Alaska/Pacific Coast

Early reports suggest resurgence in salmon fisheries
Total seafood industry employment fell by 5 percent from 2015 to 2016
Cordova Times – November 16, 2017
Early reports on the 2017 Alaska seafood harvest show record catches and large value increases for salmon harvests, suggesting resurgence in salmon fisheries that saw an employment drop of 6.4 percent in 2016.

Washington state senator says he’ll file bill to ban Atlantic salmon farming
Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, is targeting the practice in Washington after a large-scale escape last August at a Cooke Aquaculture net-pen salmon farm.
Seattle Times by Lynda V. Mapes – November 16, 2017
OLYMPIA — Under fire after a collapse and massive escape last summer, Atlantic salmon net-pen farming would be banned in Washington under legislation that will be filed by Sen. Kevin Ranker this coming session.

Seafood industry representatives come to Kodiak to learn leadership skills
KMXT by Mitch Borden – November 16, 2017
Seafood industry professionals gathered in Kodiak for the Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute. They came to learn valuable skills and information that may help some move up the ladder and be more successful in their careers.

Finding crew: Industry leaders search for the next generation of fishermen
Trouble recruiting for a life many consider a calling
The Daily Astorian by Katie Frankowicz – November 16, 2017
John Corbin remembers tent cities in Alaska in the 1980s during the booming king crab seasons. The commercial fisherman said upward of 50 guys a day would walk the docks looking for work. Those days are gone.

Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – November 16, 2017
Coming up on this week’s Alaska Fisheries Report, the state is taking a lead in the global market as far as salmon prices go. And the Trump administration is looking at a decision that could change the future of the Pebble Mine.

Bering Sea Pollock and Cod in Good Shape But Could Be Moving North
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker – November 16, 2017
The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council’s Groundfish Plan Team recommended an allowable biological catch (ABC) for 2018 of Pacific cod in the Eastern Bering Sea of 172,000 mt down from this year’s ABC of 239,000 mt.

The actual catch limits will be determined by the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council in early December.

Reasons for the downturn in ABC were:

* a 46% drop from 2016 to 2017 in the EBS shelf trawl survey abundance, or numbers of fish — the biggest drop in history.

* A 37% drop in EBS biomass (weight) from 2016 to 2017 — also the biggest in history.

There is good news for P-cod elsewhere near the Bering Sea, though. In the Aleutians, which supports a much smaller P-cod fishery, survey biomass is on a general upward trend — 15% each year since 2012.

There, the recommended ABC for this year increased to 22,700 mt from last year’s 21,500 mt.

And in the northern Bering Sea — there is serious consideration that stocks of P-cod and pollock that would normally be in the EBS may be spending more time during the summer in the northern areas.

The Northern Bering Sea survey indices show the relative change in biomass there from 2010 to 2017 as an increase of 907%. Relative change in abundance (numbers of fish) during that time is up 1421%. NBS biomass in 2017 is equal to 83% of the biomass change in the Eastern Bering Sea.

The Plan Team posed a question at the end of the presentation: “Given that the cause of the decline in EBS survey biomass is unknown, but that one plausible hypothesis is that a substantial portion of the biomass simply moved to the NBS survey area while remaining part of the same spawning population as the fish in the EBS survey area, does the given model impose drastic reductions in ABC that have a significant probability of later being shown to have been unnecessary?”

As of November 4 the catch of PCod in BSAI was 186,800 mt.

Pollock changes ahead

Pollock stocks look healthy enough for the Plan Team to recommend an ABC at 2.592 million mt in 2018 and 2.467 million mt in 2019. This reflects slight decrease in biomass from the ABC previously set for 2017 of 2.8 million mt, with a forecasted 2.9 million mt for 2018.

The current TAC for pollock in BSAI is 1.345 million mt. a slight increase over 2016’s TAC of 1.34 million mt.

The key factors scientists are looking at for Bering Sea pollock are:

* A potential decline described as being “expected, quite quickly”

* Is there a shift in distribution? The ecosystem survey in the northern Bering Sea this summer found increases in pollock.

* There are relatively few one-year-old pollock in the 2017 trawl survey.

* Future catches near current levels will require more effort.

The presentation noted “..the ability to catch the same amount as in 2017 through to 2020 will require about 35% more effort with a decline in spawning biomass of about 28% compared to the current level (based on expected average recruitment).”


