Alaska/Pacific Coast

Port Moller test fishery may see delay
The earliest news about where fish are headed might be a day late this summer.
KDLG By Molly Dischner – June 7, 2016
The Port Moller test fishery may get started a day late this year after the boat used for the project had a last-minute engine replacement.

When will the sockeye show?
Normal-to-late, Icicle Seafood’s Warner Lew is telling his fleet. He shares why he thinks that with us. Listen here…
KDLG by Dave Bendinger – June 7, 2016
The 2016 commercial salmon season in Bristol Bay opened Wednesday. We don’t expect much effort for at least another two weeks. But, run timing is certainly one of the couple of three or four big issues the industry is considering right now, along with the size of the fish that return, the better market conditions, and those (dang) walrus.

Big push of early sockeye past Chignik weir
Early surge prompts extended effort in Chigniks and early start for Sand Point set netters, but the run appears to have tapered back towards normal.
KDLG by Dave Bendinger – June 7, 2016
An big early push of fish past the Chignik weir raised some eyebrows. It’s also prompted a little more, and earlier, fishing time than usual for some of the Pacific-side Peninsula fisheries. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger has more.

Official word on Puget Sound salmon seasons likely by June 24 or sooner
Seattle Time by Mark Yuasa – June 7, 2016
Now that the state and tribes have come to an agreement on the salmon fishing seasons, many are waiting with baited breath on when an official announcement will be made so anglers can begin fishing.


Pollock Roe Prices Surging in Japan Due to Shortfalls in Catch This Year
The wholesale price of imported raw material pollock roe surged 10% higher in Japan on lackluster catch in the U.S, and Russia.

Wholesale prices of pollock roe–raw materials for spiced mentai roe and tarako roe–are turning up in Japan under the impact of decreasing pollock catch in the U.S. and Russia.

The price of the mainstay supply from U.S. factory ships has climbed 10% over a year before to Y1,100 per kilo.

The amount of roe offered in the auction in the U.S. in the spring stayed at only 70% of the volume in the same period of last year.

In the fishing operation in January-March, it was found that the roe rate vis-a-vis the total fish body weight was generally lower.

Supply from Russia also dwindled by 20%.

A major Japanese importer observed that fishing was suspended in some fishing grounds because of the presence of thick ice.

Pollock are caught twice a year–during the spring and autumn seasons.    About 90% of pollock roe produced in the U.S. and Russia are exported to Japan.

In the Japanese market, the demand for pasta sauce and other uses is growing while the demand for gift products is seeing a downturn.

Industry analysts point out that some Japanese producers may move to decrease the amount of roe per product they sell, which means in effect a price rise.


NOAA USD 11 million in grants will improve fishing and sustainability – June 8, 2016
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is recommending more than USD 11 million in funding for 50 projects across the nation.

High-tech equipment helps seafood fishery ‘make sure we don’t repeat history’
The Globe and Mail by Susan Smith – June 8, 2016
For most people, big data is not the first thing that springs to mind when considering commercial fishing on Canada’s East Coast. But it’s front-and-centre with Ian Smith, who took over as CEO of Clearwater Seafoods Inc., based in Bedford, N.S., in 2010.

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Other Hook-and-Line Fishery by Catcher Vessels in the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 06/08/2016
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for groundfish, other than demersal shelf rockfish or sablefish managed under the Individual Fishing Quota Program, by catcher vessels (C/Vs) using hook-and-line gear in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary because the Pacific halibut bycatch allowance specified for the other hook-and-line fishery by C/Vs in the GOA has been reached.


Farming for Fish
Food Matters
New York Times by Aimee Lee Ball – June 3, 2016
As leading chefs are turning away from the sea and toward sustainable hatcheries, it seems we’ve just begun to skim the surface of aquaculture.

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June 8, 2016