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Friday, April 28, 2023

Alaska Lower halibut catch limits in Alaska help drive higher prices There will likely be little frozen fish available until May, and prices for fresh halibut will likely remain high at the beginning of the season -- Tradex Undercurrent News by Elizabeth Earl - April 27, 2023 Halibut season opened in the US state of Alaska in early March with lower catch limits and likely higher prices driving the market this year ... *Requires Subscription National NOAA Fisheries Releases 2022 Status of Stocks The report highlights successful management of U.S. fisheries, including the important role commercial and recreational fisheries play in our economy. NOAA Fisheries - April 27, 2023 NOAA Fisheries has released the Annual Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries. This report highlights successful management of U.S. fisheries and the broad economic impact of commercial and recreational fisheries on the U.S. economy. International GAPP Touting Partnership Program at Seafood Expo Global Urner Barry by Ryan Doyle - April 26, 2023 The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) shared at Seafood Expo Global this week that its latest funding round for matching partnership dollars remains open for those looking to add Wild Alaska Pollock into new formats, channels or to raise its profile around the world. The partnership program has entered its fifth year and has helped drive demand and awareness for Alaska pollock. “We know from the original research we have conducted, that consumers respond positively when they learn about all the fantastic attributes of Wild Alaska Pollock,” said Bob Desautel, GAPP Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Global Seas. “Even as we speak, our active GAPP Partnership Programs are spreading the message of this ‘Super-Fish’ in both retail and food service across North America and Europe.” GAPP said it has met with new and existing partners in Barcelona to discuss the future of the program and potential new opportunities that could meet the standards for matching funds. “GAPP hopes through its outreach in Barcelona will yield even more global applications from new companies using Wild Alaska Pollock in exciting ways around the world,” the organization shared in a press release. “Over the past four years, the GAPP program has invested more than eight million dollars in eighty different products or promotions that have been critical in significantly raising awareness of Wild Alaska Pollock among consumers in the U.S. and around the world.” Proposals are welcome from any organization, in any country, operating in any market. The proposal just needs to show a desire to build awareness and demand for the species. “The goal is to communicate the species’ storied attributes, with particular focus on bringing this fish into new channels, new formats, or associating it with new influencers and/or recipes, per GAPP. “The opportunities for Wild Alaska Pollock continue to expand around the world and our partnership program seeks to match that expansion and offer support, encouragement and funds to those companies wishing to bring our fish to a new global consumer,” said Craig Morris, GAPP CEO. “We’ve had great success with our international partners to date and look forward to adding even more partners to a growing international roster.” GAPP will host a pair of informational webinars to answer questions related to the program on July 9th, 2023, at 5 pm PST (9:00 am Tokyo time on July 10th) to accommodate Asian companies and July 10th at 8:00 am PST (5:00 pm CET). Interested companies can register for the informational webinars here. All proposals are due by Tuesday, July 25, 2023. The final funding announcement will be shared in mid-September after review from the GAPP Partnership Program Committee and the Board of Directors. Environment/Science NOAA Recommends Millions to Fund West Coast Habitat Restoration Projects Fishermen's News - April 26, 2023 Federal officials are recommending over $265 million in funding for new projects nationwide, including salmon habitat in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington state, to help strengthen climate resilience of coast ecosystems and communities. Federal Register Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Trawl Sablefish in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/28/2023 NMFS is opening directed fishing for sablefish by vessels using trawl gear in the Bering Sea subarea and the Aleutian Islands subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI). This action is necessary to fully use the 2023 total allowable catch (TAC) of trawl sablefish in the Bering Sea subarea and the Aleutian Islands subarea of the BSAI. FYI’s Fishery Closure Issues on Tap for June NPFMC Meeting Fishermen's News - April 26, 2023 Harvest specifications for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands crab harvests and an initial review of Bristol Bay Red King Crab closure areas are on tap when federal fisheries managers convene their June 5-11 meeting in Sitka, Alaska. NOAA Fisheries to Hold Public Hearing on Amendment that Would Establish Federal Management of Salmon in Upper Cook Inlet Absent Council action, agency must prepare amendment to meet court deadline. NOAA Fisheries - April 26, 2023 NOAA Fisheries will hold a public hearing to receive input on an amendment to the Fishery Management Plan for Salmon Fisheries in the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska. This amendment would establish federal management for the salmon fisheries in the federal waters of upper Cook Inlet. Eight young Alaska artists win top honors in Alaska Fish Heritage Contest KINY - April 26, 2023 Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska certainly loves its salmon, as is evident from the creative and colorful artwork submitted to the annual Alaska Fish Heritage Contest™. Pacific Seafood Processors Association 1900 W Emerson Place Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98119 Phone: 206.281.1667 E-mail:; Website: Our office days/hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. 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