Alaska/Pacific Coast

Two more Copper River Openings this Week, After Initial Opening yields less than 16,000 Sockeye
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton – May 18, 2015
ADF&G said on Saturday that the first Copper River opening on May 14th yielded a disappointing 15,806 sockeye – less than half the volume on the first day in 2014.

There will be two 24 hour openings this week – today (Monday) and Wednesday, and the opening schedule should be similar to prior years.

Ancecdotally, the lack of fish from Copper River, plus the availability of early king salmon and sockeye from other fisheries, has put a small damper on the marketing of Copper River sockeye.

With less fish to go around, there appeared to be fewer retailers and restaurants who wanted to jump on the bandwagon of the first fish.  However, the run is expected to be huge this year – around 2 million sockeye, and that will potentially lead to many marketing opportunities as the run builds.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/975915/Two-more-Copper-River-Openings-this-Week-After-Initial-Opening-yields-less-than-16000-Sockeye

Politics

Alaska’s senators team to fight illegal fishing activities
Ripon Advance News Service – May 19, 2015
Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) introduced legislation this week that would fight against the devastating threat posed by illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities that take billions of dollars out of the United States fishery industry each year.
http://riponadvance.com/stories/510545812-alaska-s-senators-team-to-fight-illegal-fishing-activities

National

How far a $15 minimum wage goes in 6 US cities
Seattle Times by The Associated Press – May 20, 2015
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The minimum wage in Los Angeles could increase to $15 an hour by 2020 under a plan given initial approval by the City Council.
http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/how-far-a-15-minimum-wage-goes-in-6-us-cities/

Los Angeles’ minimum wage on track to go up to $15 by 2020
The LA Times by Peter Jamison, David Zahniser and Alice Walton – May 19, 2015
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday backed a plan to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, joining a trend sweeping cities across the country as elected leaders seek to boost stagnating pay for workers on the lowest rungs of the socio-economic ladder.
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-minimum-wage-hike-20150518-story.html#page=1

Young’s MSA Draft Gets Comprehensive US Industry Support but Not with Gulf Snapper Proposal
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh – May 19, 2015
A comprehensive group of US fishing associations, seafood companies, commercial fishing vessels and individual industry participants have sent a letter to the chairman of the House Commitee on Natural Resources in support of Alaska Congressman Don Young’s draft proposal to Reauthorize the Magnuson Stevens Act.

The letter mostly supports Young’s bill HR 1335, “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act.” In the letter, the groups write the proposal “builds on the conservation tenets which are already part of the Act while providing economic relief to those coastal communities that have been frustrated by the rigidity of the Act.”

However, the letter does go on to say the groups would pull thier support for HR 1335 if an amendement to shift Gulf red snapper fishery management away from federal authorities and into the hands of the State councils is included.

“We are opposed to any effort to further amend HR 1335 with language that exempts the Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery from the Magnuson Stevens Act. There is a process in place under existing law to deal with the complex issues surrounding this fishery and HR 1335 builds on that process with several provisions that will provide data to inform that process,” the letter says.

Earlier this month Seafood News Editor John Sackton took issue with Young’s draft proposal, saying the “revisions create conditions for massive destabilization of US fisheries.”

Sackton wrote in the eight years since the last MSA reauhtorization in 2007 US Fisheries in general have shown remarkeable success, with a few notable failures. Under Young’s proposal Sackton said the management successess could be harder to come by.

Still, the groups did object to any amendment that would take Gulf red snapper fishery management away from federal regulators. This was one major point of contention included in Young’s MSA proposal that Sackton said carried the potential to change Fishery Councils “from being regulatory bodies that applied science to fishery management to allocation bodies making political decisions about fish based on who can mobilize the most votes and support.”

Following is the letter in its entirety with the full list of the singees:

Honorable Rob Bishop
Chairman, Committee on Natural Resources
U.S. House of Representatives
1324 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Chairman Bishop:

The undersigned organizations, companies, and individuals are writing to let you know of our strong support for HR 1335, the “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act”, as it was reported by the House Natural Resources Committee on April 30, 2015.  This bill is the product of two years of hearings in the 113th Congress and strikes a good balance between maintaining the essential conservation goals of the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and improving that Act with some carefully crafted amendments to provide fisheries managers with needed flexibility. If enacted, HR 1335 will continue the rebuilding of depleted fish stocks, provide transparency, streamline the management process, and ensure that more scientific information is available to deal with data-poor fish stocks. We believe HR 1335 builds on the conservation tenets which are already part of the Act while providing economic relief to those coastal communities that have been frustrated by the rigidity of the Act.

