Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Sablefish Landings at 15 Million Pounds, Canada Landings at 2 Million
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker – September 20, 2016
As of today, Alaska longliners and pot fishermen have caught 74 percent of their 20.4 million pound quota of sablefish, known as black cod. Canada’s West coast fleet has caught 2 million pounds, or 44 percent of their 3.6 million pound quota.

In Canada, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans reports sablefish landings from the directed fishery and from landings while targeting halibut. Each sector has a quota within the overall quota for sablefish.

In Alaska a total of 1,315 vessels are harvesting sablefish throughout the state. An additional 793 vessels landed sablefish along with halibut so far this year.

Both areas will close on November 7, 2016.

East Coast Fishery

Cod returning, but long way to go for successful fishery, plant CEOs say
High-quality market is the fishery of the future, according to Icewater Seafoods
CBC News by Garrett Barry – September 18, 2016
Big change is needed in Newfoundland and Labrador to prepare for the return of a cod-fishing industry suspended since 1992, according to two fishplant directors.


Russia to Boost Pollock Exports to EU, Domestic Demand low due to Poor Quality in Soviet Times
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden – September 21, 2016
Russian fisherman plan to significantly increase the volume pollock exports to the EU market during the next several years, according to recent statements from an official spokesman of the Russian Pollock Association.

This year pollock production in Russia is expected to reach 1.75 million tonnes, the majority of which will be exported to abroad. The local demand for pollock remains small, and the domestic market will not exceed 245,000 tonnes in volume terms.

According to RPA, this is almost comparable with the cod market, despite the fact that the volume of production of the latter is significantly lower than pollock.

According to Ilya Vlasenko, Director of Corporate Communications of Russian Fishing Company, Russia’s second largest fish producer, despite all the efforts, that have been taken by the Russian government in recent years, the supplies of pollock to the local market remains still unprofitable, which is mainly due to the lack of large processors in the country as well as specific preferences of local consumers.

During the Soviet times, pollock was positioned as a cheap fish with poor tasting qualities. That was also due to its wide occurrence in the USSR and lack of alternatives.

The collapse of the USSR in 1991 has not resulted in a significant change of habits of local consumers. Despite all the efforts of the state the demand for pollock in the country remains still low, while fisherman prefer exports, rather than the supplies to the domestic market.

As part of these plans, Russia’s leading pollock producers have announced their plans to start its active exports the EU market, and in particular to France,  Germany and some other Western European countries. To date, the majority of Russian pollock have been supplied to Japan and Korea, however, according to latest plans of the Russian fisherman, the volume of exports to the Western European market will significantly increase during the next several years.

According to an official spokesman of the Russian Pollock Association  current negotiations with the EU partners are underway, while the demand for Russian pollock in Western Europe is high, which is mainly due to its status as a dietary product.

According to plans of RPA, the volume of pollock supplies to the EU market will amount to 300,000-400,000 tonnes in the next couple of years.

Labeling and Marketing

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Marketing Update
ASMI – September 2016
Chefs & Media Attend ASMI Culinary Retreat, Healthy Food Retailers Promote AlaskaSeafood in Southeast US, Premium Products to Hit Pan-Pacific Open in Tokyo, New & Improved RMF Materials, ASMI Presents at the Seattle Chamber of Commerce Alaska Business Forum and More!

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Exchange of Flatfish in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 09/21/2016
NMFS is exchanging unused flathead sole and rock sole Community Development Quota (CDQ) for yellowfin sole CDQ acceptable biological catch (ABC) reserves in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area. This action is necessary to allow the 2016 total allowable catch of yellowfin sole in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area to be harvested.


Leonardo DiCaprio teams up with Google to track illegal fishing
The movie star’s foundation helped fund Global Fishing Watch, a joint effort between Google, Oceana, and SkyTruth that helps track illegal fishing vessels using satellite data.
Christian Monitor by Weston Williams – September 18, 2016
For decades, changing global temperatures, pollution, and overfishing have been harming the ocean’s ecosystems around the world, and illegal fishing operations have made these problems even worse. But tracking down illegal fishing boats is difficult and time-consuming, allowing many illicit fishing vessels to slip the net of the law.

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September 21, 2016