Alaska/Pacific Coast

Pink harvest lowest in 40 years
Seiners harvest less than a third of Southeast forecast this year
Juneau Empire by Kevin Gullufsen – September 5, 2018
With the closure of directed pink salmon fisheries last week, commercial seine salmon season is effectively over in Southeast Alaska.
https://www.juneauempire.com/news/pink-harvest-lowest-in-40-years/

Koplin: Hatcheries support strong science and abundance
Managing hatchery releases by emergency order is out of sync with salmon run returns
Cordova Times by Cordova Mayor Clay Koplin – September 7, 2018
Few things define Alaskans more than our love of salmon. Not surprisingly, salmon allocation decisions and fluctuations in resource abundance often spur bitter political battles between user groups. A robust public process rooted in best available science has long been the arbiter of such disputes. As an Alaskan born and raised on the Kenai, and in my current role as mayor of Cordova, it is with deep consternation that I followed a recent Board of Fisheries evaluation of an emergency petition seeking to restrict hatchery salmon releases in Prince William Sound. The board narrowly voted to reject the petition averting a dangerous departure from best available science, transparency, and public process; the principles that are the bedrock of our management system.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2018/09/07/koplin-hatcheries-support-strong-science-and-abundance/

There’s a silver lining for Chignik salmon fishermen
Bristol Bay Times by Jim Paulin – September 7, 2018
There’s at least a silver lining to the otherwise disastrous Chignik salmon fishery.
Chignik salmon fishermen were finally getting an opportunity this week to net some fish — coho salmon, also known as silvers, according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game Biologist Ross Rennick.
http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1836theres_a_silver_lining_for_chignik_salmon

International

Murkowski Questions International Trade Administration on Alaskan Seafood Industry Concerns
Alaska Native News by Karina Petersen | Office of Senator Murkowski – September 7, 2018.
WASHINGTON D.C.— U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) participated in a Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee hearing yesterday, to review the President’s Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) funding request for the Bureau of Industry and Security, the International Trade Administration, and the United States International Trade Commission.
https://alaska-native-news.com/murkowski-questions-international-trade-administration-on-alaskan-seafood-industry-concerns/37181/

Russia Doubles Exports of Pollock Fillets, Surimi, This Year as European Market Improves
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden – September 10, 2018
Russia has doubled its exports of processed pollock this year, according to recent statements of senior officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and leading local producers.

According to industry officials, the biggest growth in exports has been observed in pollock fillets, minced meat and surimi.

This is confirmed by the official statistics, according to which, in the first half of the current year, fillets’ exports grew by almost three times, compared to the same period of 2017, while the growth of exports of minced meat and surimi was equivalent to two times as the same period last year.

Pollock fillets accounted for 57 percent of the total volume of Russian fish fillets exports this year, equivalent to about $100 million USD in terms of value.

According to head of the Russian Pollock Association, Herman Zverev, the current situation in the global pollock market is now favorable to Russian fishermen for a further increase in the volumes of pollock processing and its exports to abroad.

According to Zverev, after two years of “price depression,” prices for pollock and products made from it almost reached the historical highs of $3,000 USD per 1 ton of fillet in the European market and $1,185 USD for a ton of frozen pollock when delivered to China.

In the meantime, Russian fishermen plan to further increase exports by the end of the current year. That will be mainly due to the planned pollock catch in the Sea of Okhotsk during the period of November-December 2018, which is estimated at 140,000 tonnes.
https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1116061/Russia-Doubles-Exports-of-Pollock-Fillets-Surimi-This-Year-as-European-Market-Improves

Labeling and Marketing

3MMI – Amidst US Tariff Talks, China Is Diverting Sales to EU
TradexFoods – September 10, 2018
— North American buyers have been waiting since July for a decision by the Trump administration about Chinese import tariffs. It was believed that Chinese processing plants would lower pricing on products destined for the EU as American buyers demand lessened. In speaking to our purchasing manager in Qingdao China, it appears that…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=wYkACceEVtE

Opinion

Salmon hatcheries support Alaskans, feed the world
Frontiersman by Casey Campbell and Mike Wells Spectrum – September 8, 2018
When the Good Friday earthquake shook Alaska in 1964, the damage wasn’t confined to buildings and homes. For the fishing towns of Cordova and Valdez, the fertile salmon spawning grounds of Prince William Sound all but dried up.
https://www.frontiersman.com/opinions/letters_to_editor/salmon-hatcheries-support-alaskans-feed-the-world/article_83eff3c8-b40e-11e8-8d90-c7c76ad7d479.html

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