Alaska/Pacific Coast

North Pacific Fishery Management Council Sets Intentions Towards New Entrants
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – June 14, 2016
When it comes to trawl bycatch management in the Gulf of Alaska, many members of the fishing industry are concerned about the future for new entrants.

One Advisory Committee to Fishery Management Council Seeks Social Sciences Input
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – June 13, 2016
The Scientific and Statistical Committee advises the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and met last week in Kodiak, at the same time as the Council and the Advisory Panel are also meeting in town.

Bristol Bay Sockeye Prices Expected to Rise
Fishermen’s News – June 15, 2016
A new spring sockeye market analysis says prices should be up somewhat, due to a smaller forecast and improving market conditions for Alaska red salmon producers, relative to last spring.

Report: Temper expectations for sockeye price increase
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – June 15, 2016
The message on prices for Alaska’s sockeye fishermen from Juneau economics firm McDowell Group this season is good, but not great.

State fix on groundfish tax collection still a work in progress
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – June 15, 2016
KODIAK — A fishing tax rate glitch has new data that will increase state revenue in 2016, but the fix still needs work.


Russia Changes its Quota Laws to Require 70% Use on Own Vessels; Industry Expects Bankruptcies
SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by Eugene Gerden  June 16, 2016
New legislative amendments may result in the bankruptcy of 20% of Russian fish producers.

The Russian government has finally approved a package of amendments to the federal law " On Fishing", which may result in a significant change of the balance of powers in the Russian fishing market.

The amendments have prolonged the duration of quotas from 10 to 15 years and involve the allocation of 20% of their volume under investment projects.

In addition, the new amendments have resulted in the increase of the minimal amount of usage of quotas from 50% to 70%. Finally, up to 70% of fish, that will be caught in accordance with the quotas should take place on the own vessels of holders of the quotas.

The latter, according to plans of Rosrybolovstvo, should result in the withdrawal of so-called fish rentiers from the market, and in particular those companies, which transfer their right to catch to third parties.

In the meantime, the latest amendments have already been criticized by the Russian leading fish producers.

According to Alexander Fomin, President of the Russian Association of Fishery Enterprises, Entrepreneurs and Exporters, the removal of 20% quota for investment purposes (ie leasing), will curtail capital investment, among which are such projects as the purchase of new vessels from the Russian shipyards, the establishment of processing plants etc. He says this would lead to “significant imbalance of production capacities and resource base in the Russian fish market.”

According to the Association, currently more than 1000 enterprises are involved in fish catch in Russia. Of them, about 80% of the overall catch accounts for 170 large companies, while the remaining for small and medium-sized companies.

According to Fomin, the removal of 20% quota for the implementation of investment projects through generating money by leasing will negatively affect resource security of small and medium- sized fish enterprises, that may result in their bankruptcy.

Practically the same position is shared by German Zverev, head of the Russian Pollock Association, according to which, much will depend on the quota allocation mechanism, that will be applied and which has not been mentioned in the bill. Zverev said that the mechanism should be maximally transparent, which should help to avoid any violations of rights of Russian fish enterprises.

It is planned that the new amendments will be approved by the Russian State Duma already during the next several weeks.

Labeling and Marketing

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Marketing Update
ASMI – June 2016
New Alaska Seafood Website, ASMI International Program Expands to
26 Countries, Public Comment Period for the RFM Certification Fishery Standard Version 2.0, Alaska Herring Development Project

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Chinook Salmon Bycatch Management in the Gulf of Alaska Trawl Fisheries; Amendment 103
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 06/16/2016
NMFS proposes regulations to implement Amendment 103 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP). If approved, Amendment 103 and this proposed rule would allow NMFS to reapportion unused Chinook salmon prohibited species catch (PSC) within and among specific trawl sectors in the Central and Western Gulf of Alaska (GOA), based on specific criteria and within specified limits. This proposed rule would not increase the current combined annual PSC limit of 32,500 Chinook salmon that applies to Central and Western GOA trawl sectors under the FMP. This proposed rule would provide for more flexible management of GOA trawl Chinook salmon PSC, increase the likelihood that groundfish resources are more fully harvested, reduce the potential for fishery closures, and maintain the overall Chinook salmon PSC limits in the Central and Western GOA. Amendment 103 is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the FMP, and other applicable laws.

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June 16, 2016