Alaska/Pacific Coast

DFO shuts down fishery, citing First Nations reconciliation
Vancouver by Sun Randy Shore – March 3, 2018
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has agreed to cancel this year’s commercial roe herring fishery on B.C.’s central coast, citing the federal government’s commitment to reconciliation with First Nations.

Corrections to Adak Cod Story:  Icicle Never Sent a Processor; Catcher Boats Made Trip from Dutch
SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton – March 5, 2018
Since our story on the NMFS closure of the BSAI Pacific cod trawl catcher vessel sector on March 4th, we received several emails attempting to correct our information.

First, NOAA clarified the various quotas in place.  The closure on March 4th was for the entire BSAI Pacific cod trawl catcher vessel sector allocation of 29,768 mt.  The Bering Sea portion of this quota was closed on February 11th, so that the remaining 5000 tons would be caught in the Aleutians.

Aleutian quotas include both the 5000 ton set aside for delivery to Adak shore plants, and a 6516 ton unrestricted quota to be used in the Western Aleutians.  Icicle and other vessels were fishing on the 6516 ton unrestricted quota.

When the entire trawl sector quota was reached on March 4th, all trawl pacific cod was halted in all sectors.

However, pot and jig allocations continue to be available in the Aleutians and can result in additional landings for the Golden Harvest plant.

The B season cod allocation will open April 1st.

The second correction is that the report that Icicle vessels were fishing to deliver to a mothership was wrong.  The three catcher vessels all made trips from Dutch Harbor to fish on the unrestricted cod allocation in the Aleutians that was still open.  There was no delivery at sea.

Industry sources suggest that the early closure was more likely due to the high catch rates of vessels delivering to Adak than the Icicle vessels, although the landing data is confidential due to the fact there are less than three processors.

One industry observer estimated that at most, the Icicle vessels could have caught about 500 metric tons, or 10% of the 5000 ton set aside.

Also, contrary to any claims of a ‘marred’ season by Golden Harvest, with an estimated 4500 tons of cod from catcher vessels in the A season, additional cod from the fixed gear fleet, and the Alaska state water cod harvest, and B season harvests, they very well could land as much as 10,000 tons of cod when all is said and done.

That figure compares favorably with the 20,000 tons of cod delivered to the shore plants in Dutch Harbor, King Cove and Akutan this winter.


Russian Fishery (RRPK) Aims to be World’s Largest Pollock Producer With 7 New Trawlers, 2 Plants
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden – March 2, 2018
Russian Fishery (RRPK) company plans to become the world leading producer of pollock in the coming years through a significant increase of its catch.

The company has recently signed contracts for the construction of seven large-capacity fish trawlers, that will be operated in the Russian Far East.

RRPK has already received investment quotas under these trawlers, which means the company will be able to start pollock fishing with the help of these ships immediately after their commissioning.

In addition, in October 2017 RRPK confirmed it plans to build two fish processing plants in order to receive additional investment quotas. The sites in Vladivostok and Murmansk with a maximum capacity of 160 tons of products per day will allow the RRPK to obtain the right to catch up to 50,000 tons of pollock, herring and cod.

Already this year the company plans to catch about 60% of Far Eastern pollock, with the further increase of these figures already next year, which will make it the world’s largest pollock producer.

These plans have already been confirmed by Gleb Frank, a Russian businessman, who become a new sole owner of RRPK. According to Frank, the company faces large-scale tasks related to the modernization of its fleet and the construction of new vessels, the expansion of the geography of the presence and the search for new sale channels for its products.

This year the company plans to produce about 400,000 tonnes of fish, the majority of which accounted for pollock. This should contribute to a further growth of revenue of the company, which in 2017 amounted to US$360 million.

Labeling and Marketing

ASMI hosts group of European women seafood buyers at Alaska’s Dutch Harbor
Seafood Source by Brian Hagenbuch – March 2, 2018
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) hosted its first ever all-female trade mission recently, with seven European seafood buyers touring Dutch Harbor, Alaska, home to one of the world’s most lucrative fishing ports.

Wild caught cod is top entry
Cordova Times – March 4, 2018
Cod ruled at the 2018 Alaska Symphony of Seafoods.
The grand prize in the annual competition organized by the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation was presented on Feb. 27 in Juneau to Alaskan Leader Seafoods for its premium wild caught Alaskan cod with Lemon Herb Butter, which also placed first in the symphony’s retail competition.

3MMI – Pacific Halibut Season to Start, Will Buyers Switch Back from Atlantic Halibut?
TradexFoods – March 5, 2018
3MMI — in this week’s episode we will talk about Pacific and Atlantic Halibut. Commercial Pacific Halibut fishing is set to begin March 24th, but after stale quota talks at the annual meeting in January, the 2017 quota limits will set the bar. 2017 halibut assessments showed the stock is not considered “overfished” and stock distribution amongst all IPHC regulatory areas are stable…

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pollock in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/05/2018
NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amounts of the Aleut Corporation’s and the Community Development Quota pollock directed fishing allowances from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the Bering Sea subarea directed fisheries. These actions are necessary to provide opportunity for harvest of the 2018 total allowable catch of pollock, consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area.


Subsistence Resource Commission meets March 20-21
Cordova Times – March 1, 2018
Subsistence hunting and fishing will be up or discussion March 20-21 when the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Subsistence Resource Commission meets at the park’s visitor center at Copper Center.


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March 5, 2018