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Alaska/Pacific Coast

Southeast Alaska Dungeness crab catch down from last year
KFSK-Petersburg by Joe Viechnicki – September 1, 2016
This summer’s commercial catch of Dungeness crab in Southeast Alaska looks to be down from last year, even with a strong price paid for the crab.

Snow crab abundance down
Crab may have moved to an area not covered by Eastern Bering Sea summer survey
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – September 2, 2016
Results of the Eastern Bering Sea summer survey for commercial crab species indicate that in general Bristol Bay red king crab stocks are status quo compared to a year ago, but that the outlook for snow and tanner crab may be a little less rosy.

Wrangell water crisis ends as potential water treatment system points to solution
KSTK News by Aaron Bolton – August 30, 2016
With a slow pink season bringing fishing to a close, Wrangell’s water crisis is over for now. One Wrangell seafood processor has closed its doors for the season and another is wrapping up. But, borough officials aren’t losing site of the longstanding issue. Preliminary results from a possible new water treatment system are pointing in the direction of a solution.


International Crab Trade Declining
Fish Site – September 2, 2016
GLOBAL – With only one tanner crab processing plant left in Alaska, which by law cannot process more than 30 per cent of the total volume, a significant amount of this species may be left unprocessed, unless regulators come up with a regulation change.


NOAA supports technical solutions to bycatch reduction – September 1, 2016
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries is awarding more than USD 2.4 million to partners around the country to support innovative bycatch reduction research projects through its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program (BREP).

Labeling and Marketing

The hottest new trend in sustainable seafood comes in a tin
HPR by Granville Wood – August 31, 2016
With overfishing decimating seafood supplies around the world, the hottest new trend to hit our shores is tinned seafood. This is nothing new to the Europeans but it is taking hold here in the U.S. as fisheries find new ways to market their products in a manner that is as fresh as the first catch.

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive Zone Off Alaska; Deep-Water Species Fishery by Vessels Using Trawl Gear in the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 09/01/2016
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for species that comprise the deep-water species fishery by vessels using trawl gear in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary because the fourth seasonal apportionment of the Pacific halibut bycatch allowance specified for the trawl deep-water species fishery in the GOA has been reached.

Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; 2015-2016 Biennial Specifications and Management Measures; Inseason Adjustments
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 09/01/2016

This final rule announces inseason changes to management measures in the Pacific Coast groundfish fisheries. This action, which is authorized by the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (PCGFMP), is intended to allow fisheries to access more abundant groundfish stocks while protecting overfished and depleted stocks.

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Inseason Adjustment to the 2016 Gulf of Alaska Pollock Seasonal Apportionments
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 09/02/2016
NMFS is adjusting the 2016 C seasonal apportionments of the total allowable catch (TAC) for pollock in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) by re-apportioning unharvested pollock TAC in Statistical Areas 610, 620, and 630 of the GOA. This action is necessary to provide opportunity for harvest of the 2016 pollock TAC, consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska.


ASMI seeks domestic marketing director
ASMI – August 2016
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI), Department of Commerce, Community
and Economic Development (DCCED) State of Alaska is seeking candidates for
Domestic Marketing Director.

Chicken of the Sea International Donates $80,000 Worth of Tuna Products to Louisiana’s Flood Victims
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – September 1, 2016
Chicken of the Sea announced a donation of more than $80,000 in canned and pouched seafood to those impacted by the recent flooding in Louisiana.

Chicken of the Sea has arranged delivery of more than 4,000 cases of seafood, amounting to 50,000 single-serve cans and pouches, to United Way of Southeast Louisiana. The San Diego-based seafood provider is donating a variety of products including: Premium Select Solid White Albacore Tuna in Oil, Tilapia Fillets in Marinara Sauce and Tilapia Fillets in Teriyaki Sesame Sauce.

“We hope this shelf-stable product brings some small relief and nourishment to the Louisiana community affected by the severe flooding,” said Maureen McDonnell, Chicken of the Sea director of brand marketing. “Our hearts and thoughts are with all of those in the flood region.”

United Way of Southeast Louisiana is accepting relief items and cash donations to assist those impacted by the flooding. To learn how to volunteer or donate directly to ongoing relief effort, visit:

The floods and accompanying damage have been the worst in the state since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Damages are estimated in the $30 million range, which could go higher.

The disaster has not had much of a direct impact to Louisiana’s commercial seafood sector short of transportation issues from flooded roads.

Ann Owens
Pacific Seafood Processors Association
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September 2, 2016