Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska members of council appeal recusals
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – May 27, 2015
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council will spend the first four days of its weeklong meeting in Sitka beginning June 3 deciding on a series of deep cuts in the halibut bycatch allocation for the Bering Sea groundfish bottom-trawl fleet, but it may do so without a majority of the votes on the final decision coming from the Alaska delegation.


Young dismisses White House Magnuson-Stevens veto threat
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – May 27, 2015
President Barack Obama’s administration gave an early promise to stop Rep. Don Young’s changes to national fishing laws before the bill has even seen the light of a full House discussion.


Customs Strike Wrecking Havoc for Chile’s Salmon Exporters; Losses Already Estimated at $30 Million
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh – May 26, 2015
On Monday Chilean Customs workers rejected a labor deal offered by government officials, continuing a strike that started last week over pay and staffing issues. The ongoing work stoppage has now resulted in tens of millions dollars in sales losses for fresh salmon exporters according to trade association SalmonChile.

The National Association of Customs Officers (ANFACH) rejected the government’s proposal that would have added 250 works to the Customs workforce. ANFACH, however, had requested 800 workers be added to their existing staff among other demands.

Last week Chilean Customs workers walked of the job seeking better pay and more staff. The work stoppage has paralyzed most of Chile’s import and export operations.

“We have begun to accumulate land, port and air cargo,” said Ronald Bown president of the Fruit Exporters Association (Asoex).

Chile’s major fresh and frozen salmon trade has not been immune to the Customs said industry association SalmonChile. The organization said 6,000 tons of frozen salmon and 5,000 tons of fresh salmon marked for export have already been impacted. Fresh salmon exporters have already lost US$30 million in sales according to SalmonChile.

“As important as financial losses, it is the crisis of confidence and image that we are suffering today. The capital position has been built in recent years, is heavily damaged, “he argued the president of SalmonChile, Felipe Sandoval.

Major producer Camanchaca said with each day the strike passes confidence among overseas buyers depending on the Chilean supply erodes

“Chile has lost credibility as a reliable supplier. Buyers are going to buy from Canada and Norway,” Camanchaca’s CEO Ricardo Garcia.

SalmonChile desperately wants a deal to get done that would get Customs operations moving again. Until then, Sandoval says the salmon industry’s export businesses will only continue to deteriorate.

“As we have explained on other occasions, the salmon industry is prevented from stopping because this deadlock can have serious consequences on the health and environmental aspects,” Sandoval said.

Industry sources told Urner Barry today there will be two more meetings between the two sides to try and hash out a deal. Until then no product is moving out Chile at the moment.

Labeling and Marketing

Mediation proposed for salmon sustainability certification squabble
The salmon processors at odds over who gets the blue-label sustainability certification needed to sell fish in certain European markets are expected to enter mediation next week.
KDLG by Molly Dischner – May 27, 2015
The Marine Stewardship Council will facilitate mediation for the salmon processors who disagree about who can participate in the client group that has the council’s sustainability certification. Back in April, ten of Alaska’s major salmon buyers asked to rejoin the label they dropped in 2012, saying it will help them tap back into picky European markets.

Providence St. Peter Hospital Achieves MSC Certification For Sustainable, Wild-Caught Seafood by Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Perishable News – May 26, 2015
Seattle, WA – Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, WA, has announced that it is the first hospital in the Providence Health Care System, and the second hospital in North America, to achieve Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody certification for sustainable, wild-caught seafood. MSC certification ensures that seafood products bearing the blue MSC ecolabel are fully traceable to a fishery that has been certified to the global MSC standard as sustainable and well-managed.


Fisheries indicators ‘too narrow’ to show real impact by Mike Ives – May 22, 2015
Global monitoring of fisheries must be improved to understand the mismatch between protecting marine life and the vital role fishing plays in many economies, according to a study.


Author Paul Greenberg wants you to know more about the seafood you eat
Indy Week By Jill Warren Lucas – May 27, 2015
There is a big difference between food found locally and true local food, especially when it comes to fish.

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May 28, 2015