Alaska/Pacific Coast

Budget cuts take big bite out of herring harvest
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – October 19, 2016
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is buckling under deep budget cuts, and now the state’s largest herring fishery is feeling the squeeze.

Fishing for Energy Adds a New Port for Recycling Marine Debris
Fishermen’s News – October 19, 2016
The public-private Fishing for Energy partnership has partnered with the Port of Grays Harbor, Washington’s Westport Marina to recycle an estimated 1,050 crab pots and other marine debris.

NPFMC Approves Review of Halibut, Sablefish IFQ Program
Fishermen’s News – October 19, 2016
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has approved the first comprehensive review of the first halibut and sablefish individual fishing quota program since the IFQ program began 20 years ago.

Petersburg moves forward with harbor dredging study
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki – October 17, 2016
Petersburg’s borough assembly Monday voted to move forward with a dredging study for one of the local boat harbors. The borough will sign an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to investigate the need for dredging and whether it makes sense for that federal agency to become a long-term partner on maintaining South Harbor.


Barents Sea Cod Quota Virtually Unchanged, at 890,000 Tons
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton – October 20, 2016
There will not be significant changes in the Barents Sea cod quota for 2017.  The Norwegian-Russian Fisheries Commission announced that the cod quota will be 890,000 tons, reduced just 4,000 tons from 2016.  This contradicts the official recommendation of ICES which called for a 10% cut in the quota.

Some of the data models used at ICES were questioned by ICES own Arctic working group as potentially failing to account for the full biomass and age structure of the Cod stock, in a way that unnecessarily implied a need for reduced harvests.  This marks the second year in a row that the joint Barents sea commission has ignored ICES advice.

Haddock will be set at 233,000 tons, Greenland halibut at 24,000 tons, and redfish at 30,000 tons.

The new agreement gives Norway a cod quota of around 400,000 tons.

The Norwegian Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg said this result marks a unique collaboration on the management of the main fish resources in the Barents Sea. The agreement ensures that the sustainable harvesting of these resources continues. The revised management rules for cod, haddock, and capelin stocks still well cared for

The agreement was signed in Moss on this morning, marking the 40th anniversary of Joint Norwegian-Russian Fisheries Commission.

The implication of the meeting is that cod stocks are still at a high level.

The total quota for cod of 890,000 tons is divided between Norway, Russia and third countries follow the same pattern as in previous years. Norway’s quota for 2017 will be 399,523 tons, including 21,000 tons of coastal cod.

The total quota for haddock is set at 233,000 tonnes for 2017, in line with the management rule. The Norwegian haddock quota will thus be at 113,564 tons, including research quota.

In 2017 there will be no commercial capelin fishery.

The total quota for Greenland halibut in 2017 is set at 24,000 tons. This is an increase of 2,000 tons from 2016.

It is set a TAC for deep sea redfish at 30 000 tons for 2017. It is a continuation of this year’s quota.

Norway and Russia confirmed reciprocal access to each other’s fishing vessels for the capture of snow crab on the Norwegian and Russian continental shelf in the Loophole, for the rest of 2016.  This is a small area of international waters where heavy snow crab fishing has taken place, but is now restricted to Russian and Norwegian vessels.

The parties agreed on a joint Norwegian-Russian research program for 2017 which will allow for research cruises in each other’s EEZ.  This resolves one source of tension in data gathering, where Norwegian scientists were not allowed to conduct surveys of their own in the Russian Barents Sea zone.  The new agreement will allow both countries to conduct research cruises in both zones.

Labeling and Marketing

Alaska Marketing Institute Marketing Update
ASMI – October 2016
New UK Marketing Campaign Launch, ASMI Partners with iJustine to Feature Alaska Cod, Salmon & Halibut Videos Focus on Fillet and Handling Techniques, ASMI Participates in Spain’s Leading Seafood Show, CONXEMAR, National Seafood Month Retail Promotions in Full Swing, United Fishermen of Alaska Board Meeting Presentation, Swap Meat Tour for Top Tier Japanese Media Outlet

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October 20, 2016