Alaska/Pacific Coast

Do fishing regulations impact family dynamics?
KBBI by Jesse Rabinowitz – September 5, 2017
There is a lot we don’t know about the impacts fishing regulations have on the fishing industry here in Alaska. Scientists have tried to find answers to several questions for years, from dwindling numbers of king salmon to the interactions between marine mammals and various fisheries. One social scientist wants to know the impact those regulations have on the lives of fishing families.
http://kbbi.org/post/do-fishing-regulations-impact-family-dynamics

National

Hurricane Irma to Impact Fresh Fillet Supplies of Salmon, Tilapia and Mahi This Weekend
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton and Amanda Buckle – September 6, 2017
Unlike Houston, where the seafood disruption from Harvey was primarily around regional distribution of some Gulf species, the potential industry disruption from Hurricane Irma striking Miami is much greater.

Miami is the center of Chilean fresh salmon fillet distribution, and many of the major salmon companies have headquarters there.

More importantly, it is an air hub and trucking hub for fresh seafood shipments.

With some evacuations beginning today in the Miami area, we have reports that major trucking companies will begin to suspend service from Miami later this week.  The issue is that they don’t want to send trucks into the area that might get trapped in the aftermath of the storm.

Meanwhile, Preferred Freezer Services is ensuring that their facilities are prepared to potentially take a hit from Irma.

“We have some experience with these storms in South Florida,” Daniel DiDonato, executive vice president of sales of Preferred Freezer Services, said in a statement. “Some of the things we do to get prepared include making sure our generators are tested and are full of fuel, supply lines for diesel are in place to ensure continuous fuel for our generators is delivered while the power is out, making sure all containers in our yards are unloaded and returned to the port, securing/removing any and all objects that can fly around causing serious damage, testing our IT disaster recovery systems so they are good to go when needed, and most importantly working with our employees to get them and their families prepared for the storm.”

As of Wednesday morning Hurricane Irma’s core had maximum sustained winds of 185 mph. The Category 5 storm hit Barbuda, Saint Martin and Anguilla, leaving some serious damage in its wake. Irma is expected to hit the British Virgin Islands, northern US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Turks and Caicos islands and the southeast Bahamas before potentially heading towards Florida over the weekend.

“We are hoping the storm takes a different track than it is right now but we are preparing for the worst,” said DiDonato.”

In June and July, the most recent months available, the port of Miami handled 59% of all fresh salmon fillet imports into the US, 79% of all fresh Mahi fillet imports, and 70% of all fresh tilapia imports, and 47% of fresh trout imports.   A multi-day shipping disruption will cause market shortages in all of these products.

To  make matters worse, yesterday we received reports of a trucking strike in Chile that for one day disrupted transport.  That strike is now over, but any salmon shipments that were delayed due to the trucker strike now have to face the problem of lack of transport out of Miami.

The strike was called by the National Confederation of Freight Transport following attacks on truckers in the country. One member of the San Carlos Truck Owners Association said that they did not have “security guarantees to move between regions where violence occurs.”
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1074730/Hurricane-Irma-to-Impact-Fresh-Fillet-Supplies-of-Salmon-Tilapia-and-Mahi-This-Weekend

Labeling and Marketing

What really spurs shoppers’ seafood purchases?
Seafood Source by Christine Blank – September 5, 2017
Shoppers are most concerned with the appearance, smell, and taste of their purchases when they decide which fresh seafood items to buy, according to a recent survey out of Canada.
https://www.seafoodsource.com/commentary/what-really-spurs-shoppers-seafood-purchases

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher/Processors Using Trawl Gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 09/06/2017
NMFS is opening directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher/processors using trawl gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to fully use the 2017 total allowable catch apportioned to catcher/processors using trawl gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/06/2017-18818/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-by-catcherprocessors-using-trawl

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 09/06/2017
NMFS is opening directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels less than 6feet (18.3 meters) length overall (LOA) using hook-and-line or pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI). This action is necessary to fully use the 2017 total allowable catch of Pacific cod allocated to catcher vessels less than 60 feet LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear in the BSAI.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/06/2017-18862/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-in-the-bering-sea-and-aleutian

FYI’s

USCG: U.S.-Built Trawler is Not Jones Act-Qualified
Maritime-Executive by Sandra L. Knapp – September 5, 2017
The U.S. Coast Guard has issued another letter ruling on U.S.-built vessels with foreign-made components. The latest case involves a factory trawler named America’s Finest under construction in the state of Washington. Certain “cold-formed” steel plates were already installed as part of the hull and the cold-forming process was conducted overseas. A U.S. shipyard requested coastwise and fisheries trade status for the vessel, and was just denied by the U.S. Coast Guard.
https://maritime-executive.com/editorials/uscg-us-built-trawler-is-not-jones-act-qualified

President Trump Nominates Timothy Gallaudet as NOAA Assistant Secretary
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – September 5, 2017
President Donald Trump has announced his nominee for the second-in-command position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) — Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet. Gallaudet spent 32 years in the Navy and most recently was the Navy Oceanographer. Should Gallaudet’s nominee be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he  would take on the position of Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.

According to a press release from the White House, Gallaudet has experience in “weather and ocean forecasting, hydrographic surveying, developing policy and plans to counter illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing, and assessing the national security impacts of climate change.” His nomination has been praised by Jonathan White, the president and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL).

“On behalf of the ocean science, education and technology community and the members of COL, I want to express my appreciation to the president for taking the first step to staff this leadership post,” White said in a statement. “He has chosen someone who has the scientific and oceanographic expertise necessary to fulfill the requirements of this position and whose exemplary leadership, professionalism, and dedication will allow him to serve with distinction.”
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1074502/President-Trump-Nominates-Timothy-Gallaudet-as-NOAA-Assistant-Secretary

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September 6, 2017