Alaska/Pacific Coast

Lowly no more, chum salmon center stage in allocation dispute
KCAW by Robert Woolsey – February 26, 2015
Southeast trollers want to see an increase in their share of hatchery-produced chum salmon.
http://www.kcaw.org/2015/02/26/lowly-no-more-chum-salmon-center-stage-in-allocation-dispute/

The Alaska Fisheries Report

KMXT – February 26, 2015
Coming up this week, the board of fisheries is underway in Sitka, expect more drama from the Central Kenai Peninsula this summer, and has the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission outlived its usefulness? All that and more coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KCAW’s Robert Woolsey in Sitka, KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran in Kenai, KUCB’s Annie Ropeik in Unalaska, KFSK’s Angela Denning in Petersburg and KRBD’s Leila Kheiry in Ketchikan.
http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6390&Itemid=2

At Board of Fish, a preview of pot vs. longline conflict
KCAW by Rachel Waldholz – February 27, 2015
The Alaska Board of Fisheries on Friday (2-27-15) took no action on a set of proposals to allow pots in the Southeast black cod fishery.
http://www.kcaw.org/2015/02/27/at-board-of-fish-a-preview-of-pot-vs-longline-conflict/

Drones don’t fly at Alaska’s Board of Fish
KCAW by Robert Woolsey – March 1, 2015
The Alaska Board of Fisheries closed some waters near Angoon to purse seining in order to improve subsistence harvests, in action over the weekend (3-1-15).
http://www.kcaw.org/2015/03/01/drones-dont-fly-at-alaskas-board-of-fish/

 

International

Russia Might Lift Import Bans in Exchange for Investment in Processing in Russia
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [PNA] – March 2, 2015
MOSCOW, Russia could potentially allow imports of agricultural raw materials if western countries agree to invest in processing facilities on the Russian territory, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said when responding to Greece’s request to continue fruits import to Russia.

‘There are quite straightforward rues of the World Trade Organization. And Russia, as a WTO member, cannot choose: we cannot impose sanctions against EU member states and selectively lift sanctions on one of the countries. In this case it would be possible to develop a scheme of non-direct supplies, such as imports of raw materials with an investment into Russia-based food processing facilities,’ Peskov told Russian daily Izvestiya.

In August, Russia was forced to respond to sanctions introduced by the West over Moscow’s alleged role in the Ukrainian crisis with a ban on certain food imports from the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia and Norway. The list of banned products includes meat, poultry, fish, seafood, milk, dairy products and fruit and vegetables.

Peskov said, however, Russian President Vladimir Putin during his February visit to Hungary stated that the two countries could cooperate in the agroindustrial sector, despite the restrictive measures
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/966081/Russia-Might-Lift-Import-Bans-in-Exchange-for-Investment-in-Processing-in-Russia

Labeling and Marketing

Walmart deepens its sustainability plan with a new shopping portal
FIS.COM –  March 02, 2015
In order to help customers make better decisions when purchasing products, Walmart has launched an online shopping portal that details the ones produced in an environmentally and socially responsible way.
http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=74915&ndb=1&df=0

Thank goodness it’s Fish Friday: Initiative promotes weekly seafood consumption
The Mercury by Wire News Posted: 02/27/15, 9:23 AM EST
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. >> Move over, chicken and beef. High Liner Foods, the leading value-added seafood supplier in North America, kicked off a new initiative to give seafood its own special day of the week: Thank Goodness It’s Fish Friday (TGIFF).
http://www.pottsmerc.com/lifestyle/20150227/thank-goodness-its-fish-friday-initiative-promotes-weekly-seafood-consumption

FYI’s

Municipal leaders to meet in Anchorage
Bristol Bay Times by John Messick – February 27, 2015
The Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference will be held this year from March 4-6 at the Captain Cook hotel in Anchorage, and will focus on energy, economic development, and fisheries.
http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1509municipal_leaders_to_meet_in_anchorage
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March 2, 2015