Alaska/Pacific Coast

Marine jobs the dominant sector for Kenai Peninsula
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl Morris – July 7, 2016
KENAI — The Kenai Peninsula’s economy depends even more on the ocean and rivers than is apparent on paper.

NOAA allows Oregon to continue killing sea lions that threaten salmon
KATU – July 6, 2016
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries has authorized the states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho to continue killing California sea lions that threaten salmon and steelhead near Bonneville Dam.

Alaska Salmon Season Update: Bristol Bay “On the Cusp”
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker – July 6, 2016
Nearly two months into the salmon season means speculation about final harvest numbers is at a fever pitch. Already more than 21 million salmon have been landed commercially statewide, 12.85 million of those sockeye.

In Bristol Bay, Bert Lewis says “We are on the cusp. In the next few days we’ll know whether the run is late or lower than the pre-season forecast.”

Lewis is the bay-wide management biologst for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. As of yesterday, Bristol Bay’s catch exceeded 7.9 million salmon, mostly sockeye at 7.5 million. The predicted catch for 2015 in that area is 29.5 million sockeye.

“Last year’s run was the latest on record,” Lewis points out. This year’s run, which has a few similarities to last year, could be following the same timing. The main similarity besides the potential timing is the size; with a total run (catch and escapement) forecast of 44.6 million, it’s only ten percent less than last year’s.

For the last three days the Bristol Bay fleet has been delivering a million sockeye a day to processors. Egigik and Nushagak are leading the river districts so far. Sockeye landings as of yesterday in Egigik were 2.2 million; in Nushagak they were 3.1 million. The surge of salmon in the Naknek-Kvichak district hasn’t shown yet; landings there were only 1.68 million compared to a pre-season forecast of 11.7 million sockeye.

While processors are waiting for that surge in Bristol Bay, it’s already happening in Port Moller, where Peter Pan Seafoods has had to put its fleet on catch limits as of yesterday. They’ve landing over a million salmon there so far this year.

The South Alaska Peninsula, however, has posted landings of 4.32 million salmon, 1.4 million sockeye and 2.64 million pink salmon.

To date, Prince William Sound and the Copper River districts have landed 4.6 million salmon, including 1.4 million sockeye. Cook Inlet landings are 339,000 salmon as of yesterday, A-Y-K’s total chum salmon landings are 232,000; and Southeast Alaska to date is 1.22 million salmon, made up of 700,000 chum, 246,000 pinks and a smattering of kings, pinks, and sockeye to date.

Statewide, 12.85 million sockeye, 4.02 milion pinks, and 4 million chum salmon make up the bulk of the 21.065 salmon total.


Global fish trade faces Brexit impact, says UN
Changes in UK exporters’ access to European markets and a weaker pound expected to cast cloud
Financial Times by Emiko Terazono – July 7, 2016
Brexit is likely to cast a shadow over the global trade in fish in 2016, as the fall in the pound depresses the UK’s purchasing power as well as the value of the country’s seafood exports, according to officials at the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation.

UN: Global fish consumption per capita hits record high
BBC News by Mark Kinver – July 7, 2016
Global per capita fish consumption has hit a record high, passing the 20kg per year mark for the first time, United Nations data has shown.

Salmon and Cod Sales Help Norway’s Seafood Exports Climb 25% in Value Through June

SEAFOODNEWS.COM – July 5, 2016
Better prices and demand have Norway’s exported seafood earnings up 25 percent through the first half of the year.

According to data from Norway’s Seafood Export Council, Norwegian seafood exports were valued at about $US5 billion through June this year, about $1 billion more over last year.

Sales growth was noted for both salmon and cod exports to overseas markets. Norwegian salmon shipments were valued at US$3.3 billion through June, a 28 percent increase from last year.  Average prices were up, which offset declines in export volumes.

“Increased demand for salmon globally in combination with reduced export volume from Norway has driven the price upwards. The EU market has kept its share of Norwegian exports, while exports to the US have increased and are now responsible for 6 per cent of the Norwegian salmon exports,” said Paul T. Aandahl, Analyst with the Norwegian Seafood Council.

Meanwhile, fresh and frozen cod exports were up 16 percent and 40 percent through June this year.

“Norway exported cod and haddock worth a combined total of more than NOK 5.8 billion in the first six months of 2016, which is a record for both species. Fresh and frozen products in particular are ramping up, but with good prices in almost all product categories, we’re ending up with the best six months ever for the whole cod category,” said Ørjan Olsen, Analyst with the Norwegian Seafood Council.


Susitna River Hydroelectric Plans On Hold
Fishermen’s News – July 6, 2016
Alaska has put a hold for now on a multi-million dollar hydroelectric project on the salmon rich Susitna River in the Southcentral part of the state, due to a fiscal crisis brought on by the downturn of oil prices globally.

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Observer Coverage Requirements for Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area Trawl Catcher Vessels
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 07/07/2016
NMFS is proposing regulations to modify observer coverage requirements for catcher vessels participating in the trawl limited access fisheries in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). If approved, this proposed rule would allow the owner of a trawl catcher vessel to request, on an annual basis, that NMFS place the vessel in the full observer coverage category for all directed fishing for groundfish using trawl gear in the BSAI in the following calendar year.


So the Race 2 Alaska (R2AK) is over.  Congratulations to Team Pure & Wild for their 6th place finish.  During the R2AK, Team Pure & Wild raised more than $17,675 for SeaShare.  Their SeaShare fundraising efforts continue…..

UPDATE – TEAM PURE & WILD’S JUNE 30, 2013 POST:  When MAD Dog crossed the line first today, they claimed the $10,000 nailed to the tree that Team Pure & Wild hoped to donate to SeaShare. Just as TP&W’s race for the Steak Knives continues, so does their fund raising efforts for SeaShare. It is fitting that just after MAD DOG Racing finished, funds raised for SeaShare passed the $10,000 mark! That is 80,000 seafood meals that can be made available through SeaShare as a result of R2AK and TP&W supporters’ generosity.

MAMA TRIED has sailed a great distance further than the TP&W Proa did last year, but there is still a long way to go this year in order to exceed the $37,000 raised for SeaShare last year. In order to help reach that goal, TP&W sponsor Phoenix Processor Limited Partnership has generously agreed to match the next $5000 donated through the SeaShare R2AK fundraising link at:

Eat More Fish (with R2AK Steak Knives)! Sail fast MAMA TRIED.


Job Posting

Alaska Seafood Cooperative (AKSC) Manager.  Full Job Description is located at the Alaska Seafood Cooperative website.
Location: Seattle, WA
Due Date: Submit cover letter and resume by July 20, 2016.  Position is open until filled.
Summary of Position: The Cooperative Manager is responsible for overall administration of the Alaska Seafood Cooperative.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, ensuring compliance with Amendment 80 regulations; overseeing harvest of cooperative quota; ensuring members have access to critical information; cooperative communications and outreach; overseeing compliance with sustainability certification requirements, and other duties as assigned. The Coop Manager receives a comprehensive and competitive benefits package.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

Ann Owens
Pacific Seafood Processors Association
Office Manager
1900 W Emerson Place Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98119
Phone: 206.281.1667
E-mail:; Website:
Our office days/hours are Monday-Friday
8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

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July 7, 2016