Alaska/Pacific Coast

Seafood aficionados celebrate Copper River opener
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – May 20, 2016
From Seattle to Anchorage on May 17, seafood aficionados celebrated opening of the Copper River fishery, and welcomed the arrival of thousands of pounds of fresh wild sockeyes and king salmon.

Small salmon, premium prices at Copper River opener
Alaska Dispatch New – May 21, 2016
Alaska’s salmon season officially got underway Monday with the arrival of thousands of sockeye and king salmon at the Copper River near Cordova, and high prices were the talk of the town.

Oregon’s Dungeness Crab Catch Up 70% from Last Season to 14 Million Lbs; Average Prices Also Higher
SEAFOOD.COM NEWS by Susan Chambers – May 23, 2016
Oregon Dungeness crab landings for the 2015-16 season have surpassed those of the previous season, despite a month-long season delay due to domoic acid levels. Total values of crab increased as well.

As of the second week of May this year, 13.7 million pounds of Dungeness have been landed into Oregon ports. The average price is $3.59 per pound, for a total value of $49.3 million, surpassing the 2014-15 season value of $33.7 million.

As usual, the bulk of the landings came early in the season, during the first two months it was open. January’s statewide landings were close to 10 million pounds and nearly 3 million were landed in February. Deliveries have dropped considerably since February, as other fewer crab were available to be caught and other areas opened in California. The highest average price was $5.06 per pound in March, but now hovers around $4.32 in May. The season average price so far is $3.59 per pound.

Crabbers delivered the first loads of Dungeness in January, with average ex-vessel prices ranging between $3.06 and $3.43 per pound that month. Those prices steadily increased as the volume slowed in late February and March.
Washington’s non-tribal crab fleet started fishing in January also, but California’s crabbers missed more than four months of fishing, with some areas finally opening within the last month.

The Astoria area leads the state in landings this year. Roughly 4.4 million pounds of crab have been delivered to Astoria and Warrenton ports for a value of $15 million. Newport is a close second, with 4.1 million pounds and a $15 million value as well. Crabbers delivered 2.7 million pounds of Dungeness to Charleston, resulting in $10 million in total value for the port.

The 2014-15 season in Oregon resulted in lower landings than normal – about 8.2 million pounds, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.  The average ex-vessel price hit an all-time high of $8.23 in February 2015 and the average price for the season hit a new record of $4.10 per pound. The landings total was similar to the 2000-01 season of 7.4 million pounds.

Both scientists and the West Coast crab industry are paying close attention to ocean conditions this year to determine whether another round of harmful algal blooms may be developing. Some species of phytoplankton can result in domoic acid toxins. Scientists working out of Newport, Ore., this month found the presence of phytoplankton responsible for the production of domoic acid in Oregon waters due to recent upwelling events, but at volumes lower than harmful algal bloom levels.


How do salmon find their home stream? Maybe by hanging out with the right crowd
Bristol Bay Times by Molly Dischner – May 22, 2016
Each summer, millions of fish return to Bristol Bay, and then swim on to the stream where they were born to spawn and die. Exactly what compels them to return to the right spot is unknown. But scientists think that some hatchery-raised steelhead in Oregon might hold a clue.

Labeling and Marketing

Genetically modified salmon approved for consumption in Canada
The Globe and Mail by Ann Hui – May 19, 2016
Health Canada has approved genetically modified salmon as safe for consumption, allowing for the first time genetically altered animals on Canadian grocery store shelves.


Pollock Skin Dog Treats Approach Final Form
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – May 19, 2016
A local line of pollock skin dog treats is closer to its final form.
A while ago, KMXT covered a story about seafood technology specialist Chris Sannito and his colleague at Alaska Sea Grant concocting dog treats. On Tuesday, Sannito is heading to the Lower 48 to shape the snacks.

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May 23, 2016