At the same time, we are opposed to any effort to further amend HR 1335 with language that exempts the Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery from the Magnuson Stevens Act. There is a process in place under existing law to deal with the complex issues surrounding this fishery and HR 1335 builds on that process with several provisions that will provide data to inform that process. Unfortunately, that is deemed insufficient by one radical sportsmen’s group who insists on taking the fishery out of the jurisdiction of the Magnuson Stevens Act. If this amendment is adopted, it will force us to reconsider our support for the bill.

Sincerely,

ORGANIZATIONS

West Coast Seafood Processors Association
Directed Sustainable Fisheries, Inc.
Garden State Seafood Association
Long Island Commercial Fishing Association
Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s
Association
Southern Offshore Fishing Association
Pacific Seafood Processors Association
Washington Trollers Association
Coalition of Coastal Fisheries
United Catcher Boats
California Wetfish Producers Association
North Carolina Fisheries Association
Western Fishboat Owners Association
United Boatmen of New Jersey
Long Island Traditions
American Albacore Research Foundation
Alliance of Communities for Sustainable
Fisheries
Lower Columbia Alliance for Sustainable
Fisheries
Bay County, Florida Chamber of Commerce
California Sea Urchin Commission

BUSINESSES

Fish-Net USA
Lund’s Fisheries Inc.
Cape Trawlers Inc.
Cape Clam, Inc.
Lund Marr Trawlers LLC
Mt Vernon LLC
Scombrus One LLC
Western Explorer LLC
Elite G LLC
Nancy Elizabeth LLC
Loper Bright Enterprises LLC
Sun Coast Calamari LLC
Pt Hueneme Ice LLC
WIFTEK LLC
Golden Nugget LLC
Golden Mountain Trading Co.
Rustin Marketing Services, LLC
Fishermen’s Dock Co-op
Knot On Duty Fishing Charters
Fishy Business, Inc.
R.I. Engine Co.
F/V BARBARA PAULINE
Salt Pond Fisheries
Yankee Pride Fisheries
Seaside Fuel
Wild Atlantic Seafood
Starfish Boats.com
Hunter Deep Sea Fishing
F/V ANNE KATHRYN
RiverCenter Marine, LLC
Montauk Fish Dock, Inc.
JH Miles & Co., Inc.
Trawlworks, Inc.
F/V MISS MADISON
The Bait Company
Seafreeze Ltd.
Relentless, Inc.
Huntress, Inc.
Captain Anderson’s Marina
F/V RIANDA S
F/V DEFIANT
F/V RYAN & DILLON
F/V UMIAK
F/V KAILEYANN
F/V DARANA R
Oldsquaw Fisheries Inc.
F/V TOOTS
F/V THERESA & ALLYSON
F/V JAMIE & ASHLEY
Superior Trawl
F/V EMILIA ROSE

INDIVIDUALS

Mike Sousa, New Bedford, MA
Captain Michael Pawluk, Portsmouth, NH
James Odlin, Portland, ME
Mary Kavanagh, Falmouth, MA
Wesley Peterson, Montauk, NY
Gabrielle Muench, Spring Lake, NJ
John Haran, Dartmouth, MA
Charles Felch, Seabrook, NH
Stephen Theberge, Panama City, FL
Ronnie Jett, Reedsville, VA
Jean Peterson, Mystic, CT
Chris Hull, Washington, DC
Alan Cass, New Bedford, MA
Graham Rogers, Goldsboro, NC
Frederick Bottom, Amesbury, MA
John Cole, Point Pleasant, NJ
Robert Wells, Setauket, NY
Carol Jurczewski, Riverside, IL
Gunilla Norris, Mystic, CT
Stanley Wertheimer, Mystic, CT
Vanley Hubbard, Englewood, FL
Captain Ric Anderson, Rye, NH
Susan Mangam, Tannersville, NY
Zelinda Pereira, New Bedford, MA
Manuel Pereira, New Bedford, MA
Melanie Pereira, New Bedford, MA
Peter Pereira, Lincoln, RI
Rosa Silva, Dartmouth, MA
John Rice, Edgewater, FL
James Durda, Ashaway, RI
Michael Huntley, North Kingston, RI
Alan DeBoer, Hope Valley, RI
Donald Crawford, Pawcatuck, CT
Walter Davis, Narragansett, RI
Sue Cole, Point Pleasant, NJ
Steven Bolton, Hampton Beach, NY
Callie Hovanesiar, Wakefield, RI
Jennylyn Beaudette, Ellisiville, MS
Charles Hovanesiar, Wakefield, RI
Armand Kibarian, Exeter, RI
William Callaway, Wanchese, NC
Drew Martin, Lake Worth, FL
Patricia Orlinski, Sun City, AZ
Kristine Harder, Haines, AK
E.C. Newellman, Brooklyn, NY
David Mulvey, Vermont
Fred Mattera, West Kings, RI
Debra Hathaway, Fort Pierce, FL
Robert Ruhle, Wanchese, NC
Steven Ruhle, Wanchese, NC
James Ruhle, Wanchese, NC
Jon Holcomb, Fort Bragg, CA
Jerome Ford, Lake Worth, FL
Melissa Swain, Jamestown, RI
Jim Kendall, New Bedford, MA
Rick Terminesi, Narragansett, RI
H. Russell Taub, Providence, RI
Chris Nelson, Montecito, CA
Erin McCraw, Wakefield, RI
Susan Palange, Wakefield, RI
Pama Kacsur, Lytle, TX
Dan Shannon, Carver, MA
Patrick Duckworth, Wakefield, RI
Victor Hall, Orlando, FL
Chris Scola, East Hampton, NY
Judi Keding, Plymouth, MA
Leo Robbins, Whitestone, VA
Isa Miller, East Greenwich, RI
Beth Curtis, Wakefield, RI
William Hogan, Tampa, FL
E. Jones, Rochester, NH
Brent Loftes, Narragansett, RI
Donna Feinberg, North Kingston, RI
Shawn Manville, Wakefield, RI
Peter Himchak, Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Cynthia Mills, South Kingston, RI
Robert Morris, Bristol RI
Patrick Flanigan, Swarthmore, PA
Karen Ricci, Wakefield, RI
Jim Harrington, Craryville, NY
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/976124/Youngs-MSA-Draft-Gets-Comprehensive-US-Industry-Support-but-Not-with-Gulf-Snapper-Proposal

