Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Maggie Wall – May 18, 2017
A joint session of the Alaska Legislature approves Fish Board appointments. All three are familiar faces.

Bristol Bay fleet chilled more salmon in 2016 than ever before, according to study
Survey of processors shows number of chilled deliveries has climbed from 24 percent in 2008 to 71 percent in 2016, the highest on record. Stakeholders like BBRSDA point to a quality revolution underway in world’s largest sockeye fishery.  
KDLG by Nick Ciolino – May 17, 2017
The Bristol Bay salmon drift fleet sold more chilled salmon to processors last year than ever before. Bristol Bay is the world’s largest salmon fishery, and is making efforts to sell a larger portion of its catch as fillets, rather than canned. Filling those fresh and frozen orders requires chilling at the point of harvest, which more fishermen are apparently doing.

Copper River’s “first fish” expected Friday
KDLG by Dave Bendinger – May 17, 2017
Delayed start to hyped salmon fishery due to projected low king run this year. ADF&G will open the fleet Thursday, and Alaska’s most famed commercial salmon should arrive in Anchorage and Seattle Friday.

Prince William Sound Alaska Salmon Proven Sustainable by Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Perishable News – May 17, 2017
The entirety of the Alaska salmon fishery, now inclusive of the Prince William Sound (PWS) unit, is again certified to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Fisheries Standard. This science-based standard is the world’s most credible and recognized standard for environmentally sustainable wild-caught seafood.

Park users, commercial fishermen clash over Tutka Bay net pens
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – May 17, 2017
HOMER — The debate over whether a Cook Inlet hatchery operator can move some net pens out into a Homer-area bay is tangled up with the future of the tourism industry and commercial fishing in Lower Cook Inlet.


Salmon defenders propose 2018 ballot initative, predict huge fish fight
Idea must be vetted by lieutenant governor before signature-gathering begins in earnest
Juneau Empire by James Brooks – May 18, 2017
A group of the state’s staunchest salmon defenders is proposing a ballot initiative that seeks to strengthen legal protections for Alaska’s fish-bearing streams and rivers.

Board denies emergency petition on Copper River kings
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – May 18, 2017
The Board of Fisheries denied a request on May 17 from the Fairbanks Fish and Game Advisory Committee to set more restrictions on the Copper River commercial fishery to protect king salmon.


Fish biologists talk escapement goals
Peninsula Clarion by Kat Sorensen – May 17, 2017
Representatives from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Alaska Board of Fisheries reiterated the role that escapement goals play in the peninsula’s commercial and recreational fishing regulations at the Soldotna Chamber Luncheon.

Labeling and Marketing

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Marketing Update
ASMI – May 2017
FDA Nutrition Fact Label Gets Facelift, Retail Giant HEB Promotes Alaska Cod During Lent, ASMI Exhibit at Seafood Expo Global in Brussels, Belgium, Alaska Seafood Promoted During Annual German Carnival Celebration, ASMI Attends Partnership For A Healthier America Summit, ASMI Board of Directors and ASMI Customer Advisory Panel Meeting May 8-9th …


Season’s first Copper River Salmon to arrive in Seattle this week
KIRO 7 News – May 16, 2017
The season’s first catch of prized Copper River salmon will arrive in Seattle straight from Alaska this Friday.

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May 19, 2017