Alaska/Pacific Coast

Fish and Game predicts average year for Cook Inlet commercial harvest
Managers say fishing strategy should be similar to 2014 season
Peninsula Clarion by Rashah McChesney – March 7, 2015
Commercial fisheries managers in the Cook Inlet are predicting a run of about 5.8 million sockeye salmon with a harvest of about 3.7 million of those fish by all user groups, according to its 2015 outlook for commercial salmon fishing.

The Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT – March 5, 2015
Coming up this week, lots of fishy news out of Sitka where the Board of Fish has been meeting, and what’s going on with P-Cod in Cook Inlet. We had lots of help from the hardworking news team at KCAW, Robert Woolsey and Rachel Waldholz in Sitka, and from KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver in Homer.

Tonka brings shrimp back to Petersburg Local company purchased 250,000 pounds over the winter
Petersburg Pilot by Ani Palmer – March 5, 2015
Tonka Seafoods, Inc., announced last year that it was working to bring shrimp fisheries and processing back to Petersburg after a nearly decade-long absence. Well, it’s delivered.





Seth Scrimsher / Submitted Photo
The crew of the Mandi J, a vessel out of Wrangell, deliver an 11,000-pound load of Northern Pink Shrimp to Tonka Seafoods last week.



Political meddling, entitlement feed Cook Inlet fish wars
Peninsula Clarion – March 7, 2015
As fishery management and politics continue to collide, Kenai Peninsula residents’ thoughts will inevitably turn to the upcoming season.



Marine Harvest Expects Slower World Salmon Growth, Sees Real Threat from Sea Lice
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton March 5, 2015
Alf-Helge Aarskog – CEO of Marine Harvest, gave his annual update presentation at the North Atlantic Seafood Forum in Norway today.

Two main points emerged. First, global growth in farmed salmon will slow between now and 2020 to about half the rate of growth of the prior ten years. From 2003 to 2013, global production grew at an annual rate of 6%, from 1100 to 1850 thousand tons of head on gutted salmon. However, for the next eight years the projections are for a growth rate of only 3%.

This means an increase from 1.85 to 2.25 million tons of HOG salmon.

Aarskog said Sea Lice was the biggest problem holding back salmon production, and what ‘kept him awake at night. ’

In addition to sea lice becoming a major factor in holding down production, other headwinds facing farmed salmon include the EPA/DHA omega fatty acids in farmed fish. The industry has to find a way to preserve the favorable Omega-3 levels in salmon, even as feed sources use less wild fishmeal and oil.

Access to suitable farming areas is also a constraint. Net pen farming is still the only profitable way to raise salmon, and the idea of closed land based containment systems, although possible for some boutique applications, cannot compete with the lower cost profile of net pen aquaculture.

He also said that he hopes all the Marine Harvest farms will be certified to ASC standards by 2020.

Treatment of sea lice through use of hydrogen peroxide has soared 400% in Norway over the past year with over 30,000 tons of hydrogen peroxide (100% concentration) used. At the same time, other drugs to control sea lice have seen a 100% increase in total kg applied, from 7,000 to 14,000 kg.



Scientists to Address Western Pacific Fishery Management Issues
Saving Seafood – March 6, 2015
The Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council will meet March 10 to 12, 2015, to consider and make recommendations on the issues summarized below. The SSC will convene at the Council office, 1164 Bishop St., Ste. 1400, Honolulu. The public is invited and will have opportunities to provide comments.



Spring Marks the Return of the Whales to the Washington Coast
Gray Harbor Talk by Douglas Scott – March 6, 2015
The coming of spring marks many events in Grays Harbor. As the gray skies become less frequent, flowers start bloom, and hillsides dry out, the waters of the Pacific Ocean and Grays Harbor welcome the return of the gray whales.



Alaska needs to order labeling of frankenfoods — especially salmon
Alaska Dispatch News by Rep. Geran Tarr -March 6, 2015
What could be more wholesome and American than apples and apple pie? Or salmon. What could be healthier and more Alaskan than feeding your family salmon? There’s nothing more basic than feeding yourself or your family. But in the strange, new world of genetically modified foods, do Alaskans really know what we’re eating? Pending state and federal legislation requiring food labeling would give Alaskans basic tools to make informed choices about what we’re feeding our families.

Salmon Vs. Gold Splits Alaska GOP
The Daily Beast by Jay Michaelson March 9, 2015
The proposal to dig a huge gold mine in a vital salmon spawning ground has pitted Republicans against Republicans. But the EPA’s attempt to ban it may bring them back together.


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March 9, 2015