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Alaska/Pacific Coast

Stakeholder comment sought on crab fisheries
Cordova Times – November 21, 2017
Draft reports for reassessment and initial assessment of several Alaska commercial crab fisheries under the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management Certification program are now available for registered stakeholder comment through Dec. 16.

Forecast predicts another below-average sockeye year
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – November 21, 2017
Next year’s sockeye salmon forecast for Upper Cook Inlet looks only slightly rosier than this year’s forecast. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game released its 2018 forecast for the sockeye salmon return to Upper Cook Inlet on Tuesday, predicting about 4.6 million total sockeye to return to all the stream systems in the area. About 2 million would go to meet escapement goals, about 1.9 million would go to the commercial fishermen and about 700,000 to other user groups, according to the forecast.

Labeling and Marketing

Press Release: Winners of the Alaska Symphony of Seafood Announced
First Places and Seattle People’s Choice
Press Releases by Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation – November 21, 2017
Wrangell, Alaska (November 21, 2017) – Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF)
announced the 1st place winners of the Alaska Symphony of Seafood during Pacific Marine
Expo in Seattle, on Friday, November 17th. The Alaska Symphony of Seafood is an annual
contest for new value‐added products made from Alaska Seafood. The goal of the Symphony is to increase the value of Alaska Seafood by encouraging product development which diversifies markets, utilizes more of the resource, and reduces fish waste.

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Application for an Exempted Fishing Permit
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 11/21/2017
This notice announces the receipt of an application and the public comment period for an exempted fishing permit (EFP) from Mr. John Gauvin of Gauvin and Associates, LLC. If granted, this permit would allow the applicant to continue the development and testing of a salmon excluder device for the Bering Sea pollock trawl fishery.


John Garner Retiring as North Pacific Seafoods President and COO, Dave Hambleton to Replace
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – November 22, 2017
North Pacific Seafoods announced on Wednesday that Dave Hambleton will be replacing president and Chief Operating Officer John Garner when he retires.

Hambleton comes to North Pacific Seafoods with plenty of industry experience, having previously worked at Trident and Silver Bay Seafoods. Over the course of his career he was responsible for overseeing the production of pollock, cod, Bering Sea crab, salmon, herring, halibut and black cod, as well as other species.

“Dave’s experience and industry knowledge will be great assets to the ongoing success of North Pacific Seafoods,” says Garner. “We look forward to strengthening and expanding our seafood operations in Alaska with his involvement and leadership.”

Hambleton will be stepping into his new role on November 27. He’ll be responsible for operations, sales, environmental compliance, human resources and safety.

ASMI Consolidates Offices in Juneau, Hires New Staff
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker – November 22, 2017
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has undergone major changes in the last year, including consolidating offices in Juneau, AK and replacing staff members who have served the industry for decades.

All of this follows intense focus on establishing a sustainability standard and rolling out the Responsible Fisheries Management program.

ASMI’s Seattle office, a fixture for the industry on Nickerson Street, will be relocated to ASMI headquarters in Juneau in the coming months. All the new hires are based out of Juneau.

In her letter to ASMI stakeholders prior to the annual All Hands Meeting, executive director Alexa Tonkovitch said, “The State of Alaska budget crisis continues to impact ASMI both in terms of funding and political pressure. The loss of many long-serving staff members, as well as natural attrition, brought many new faces to ASMI. To say it’s a time of transition for the organization would be an understatement.”

But as the annual All Hand’s meeting approaches, the streamlined structure and a newly committed team appear ready to face the challenges ahead to maintain ASMI’s high standards for marketing and sustainability around the world.

Recent staff additions include Megan Rider, Domestic Marketing Manager (Rider was formerly ASMI International Coordinator); Emily Gisler, Domestic Marketing Coordinator; and Sarah Cannard, Domestic Marketing Coordinator.

Rider, Gisler, and Cannard make up the marketing team led by Director Victoria Parr, who was hired last December following the retirement of long-time Foodservice/Domestic Marketing Director Claudia Hogue.

Hogue, based in Seattle, ran ASMI’s foodservice marketing program for more than two decades. Hogue retired not long after Retail Director Larry Andrews retired. The two programs were combined into one called Domestic Marketing late last year, just prior to hiring Parr.

In February 2017, Jeremy Woodrow joined ASMI as Communications Director, following the resignation of Tyson Fick who left to head up the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers group.

Earlier this year Karl Uri, who was foodservice manager under Hogue for 14 years, and then Parr, resigned. Linda Driscoll, who managed retail promotions for 30-plus years, retired from state of Alaska service last August.

The Juneau office will expand within the same building to accommodate the new staff.

ASMI is a public-private partnership between the State of Alaska and the Alaska seafood industry. In addition to conducting consumer campaigns, public relations and advertising activities, ASMI offers the FAO-based Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) certification, providing credible standards for sustainable fishing and supply chain traceability.

Fish 2.0 Wants to Revolutionize the Seafood Industry
Founder Monica Jain sees an unsustainable industry that’s ripe for technological disruption.
Pacific Standards by Ian Evans – November 20, 2017
When 40 start-ups from all over the world gathered at Stanford University in November, it was not a typical Silicon Valley pitch day. The entrepreneurs competing in the Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum saw themselves more like the next Cargill than the next Google.

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November 22, 2017