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Can your company help? SeaShare, the seafood industry’s answer to hunger, is coordinating seafood donations for the families affected by Hurricane Harvey.
We have freight, cold storage, and food bank partners lined-up and ready to receive your seafood donations. Generous seafood companies have already pledged over 100,000 pounds of salmon, pollock, and catfish, but the need is great and will continue in the weeks and months ahead. Please join PSPA, APA, NFI and other seafood leaders who are responding to this immediate need. Call or email us with your pledge. We will ensure your donation quickly gets to people struggling to get back on their feet after this devastating storm. 206-842-3609 / jharmon@seashare.org / www.seashare.org Thank you!

Alaska/Pacific Coast

Eagle Creek Fire prompts release of 600,000 hatchery salmon
KGW by Associated Press – September 5, 2017
TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) – Oregon fisheries managers have released thousands of hatchery salmon months early in response to a large wildfire raging in the Columbia River Gorge.
http://www.kgw.com/news/local/eagle-creek-fire-prompts-release-of-600000-hatchery-salmon/471415691

Warning signs for salmon
Low levels in young fish off the coast
Daily Astorian by Katie Frankowicz – September 4, 2017
The numbers of young salmon caught off the Oregon and Washington state coasts during an annual federal survey cruise this June were among the lowest recorded in the past 20 years.
http://www.dailyastorian.com/Local_News/20170904/warning-signs-for-salmon

A Surprising Number of Pink Salmon Aren’t Returning to a Local Hatchery
KMXT by Mitch Borden – August 31, 2017
A healthy number of pink salmon are returning to Kodiak’s waters this year, but not all pink salmon are doing well.
http://kmxt.org/2017/08/local-hatchery-pink-salmon-rough-year/

Oregon, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sign Agreements for Five Salmon Hatcheries
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Susan Chambers – September 7, 2017
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued two contracts recently to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for the operation of five hatcheries and the production of salmon and steelhead to offset impacts of the Corps’ dams in Oregon.

The Corps will pay ODFW about $4.8 million to operate the Marion Forks, South Santiam, McKenzie and Willamette hatcheries in the Willamette Valley, and just over $2.1 million for operations at the Cole M. Rivers hatchery in the Rogue River Basin. The contracts went into effect Sept. 1, and include services such as fish production and release, marking and tagging of fish, and fish health services.

“ODFW will continue to provide many of the same hatchery services that they provided for decades,” Portland District hatchery coordinator Andrew Traylor said in a press release. “The contracts outline and define the specific services to operate the hatcheries and produce the amount of fish necessary to meet our federal mitigation requirements.”

The agencies also expect to sign a contract by Nov. 1, to operate the Bonneville Fish Hatchery on the Columbia River.

“These contracts will ensure fish production will remain steady for the next few years,” ODFW Fish Propagation Program manager Scott Patterson said in the statement.

Since the 1950s, the Corps has paid ODFW to manage hatchery operations and provide fish production services to meet mitigation requirements for impacts to fish passage and habitat caused by the Corps’ dams. Historically, ODFW has concurrently raised both Corps-funded and ODFW-funded fish at the same hatcheries. Both organizations’ fish contribute to Oregon’s fisheries, an arrangement that benefits both agencies.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1074888/Oregon-US-Army-Corps-of-Engineers-Sign-Agreements-for-Five-Salmon-Hatcheries

Politics

Ballot measure would give greater say to ADFG
Alaska Journal of Commerce by Elwood Brehmer – September 6, 2017
Alaska fishing groups concerned about the impacts that large-scale development projects could have on salmon habitat are pushing to reform the state’s permitting requirements through a voter initiative on the 2018 ballot.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2017-09-06/ballot-measure-would-give-greater-say-adfg#.WbDbr4qQw_U

National

SFP Moving Away From Certifications Towards a Full Disclosure Campaign for Major Seafood Buyers
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton – September 5, 2017
The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, SFP, appears to be moving in a new direction.  SFP and its founder Jim Cannon based the organization on providing oversight and purchasing advice to major seafood buyers, starting with McDonald’s, and expanding to cover a wide range of major foodservice and seafood retailers, including Walmart’s ASDA in the UK, and also major seafood suppliers like Aquastar and High Liner Foods.

As part of this relationship, SFP faced the issue of what to do about fisheries that were not certified by MSC, but which were still vital to corporate purchasers.  They introduced the concept of FIPs – Fishery Improvement Projects – where a fishery that had overexploitation or management problems would develop an improvement timeline with oversight.

Initially FIPs were administered directly by SFP, but this lead to potential conflicts of interest, where SFP was both being paid to manage the FIP, and being paid to advise buyers to buy from FIPs.  Cannon, to his credit, clearly recognized this issue, and took steps to remove SFP from the management of FIPs.

When FIPs first began, the clear objective was to prepare the fishery to be certified by the MSC.  This was due to the close relationship of many of SFP’s major partners with the MSC.

But the criteria appear to be changing.  Rather than moving closer to MSC model of highly defined rankings and scores over a range of specific requirements, SFP says it wants to encourage industry-led improvements in fisheries through supplier roundtables.

They hold out NFI’s crab council as a good example of what can be accomplished.  The council’s membership include virtually all the major US crab importers, and collectively they have worked with governments in Southeast Asia to implement size and seasonality regulations.

