Alaska/Pacific Coast

Southeast pink salmon catch could disappoint again in 2018
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki – November 21, 2017
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is forecasting a commercial catch of 23 million pink salmon in Southeast Alaska next year. That would be down from this year but would come close to historical averages. Managers are expecting something similar to the disappointing season of 2016. However, for the first time in a decade, next year’s forecast is not adjusted using survey data from outgoing young pink salmon because of unusually low numbers.
https://www.kfsk.org/2017/11/21/southeast-pink-salmon-catch-disappoint-2018/

Bumper sockeye salmon run forecast for Bristol Bay in 2018
KTUU by Sean Maguire – November 24, 2017
BRISTOL BAY, Alaska (KTUU) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is forecasting another bumper year for sockeye salmon in 2018. An expected 51 million sockeye could return, with 37 million set aside for commercial fishing. “All systems are expected to meet their spawning escapement goals,” wrote the ADF&G in a news release.
http://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Bumper-sockeye-salmon-run-forecast-for-Bristol-Bay-in-2018-459817863.html

Bristol Bay red king crab allowable quota reached
Fis.com – November 25, 2017
Statistics from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) indicate that a total of 6.59 million pounds of red king crab was caught in the Bristol Bay, which was the total allowable catch for the season.
https://www.fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?monthyear=&day=25&id=94910&l=e&special=&ndb=1%20target=

International

Russian Oligarchs Hoping to Buy 15 Year Crab Quotas at Next Auction Without Fishing History
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden – November 27, 2017
A recent initiative to conduct a large-scale reform in the Russian crab industry was put forward by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and some large local businessman who are working together, according to some sources in the Russian Ministry of Agriculture and Rosrybolovstvo.

The 10-year quotas’ on crab catch in Russia were approved in 2008. They take into account the history of fishing for the previous period. A new application campaign for the distribution of quotas for 15 years starts on April of the current year.

The new inititiative suggests that Putin will replace the historical principle of quota allocation by auctions after December 31, 2018.

Putin is also asked to exclude crab from the list of bioresources, the quota for production of which can be obtained through investments in the construction of ships at Russian shipyards. Authors of the initiative believe crab production in Russia does not create conditions for the development of high-tech shipbuilding.

The change of the existing scheme of crab quotas’ distribution may be also within the interests of Rotenberg family, one of Russia’s richest families, who is reportedly close to President Putin.

According to Russian analysts in the seafood industry, the majority of members of  Rotenberg family are in the sanctions lists of the EU and the US, and are experiencing a lack of opportunities for investments.

Russian media also reported the reform may be of interest to the Russian fishing company (RRPK), which is owned the brother of the governor of Moscow region Maxim Vorobyov and Gleb Frank, the son-in-law of Gennady Timchenko, another Russian billionaire close to Putin.

This year RRPK for the first time purchased quotas for the production of 2500 tons of crab for 10 billion rubles (US$170 million).

“Not all commercial species of crab are profitable” – says the president of the Far East Association of Crab Catchers Alexander Duplyakov.

The crab business attracts those looking for a quick financial return, which may take only a week of good fishing.

“The historical principle of allocation of quotas gave the business guarantees of stability, allowing to plan for 15 years”, says Duplyakov.

“Now the state offers to re-pay for the same quotas, focusing on recent auctions, where the price was clearly overstated. Such a scenario will lead to the bankruptcy of many companies involved in the crab fishery”, he added.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1083703/Russian-Oligarchs-Hoping-to-Buy-15-Year-Crab-Quotas-at-Next-Auction-Without-Fishing-History

Labeling and Marketing

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute: All Hands On Deck
November 28-30
Join us at the All Hands on Deck Board Meeting, November 28-30th, at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, AK. A copy of the draft agenda can be viewed below. The meeting packets and presentations will be viewable at a later date. Please email info@alaskaseafood.org or call 907-465-5560 for more information.
All Hands On Deck – Anchorage, AK – Hotel Captain Cook
Final AgendaMeeting Packet
https://www.alaskaseafood.org/about/meeting-materials/

3MMI – Puget Sound Salmon: Landings, Inventories, Pricing
TradexFoods – November 27, 2017
— Decent landings in the Puget Sound and decent frozen inventories indicate steady pricing ahead on Chum Salmon.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=wGCDKY_ggzE

Press Release: Alaskan Leader Seafoods Takes Home the Prize Twice at the 25th Alaska Symphony of Seafood
Alaskan Leader Seafoods, the most progressive, innovative and vertically integrated “Hook & Line“ fishing company in Alaska took home first prize twice at the 25th Alaska Symphony of Seafood event.
PRWEB – November 22, 2017
Alaskan Leader Seafoods, the most progressive, innovative and vertically integrated “Hook & Line“ fishing company in Alaska took home first prize twice at the 25th Alaska Symphony of Seafood event. The competition held by The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) enlists chefs and industry experts to pick the best new seafood products each year. Alaskan Leader Seafoods won the 2018 Symphony of Seafood’s “Best in Retail” for its Lemon Herb Butter Marinated Cod along with “Best in Beyond the Plate” for its Cod Crunchies pet treats.
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/11/prweb14949809.htm

FYI’s

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 27, 2017