Alaska/Pacific Coast

PWS humpy harvest up to 47.5 M
Region’s overall salmon harvest climbs to 54.5 M fish. Statewide catch jumps to over 210 M salmon
Cordova Time by Margaret Bauman – September 8, 2017
A strong late run of pink salmon has boosted the harvest in Prince William Sound to 47.5 million fish, and while the catch is still below average, it could hit 50 million fish.

Update: Estimated 165,000 Atlantic salmon escaped from net pens
Escaped fish could potentially compete with native salmon, trout, for spawning and rearing habitat
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – September 8, 2017
A harvest hunt continues for an estimated 20,000 Atlantic salmon, the last of upwards of 165,000 of these farmed fish estimated to have escaped due to failure of a net pen owned by Cook Aquaculture in the San Juan Islands.


After a 15-Year Ban, Russian Fishermen Have Resumed Crab Harvest in Primorye Territory
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden – September 8, 2017
After 15 years of ban, Russian fishermen have resumed crab fishing in the Primorye Territory, according to press service of Russian Rosrybolovstvo.

The resume of production is due primarily to the results of recent studies, conducted by scientists of Russian Rosrybolovstvo, that indicates the crab population in Primorsky Krai has fully recovered after massive harvests and poaching during the 1990s.

According to the plans of Rosrybolovstvo, the volume of production at the Primorye Territory this year will reach about 1,500 tonnes. The majority of species planned for harvest are Kamchatka and blue crab. At the same time next year the volume of production may grow by 10 times.

Georgy Martynov, President of the Association of Fishery Enterprises of Primorsky Krai, said a significant part of crab that will be produced will be supplied to the domestic market, while the remaining will be exported abroad, to Asia-Pacific states in particular.

To date, crab fishing season in Russia has already started. For example, crab production in Kamchatka this year amounted to13,668 tonnes, which is 23 percent more, compared to the same period of last year.

According to plans of Rosrybolovstvo, this year the share of crab supplies to the domestic market will significantly increase compared to previous years, when the majority of catch were sold to Asian states. That will be mainly due to planned establishment of facilities for crab processing in Russia that were recently announced by local businessmen.

For example, Nikita Kozhemyako, a top manager of Preobrazhensky Base of Trawling Fleet, one of Russia’s largest fish producers and a son of Oleg Kozhemyako, the governor of Sakhalin region, has recently announced his plans to open a new facility for crab processing in the Russian Vladivostok region, which is expected to be one of the largest in the Russian Far East.


As glaciers melt, scientists try to figure out how fish will respond
As climate change puts fisheries, ecosystems on the line, scientists work to understand how marine life will respond
Juneau Empire by Kevin Gullufsen – September 8, 2017
Glaciers in Southeast and around the world are melting. This much scientists know.
About half of the water in the Gulf of Alaska comes from glacial melt, current estimates hold. In Southeast, about 30 percent of all the water flowing from land to sea is glacier melt water.

Labeling and Marketing

3MMI – Why is Chum Salmon Pricing Still So High?
TradexFoods – September 11, 2017
The 2017 Alaska Chum Salmon forecast was for 16.7 million fish and landings have exceeded this by 32 percent.


NOAA Fisheries hosts first citizen beluga count this weekend
KDLL by Jay Barrett – September 8, 2017
On Saturday, NOAA Fisheries Alaska is organizing its first ever citizen beluga count in Cook Inlet.

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September 11, 2017