Alaska/Pacific Coast Humpy catch ends, coho opener wait for rain PWS salmon harvest hits 55,672,000 fish and rising Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - September 15, 2019 Commercial catches of pink salmon have concluded for the season in Prince William Sound, aided at season’s end by some rainfall, and harvesters were hoping this week for more rain to reopen the coho fishery, which opened last on Sept. 2. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2019/09/15/humpy-catch-ends-coho-opener-wait-for-rain/ As Bering Sea Ice Melts, Alaskans, Scientists and Seattle’s Fishing Fleet Witness Changes ‘on a Massive Scale’ The Seattle Times by Hal Bernton - September 15, 2019 SAVOONGA, Alaska – Derek Akeya hopes for calm waters and a lucrative catch when fishing from a skiff in the Bering Sea that surrounds his island village. https://pulitzercenter.org/reporting/bering-sea-ice-melts-alaskans-scientists-and-seattles-fishing-fleet-witness-changes Environment/Science Salmon Tales: Sex, myth and molecular genetics of an iconic fish Phsy.org by Joseph McClain, The College of William & Mary - September 13, 2019 A sockeye salmon's life ends right back where it began, culminating in an anadromous drama of sex, decay and sacrifice. https://phys.org/news/2019-09-salmon-tales-sex-myth-molecular.html West Coast marine life endangered by 'blob' heatwave The Hill by Zack Budryk - September 11, 2019 A “blob” of warm water in the Pacific Ocean could disrupt the marine ecosystem off the coast of California, similar to an event that occurred five years ago, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/460871-west-coast-marine-life-endangered-by-blob-heatwave The Ocean Is in Trouble and Current Global Commitments Aren’t Enough to Save It Time by Peter Thomson - September 12, 2019 As you’ve likely heard, the ocean’s health is in trouble. You’re probably aware of overfishing and the harmful practices of fisheries driving a third of the planet’s fish stocks toward extinction, and you surely know about the unconscionable amount of pollution, in particular plastic, that we dump in the ocean. But that’s not the worst of it. The ocean is steadily warming; its oxygen levels are falling; and it is becoming more acidic, making conditions for life below the waves ever harder. Planet-warming greenhouse gases are the common enemy in that trio of changes. And by now we all know who has been creating those gases. https://time.com/5669048/ocean-warming-climate-change/ Labeling and Marketing 3MMI - 2019 Coho Salmon Market Update TradexFoods - September 16, 2019 If you're looking for frozen new season Coho Salmon offers right now - good luck. Most of the catch has been destined for the fresh market so far this year with grocery chains pinning down all the product. And if you can find new season frozen Coho be prepared to pay a premium. The market is just not seeing enough Coho's flow through even though the 2019 Alaska Salmon season is on track to be the 8th largest harvest since 1975... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7VBgheOjHI FYI’s US military exercises come with indications of a growing Navy presence in Alaska KMXT by Kavitha George - September 13, 2019 The USS Comstock docked in Kodiak on Tuesday, en route to participate in a joint forces military training exercise spread across the Gulf of Alaska and the Aleutians. The visit comes as U.S. Navy officials indicate the possibility of an increased naval presence in Alaska, and what that might mean for the future. https://www.alaskapublic.org/2019/09/13/us-military-exercises-come-with-indications-of-a-growing-navy-presence-in-alaska/ Urner Barry to Steer the Ship as SeafoodNews Founder John Sackton Steps Down Seafood News - September 16, 2019 After 25 Years Reporting Seafood Industry News, Sackton Leaves a Legacy in His Wake John Sackton, whose unrivaled contributions to the seafood industry are widely celebrated, will be ending his role as Publisher of SeafoodNews as of September 29, 2019. This is the two-year anniversary of the acquisition of Urner Barry by AgriBriefing, the world’s leading agribusiness media, price reporting and intelligence company, which also included the purchase of SeafoodNews, founded by Sackton. Since that time, Urner Barry has transitioned to managing all editorial operations and management responsibilities. While stepping down from the role of publisher, Sackton will extend his relationship with Urner Barry and SeafoodNews by continuing to write his popular weekly column, “The Winding Glass.” News that will surely delight and benefit loyal readers with his unique, historical perspective on the latest developments in the industry. In 1998, after Sackton had begun writing news and commentary for the Seafood.com website, Paul Brown, former President of Urner Barry (now retired) suggested a collaboration on SeafoodNews that would include publishing SeafoodNews on COMTELL, Urner Barry’s flagship service for seafood and other protein market information, and also creating an independent subscription based daily newsletter. This partnership flourished, survived the dot.com boom and bust as more than 30 other seafood industry commodity focused websites crashed and burned, and set new standards for seafood industry news reporting. Reminiscing on his journey, Sackton noted, “Paul Brown has been one of the most honest, trustworthy and respected executives in the entire seafood industry. Our partnership has been based on a handshake, and on our mutual commitment to serving the industry’s needs as best we could, and on our respect for each other.” “Five years ago, Paul and I began discussing transitions. Following the acquisition, Urner Barry has embarked on a number of exciting projects, including expanding their seafood commodity reporting service to Europe, expanding coverage items, undertaking new conference initiatives, and hiring additional market and news reporters and editors.” “With CEO Joe Muldowney and COO Jim Kenny at the helm, Urner Barry has grown and become even more dynamic under the AgriBriefing umbrella. I’m confident that they will continue to grow SeafoodNews as part of their offerings as well.” Jim Kenny added, “We are extremely pleased with the growth and development of SeafoodNews and have greatly valued our relationship with John over the years. With our accomplished team of writers and international network of correspondents, SeafoodNews is poised to enter the next phase in its history under the careful stewardship of Urner Barry.” In addition to his weekly column, Sackton said he would continue with his seafood consulting business, Seafood Datasearch. “I have enjoyed a 40-year career in the seafood industry, with the last 25 years focused on providing seafood industry news services and market analysis. Now that I have ended my role as Editor and Publisher of SeafoodNews, I will continue with my speaking at conferences and industry meetings, and with individualized market analysis and consulting where time permits. The most important thing for me in the seafood industry has always been the people who are driving it forward, and these are relationships I will continue to honor and maintain so long as I can be useful,” said Sackton. Thank you for your countless contributions to the seafood industry, John. We are proud to have worked alongside you these many years. https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1152256/Urner-Barry-to-Steer-the-Ship-as-SeafoodNews-Founder-John-Sackton-Steps-Down
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