Alaska/Pacific Coast

High Liner Foods backing GSSI-supported Alaska RFM certification
Seafood Source by Cliff White – October 24, 2016
High Liner Foods has said it will add the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) certification program for its wild harvested seafood.

Advisory committee looks at new subsistence regulation in Bethel
KYUK by Adrian Wagner –  October 24, 2016
The Central Bering Sea Advisory Committee will hold public meetings in Bethel Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss a range of fisheries related topics.


Russian Crab Producers Say New Quota Rules Will Bring Bankruptcies, Poaching
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden – October 25, 2016
Russian crab producers say that new rules for auctioning crab quota will lead to bankruptcies and increases in poaching.    They have criticized the latest state plans to include crabs in the list of so-called investment quotas, available in 2018, according to an official spokesman of Russian Rosrybolovstvo.

Investment quotas are the plan whereby Russia will guarantee quota access to those companies that build new vessels in Russian shipyards, and in some cases give favorable access to quotas to those who build onshore processing plants.

The proposal has been recently made by Yuri Trutnev, Presidential envoy in the Russian Far East, and will soon be considered by the Russian government.

The inclusion of crabs in the list of investment quotas means that any domestic  fishing company  that will build its fishing trawlers at the domestic shipyards, will have a right to claim some quotas on the production of crabs within the Russian territorial waters.

This means that the quotas for the existing holders would be reduced.

In the meantime,  the new proposal has already sparked criticism from Rosrybolovstvo, while, according to Vasily Sokolov,  Rosrybolovstvo’s deputy head, its approval may result in the resumption of large-scale crab poaching in Russia and will result in the bankruptcies of many of Russian companies that are current crab quota holders.

According to Sokolov, the current daily catch of crab at the many ships is not enough to cover the costs of harvest.

He has also added that last year Rosrybolovstvo was able to lobby in the national government the proposal to reduce the domestic fleet, specializing on crab catch, by raising the minimum standards of the daily catch. This has resulted in the withdrawal of numerous intermediaries from the market, as well as those producers, which were not provided with quotas on the crab catch in Russia. The plan set a minimum daily catch, and if vessels could not meet it, they were prevented from fishing.

In addition, Rosrybolovstvo instituted closed seasons for certain types of crab production on the basis of scientific recommendations with the aim to avoid the uncontrolled crab catch.

All of these measures have also resulted in a significant decline of the volume of crab poaching in Russia.

The same position is shared by Alexander Dyaplyakov, head of the Russian Association of Crab Producers in the Far East, a public association, which unites Russia’s leading crab producers.  He says  the provision of investment quotas for the crab production will result in the influx of new players in the industry, which may result in catastrophic consequences.

In the meantime, the complaints of Dyaplyakov and Rosrybolovstvo have already been rejected by some senior analysts in the Russian Ministry of Agriculture, who say the new initiative is very important and will allow to significantly raise the level of competitiveness in the industry, which, so far, has  been largely dominated by certain producers.

Labeling and Marketing

Bristol Bay Dev. Assoc and Chefs Collaborative Unveil Sockeye Restaurant Week in Colorado
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton – October 25, 2016
October is traditionally a quiet month for seafood sales.  This is one reason why it was designated ‘national fish and seafood month’ years ago.

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association, representing Bristol Bay salmon harvesters, and the Chefs collaborative, have come together to promote Bristol Bay sockeye salmon during a Colorado ‘Sockeye Restaurant Week.’

More than 15 chefs and restaurants in Boulder and the Denver area are participating.  They are featuring wild, sustainable sockeye salmon on their menus this week along with restaurant signage and promotions.

Beyond Colorado, the BBRSDA is hoping to gain social media traction on twitter with the hashtag #BristolBaySockeye.


USDA – October 19, 2016
SOLICITATION Domestic Commodity Invitation
The U.S. Department of  Agriculture (USDA) invites offers to sell canned salmon pursuant to the AMS Master Solicitation for use in the  National School Lunch Program and other Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs. Acceptances will be  announced by midnight, November 10, 2016. Deliveries are to  be made between January 1, 2017 through  August 31, 2017

Ann Owens
Pacific Seafood Processors Association
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October 25, 2016