Alaska/Pacific Coast

Council Considers Harvester-to-Customer Sale
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – September 26, 2017
Fishermen may soon be able to sell their catches directly from their vessels.
At a work session tonight, the Kodiak City Council will discuss a code amendment that would allow the sale of fresh seafood from city harbors.
http://kmxt.org/2017/09/council-considers-harvester-customer-sale/

Oceans 17 panel shares vision of growing blue economy
Alaska Journal of Commerce by Naomi Klouda – September 27, 2017
The blue economy isn’t a new concept when thought in terms of the traditional jobs and industry: fishermen need boat wrights and processors, navigation tools and data to help bring in the catch.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2017-09-27/oceans-17-panel-shares-vision-growing-blue-economy#.Wc0NzYprw_U

Odd Year, Good Salmon Season
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – September 27, 2017
The salmon season is winding down, and numbers show it was a good year.
James Jackson, the Kodiak Commercial Salmon Area Management biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, says any year where fishermen harvest more than 30 million salmon is a good one, and the Kodiak area is at a little more than 31 million salmon.
http://kmxt.org/2017/09/odd-year-good-salmon-season/

Ferry System Budget Issues On Tap for Alaska Special Legislative Session
Fishermen’s News – September 27, 2017
A budget issue critical to the commercial fishing industry, the future of the Alaska Marine Highway System (AHMS), is on tap for discussion during a special session of the Alaska Legislature beginning on October 23.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2017/09/ferry-system-budget-issues-on-tap-for.html

International

Russian Salmon Production Likely to Decline by 30% This Year
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden – September 28, 2017
Salmon production in Russia will decline by 30 percent this year, compared to 2016, according to latest predictions of the Russian Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo).

The forecasted drop is primarily due to the decline of salmon populations near Sakhalin, despite the fact that volumes of catch on Kamchatka, the center of Russian salmon production, remained roughly on the same level as in 2016.

During the previous year, the annual volume of salmon catch in Russia was 400,000 tonnes; however these figures will be significantly lower this year.

The same situation is observed with regard to caviar, production of which should significantly decline this year.

The expected decline of salmon production has already resulted in the increase of salmon prices in Russia. At present, retail prices for salmon in Russian are estimated at 627.66 rubles (US $11) per kilogram, compared to 570.97 rubles (US $9.85) a year earlier.

Aleksey Aronov, the executive director of the Russian Association of Production and Trade Enterprises of the Fish Market, said salmon prices increased also because of a rise in the cost of transportation of these products from the Far East.

As explained by the expert, despite the fact that the volume of production has declined, carriers still have to spend the same amount of money for the delivery of fish to central Russia as they in the past.

The small volume of imports, the majority of which are supplied from Chile, cover only part of the local salmon demand, despite a 20 percent drop in salmon prices in the global market.

Representatives of Rosrybolovstvo were not available for comment.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1077321/Russian-Salmon-Production-Likely-to-Decline-by-30-percent-This-Year

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September 28, 2017