Southeast pink salmon forecast cause for concern Bristol Bay Times by Jenny Weis - April 5, 2019 As the days grow longer and summer plans start to materialize, '18 million' is a number on the mind of many across Southeast Alaska, especially those in the numerous industries that rely on salmon fishing. http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1914southeast_pink_salmon_forecast_cause_for Seven appointed to Alaska fisheries, game boards Bristol Bay Times by Staff Report - April 5, 2019 Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Monday announced he was appointing four people to the Board of Fisheries, including the reappointment of Israel Payton. He also announced the appointment of three people to the Board of Game. http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1914seven_appointed_to_alaska_fisheries_game National ANALYSIS: Pressure on Pollock Urner Barry by Lorin Castiglione - April 4, 2019 One of the hot topics discussed at Seafood Expo North America in Boston late last month was the rising cost of pollock, specifically imported twice frozen pollock block. The upwards pressure on the market can be attributed to a few factors. Poor weather and ice conditions at the beginning of the year in the Sea of Okhotsk postponed the start of the already short fishing season of January through April. Storms not only affect the fishing vessels above the waters, but they also cause disruption below as schools of fish often disperse during storms making it difficult to bring up a volume catch. Once fishing efforts were in full force, the catch was lackluster, bringing in smaller sized pollock.
While prices on all pollock forms continue to rise, twice frozen pollock block is moving faster than the rest. Historically, there was about a $0.20 difference between twice frozen and single frozen pollock block, but as of April 2 the high and low ranges have started to overlap. This situation leaves us questioning what we could see in the coming months. Based on the price of raw materials, many industry players expect prices to continue this upwards trend into B season, which begins inJune. Will PBO rise in conjunction to the twice frozen spike? Will the market stabilize, allowing for twice frozen to retreat back down in price? Coming months will tell… https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1137269/ANALYSIS-Pressure-on-Pollock Labeling and Marketing 3MMI - Largest Chum Salmon Harvest Projected TradexFoods - April 8, 2019 The statewide all species harvest projection for Alaskan Salmon for 2019 was finally announced by the Alaskan Department of Fish and Game last week. A total statewide harvest of 213.2 million salmon is expected for this year's season. Nearly 42 million or 20 percent of the projections are for sockeye salmon, approximately 10 million less than what was forecasted for 2018 and 8 million less than the 2018 preliminary sockeye harvest total... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSNeZOBMxxU
FYI’s Join the Parade! Fishermen's News - April 5, 2019 Commercial working vessels and other decorated vessels representing their companies are warmly invited to participate in Seattle's Opening Day on May 4th. http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2019/04/join-parade.html NFWF Seeking Proposals For 2019 Fisheries Innovation Fund Urner Barry by Amanda Buckle - April 5, 2019 The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is seeking proposals for the 2019 Fisheries Innovation Fund. The Fisheries Innovation Fund was created by NFWF through a partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to support fishermen and communities as they "work to meet the sustainable fisheries goals of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act." NFWF is anticipating awarding up to $440,000 in grants to successful proposals that focus on the following: - Promote full utilization of Annual Catch Limits and minimize bycatch of overfished species and/or endangered, threatened, and candidate species. - Develop and implement market, research training, or strategic planning measures to build capacity and improve sustainability of U.S. fishing businesses and communities. - Support improvements to recreational fisheries conservation and management. - Support implementation of marine aquaculture. Find more information on the Fisheries Innovation Fund and request for proposals here. https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1137390/NFWF-Seeking-Proposals-For-2019-Fisheries-Innovation-Fund
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