Alaska/Pacific Coast

Officials: Alaska groundfish closure won’t kill cod, flatfish fisheries
Seafood Source by Sean Murphy – May 06 2015
There’s no doubt that the recent announcement of shutting down directed fishing for groundfish will have an effect on Alaska fisheries, particularly for cod, but U.S. fisheries officials told SeafoodSource that this doesn’t mean no one can fish for cod and flatfish.
http://www.seafoodsource.com/news/environment-sustainability/28112-officials-alaska-groundfish-closure-won-t-kill-cod-flatfish-fisheries

Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT – May 7, 2015
Coming up this week, there’s a new CEO for Icicle Seafoods, but is he there just to oversee its break up or sale? Don Young says he wants to keep legal beagles out of fisheries, and it’s blessing of the fleet time in Juneau. All that, and they used to blow up fish in the name of science! We had help from APRN’s Liz Ruskin in Washington D.C., KUCB’s Annie Ropeike in Unalaska and KTOO’s Casey Kelly in Juneau.
http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6512&Itemid=2

International

Russia, illegal workers and Pollock fish
MSNBC Greenhouse – May 7, 2015

Greenhouse
Tony Dokoupil talks about why Russia may be abusing workers in order to catch the ever-popular Pollock fish.
http://www.msnbc.com/greenhouse/watch/russia–illegal-workers-and-pollock-fish-441617475962

Russian Fish Called ‘Alaska Pollock’: OK By FDA
APRN by Liz Ruskin – May 7, 2015
If you’re in a supermarket and see a product labeled “Alaska Pollock,” it could well be Russian-caught pollock. And the FDA considers that perfectly legal. U.S. senators Lisa Murkowski, and Maria Cantwell of Washington, are urging the Food and Drug Administration to change that practice.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2015/05/07/russian-fish-called-alaska-pollock-ok-by-fda/

Environment/Science

Could salmon sharks be factor in declining Bering Sea king salmon numbers?
Alaska Dispatch News by Suzanna Caldwell – May 7, 2015
Given their name, it’s not surprising that salmon sharks eat salmon. But Alaska researchers are now asking whether the animals might have any impact on declining numbers of Bering Sea king salmon.
http://www.adn.com/article/20150507/could-salmon-sharks-be-factor-declining-bering-sea-king-salmon-numbers

Labeling and Marketing

Quality is key in a tough year of seafood marketing
CRS If customers like the quality of the wild salmon they’re eating they’ll tell retailers to get it onto their shelves
The Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – May 8, 2015
In a tough year for marketing wild salmon, quality is key and if you do that, the customers who eat it will like it, and tell retailers what they want in the stores, says Scott Blake, president and chief executive officer of Copper River Seafoods.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1519quality-is-key-in-a-tough-year-of-seafood

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