Alaska/Pacific Coast

Southeast’s commercial red king crab fishery won’t open in 2018
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki – September 11, 2018
Commercial crab fishermen won’t have a season for red king crab in Southeast this fall. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game made that announcement late Friday afternoon September 7.
https://www.kfsk.org/2018/09/11/southeasts-commercial-red-king-crab-fishery-wont-open-in-2018/

Fishermen get more time to comment on salmon relief funds
KMXT by Maggie Wall – September 11, 2018
Fishermen and interested Alaskans have another week to comment on a proposal to distribute the money for the 2016 Pink Salmon Disaster Relief appropriation.
http://kmxt.org/2018/09/fishermen-get-time-comment-salmon-relief-funds/

International

Russian Fishery Company Announces Plans for New Pollock Plant in Far East
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – September 10, 2018
Moscow – Today the Russian Fishery Company (RFC) announced new plans to build a 100-ton daily capacity plant in the Russian Far East.  The plant will process pollock fillet and mince initially then add value-added products after 2021.

CompanyRFC’s joint venture with DV Invest is called Russian Pollock LLC. That new corporation and the AMG Group signed contracts for the development of the construction of the plant (also called Russian Pollock) and for the design of the second phase of the factory recently. The contracts were signed within the framework of the Eastern Economic Forum.

AMG Group will complete documentation for construction by mid-October, with construction beginning that month. The first stage of the fish-processing factory is expected to be in operation no later than in 2021.

Last month RFC’s joint venture with the Agama Group, called Russian Cod, signed an agreement with the Federal Agency for Fishery (Rosrybolovstvo) to secure a share of fisheries quota tied to the construction of a processing plant in Murmansk, at the Northern Fishery Basin. That plant will have a processing capacity of more than 50 tons of finished product per day and is expected to be completed by late 2019. The plant is also called Russian Cod and will produce cod and haddock fillet and mince.

Total investment into the project is projected to be up to $12 ml. Beginning in 2020, the RFC will receive additionally 2,300 tons of cod and haddock quota (1,800 for cod and 500 for haddock) once the Russian Cod plant is commissioned.

RFC’s Far Eastern plant Russian Pollock plans to increase factory capacity by about 20% after 2021 and expand the product line of pollock by producing “ready to cook” and “ready to eat” products.

The main products of the first stage of the factory will be Pollock fillet and mince. After the second stage is underway, the plant will start production of high-quality, affordable value-added products for the Russian market and exports to China and to Asian markets.

“The new factory will be furnished with modern equipment that will ensure high-quality products,” said RFC CEO Fedor Kirsanov. Kirsanov, formerly deputy CEO, was named CEO in July.

“Construction of onshore factories is an important step of RFC towards the consumer. The new facilities will allow expanding the company’s opportunities for production of deep processing products, including in the category “ready to eat.”

The project is part of the state program to support new construction of fishing vessels and fish processing facilities with quotas for harvesting marine resources provided for investment purposes. Total investment in construction is expected to be 1.5 billion rubles (US$21.4 million). After commissioning the Russian Pollock factory, RFC will receive additional quotas of 14.5 thousand tons of Pollock and Herring.
https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1116076/Russian-Fishery-Company-Announces-Plans-for-New-Pollock-Plant-in-Far-East

FYI’s

Public Hearing Scheduled For Yes For Salmon Ballot Initiative
KYUK by Krysti Shallenberger – September 11, 2018
Alaska state officials will hold a public hearing about a controversial ballot initiative that would toughen salmon habitat protections on September 25 in Bethel.
http://www.kyuk.org/post/public-hearing-scheduled-yes-salmon-ballot-initiative

Impossible Choices: The Complicated Task of Saving Both Orca and Salmon
Courthouse News by Karina Brown – September 7, 2018
ANACORTES, Wash. (CN) – Decades of politics and foot-dragging have stymied the recovery of threatened and endangered Chinook salmon, while an iconic population of killer whales that depends on them veered toward extinction. Now, a last-ditch effort to save the whales may also be what thwarts the recovery of Chinook.
https://www.courthousenews.com/impossible-choices-the-complicated-task-of-saving-both-orca-and-salmon/

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September 12, 2018