Central Gulf halibut catch limit cut Carrel: given where the resource is at, it is necessary Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - February 17, 2020 Halibut catch limits for 2020 have been trimmed overall by seven percent by the International Pacific Halibut Commission, with the Central Gulf of Alaska, Area 3A, allocated a harvest of 7.05 million pounds, down 12.53 percent from 8.06 million pounds in 2019. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/02/17/central-gulf-halibut-catch-limit-cut/ Expedition to probe Pacific salmon survival Times Colonist by Carla Wilson - February 16, 2020 An international scientific expedition aimed at unlocking the hows and whys of Pacific salmon survival in the Gulf of Alaska amid fears for their future is sailing out of Victoria in March. https://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/expedition-to-probe-pacific-salmon-survival-1.24077551 New leaders of BBNC seafood subsidiary look towards company integration and expansion KDLG by Tyler Thompson - February 17, 2020 The Bristol Bay Native Corporation acquired two giants of the state’s Pacific cod fishery last September. It created a subsidiary, Bristol Bay Seafood Investments, to manage those harvesters. Now, that subsidiary has new leadership. https://www.kdlg.org/post/new-leaders-bbnc-seafood-subsidiary-look-towards-company-integration-and-expansion Washington state salmon hatcheries damaged by heavy rains AP News by Associated Press - February 13, 2020 SEATTLE (AP) — Recent rain has damaged some salmon hatcheries in the Pacific Northwest, Washington state wildlife experts said. https://apnews.com/c0180cb4511a91d05e56a335967a6216 International Coronavirus outbreak disrupting Washington seafood trade KOMO News by Suzanne Phan - February 14, 2020 Seafood is a critically important part of Washington state’s trade economy. But with the coronavirus outbreak in China, it’s disrupting trade here. https://komonews.com/news/local/coronavirus-disrupting-washington-seafood-trade Labeling and Marketing 3MMI - Dungeness Crab Season Update, New Season Projections, Ocean Acidification TradexFoods - February 17, 2020 --- Despite heavy weather conditions commercial Crab fishermen have already managed to bring in over 5 millions lbs in Washington, 12.9 million lbs in Oregon, and 9.6 million lbs in California making over 27.65 millions lbs available to the market since the start of the season on Dec 31st. So far this year fisheries managers from Washington to California do not have concerns with domoic acid unlike last year where domoic acid resulted in delays or halts to the start of the fisheries. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxvXq3GFXOE Alaska Pollock to be “Wildly” Available During Lent Promotion SeafoodNews.com by Peggy Parker - February 17, 2020 This year’s six-week Lenten season will start off in the Pacific Northwest with the first-ever Wild Alaska Pollock Week on February 28 through March 8, 2020. Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) has teamed with Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) and the Alaska seafood industry to present Wild Alaska Pollock at many of Seattle’s best restaurants. Over two dozen restaurants, many with several locations, will offer unique dishes featuring Alaska’s unsung, delicious, and sustainable pollock. The event organizers encourage consumers to participate by visiting one of the restaurants throughout the Puget Sound, order one of the exclusive wild Alaska pollock creations and share photos via social using #WildAlaskaPollockWeek Wild-caught Alaska pollock is one of the most abundant and sustainable species in the world – often praised for its versatility, nutrition, mild taste and flaky texture. It is the largest certified sustainable fishery in the world and accounts for 30% (by volume) of all fish caught in the U.S. – with much of that making its way onto the plates of Washington state residents. Wild Alaska Pollock Week will satisfy Seattle seafood aficionados and foodies alike with a chance to enjoy a delicious meal while celebrating the fisherman and the industry that help bring it from sea to table. For more information on the Facebook event, visit this page. Unique dishes will be served up by chefs at Aerlume, Anthony’s (5+ Locations), Bar Mesuline, Cafe Presse, Cuoco, Duke’s (All 7 Locations), el Gaucho – Bellevue, Etta’s, The Fork and Fin, Ivar’s Seafood Bars, Heritage Restaurant & Bar, Highligher Public House, Le Pichet, Lola, Loulay, Luc, Miller’s Guild , Nordstrom (Washington Locations), Orfeo, Osteria La Spiga, Skål Beer Hall, The Lakehouse, Walrus & The Carpenter, Pomegranate Bistro, and Lucky Louie Fish Shack, among others. https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1164185/Alaska-Pollock-to-be-Wildly-Available-During-Lent-Promotion
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