Fishing seasons could see large decline in limits
KXRO News – February 28, 2018
State salmon managers say that projected poor returns of several salmon stocks are expected to limit fishing opportunities in Washington’s waters this year.
Forecasts for chinook, coho, sockeye, and chum salmon – developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and treaty Indian tribes – were released during a public meeting in Olympia.
NPRB Considers Updates for Its Core Program Proposal Process
Fishermen’s News – February 28, 2018
The North Pacific Research Board (NPRB), based in Anchorage, Alaska, is accepting comments (www.nprb.org) through March 12 on updating its core program proposal process to provide a more stable and flexible funding platform for researchers. The board’s stated preferred alternative is to move from its current fixed proposal deadline with one funding meeting annually to a rolling submissions approach with no deadline and funding decisions spread between two annual meetings.
Unalaska Holds Firm, Demanding Congress Restrict Fishermen’s Finest Trawler
KUCB by Laura Kraegel – February 28, 2018
The Unalaska City Council is standing by its request that Congress place restrictions on a troubled factory trawler commissioned by Fishermen’s Finest.
Kelty Stands By Letter Against Fishermen’s Finest, Despite Company’s Pleas Before Council
KUCB by Laura Kraegel – February 27, 2018
Concerned about losing fisheries revenue, Mayor Frank Kelty asked Congress last month to restrict a troubled factory trawler in Anacortes, Washington.
U.S. considers protected status for Oregon chinook salmon
Vancouver Sun by The Associated Press – February 27, 2018
SAN FRANCISCO — Federal fisheries officials said Tuesday they will consider putting the Pacific Northwest’s once-flourishing wild spring-run Chinook salmon on the list of threatened or endangered species.
Scientists Send Letter to Washington Legislature Urging Delay on Legislation to Ban Net Pens
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – February 28, 2018
Four prominent scientists have sent a letter to the Washington State Legislature urging them to stop House Bill 2957, which “would essentially halt Atlantic salmon aquaculture in this state forever.”
The scientists include the former 40-year director of the Manchester, Washington, laboratory; two former directors of the national aquaculture program run by NOAA; a former Director of the Northwest Fisheries Science Center; and the former president of Stolt Sea Farms Washington, Inc.
“We call on our esteemed elected representatives to delay any decisions regarding the future of salmon farming in Washington until the scientific community, represented in this state by some of the world’s leading aquaculture and fisheries scientists and researchers in the fields of fish culture, genetics, nutrition, and fish behavior, has had an opportunity to present science in a clear and objective light—rather than in a climate fueled by fear and propaganda,” the letter states.
The authors offer to present research that responds to the legislature’s fears on four areas of concern for Atlantic salmon farms in the event of a pen failure or escape.
Interbreeding — the authors point out that interbreeding has been encouraged in a scientific setting, and all attempts for the past f40 years have been unsuccessful.
Competition for food — Peer-reviewed studies have shown convincingly that “captive” or pen-reared salmon have not learned how to “hunt” for food, simply because they are used to being fed on a regular timetable.
Competition for habitat — Scientists to date have found no evidence of Atlantic salmon spawning on the West Coast of North America.
Disease transmission — the authors say “No example of disease transfer from farmed salmon to wild fish has ever been documented by any regulatory agency in the state of Washington.”
Finally, they strongly urge legislators to not “throw out the baby with the bathwater”—salmon farming—that is now producing millions of metric tons of nutritious salmon, worth billions of dollars, around the world.
The letter is signed by Linda Chaves, Senior Advisory on Seafood and Industry Issues; Dr. John Forster, former president of Stolt Sea Farm; Dr. Robert Iwamoto, director of the office, management, and information at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA; and Dr. Conrad Mahnken, former NOAA National Aquaculture Coordinator, director of the NOAA Manchester Laboratory, and Washington Fish and Wildlife Commissioner.
TRUMP: How Will The Seafood Industry Be Affected? EP3 CLIMATE CHANGE (Part 2)
TradexFoods – February 28, 2018
On February 12th 2018, US President Donald Trump released his budget proposal for the 2019 fiscal year which would cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget and also cut funding to NOAA Fisheries climate change research. How Will These Budget Cuts Affect Fisheries Management & the Rest of The Seafood Industry?
Labeling and Marketing
Trident Brings Its Fork & Fin Food Truck to UW, Students Line up for Pollock Tacos, Fish & Chips
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker – February 28, 2018
SEATTLE, WA — Trident Seafood’s food truck The Fork & Fin looks a little like an English pub with a black and white awning and hand-lettered signs. “Meet Cod’s Delicious Cousin: Alaska Pollock!” cheers one poster next to what could only be described as the trucks family crest — a crossed pollock and sea trident over a banner that says “Wild Alaska Seafood”.
Yesterday and tomorrow, on the Seattle campus of the University of Washington, The Fork & Fin will be handing out free samples of gourmet tacos and fish and chips made from Alaska pollock to students and faculty. Yesterday, long lines formed for two hours outside of McMahon Hall, when the word got out that these tacos were made with Alaska pollock, grilled with fire roasted green chilies on white corn tortillas with slaw, smoked chili crema, guacamole, pico de gallo, pickled red onion, queso fresco, and cilantro.
John Salle, Trident’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Innovation, works with a lot of colleges, schools and universities.
“We were talking with the University of Washington and they were excited about doing a month long seafood sustainability campaign,” Salle said. “Their real focus is on wild-caught and sustainable.
“UW is a leader in the dining segment. People from all over the country look at UW as a leader in trends — they are self-operated rather than use contract management,” explained Salle. “UW employees have their own chefs and decide the menus.”
“Sustainable fishing allows us to keep eating delicious seafood long into the future, while also protecting the beautiful water-based ecosystems that protect much of the life on Earth,” said Tracey MacRae, UW Campus Executive Chef.
“Our efforts to provide more local, responsibly sourced seafood to the University of Washington community has proven to be positive traction in the right direction and we are proud to have Trident Seafoods as one of our partners in our sustainable seafood journey,” MacRae said.
The idea of a food truck was “spawned”, as the company likes to say, by a retail storefront they operated near the Ballard Locks for nearly 15 years.
“When the lease was up,” said Salle, “we still wanted that direct to consumer marketing relationship.
“We had seen whats going on around town here in Seattle, in Portland and other areas with the food truck movement. It’s where trends start,” Salle said.
The trend Salle had in mind was to introduce Alaska pollock to its not-so-traditional market. “Outside of the industry and outside of fast food, it’s not really found its home,” he said.
Tomorrow, students and faculty get a taste of perhaps the world most sustainable fish served as an Alaska pollock burger (with bacon, house-made slaw, crispy onions, dill pickle and BBQ chipotle aioli on a pub bun) at Local Point in Lander Hall. To further support sustainable practices, the truck uses compostable napkins, plates, and cutlery.
The same dishes offered on the food truck will also be served in the UW dining hall.
Other dishes offered include Peanut Butter & Jelly Fish Sticks, made of Trident’s Ultimate Alaskan Pollock fish sticks drizzled with raspberry chipotle sauce topped with crushed peanuts and a lemon wedge.
A broader initiative for Trident is to introduce consumers to the environmental and health benefits of wild caught Alaska pollock. Alaska Pollock is the most abundant certified-sustainable seafood species in the world.
“The Fork & Fin brings this versatile and healthy Alaskan species to the people of Seattle; from Sea to Street,” said Trident Seafoods CEO Joe Bundrant. “It is our mission at Trident Seafoods to show the world how delicious this often over-looked cousin to cod truly is by creating opportunities for more people to eat more Alaska Pollock.”
You can learn more about The Fork & Fin here.
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