Looming gov’t shutdown threatens AK’s $500M salmon industry
KTVA by Liz Raines – June 7, 2017
Alaska’s half-billion-dollar salmon season is in jeopardy if lawmakers don’t pass a state budget by the end of June. Without one, state government shuts down July 1.
Seafood processors relying more heavily on U.S. workers this year
Bristol Bay seafood processors are hiring for the 2017 salmon rush. Changes to the H-2B visa program have forced them to hire more workers from lower-48 states.
KDLG by Allison Mollenkamp – June 8, 2017
The hiring of thousands of seasonal workers by Bristol Bay’s seafood processors is always challenging. This year some companies are looking more to the lower 48 to staff up, and the clock is ticking. KDLG’s Allison Mollenkamp has more.
Bristol Bay Borough incentivizes RSW upgrades with fish tax rebate
Assembly voted 3-1 Monday night in favor of offering a $1500 rebate to skippers installing refrigerated seawater systems on their vessels. Proponents say the chilled catch will bring higher overall value.
KDLG by Dave Bendinger – June 8, 2017
Fishermen in the Naknek-Kvichak District who install a chilling system by the end of next year will be eligible for a $1,500 rebate from the three percent raw fish tax paid in the Borough’s waters.
Opportunity knocks at the Kodiak docks
Community campus builds the region’s maritime workforce – BY J. Besl, University of Alaska Anchorage
Cordova Times – June 8, 2017
Fishing is big business in Alaska, but in Kodiak it’s colossal. The small city is the second-most prolific port in the nation (513.9 million pounds of fish landed in 2015) and the third-most profitable ($137.5 million net worth that year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).
PWS salmon catch reaches 280,000 fish
Copper River kings still commanding $42.95 to $59.95 a pound for fillets
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – June 8, 2017
Commercial catches of wild king, chum and sockeye salmon in Prince William Sound have reached 280,000 fish, with the Copper River and four other drift fisheries open, and three more coming by mid-June.
Success of Alaska Pollock Fishery is focus of SeaWeb Seafood Summit Panel
Saving Seafood – June 7, 2017
SEATTLE — The success of the industrial pollock fishery in the Eastern Bering Sea, which generally harvests in excess of one million metric tons each year, was the focus of a panel at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit on Tuesday. The panel, “Moving Beyond Fishery Certification: Using Collaboration, Technology and Innovation to Further Improve Sustainability” was moderated by Tim Fitzgerald of the Environmental Defense Fund. Panelists were Allen Kimball of Trident Seafoods, Richard Draves of American Seafoods, and Karl Bratvold of Starbound LLC. Trident Seafoods is a large, vertically integrated company, which processes Alaska pollock at shoreside facilities. Vessels owned by Starbound and American Seafoods harvest and process Alaska pollock at sea.
Alaska Peninsula fisheries could harvest more than 20 million salmon if averages stay true
ADF&G biologists are expecting a drop in Chignik sockeye, an uptick in South Pen pinks, and 826,000 less sockeye harvested in Area M.
KDLG by Dave Bendinger – June 7, 2017
The Alaskan Peninsula extends from the mainland toward the southwest between the waters of Bristol Bay and Kodiak. There are several commercial fisheries included along its shores and in the archipelagos to the west. If the averages of the past five years stay consistent, these districts could collectively harvest more than 20.6 million salmon this 2017 season.
Togiak wraps 2017 herring fishery
Cordova Times – June 8, 2017
Commercial harvesters have wrapped up the Togiak herring fishery, which the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is now estimating has a projected exvessel value of $1.74 million.
Study Identifies Huge Sales Potential for Alaska Salmon in China, Particularly for Fish Heads, Bones
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – June 9, 2017
A study from the University of Alaska and Purdue University said there is strong potential to boost sales of Alaskan salmon in the Chinese market, particularly for underutilized parts of the fish.
According to a majority of Chinese consumers said they would buy Alaska salmon if it was available. The study said 68 percent of consumers would buy Alaska salmon after learning it came from a pure and clean environment and is ecologically sustainable.
“The response to our survey in three major Chinese cities shows that consumers, if presented with more opportunities to purchase Alaska salmon, would favor the wild fish because of its health benefits, pristine source waters and sustainability,” said Quijie “Angie” Zheng, one of the study’s co-authors. Zheng teaches at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Due to China’s rapid economic expansion, the country’s growing middle class has increasing amounts of disposable income. The study’s authors found this burgeoning consumer segment desires and can afford high-end food products, including wild-caught Alaska salmon.
The study also concluded that given China’s preferences for using all parts of a fish in cooking, more than half of all consumers said they would buy Alaska salmon head and bones, which would be a new marketing opportunity to the Alaska fishing industry.
Meet the captains of Fishermen’s Terminal
Get a taste of what it’s really like to live the mariner’s life.
Seattle Times – June 5, 2017
You probably know Fishermen’s Terminal from driving over the Ballard Bridge. A complex tangle of boats and equipment that looks larger than life docked in Seattle, but ebbs in the summer as 400 commercial fishing vessels head to Alaska to catch cod, crab, halibut, mackerel and salmon.
NPFMC Meeting Underway in Juneau
Fishermen’s News – June 7, 2017
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s June meeting is underway in Juneau, Alaska today, June 7, with final action scheduled on several matters including halibut issues.
In the Race to Alaska, Team Pure & Wild is racing 750 miles by water (with no engines) to support SeaShare and promote wild, sustainable Alaska seafood
And they’re done! Done with the first leg of the race, that is. In light winds and rain, Team Pure & Wild made it to Victoria in 5th place overall, and was the first boat under sail to ring the bell yesterday. Many other teams struggled later in the day, with 40 knot winds and rough seas, and were forced to turn back or take shelter off course.
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