coast.

Labeling and Marketing

NFI’s Salmon Council Launches Grilling Challenge to Spur Summer Season Consumption
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – July 28, 2016
The National Fisheries Institute Salmon Council has once again partnered with some well known food bloggers and with major seasoning company McCormick to promote salmon for the summer.

According to the NFI the campaign will challenge bloggers from This Week for Dinner and Julie’s Eats & Treats to use McCormick’s Grill Mates seasonings to create grilled salmon dishes.

“We want to encourage consumers to think outside the box when it comes to salmon preparation, and the expertise of the bloggers paired with delicious salmon and McCormick’s unique seasonings helped us accomplish that goal,” said Judy Dashiell, Senior Vice President with NFI.

This is the latest campaign held by the NFI’s Salmon Council to help boost domestic salmon sales and consumption this year. In February the Council took advantage of Heart Healthy month to spur more consumption based on salmon’s high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids.

At-home cooks, restaurant chefs and grill masters nationwide know salmon is as versatile as it is delicious and nutritious,” said Dashiell. “By partnering with a household brand like McCormick and incorporating online influencers, we have the opportunity to inspire consumers with new flavor ideas for salmon dishes that are guaranteed to be a hit.


Becoming Alaskan through fish and Art
The Northern Light by Victoria Petersen – July 26, 2016
Moving here in 1983 after finishing art school, Ray Troll became completely immersed in the Alaska fish culture. The fish, and ultimately the salmon, infiltrated Troll’s art as he was surrounded by them in his new Alaskan home. He’s been producing fish inspired art ever since.

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July 29, 2016