Alaska/Pacific Coast

Great Pacific Seafoods files for bankruptcy, shuts down operations in Alaska and elsewhere
Alaska Dispatch News by  Michelle Theriault Boots – May 30, 2016
Great Pacific Seafoods, a processor with three plants and hundreds of workers in Alaska, announced Sunday that it is filing for bankruptcy and shutting down operations.
http://www.adn.com/alaska-news/economy/business/2016/05/29/great-pacific-seafoods-files-for-bankruptcy-shuts-down-operations-in-alaska-and-elsewhere/

Recent trend of small sockeye continues at Copper River

Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – May 26, 2016
Alaska’s earliest sockeye run could be a rerun.
Copper River sockeye are even punier than last year’s record-setting slim fish, matching warnings from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s preseason forecast.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2016-05-26/recent-trend-small-sockeye-continues-copper-river#.V02fhGZOFA5

Copper River catch reaches 138,722 reds, 5,716 kings
Sockeyes averaging 49 pounds Chinooks 161 after three openers
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – May 28, 2016
Cindy Appleton and Deb Eckley were part of the amazing welcoming committee waiting onshore as our fleet returned home from the opener Monday night. Photo by Cinthia Gibbens-Stimson/The Cordova Times
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1621copper-river-catch-reaches-138722-reds-5716

National

Commercial and recreational saltwater fishing generated $214 billion in 2014
NOAA Fisheries – May 26, 2016
Fishing and seafood industries a strong part of U.S. coastal economy
Commercial and recreational saltwater fishing in the United States generated more than $214 billion in sales and supported 1.83 million jobs in 2014, according to a new economic report released by NOAA Fisheries today.
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/mediacenter/2016/05_May/26_05_feus_2014_pr.html

Labeling and Marketing

3MMI – Pacific Cod Pricing on the Rise with NO END in Sight…
Tradex Foods – May 30, 2016
3-Minute Market Insight:
– Pacific Cod pricing has been on the rise since January and there doesn’t look to be an end in sight. Russia Pacific Cod wholesale pricing has skyrocketed, Pacific Cod out of Alaska have increased from one year ago by close to $0.50/lb.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHgCpOTwN-A

FYI’s

Recruitment Notice : Federal Fisheries Coordinator
Alaska Department of Fish and Game – May 2016
The Federal Fisheries Coordinator acts as liaison for the  Commissioner  with the North Pacific Fishery  Management  Council  (Council)  and sits as the State of Alaska’s alternate at Council meetings. With the direction of the  Commissioner, this position  supervises  the analysis and development of fisheries policies at state and federal levels that impact groundfish, Bering Sea/Aleutian Island (BSAI)  king and Tanner crab, scallops, and halibut fisheries, as well  as species taken as bycatch in federal fisheries.
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/home/news/hottopics/pdfs/recruitment_fedfisheries_coordinator.pdf

Whale-finding phone app grows in use, steering mariners away
Associated Press –  May 26, 2016
PORTLAND, Maine — With summer whale watching season fast approaching, conservation advocates and government agencies who want to protect whales say a mobile app designed to help mariners steer clear of the animals is helping keep them alive.
http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2016/05/whale_finding_phone_app_grows_in_use_steering_mariners_away

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May 31, 2016