Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT- May 14, 2015
Coming up this week, summer salmon fishing gears up with Copper River’s first opening; cannery bosses in Unalaska are handling the state’s new, higher minimum wage by raising the rent they charge folks who come up and stay in their bunkhouses; and we get get a preview of the Yukon salmon season. We had help from KCHU’s Marcia Lynn reporting from Cordova, KUCB’s Annie Ropeik, who, I’m sad to report is moving back east after nearly two years of outstanding work in Unalaska, and, KNOM’s Matthew Smith in Nome. 

Harvesters in 3Ps feeling pinch from low crab catches
Advertiser by Clayton Hunt – May 12, 2015
There’s no good news about the 2015 crab fishery in 3Ps, says Harbour Breton fisherman Reuben Rose.
Rose has a quota of 82,000 pounds of crab to catch, but as of May 6, had only landed 19,000 pounds in four trips, he told The Advertiser.


Deep in the ocean, a warm-blooded fish
LA Times by Deborah Netburn – May 14, 2015
Deep in the ocean, scientists have found the first known example of a fish with warm blood.
The large circular fish is called an opah, or sometimes a moonfish, and researchers have determined that it can keep its internal temperature 5 degrees Celsius warmer than its environment.

Labeling and Marketing

Consumers Will See More Alaskan Salmon this Summer with Harvest Projected to be 2nd Largest Ever
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 14, 2015
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute says Alaskan salmon will reach more consumers nationwide this summer with expectations that this season’s harvest, which starts today, will be the second largest on record.

Harvests for five species of wild Alaska salmon officially kicks off today with the first sockeye and king salmon of the summer, followed quickly by pink, keta, and coho salmon, and continues through October. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has predicted 2015 will yield the largest sockeye salmon harvest since 1995 – an expected increase of 33 percent from the 2014 harvest  – additionally they have posted the largest pink salmon forecast on record.  Overall, this year is expected to be the second-largest Alaska salmon harvest on record, with a 40 percent total increase over 2014.

“This banner harvest year will enable more consumers nationwide to purchase wild Alaska salmon and experience the exceptional flavor,” said Tyson Fick, Communications Director at the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI). “When consumers see the Alaska name, they can trust their salmon is wild, sustainable, and of exceptional quality.  Alaska’s constitution mandates sustainability and our science-based fishery management practices are considered a model for the world.”


Public input sought on recovery plan for endangered Cook Inlet belugas
Alaska Dispatch News by Megan Edge – May 14, 2015
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is asking for public input on a new plan the agency hopes could eventually take Cook Inlet beluga whales off the endangered species list.

Ceremonial first fish of Copper River salmon season arrives
Associated Press – May 15, 2015
SEATTLE (AP) – The ceremonial first fish of the Copper River salmon season has arrived in Seattle on an airplane from Alaska.

Don’t Believe the Hype: Eating In Still Tops Eating Out
Faulty assumptions based on retail data lead to mistaken conclusion on dining trends
Wall Street Journal by Jo Craven McGinty – May 15, 2015
Retail-sales figures released by the U.S. Commerce Department garnered considerable attention last month when news reports suggested they showed Americans spent more money dining out than buying groceries for the first time ever.

Fish-generated sunscreen pill to protect humans: Study
Zee News – May 12, 2015
New York: Fish can produce their own sunscreen and copying the method they use could lead to a sunscreen pill for humans, says a new study.
The scientists from Oregon State University in the US found that zebrafish are able to produce a chemical called gadusol that protects against ultraviolet (UV) radiation. They successfully reproduced the method that zebrafish use by expressing the relevant genes in yeast.

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May 15, 2015