Alaska/Pacific Coast

First Port Moeller Report Suggests Bristol Bay Sockeye Run Timing Normal, Close to Forecasts
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton – June 16, 2017
The first interpretive report issued from the Port Moeller Test fishery, released yesterday,  suggests that the forecast 41 million sockeye run for the Bay is on track.  The report said “the 2017 run has not strayed too far from recent historical trends and appears to be on track.”

It is too early at this stage to release stock composition or run size estimates, but early indications are that the current surge of fish is destined for Egegik, the river system with the highest volume forecast for this year.

The report shows that the 2017 run timing is earlier than years when the run has been late, and is later than years when the run has been early.  This suggests a run timing right around the long term average.

The Bristol Bay Economic Development Corp. is stepping up its science activities, with more support for the non-profit Bristol Bay Science and Research Institute, which is a subsidiary of BBEDC.  This is the group that manages the Port Moeller Test Fishery.

BBEDC says the Port Moller Test Fishery (PMTF) is conducted each year to help processors, fishermen, and fishery managers assess the timing, composition, and abundance of sockeye salmon returning to commercial fishing districts in Bristol Bay. The PMTF is approximately 150 to 200 miles southwest of the different Bristol Bay fishing districts; sockeye salmon typically take 6 to 9 days to travel this distance.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1065300/First-Port-Moeller-Report-Suggests-Bristol-Bay-Sockeye-Run-Timing-Normal-Close-to-Forecasts

Fish and Game to run cost-recovery harvest to fund Anchor Point test fishery
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – June 13, 2017
With the loss of state funding, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is back to running a cost-recovery harvest on sockeye salmon to fund an important fishery research project.
http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/local/2017-06-13/fish-and-game-run-cost-recovery-harvest-fund-anchor-point-test-fishery

Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – June 15, 2017
On this week’s Alaska Fisheries Report, a scientific study claims that the1989 Exxon-Valdez oil spill had less of an impact on the declines in salmon and herring numbers than previously thought.
http://kmxt.org/2017/06/alaska-fisheries-report-june-15-2017/

King salmon fishing opens, 2 months too late for some
After record-low forecasts shutter spring sport fisheries, charter fishermen, license sales suffer
Juneau Empire by Kevin Gullufsen – June 15, 2017
Docked for two months by an emergency order, it’s been a painful early season for charter and sport fishermen around Southeast Alaska.
http://juneauempire.com/news/2017-06-14/king-salmon-fishing-opens-2-months-too-late-some

As new districts open, harvest nears 2 million fish
Total pink salmon run forecast for PWS is 67.13 M fish
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – June 15, 2017
A preliminary state count of commercially caught wild salmon indicates the statewide harvest will top 2 million fish this week, including upwards of 573,000 caught in Prince William Sound.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/06/15/new-districts-open-harvest-nears-2-million-fish/

Labeling and Marketing

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Marketing Update
June 2017
Executive Director and International Director Featured Speakers at Intrafish “Women in Seafood”, Seaweb Seafood Summit Platinum Sponsor, ASMI Sustainability Director Speaks at Seattle Seaweb Summit, Kodiak Seagrant/ASMI Internships, Notices of Stakeholder Registration for RFM-Reassessment Updated to Industry Website, Indonesia Re-Processing Project, ASMI Hosts Delegation of European Union Buyers  …
http://mailchi.mp/alaskaseafood/alaska-seafood-marketing-update-asmi-leaders-speak-at-women-in-seafood

FYI’s

Team Pure & Wild just won the Race to Alaska!
We are so excited to share that “our” team, Team Pure & Wild, just won the Race to Alaska from Port Townsend, Washington to Ketchikan, Alaska. It took them only five days to sail, with no engine, and in (some) light winds, 750 miles.

We are so happy for Tripp, Chris, and Trevor Burd for this win, and for a fantastic nail-biter of a finish!

We still need to raise $1,250 to unlock $10,000 in match funding from Phoenix Processor Limited Partnership and Premier Pacific Seafoods! Will you help us cross the finish line? Donate here and show your support for Team Pure & Wild while helping us bring more seafood to food banks. Eat more fish!

NOAA Fisheries Appoints Dr. Cisco Werner as the New Director of Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor

NOAA – June 12, 2017
Today, NOAA announced the appointment of Cisco Werner, Ph.D. as the new Director of Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor. As Director, Dr. Werner will continue the work of planning, developing, and managing a multidisciplinary scientific enterprise of basic and applied research on the living marine resources.  He will assume his new role on June 12, 2017.
http://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/stories/2017/06/12_cisco_werner_appointment.html

Unalaska Fisheries Class Prepares Kids And Coho For Success
KUCB by Berett Wilber – June 14, 2017
Before school let out for the summer, Unalaska students had one final task: releasing hundreds of salmon fry into Iliuliuk Creek. A small army of elementary students crested the riverbank, clutching styrofoam cups.
http://kucb.org/post/unalaska-fisheries-class-prepares-kids-and-coho-success

Are you eating enough fish? Why — and how — to eat more
Be it due to fear of mercury, fear of cooking fish, or something else, only 1 in 10 Americans are eating the recommended dose of seafood.
Seattle Times by Carrie Dennett – June 13, 2017
Omega-3 fatty acids are so beneficial for health, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and playing a critical role in fetal brain development during pregnancy, that the American Heart Association and the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend eating fish at least twice weekly — at least 8 ounces total. So why are only 1 in 10 Americans meeting that goal?
http://www.seattletimes.com/life/wellness/are-you-eating-enough-fish-why-and-how-to-eat-more/?utm_content=buffer18f34&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=owned_buffer_f_m

From fish waste to Fido snacks: turning pollock skins into pet treats
Sea Grant – June 13, 2017
Kodiak, Alaska—Chris Sannito’s dog Sammy is really happy that his owner is developing a tasty pet treat made out of pollock skins. The pet treats are not stinky to humans, but informal taste tests by Sammy and other Kodiak canines indicate they have plenty of that fish essence dogs love so much.
https://seagrant.uaf.edu/news/2017/06-13-17-from-fish-waste-to-fido-snacks-turning-pollock-skins-into-pet-treats.php

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June 16, 2017