Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska’s facing the ‘graying of the fleet,’ but some determined young fishermen are bucking the trend
Alaska Dispatch News by Miranda Weiss – June 26, 2016
Red salmon are beginning to hit Bristol Bay and across the state, thousands of fishermen are mending nets, hiring crew and preparing to harvest the bounty from Alaska waters and the seas beyond. Today, the average age of a commercial fishery permit holder in Alaska is 50 — up from 40 in 1980. At that time, Alaskans under the age of 40 held nearly 40 percent of the fishing permits. As of a couple of years ago, young Alaska fishermen owned less than 20 percent.

Council OKs crab processing change
Bristol Bay Times by Molly Dischner – June 24, 2016
In Kodiak earlier this month, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council took unusually quick action to change a rule regarding custom processing of Tanner crab in response to an issue that cropped up this winter.

Third Pulse of Salmon at Pilot Station; Run Size “Looking Good”

KNOM by Margaret DeMaioribus – June 22, 2016
A third pulse of salmon is currently passing through Pilot Station. According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, early fish are expected around Beaver, today.

A western Alaska village comes to life with summer fish plant jobs and commercial dipnetting
Alaska Dispatch News by Lisa Demer – June 25, 2016
EMMONAK — At the Yukon River’s fish central, the warning on the door to the buzzing office of the big boss, whom everyone calls “Jack,” says “Danger. Earache Area.”

Salmon fishing reopens in Puget Sound, including Sekiu and east Strait of Juan de Fuca
The Associated Press – June 25, 2016
SEATTLE — The state has opened Puget Sound marine area rivers and lakes that were closed because of protracted negotiations between tribal and state officials.


New fisheries database may contribute to better fishery management – June 27, 2016
A publicly accessible fisheries database that builds on the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) statistics has been created, covering the fisheries of all maritime countries and territories of the world, from 1950 to 2010, and being regularly updated.

Labeling and Marketing

3MMI – Upcoming Fishing Weeks Critical Indicator for Alaska Salmon Fisheries
TradexFoods – June 27, 2016
3-Minute Market Insight:
Scientists predict a decrease overall for 2016, with only 90 million Pink Salmon and 48 million Sockeye Salmon expected in Alaska.

Bristol Bay brand to feature modern logo, emphasize story
KDLG by Molly Dischner – June 25, 2016
When it comes down to deciding what salmon to serve for dinner, Bristol Bay sockeye is not really known by name, even if it ends up in a lot of meals. The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association is working on a project to change that.

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June 27, 2016