U.S. Leads in Global Fisheries Management
Alaska Native News – November 14, 2017
The United States has some of the best managed marine fisheries in the world. With that leadership comes the opportunity and responsibility to advance sustainable conservation and management practices on the high seas and, as appropriate, to support other nations in achieving similar outcomes in their economic zones. NOAA Fisheries, through the work of our Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection—along with our national program offices, regional offices, fisheries science centers, and international partners—leads the nation’s efforts in achieving globally sustainable resources and conservation of living marine resources while ensuring U.S. fishermen’s access to high-seas fisheries.


Russian 2017 Salmon Season Had Major Failures; New Fishing Restrictions Planned
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden – November 17, 2017
Moscow – According to Rosrybolovstvo, salmon fishing season is on the verge of failure this year in several areas of the Russian Far East.  For example, the volume of catch in the Sakhalin region was only 29,000 tons this year, instead of the usual 250,000 tons. So far, only 200,000 tons of sockeye were produced in the Russian Far East this year.

Russia plans to change the rules for salmon fishing by the end of the current year, due to a significant decline in salmon populations observed during this fishing season in the Far East.  , The deputy head of Rosrybolovstvo Petr Savchuk confirmed this.

Russian scientists believe the main reason of the reduction of salmon stock is global climate change. In addition to Russia, the reductions in salmon are currently observed in other major salmon-producing nations, such as Canada, South Korea and Japan.

The change of the existing rules, according to Savchuk, should help to keep the annual salmon catch at the level of 200,000-250,000 tons per year.

At the same time, the lack of any restrictions over current harvest levels, according to Savchuk, could result in further decline of salmon catch Russia towards the lowest figures ever recorded, which were in 1972 of 35,000 tons.

Details of planned changes of fishing rules are currently not disclosed.

Igor Melnikov , the Deputy Director of the Russian Pacific Research Fishing Center (TINRO Center), said the world has entered a stage of reduction of wild salmon stocks, and peak salmon fishing is behind us. He says this is most noticeable in the case of Korea and Japan, located south, as the fish move from the south to the northern regions.

Federal Register

Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 11/17/2017
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold Hawaii Regional Ecosystem Advisory Committee (REAC) meeting to discuss and make recommendations on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.


How much do salmon still shape the Northwest?
A new book seeks answers about the future of the iconic fish.
High Country News by Nick Neely – November 13, 2017
It’s hard to know where to begin in the “mythopoeic” journey that is Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, From River to Table, but the spotting tower of a reef-net barge in Puget Sound might be the place. Reef-netting is an ancient Pacific Northwest technique that, as author Langdon Cook explains, is now the world’s rarest — and most sustainable — form of salmon fishing. Just offshore, sunken cables with plastic flagging shape a long funnel that converges over an underwater net strung between two barges. “Sometimes a school looks like an overhead cloud,” a fisher tells Cook, “like a shadow moving across the ripples.” Sometimes the fish are plainly visible, “a perfect line or a V, like a flock of geese.” When they swim over the net, the spotter calls out, the winches are tripped, and instantly the net rises with salmon in its fold “like a bunch of kids bouncing on a trampoline.”

SeaShare: Employee Giving Programs directly impact Americans struggling with hunger
For over 20 years SeaShare has represented the seafood industry’s giving program. SeaShare has provided over 200 million healthy protein portions to food banks and feeding centers nationwide.

Devastating hurricanes and fires have affected millions of Americans this year. The seafood industry responded quickly and generously, and as a result, SeaShare was able to send over 2 million servings of seafood to people struggling to get back on their feet.

But the reality is that for 365 days every year 42 million Americans don’t have enough food on their tables. Every day, people in every county in every state are forced to make tough choices between food and heat or food and medicine. As the holidays approach, these stresses are even more pronounced, as people strain to find the resources to provide holiday meals and gifts for loved ones.

SeaShare will be there to help, bringing the highest quality nutritious seafood to families who would otherwise go without. But we need your support to bring more seafood to our neighbors struggling with hunger.

Do you or your company have a personal or employee giving program or strategy? Are you interested in starting one? We have the tools to help you easily set up individual and/or company-specific donation programs, and we can provide additional co-branded materials to inspire your colleagues to give.

Every dollar has an impact:
For every $1 donated, we’re able to send 8 servings of seafood to food banks. To learn more, please reach out to or make a donation today at Thank you!

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November 17, 2017