Alaska/Pacific Coast

Kodiak Local Government Reviews and Approves Bycatch Management Letter
KMXT by Kayla Desroches –  June 2, 2016
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and Kodiak City Council recently put their final stamp on a letter which would provide community input on Gulf of Alaska trawl bycatch management to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.
http://kmxt.org/2016/06/kodiak-local-government-reviews-approves-bycatch-management-letter/

Bristol Bay halibut fishery surpasses 2015 catch, at 45,312 pounds
Bristol Bay Times by Molly Dischner – June 3, 2016
After a fast start to the season, the Bristol Bay halibut fishery is slowing down.
BBEDC Regional Fisheries Director Gary Cline tracks the landings in Area 4E, which is fished by local small boat fishermen. He said the early May catch was higher than it has been in nearly a decade.
http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1622bristol_bay_halibut_fishery_surpasses_2015

Officials restrict salmon, chum fishing in Kuskokwim
Associated Press – June 3, 2016
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Only qualified subsistence users will be able to harvest chum and king salmon from the Kuskokwim River.
http://www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/officials-restrict-salmon-chum-fishing-in-kuskokwim/article_c004892e-29b8-11e6-8d62-8741337f380e.html

International

Japanese Snow Crab Prices in Tatters
Seafood News – June 3, 2016
Any attempt to have orderly snow crab sales to Japan from Newfoundland this year has collapsed, in the face of soaring US prices.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfWAeVXYiV8&list=PLesIt7MVoTPqBXJyfHTSKzb09u2ekM5AB&index=2

Environment/Science

Dietary Dilemma
Mammal Research Consortium – May 20, 2016
Which prey offer the greatest energetic return?
In the remote reaches of the Bering Sea, the Pribilof Islands were once home to the world’s largest population of northern fur seals. However, the population has been declining for over 4 decades and scientists do not know why.
http://www.marinemammal.org/2016/05/dietary-dilemma/

Unmanned Vessels Deployed for Alaska Ocean Research
ABC News by Dan Joling – June 3, 2016
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Researchers in the Bering Sea off Alaska’s west coast will get help this summer from drones, but not the kind that fly.
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/unmanned-vessels-deployed-alaska-ocean-research-39595731

Labeling and Marketing

3MMI – Coho Salmon Pricing on the Rise Amidst Puget Sound Fishery Closure
Tradex Foods – June 6, 2016
3-Minute Market Insight:
– Low mountain snowpack, warm water temperatures, and reduced river and stream flows have all negatively effected Salmon in 2015.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lx1WKLnllJs

ASMI 60-Day Public Comment Period Now Open!
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) is conducting a 60-day Public Comment Period for the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Fishery Standard Version 2.0 (V 2.0). The Public Comment Period begins Monday, June 6, 2016 and closes on August 4, 2016
Read more at the Open Public Consultation page!
http://www.alaskaseafood.org/60-day-public-comment-period-now-open/

FYI’s

USDA Awards Canned Pink Contract
USDA – May 31, 2016
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) purchased canned salmon products as indicated below for distribution to the child nutrition and other related domestic food assistance programs for Fiscal Year 2016.
https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/2000004052%20-%20PCA%20Report.PDF

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June 6, 2016