Furthermore, they are setting out a goal that 75% of the world’s fisheries be effectively managed.

Cannon argues that the way to do this is to promote extreme transparency in seafood supply chains.  Their Ocean Disclosure project, praised by Greenpeace, has a website where major buyers comprehensively list all the fisheries they sourcing from, and the status of those fisheries in terms of whether they are successfully managed, need improvement, or are not known.

The data includes locations where wild seafood is caught, gear types, fisheries management information, environmental impacts, certifications and fishery improvement projects. The ODP allows companies to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable fish and shellfish sourcing through complete transparency around the condition of their seafood sources and improvement efforts.

The objective is that a supplier roundtable can then focus on the problem fisheries, and tackle the detailed changes that would bring about improvement.

Ocean Disclosure participants include Cargill/EWOS and French food service company Davigel, who joined in 2017.  Other members are UK retailers Asda, Co-op Food and Morrisons along with UK seafood supplier Joseph Robertson, aquaculture feed manufacturers Biomar and Skretting as well as US retailer Publix Supermarkets.

The new website is operated by Sustainable Fisheries Partnership but it is intended that the website will become independent by the end of 2020. The project has been generously funded by the John Ellerman Foundation.

SFP says the Ocean Disclosure Project is intended to provide a valuable information resource for responsible investors, seafood consumers and others interested in sustainable seafood and corporate responsibility. The new website has been welcomed by NGOs such as Greenpeace and other retailers, such as Marks & Spencer, that provide similar levels of transparency.

Chris Brown, Senior Director of Sustainable Business with Asda, said  “Asda is committed to the sustainable sourcing of seafood. We see the Ocean Disclosure Project as an important mechanism for stakeholders to judge our progress. We believe in transparency in how we source our fish and shellfish to enable consumers to make informed purchasing decisions.”

Greenpeace UK also supports the project.

Will McCallum, Head of Oceans, Greenpeace UK, commented “Transparency is the first step towards ensuring sustainable sourcing and ethical supply chains. With the launch of its new website, the Ocean Disclosure Project is making it ever easier for companies and their customers to be confident that the fish they’re buying is sustainable. It’s a great resource and we’d encourage companies to use it and to critically engage with improving their sustainability.”

Jim Cannon said in the announcement about the website that  “The companies that have reported this year have shown that there are no issues with commercial confidentiality in such disclosure and sharing the information only improves trust and confidence in the seafood industry. We sincerely hope that other companies will take note of this important project and report their own seafood procurement in a similar manner. Today’s consumers are eager and interested to learn more about the origins of their food and efforts like the ODP or Marks & Spencer are a great way to provide this information for seafood products.”

How this works in practice, with Publix for example, is that on the website,  under the company name, is a map with all the fisheries where that company procures seafood listed.  Below that is a table showing which of these fisheries are well managed, which need improvement, and which don’t have sufficient information.

The transparency will presumeably give consumers, NGO’s and investors a road map towards fisheries of concern, and it also give suppliers leverage over these fisheries to request improvements.

This whole approach is much closer to the Greenpeace model of public pressure to change ‘bad’ behavior rather than the MSC model where a certification and a label is the shield to show NGO’s, consumers, and industry stake holders that the fishery in question is well managed.

As the MSC attempts to certify more complex fisheries such as purse seine tuna where there are still great gaps in management oversight, SFP is betting that a different model may ultimately be more successful.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1074542/SFP-Moving-Away-From-Certifications-Towards-a-Full-Disclosure-Campaign-for-Major-Seafood-Buyers

FYI’s

SeaShare Delivers 15,000 Pounds of Halibut to Nome, Kotzebue
Fishermen’s News – September 6, 2017
SeaShare partnered with harvesters, processors, the U.S. Coast Guard, Norton Sound Economic Development Corp. in Nome, and Maniilaq Association, in Kotzebue, to deliver 15,000 pounds of donated halibut to people in western and northwest Alaska in August.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2017/09/seashare-delivers-15000-pounds-of.html

Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation Searching for Products for 2018 Symphony of Seafood

SEAFOODNEWS.COM – September 6, 2017
In 2017 the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation’s (AFDF) Symphony of Seafood introduced the world to candied salmon ice cream. Now they’re searching for the latest creation made from Alaska seafood. The AFDF wants applicants for the 25th annual Symphony of Seafood event.

The Alaska Symphony of Seafood is a competition aimed to inspire “innovative ways to fully utilize and increase the value of Alaska’s seafood.” Categories in the competition include retail, foodservice, beyond the plate and beyond the egg. Those that want to apply must already have a product in commercial production by the date of the event, however, the item must have been produced within the last two years. Applicants need fill out a form by October 6 and provide a non-refundable $150 entry fee.

If accepted to the competition, judging will take place in Seattle in November2017, and Juneau in mid-February 2018. Items will be judged on packaging and presentation, overall eating experience, and price and potential commercial success.

The winners from each category will receive free airfare and a complimentary booth to present their product at the Seafood Expo North America in Boston in March 2018.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1074717/Alaska-Fisheries-Development-Foundation-Searching-for-Products-for-2018-Symphony-of-Seafood

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September 7, 2017