Alaska/Pacific Coast

Halibut fishery kicks off in Bristol Bay
KDLG by Nick Ciolino – May 22, 2017
Federal managers are giving Bristol Bay longliners a small boost in their halibut quota this season, and state managers are now allowing the sale of cod, too.

Alaska Air Cargo delivers 22,000 pounds of Copper River salmon to Seattle
Seattle’s top chefs compete in the eighth annual Copper Chef Cook-off
Alaska Airline New Release – May 19, 2017
The season’s first shipment of fresh Copper River salmon made the 1,300-mile journey from Cordova, Alaska, to Seattle onboard an Alaska Airlines 737 this morning, marking the start of the summer salmon grilling season. In addition to the 22,000 pounds of fish delivered this morning, Alaska has four flights scheduled throughout the day to bring up to 77,000 pounds of Copper River salmon to market in Anchorage and the Lower 48.

Labeling and Marketing

RFM Certification Underway for Five Alaska Crab Fisheries, ASMI Calls for Stakeholders Input
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – May 23, 2017
It’s been five years since the Bering Sea king and snow crab fisheries were certified as responsibly managed against the FAO-based standards under the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Program.

Today, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute announced that stakeholders who want to review the draft re-assessment reports for Bristol Bay Red King crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus), St. Matthew Island Blue King crab (Paralithodes platypus) and Eastern Bering Sea Snow crab (Chionoecetes opilio) and new assessments for Eastern Bering Sea Tanner Crab (Chionoecetes bairdi), Aleutian Islands Golden King Crab (Lithodes aequispinus) can register their interest to:

Jean Ragg Alaska RFM Scheme Administrator,
Global Trust Certification Ltd.
Quayside Business Park,
Mill Street, Dundalk,
County Louth,
T: +353 (0) 42 9320912
F: +353 (0) 42 9386864

Stakeholders should register their interest with name, organization and e-mail contact details to Global Trust Certification at the above address, preferably by e-mail.

“Once available, the Draft Assessment Reports will then be sent directly to the registered stakeholders’ e-mail address,” said a spokesperson for the Certification Body (CB) Global Trust Certification.  The reports will also be available via alaskarfm/.

The assessments will be using the latest version of the standard. The new version 1.3 (V1.3) was adopted by the ASMI board of directors in November 2015 for use in all new fisheries that wish to be certified and for fisheries seeking re-certification to the Alaska RFM program from January 1, 2016.

A separate web-announcement will be made notifying stakeholders of the commencement of the 30-day Stakeholder Comment Period for the above mentioned Alaska crab fisheries Draft Assessment Reports.

For information on the history of crab certifications under the Alaska standard click here.

3MMI – 3 Reasons why Atlantic Salmon Markets are Volatile
TradexFoods – May 22, 2017
Atlantic Salmon is a difficult market to predict, with market volatility from currencies, global economies, and even oil prices. We interviewed Damien Claire, President of Platina Seafood, in Miami Florida last week for a more indepth look at global markets and supply trends.

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Sablefish in the Bering Sea Subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/23/2017
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for sablefish by vessels using trawl gear in the Bering Sea subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2017 sablefish initial total allowable catch (ITAC) in the Bering Sea subarea of the BSAI.

Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/23/2017
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of its Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Mariana Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) Advisory Panel (AP) to discuss and make recommendations on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.


When sailboats ruled Bristol Bay
Alaska Dispatch News by Tim Troll – May 22, 2017
One hundred and thirty-two years ago, the Bristol Bay commercial fishery began on the shores of the Nushagak River when the first cannery went into operation and canned a little more than 4,000 salmon.

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May 23, 2017