Alaska/Pacific Coast

Port Heiden’s Meshik Processing Center aims to open for 2018 silver run
KDLG by Mitch Borden – June 4, 2018
The Native Village of Port Heiden is opening up a new fish processing plant in hopes of extending the summer salmon season for local fishermen.
http://kdlg.org/post/port-heidens-meshik-processing-center-aims-open-2018-silver-run

Cooperative reels in interest with potential seafood sales
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – June 1, 2018
The Kodiak Harvest Food Cooperative is trying to expand its business plan into selling seafood.
http://kmxt.org/2018/06/cooperative-reels-interest-potential-seafood-sales/

Environment/Science

NOAA Fisheries Summer Surveys to Collect Data Crucial to Manage Alaska Fisheries and Monitor Alaska Marine Ecosystems
NOAA Fisheries – June 5, 2018
NOAA Fisheries-Alaska survey season off the Alaska coast is underway. Scientists use collected data to monitor trends and abundance of fish, crab and other species taken in commercial, recreational and subsistence fisheries throughout Alaska and to support biological and ecological studies. Under federal law, NOAA Fisheries is responsible for monitoring and managing marine resources in federal waters.
https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/noaa-fisheries-summer-surveys-collect-data-crucial-manage-alaska-fisheries-and-monitor

New Tool Helps Fisheries Avoid Protected Species In Near Real Time
NOAA Environmental Research Division – May 30, 2018
New computer-generated daily maps will help fishermen locate the most productive fishing spots in near real time while warning them where they face the greatest risk of entangling sea turtles, marine mammals, and other protected species. Scientists developed the maps, the products of a system called EcoCast, to help reduce accidental catches of protected species in fishing nets.
https://swfsc.noaa.gov/news.aspx?ParentMenuId=200&id=23061

Fish will migrate as temperatures warm, putting fisheries at risk
Sustainable Fisheries – May 30, 2018
Morley et al. 2018, a paper published May 16, 2018 in PLOS one (open access) projects how warming ocean temperatures will affect the geographic distribution of 686 commercially important species around North America. We already know that species across the globe are migrating due to climate change: organisms that require cooler environments are moving towards the poles while species that tolerate warmer conditions find themselves with more space to live.
http://sustainablefisheries-uw.org/fish-will-migrate-as-temperatures-warm/

Labeling and Marketing

2018 Bristol Bay Sockeye Market Report.
Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association – Spring 2018
Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA) is tasked with increasing the value of Bristol Bay sockeye and has contracted with Wink Research & Consulting, LLC to produce bi-annual sockeye market reports in 2018. These reports analyze market conditions for sockeye products, investigate market issues,examine historical trends, track the share of resource value (between fishermen and processors), and discuss market impacts on Bristol Bay salmon fishermen. Key findings are listed below:
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/4996590c5577f14c1b17862a1/files/4414dd9a-a535-45f5-8c4a-df54acc6deaa/2018_Spring_BBRSDA_Sockeye_Market_Report_Final_Color.pdf

FYI’s

Silver Bay Seafoods Hires Cora Campbell As Chief External Affairs Officer
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – June 4, 2018
Cora Campbell, former president and CEO of commercial fishing and processing company Siu Alaska Corp., has joined the leadership team at Silver Bay Seafoods.

On Sunday Silver Bay Seafoods confirmed that Campbell has signed on to serve as Chief External Affairs Officer. Her position will require her to focus on Silver Bay’s communications, government and community relations, and strategic planning efforts.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to work with the Silver Bay team,” Campbell said in a statement. “Silver Bay is unique among processors. The company is owned by our fishermen and is committed to maximizing value and fishing opportunity. By having our fishermen continue to invest in and work with our coastal communities, we will build a world class seafood company.”

In addition to her previous role as Siu Alaska Corp. president and CEO, Campbell also served as Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.  She was also a policy advisor on fisheries, wildlife, climate change, natural resources, marketing and Arctic development for two Alaska governors.

Silver Bay Seafoods president Troy Denkinger said that Cora’s skills and prior experience make her an “outstanding fit” for the company’s management team.
https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1105580/Silver-Bay-Seafoods-Hires-Cora-Campbell-As-Chief-External-Affairs-Officer

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June 6, 2018