Local COVID-19 Quarantine Period Shapes Unique Season For Deadliest Catch Fishermen KUCB by Maggie Nelson - October 15, 2020 Today marks the opener for the 2020 red king crab fishing season. The beginning of the king crab season is always a busy time in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor, with the arrival of numerous fishermen from all over the country, as well as film and production crews with the widely known Discovery Channel television series Deadliest Catch. https://www.kucb.org/post/local-covid-19-quarantine-period-shapes-unique-season-deadliest-catch-fishermen Politics Gross, Sullivan spar in ComFish debate Anchorage Daily News by Aubrey Wieber - October 14, 2020 After weeks of attack ads and snipes at each other in the media, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan and challenger Al Gross laid into each other in real time during the 90-minute premiere debate in their race for a U.S. Senate seat. https://www.alaskajournal.com/2020-10-14/gross-sullivan-spar-comfish-debate National SURVEY: Shoppers Buying Seafood to ‘Stay Healthy’ Urner Barry by Amanda Buckle - October 15, 2020 Seafood may taste delicious - but the health benefits that come along with seafood consumption is what’s really triggering people to open their wallets. In honor of National Seafood Month, Blue Circle Foods, a provider of sustainable seafood, conducted a poll of 1,000 shoppers to better understand the growing demand for seafood. As SeafoodNews has been reporting, seafood has become increasingly popular to cook at home thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. NOAA has reported in the past that 75% of seafood is generally consumed outside of the home. But with the coronavirus resulting in dining restrictions, many have thrown on an apron to cook their own seafood dinners at home. FMI reports that frozen seafood sales rose 50.8% in the first three months for the pandemic over the same period in 2019. And according to Blue Circle, the health benefits may be the driving factor. Blue Circle Foods’ study, conducted in August, found that 71% of people consider it important that fish is high in protein. When considering the meat shortages early on in the pandemic, it’s not surprising that people turned to seafood to fill their protein needs. The survey also found that 74% of shoppers buy seafood for its omega-3s. Omega-3 fatty acids have multiple health benefits, including fighting depression and anxiety, improving eye health, and improving risk factors for heart disease. Consuming seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy also provides numerous benefits, including promoting brain health and development, high intelligence, and better communication and social skills. https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1182932/SURVEY-Shoppers-Buying-Seafood-to-Stay-Healthy Labeling and Marketing GAPP ROI Study Reveals Marketing Impact For Wild Alaska Pollock Fillet, Wild Alaska Pollock Surimi Urner Barry by Amanda Buckle - October 16, 2020 A "Return on Investment" study conducted by Dr. Harry Kaiser of Cornell University is shedding some light on the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers' (GAPP) marketing efforts. According to Dr. Kaiser's study, for each dollar invested by the Wild Alaska Pollock industry into its marketing organization during the past two years, there was a return of $28.04 in Wild Alaska Pollock fillet and Wild Alaska Pollock Surimi revenue back to the industry. This is impressive considering that the study found the median ROI to be $11.91. GAPP commissioned the study in order to keep the organization honest, drive best-return activities, and measure impacts in the marketplace. In addition, the study was used to simultaneously evaluate various impacts affecting Wild Alaska Pollock demand and supply. "Dr. Kasier's work helps organization like GAPP in two significant ways: First , the data provides those who pay into such marketing organizations independent, verified information relative to their investments," explained Craig Morris, GAPP CEO. "Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, such data advises organizational leadership, like our GAPP Board of Directors, about which specific activities are best to invest in over time." Kaiser looked at volume sold, volume of competing products, exchange rates, consumer income, federal support and more to evaluate Wild Alaska Pollock demand factors over time. "This study found a very significant effect from the recent record purchases of Wild Alaska Pollock by the U.S. federal government that equated to a lift of 4.8% in the value of wholesale frozen fillet block price," said Dr. Kaiser. Dr. Kaiser added that the investment in GAPP has "yielded an ROI almost double the median and greater than well-recognized commodity marketing organizations like pork, soybeans and beef." https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1183082/GAPP-ROI-Study-Reveals-Marketing-Impact-For-Wild-Alaska-Pollock-Fillet-Wild-Alaska-Pollock-Surimi FYI’s Sitka Longliner Honored for Promoting Sustainable Fisheries, Support of Fishing Communities Fishermen's News - October 14, 2020 Veteran longline harvester Linda Behnken of Sitka, Alaska, is being honored for her advocacy of sustainable fishing practices and support of coastal fishing communities dependent on the ocean for their livelihood and way of life. The Heinz Family Foundation, in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, will present Behnken on Nov. 19 with its prestigious 25th Heinz Award in the environmental category along with an unrestricted cash award of $250,000. http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2020/10/sitka-longliner-honored-for-promoting.html
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