International

Russia and U.S. Find Common Cause in Arctic Pact
New York Times by ANDREW E. KRAMER – MAY 19, 2015
MOSCOW — The recent diplomatic thaw between Russia and the United States over the crisis in Ukraine has had little impact there, but it is being felt somewhere else — in the Arctic Ocean, near the North Pole.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/20/world/russia-and-us-find-common-cause-in-arctic-pact.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150520&nlid=60894292&tntemail0=y&_r=0

Labeling and Marketing

Orca Bay Launches Single Serve Line of Retail Products Featuring Alaska Cod, Halibut and Salmon
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] – May 20, 2015
Orca Bay Seafoods, Inc. has added single serve, all-natural seafood in a direct-printed vacuum package to its line of retail seafood products. The line features 14 different products with a variety of fish – Alaska Cod, Halibut, Keta Salmon, Sablefish, Sockeye Salmon, Mahi Mahi, Swordfish, and Wahoo.

The new line uses new packaging that eliminates one layer of plastic from the waste stream Orca Bay said. The products aim to increase consumer convenience by being single-serve and providing a single portion option for consumers beyond Orca Bay’s traditional 10 oz. bags.

“With consumer awareness firmly focused on sustainable practices, we wanted to provide packaging options that mirror our Common Sense Sourcing philosophy of doing business,” said Roger Fickenscher, Director of Product Development for Orca bay.

“It’s a ‘win-win-win’ not only for the environment but also for consumers and retailers.  Consumers are still getting a natural, healthy, and delicious product but with the option of purchasing a single portion,” added Lilani Estacio, Orca Bay’s Marketing and Communications manager.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/SearchStory/Cod/976274

FYI’s

Global Sustainability Summit 2015 – including “…innovations and solutions for protecting the oceans
The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) have developed the Sustainability Summit to give companies the tools, connections and proactive solutions to take their sustainability programs to the next level.
http://www.fmi.org/forms/meeting/Microsite/2015TPASustainabilitySummit

The Spit is Ready to Go for Crab Fest 
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – May 18, 2015
With Crab Fest fast approaching, vendors and rides will need all the space they can get by St. Paul Harbor – not only for themselves, but for the people who’ll line up at the booths.
http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6534

Alaska Board of Fish schedules teleconference on cod proposals
ADFG- May 15, 2015
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING OF THE  ALASKA BOARD OF FISHERIES Notice  is  given  that  the  Alaska  Board  of  Fisheries  (Board)  will  hold  a  teleconference  on  Tuesday, May 26, 2015 , from 10:00  a. m. – 12:00  p .m. The purpose of the meeting is for the  board to consider moving the review and deliberation of Pacific cod related proposals from the  Board’s  February  23–March 3, 2016  Alaska  Peninsula/Bering  Sea-Aleutian  Island/Chignik  finfish meeting to the November 30– December 7, 2015 Bristol Bay finfish meeting or another time.
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/regulations/regprocess/fisheriesboard/pdfs/2014-2015/notice_may_meeting.pdf

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Pacific Seafood Processors Association
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May 20, 2015