Alaska/Pacific Coast

Pollock ‘B’ Season Opens With 1% Quota Increase
KUCB by Laura Kraegel – June 11, 2018
Bering Sea fishermen are now trawling for one of Alaska’s most profitable catches.
http://kucb.org/post/pollock-b-season-opens-1-quota-increase

Popular fishery comes with a warning
Cordova Times – June 11, 2018
An advisory note from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game reminds participants in the popular Prince William Sound shrimp fishery to be alert to dangers of possible paralytic shellfish poisoning or PSP.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2018/06/11/popular-fishery-comes-with-a-warning/

Politics
Naknek governor’s debate tests rural knowledge

KTVA by Rhonda McBride – June 11, 2018
In most statewide candidate debates, the focus is rarely on rural issues. Candidates get asked one, maybe two questions at the most that are important to rural Alaskans. Urban issues normally dominate debates.
http://www.ktva.com/story/38400893/naknek-governors-debate-tests-rural-knowledge

International

RFC to Get 170,000 ton Investment Quota; Plans Six New Surimi, Pollock Block Trawlers
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – June 8 2018
The Russian Fishery Company (RFC) announced it will receive 170,000 tons of pollock and herring quota under the terms of the Russian investment quota program.

The program supports the construction of fishing vessels and fish processing facilities by awarding the investors with significant quota.

RFC and the Federal Agency for Fishery recently signed the agreements on securing and providing the Company with more than 170,000 tons of Pollock and Herring quota once six trawlers-processors and on-shore fish processing factory are commissioned.

The large-capacity trawler-processors, which RFC is building, are designed for more than 50 thousand tonnes of annual catch. Each vessel will be equipped with a modern factory for processing of all the catch into high value-added products, primarily Pollock fillet and Surimi. RFC will invest about $600 million into six state of art super-trawlers construction. Commissioning of the vessels is scheduled for the period from 2021 to 2023.

“The construction of modern large-capacity trawler-processors and coastal processing facilities allows us to process up to 100% of the catch into high value-added products, – said Andrey Teterkin, CEO of Russian Fishery Company.

“We are planning to apply for an investment quota for two more large-capacity trawler-processors, for which the Company has an option, once the Federal Agency for Fishery announce the second action for rest of the Far East “investment quota” allocation”.

RFC in partnership with ‘DV Invest’ is also constructing a Russian Pollock processing factory with the daily output of more than 100 tons of high value-added products. The factory will be equipped with modern high-tech equipment and will allow to produce a variety of high-quality fish products. Total investment into the project is estimated at $15 mln. The Company plans to put the shore-based factory into operation no later than 2020.
https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1106212/RFC-to-Get-170000-ton-Investment-Quota-Plans-Six-New-Surimi-Pollock-Block-Trawlers

Environment/Science

Fisheries Observer Service AIS, Inc. Awarded $50 Million Contract by NOAA NEFSC
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – June 12, 2018
On Monday NOAA Fisheries’ Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) announced that AIS, Inc. has been awarded a 5-year, $50 million contract to provide fisheries observers for federal monitoring programs in the Northeast.

AIS, Inc. is a nationwide company based out of Marion, Massachusetts, that provides accurate marine biological data. The data, which is collected along the U.S. East Coast and in Alaska, is used by scientists and industry members to manage fisheries and marine environments. NOAA’s contract with AIS, Inc. will cover fisheries from Maine to North Carolina.

AIS, Inc.’s fisheries observers will work aboard commercial fishing vessels during fishing trips and collect information on catch, biological data, gear, and fishing operations. According to NOAA ,the data will be used by researchers and fishery managers to “better understand the condition of fishery stocks, fishing businesses and fishing operations.

Photo: Unusual yellow sea raven photographed by a Northeast fishery observer while sampling catch aboard a commercial fishing vessel (NOAA Fisheries/ NEFSC/ NEFOP)
https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1106478/Fisheries-Observer-Service-AIS-Inc-Awarded-50-Million-Contract-by-NOAA-NEFSC

FYI’s

Businesses get a win on head tax, but solution to Seattle homelessness crisis still elusive
With Seattle’s head tax apparently dead, businesses that opposed it signaled a desire to re-engage in search of solutions to the worsening homelessness crisis. Advocates for homeless people say more funding is needed to address the issue.
Seattle Times by Vianna Davila and Benjamin Romano – June 11, 2018
The Seattle City Council’s apparent reversal of the $275-per-employee head tax would deliver a major victory to businesses whose political influence has waned in recent years, while blind-siding homelessness services providers by wiping away their biggest achievement.
https://www.seattletimes.com/business/businesses-get-a-win-on-head-tax-but-solution-to-seattle-homelessness-crisis-still-elusive/

ASMI China Inbound Trade Mission, Kodiak + Seattle – July 8-13, 2018
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute – June 2018
ASMI is pleased to welcome a delegation of seafood buyers and media from China to Alaska and Seattle, July 8-13, 2018. The nine participants from Qingdao, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou will gain first-hand knowledge of the wild, natural and sustainable attributes of Alaska seafood and meet with industry during their visits to Anchorage, Kodiak and Seattle.
https://www.alaskaseafood.org/asmi-china-inbound-trade-mission-2018/

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June 12, 2018