Alaska/Pacific Coast

North Alaska Peninsula holds large portion of Bristol Bay sockeye, study says
Bristol Bay Times by Molly Dischner – March 11, 2016
A recently-released study offers some insight as to the stock of origin for fish in part of the Alaska Peninsula management area in the past two summers.

No More Commerical Trawling In Unalaska Bay
KUCB by Greta Mart – March 11, 2016
After three attempts over the past decade, the Unalaska Native Fishermen’s Association succeeded in an effort to close Unalaska Bay to commercial trawl fishing.


Salmonex says Chile Algae Bloom will Depress Harvests Through 2018; Upside Seen with Higher Prices
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Technopress] and John Sackton – March 11, 2016
With losses now projected at more than 100,000 tons of both atlantic salmon, coho and trout, the scale of the Algae Bloom in Chile is coming into focus.

Salmonex, a company that operates a futures exchange on salmon in Chile and publishes an index, says that the loss of fish will mean a reduction in 2016 harvest from the 806,703 tons produced in 2015 to around 704,763 tons in 2016.

They report a reduction of 95,430 tons of Atlantic Salmon, (15.6%), and a reduction of 17,515 tons of trout, or 20.6% of the total crop.   For Coho, the reduction will be 37,000 tons, or 24%.  The reductions will be most apparent in the second quarter, and the remainder of the year.

Salmonex also forecasts that for 2017 production will remain flat.

Two years of reduced production is expected to have a positive impact on prices with a forecast of a 20% increase in prices.  Further the feed costs of some companies are reduced.

For this reason, Chilean company salmon stocks have soared, as those companies not impacted too severely by the Algae bloom all of a sudden find themselves in a much improved market environment.

However, there is a lot of criticsm in Chile about the boom/bust cycle that seems to occur in the country.  Some in the industry ask why Sernapesca and the technical monitors did not anticipate the algae bloom.
The Technological Institute of Salmon (Intesal) under SalmonChile, said that “to claim that the industry could have predicted the HAB (Harmful Algal Blooms) currently affecting -in the magnitude and extent-is wrong and ignores the statistical and biological nature the phenomenon.”

They say the recent period of high temperatures affecting the industry is extraordinary in both magnitude and extent.  This is due to El Nino and the lack of rainfall.  This has concentrated algae in the Lakes region.

The second problem was that the particular virulent strain of algae – Chattonella species – had never occured before in twenty-five years of monitoring algae blooms in the lakes region and Aysen.  The damage to the salmon farms has been due to the particularly toxic nature of this algae.

In the legislature, more protective measures are being urged, as job losses from the failure of these farms could reach 10,000 to 12,000 processing workers, say labor leaders.  They are calling on the government to plan for relief.

The latest report from Sernapesca, as of March 10th, is that 35 farm centers are impacted, and mortaltiy has reached 35,882 tons.  The most affected is ACS 2, but recent mortalities have also been reported in ACS 6 and ACS 1.  In the chart all red dots are areas of high mortality, greater than 800,000 fish.


Warm water Blob could impact Alaska’s $1 billion pollock fishery
KTOO by Matt Miller  – March 11, 2016
Fisheries biologists are worried that many of last year’s new pollock around Kodiak Island may not have survived recent warm ocean temperatures.

Labeling and Marketing

Progressive Grocer Forecasts Strong Outlook for Retail Seafood in 2016
Progressive Grocer – Analysis by Bruce Horovitz , Research by Debra Chanil – March 14, 2016
Seafood would seem to be so utterly and definitively on trend that supermarkets would have a hard time keeping up with demand.

3MMI – Sluggish Pacific Cod Harvests Strengthen Fillet Pricing
TradexFood – March 14, 2016
3-Minute Market Insight:
– After nearly 9 consecutive weeks of slower fishing than last season, Pacific Cod harvests through to March are 20,300 MT.
– In the twice frozen market, we are seeing Pacific Cod prices trend upwards as supply tightens.



Environmental Bullies: How Conservation Ideologues Attack Scientists Who Don’t Agree With Them.
When science is selectively used for pushing an agenda, you see the ugly side of conservation activism for the Atlantic bluefin tuna. – March 8, 2016
I’d like to think that it’s not personal. I like to think it’s because an environmental writer needs to make a living and sell his books, any way he/she can. And needs to rack up awards for saving the planet, or the fish, or the sea turtles…


$1 billion icebreaker contract could be Washington’s biggest-ever shipbuild
Business Journal by Steve Wilhelm – March 10, 2016
Two government icebreaker contracts could mean big money for Washington state shipbuilders and suppliers.

Diversified launches ‘Women in Seafood’ Seminars at Boston Show
SEAFOOD.COM  by Kelly Hill – March 14, 2016
Diversified Communications, sponsors of Seafood Expo North America, launched a Women in Seafood Educational Series during the show.

This is the first in a planned series of educational sessions targeting women professionals in the seafood industry during the annual gathering in Boston in March.

The session, titled “Women Rising”, was held on International Women’s Day, and featured Susan Hotchkinson, principle of The Personal Brand Company, who is a nationally recognized expert in the field of personal and leadership brand management, as well as an author. Ms. Hotchkinson shared the message that leaders, both women and men, have an opportunity to be “candles” who share their lights with others without dimming their own. She also highlighted several women and men in the world today who have made it their missions to close the equality gap for women. These include Jackie Glenn, VP, Global Chief Diversity Officer at EMC, who is leading efforts to increase women’s enrollment in STEM curriculums across the country and Howard Shultz, CEO of Starbucks, who promotes diversity of all kinds within his company.

The idea for the seminar came from internal discussions at Diversified as leadership realized the need within the company to engage women employees and prepare them for leadership roles. After developing programs to engage and lift women within the company, Mary Larkin, Executive VP at Diversified Communications, said leadership felt compelled to expand these efforts to women in the industry.  Diversified itself has a long history of women leading the company’s exibition business, but Larkin noted, during the series opening that women are underrepresented in the Seafood Industry, and that offering this series is a way to bring women together to foster support and personal development. The series will be an annual feature during future SENA events.

This is not the only initiative promoting more visibility for women in the seafood industry.  Adriana Sánchez, the Sustainability Director for Sea Delight and head of Sea Delights Ocean Fund has started a monthly series on women in seafood, where she publishes inteviews with women in the industry who serve as leadership examples.

In prior months, she featured an interview with Dr. Barbara Blakistone, Senior Director of Scientific Affairs for the National Fisheries Institute and Ruth Levy, Chief Business Officer of Stavis Seafood.  This month she interviewed Dr. Oluyemisi ‘Yemi’ Oloruntuyi who is the Head of Developing World Fisheries at the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

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March 14, 2016