Alaska/Pacific Coast

Upper Cook Inlet commercial fishing to close for 2017
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – October 1, 2017
Commercial fishing will be done for the 2017 season in Upper Cook Inlet effective Oct. 6.
The east side set gillnet fishery in Upper Cook Inlet closed mid-August, per regulation, and participation in the Central District drift gillnet fishery drops off around then as well. However, commercial fishing continued in the Northern District, on Kalgin Island and on the west side of Cook Inlet.


Candidates talk salmon: Five participate in Alaska Center’s first Mat-Su forum by Matt Hickman – September 30, 2017
WASILLA — With no borough-wide measures on this Tuesday’s ballot, The Alaska Center decided the opportunity was right to host a salmon-specific candidate forum Thursday night at the Wasilla Public Library.

Labeling and Marketing

Join the Alaska Seafood Celebration: National Seafood Month Kicks-off October 1st
PR Newswire – September 29, 2017
JUNEAU, Alaska, Sept. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — October is National Seafood Month, marking another reason for Americans to celebrate and enjoy the best, most sustainable seafood from the pure, pristine waters of Alaska. To highlight the importance of domestic, sustainable seafood, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) is sharing several ways home cooks, chefs, fishermen, retailers and industry members can take part in the occasion through Alaska Seafood Month, Commercial Fishing Day, #AskForAlaska, Alaska Commercial Fishing Video Contest and dozens of partnerships.

Orca Bay Seafoods and Odyssey to Merge, Forming Single Sales and Marketing Company
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton – October 3, 2017
Orca Bay Seafoods and Odyssey Foods, two major Seattle based secondary processors, will merge their sales and operations into a single entity.  Merging the two marketing and value-added processing businesses will result in greater efficiencies and economies of scale and enhance the product mix available to customers, said both companies in a press announcement.

Sealaska, a Native corporation with 22,000 shareholders representing the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian in Southeast Alaska, purchased Odyssey Seafoods earlier this year.  Orca Bay has long been owned by the Tokusui Corporation.  Both companies say  they share a foundation built on honesty, community and respect and those core beliefs will continue to guide the new combined enterprise.

Both companies produce their own branded retail and foodservice products, including breaded fish, ready meals, Steam in bag entrees, and Odyssey also produces a line of battered vegetables.  Odyssey also is a major king crab importer.

Odyssey has a large custom processing plant which it uses for private label products, and for raw material salmon and crab processing.

Orca Bay, in addition to its retail and foodservice branded products, also handles virtually all types of Alaskan seafood including salmon, halibut, crab, and also imports products such as Mahi and pangasius.

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 610 in the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 10/02/2017
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 610 in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the C season apportionment of the 2017 total allowable catch of pollock for Statistical Area 610 in the GOA.


Kodiak Fisheries Work Group to Downsize
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – September 28, 2017
The city and borough’s joint Fisheries Work Group is looking to reorganize itself.
Right now, it’s required for three representatives from each the Kodiak City Council and Kodiak Island Borough Assembly to sit on the advisory group. However, not all work group members consistently attend.

Only A Few Seats Remain For Urner Barry’s 2017 Seafood Import Workshop
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Amanda Buckle – October 3, 2017
Urner Barry’s 2017 Seafood Import Workshop in Miami, Florida, is set for Tuesday, October 17 – and only a few seats remain. The event, taking place at the Courtyard by Marriott at Miami International Airport, will feature a panel of expert speakers who will provide you with everything you need to know to keep your seafood business compliant.

Panel members include Scott Zimmerman of Safe Quality Seafood Associates, Corey Norton of Trade Pacific Law PLLC, Michael Lieberman of Foa & Son and Sergio Lozano of Alpha Brokers Corp. The Seafood Import Workshop will also feature representatives from the National Marine Fisheries Service, the FDA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The setting is a great opportunity to get face time with these government agencies and ask questions regarding compliance.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to partake in a free (and optional) tour of the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Experimental Hatchery on Monday, October 16.

Check out the tentative schedule events below and reserve your seat at the 2017 Seafood Import Workshop HERE:

Monday, October 16

3:00PM – Free Tour (OPTIONAL) of the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Experimental Hatchery.

Tuesday, October 17

9:05AM – Meeting New Compliance Requirements with Speaker Scott Zimmerman

10:15AM – USDA (FSIS) Inspections of Pangasius with Speaker Corey Norton

11:00AM – Are Federal Laws Making Life Easier or More Difficult at the Border with Speaker Corey Norton


1:00PM – An Automated United States Customs Department – Are Your Supply Chain Practices on the Cutting Edge with Speaker Sergio S. Lozano

1:45PM – Update on Third-Party Auditing and Inspecting with Speaker Scott Zimmerman

2:45PM – Insurance options: From What Risks Do I Need To Protect My Seafood Business with Speaker Michael Lieberman

3:15PM – Expert Panel Addressing Questions on All Presented Compliance Topics Featuring All Speakers and Reps from CBP, USDC and FDA

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October 3, 2017