Alaska/Pacific Coast

Group continues effort to get setnet ban on 2016 ballot
Associated Press By Molly Dischner – May 4, 2015
JUNEAU — A proposed voter initiative to ban setnets in urban parts of Alaska is making its way toward the ballot, while a lawsuit over its legality continues.

Icicle Seafoods Names New CEO, Humphreys New Chairman
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker  – April 30, 2015
Icicle Seafoods announced management changes that move current CEO Amy Humphreys to Chairman of the Board and put Chris Ruettgers, current Executive Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development in her place as CEO.

LaDon Johnson was named President of the Seattle-based processor. Johnson currently serves as Icicle’s Chief Financial Officer; he will keep those responsibilities and add oversight of accounting and finance, legal and human resource activities.

All three appointments are effective May 1, this year.  Icicle is owned  by Paine & Partners, the private equity firm who purchased them in 2007.

Icicle Seafoods began in 1965 when Bob Thorstenson and a group of fishermen in Petersburg, Alaska bought the Pacific American Fisheries Cannery. The company has grown to be one of the most diversified seafood companies in North America.

“Amy has built an industry leading management team at Icicle and we are delighted that she will join the Board of Directors as its Chairman,” said Dexter Paine, Chairman and CEO of Paine & Partners. “With her knowledge of Icicle’s day-to-day operations, Amy will bring significant experience to the Board, help lead Icicle’s strategic direction and governance, and facilitate the transition to Chris and LaDon in their new roles.”

Humphreys said, “Icicle has a rich history as a leader in the seafood industry and I look forward to overseeing our continued growth as Chairman.  Icicle has a strong management team that has demonstrated the ability to operate and grow the platform, and I am confident that Chris will continue to build on our success.”

Commenting on his appointment, Ruettgers said, “I am excited to take on the role of CEO at Icicle, a company that continues to be defined by strong customer relationships and fishermen partnerships.  I believe we have significant opportunities to build on Icicle’s platform and achieve further success.  Our talented and dedicated employees will continue to be the backbone of our Company, and I look forward to working alongside them.”

“I have been fortunate to have worked alongside Chris and Amy as we shaped and executed on the Company’s growth strategy,” Johnson said. “I am excited to take on the role of President and to hit the ground running with my expanded responsibilities.  Icicle is well-positioned for future growth and success and I look forward to contributing in my new capacity.”

Icicle Seafoods core business is the primary processing of seafood including wild salmon, pollock, crab, halibut, cod, sablefish and herring with both on-shore and floating processing facilities. Icicle also owns the largest United States owned and operated salmon farming company located in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

Prices to Increase as Gulf of Alaska Groundfish Fishery Closes
The Fish Site – May 5, 2015
US – The Gulf of Alaska groundfish fishery has been closed by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to non-Rockfish program catcher trawl vessels, reports Rob Reierson, Tradex Foods.

Copper River Seafoods expands Bristol Bay operations with Naknek plant
KDLG by Dave Bendinger – May 4, 2015
Company plans to process 4-5 million pounds of fresh, frozen H&G at plant previously owned by Extreme Seafoods.


Labeling and Marketing

Researchers Urge Seafood Sustainability Before Market Access
The Fish Site – May 5, 2015
US – Major retailers have said they will switch to only sustainable seafood products, but fishery improvement projects should be enhanced to ensure they deliver on these promises, a team of researchers from the University of California Davis has concluded.

Federal Register

Fisheries Off West Coast States; West Coast Salmon Fisheries; 2015 Management Measures
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/05/2015
Through this final rule NMFS establishes fishery management measures for the 2015 ocean salmon fisheries off Washington, Oregon, and California and the 2016 salmon seasons opening earlier than May 1, 2016. Specific fishery management measures vary by fishery and by area. The measures establish fishing areas, seasons, quotas, legal gear, recreational fishing days and catch limits, possession and landing restrictions, and minimum lengths for salmon taken in the U.S. exclusive economic zone (EEZ) (3-200 NM) off Washington, Oregon, and California. The management measures are intended to prevent overfishing and to apportion the ocean harvest equitably among treaty Indian, non-treaty commercial, and recreational fisheries. The measures are also intended to allow a portion of the salmon runs to escape the ocean fisheries in order to provide for spawning escapement and inside fisheries (fisheries occurring in state internal waters). This document also announces the availability of an environmental assessment (EA) that analyzes the environmental impacts of implementing the 2015 ocean salmon management measures.

International Pacific Halibut Commission Appointments
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/05/2015
In January 2013, NOAA Fisheries publicly solicited nominations for two presidential appointments to serve as U.S. Commissioners to the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC). This multi-step nomination process provided for extensive participation by stakeholders in the Pacific halibut fishery and resulted in the appointment of two highly qualified individuals to serve in this important position. U.S. Commissioners to the IPHC Commission are appointed for a term not to exceed 2 years, but are eligible for reappointment. In order to ensure that the views of relevant stakeholders and others with an on-going interest in the Pacific halibut fishery are adequately reflected, NOAA is again soliciting nominations for two individuals to serve as U.S. Commissioners to the IPHC. Nominations are open to all qualified individuals and may include current Commissioners.

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May 5, 2015