Alaska/Pacific Coast

Trident Invests in APICDA’s Bering Pacific and Cannon Fish Subsidiaries
SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton – November 17, 2017
APICDA and Trident Seafoods announced today an agreement in principle where Trident will make an investment in APICDA’s subsidiaries Bering Pacific Seafoods and the fuel operation in False Pass, and in Cannon Fish Company, located in Kent, Washington.

Larry Cotter, CEO for the Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association and Joe Bundrant, CEO of Trident Seafoods, announced the agreement which will give Trident joint ownership in all three of the operations.

“We are excited to partner with Trident in these operations,” said Larry Cotter. “Trident has a long history of adding value to Alaska’s fishery resources, which has benefited the state’s fishermen and its fishing‐dependent communities. Trident’s investment offers APICDA the opportunity to focus greater resources to develop needed fishing industry infrastructure in our other Community Development Quota (CDQ) communities of Nelson Lagoon, Atka and St. George as we did in False Pass.”

APICDA has operated  Bering Pacific Seafoods in False Pass since 2009, and in 2014 expanded the plant significantly.  The plant focuses on salmon, halibut, and sablefish in both H&G and fillet products.  The plant processes salmon harvested from the Southwest and Bristol Bay regions of Alaska.

Joe Bundrant noted that “APICDA has done a remarkable job improving the opportunities for residents of the communities it represents. Trident is really proud to have been a partner with APICDA in various programs since it was formed in 1992.”

Both Trident and APICDA share the vision that the False Pass processing facility has great potential and are committed to make it more productive and efficient to better support and serve area fishermen.

APICDA says that Trident has an outstanding track record of sound management and sustainable practices. As a multi‐site operator in the Aleutian‐Pribilof region, and with ten operating plants in Alaska, they will help APICDA maximize the volume of product, focus on providing year‐round employment and contribute greater tax revenue to the City of False Pass.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1083037/Trident-Invests-in-APICDAs-Bering-Pacific-and-Cannon-Fish-Subsidiaries

Environment/Science

Ocean acidification impacts olfactory functions of salmon
Washington Sea Grant studies how acidity of ocean affects ability of cohos to find their way home
Cordova Times – November 17, 2017
Researchers at the University of Washington are observing in laboratory studies that ocean acidification affects a fundamental sensory function of coho salmon, which may impact their ability to feed, avoid danger and find their way home.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/11/17/ocean-acidification-impacts-olfactory-functions-salmon/

The World Needs Copper. Does It Need This Controversial Mine?
The fight over the proposed Pebble mine in southern Alaska is a harbinger: Global copper demand is expected to grow dramatically.
National Geographic by Julia Rosen – November 15, 2017
On a Thursday in October, dozens of Alaskans piled into a cavernous airplane hangar in the remote village of Iliamna to discuss — yet again — the fate of the proposed Pebble Mine. Seventeen miles to the northwest, underneath snaking rivers and spongy bogs, lies one of the largest undeveloped deposits of copper and gold in North America. Mining companies have been exploring it for decades. But many fear that an open pit mine here, at the headwaters of two of the last great salmon rivers on Earth, will harm fish — and the people who depend on them.
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/pebble-mine-alaska-copper-epa-trump-environment/

Labeling and Marketing

3MMI – Atlantic Cod Pricing To Rise, Lowered Quotas, Slower Harvest, Production Hesitation…
TradexFoods – November 20, 2017
— After four months of steady supply and consistent pricing, Atlantic Cod raw materials have begun to strengthen while fishing slows down.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZT8UJVe0Uio

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Chinook Salmon Prohibited Species Catch Limits in theGulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 11/20/2017
NMFS is reapportioning the projected unused amount, 404 Chinook salmon prohibited species catch limit, from the vessels participating in directed fishing for pollock in the Central Regulatory area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) to vessels participating in directed fishing for pollock in the Western Regulatory area of the GOA. This action is necessary to provide opportunity for harvest of the 2017 pollock TAC, consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/20/2017-25115/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-chinook-salmon-prohibited-species-catch-limits

FYI’s

Young fishermen’s summit set for Dec. 6-8
Agenda topics range from marketing to operational safety of fishing vessels
Cordova Times – November 18, 2017
Veteran Bristol Bay harvester Fritz Johnson is slated to deliver the keynote address on Dec. 6 as the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit gets underway at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/11/18/young-fishermens-summit-set-dec-6-8/

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 katet@seashare.org or make a donation today at www.seashare.org/donate. Thank you!

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November 20, 2017