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Friday, April 29, 2022

Alaska Alaska Fisheries Report April 28, 2022 KMXT - April 28, 2022 On this week’s Alaska Fisheries Report with Terry Haines: Sage Smiley reports on the SE pink salmon forecast. Sabine Poux with a sharp story about razors in Clam Gultch. And Izzy Ross tells us about the massive Togiak herring run…that will go mostly unharvested. West Coast West Coast Delegation Wants USDA To Continue Purchasing Region’s Seafood Urner Barry by Ryan Doyle - April 29, 2022 A large group of U.S. Senators and Representatives from Washington, Oregon and California have urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to keep up with purchases of seafood from the region. Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden led Senators Alex Padilla (D-CA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Patty Murray (D-WA), and Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) to pen a letter to USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack to make sure West Coast fishermen and seafood processors remain supported and a priority for USDA commodity purchasing programs. The delegation believes the region has not received its fair share of support through USDA purchasing programs, especially during the pandemic. “USDA’s procurement programs are critical for ensuring that our food production systems remain robust, essential workers remain employed, supply chains keep operating, and America’s nutritional needs are met,” the letter read. “On average, commercial fishermen on the West Coast deliver more than $500 million in ex-vessel value per annum, accounting for 13% of the value of total U.S. seafood production,” wrote the lawmakers. “A quarter of all American seafood processing and wholesale jobs are located in Washington, Oregon, and California, representing the largest employment opportunity among all seafood-producing regions in the U.S. The domestic seafood sector is also a critically important component of America’s food production system, supporting more than 1.2 million jobs, generating more than $144 billion in sales impacts, and contributing more than $61 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product.” Recently, the USDA made just shy of a $16.5 million purchase for Pacific seafood including pacific rockfish, pacific shrimp, and pacific whiting. Bornstein Seafoods (WA), Dulcich, Inc. (OR) and Ocean Gold Seafoods (WA), earned contracts from the USDA, as SeafoodNews reported. On the West Coast, the WCSPA, Midwater Trawlers Cooperative, Oregon Trawl Commission and Fishermen's Marketing Association sent a letter to USDA in early March, asking the AMS to specify Pacific pink shrimp, Pacific rockfish and Pacific hake (whiting) as USDA Section 32 “bonus buys.” In an April letter to Secretary Vilsack, 10 members of the West Coast congressional delegation supported the seafood industry, as SeafoodNews’ Susan Chambers wrote at the time. Find the complete letter here. International 2022 Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global visitor numbers surpass previous event Seafood Source by Cliff White - April 29, 2022 The 28th annual Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global surpassed its previous visitor numbers total in its first year in Barcelona, Spain. FYI’s DIPAC to reopen doors to public Put it there, chum. Juneau Empire by Michael S. Lockett - April 23, 2022 After more than two years, Douglas Island Pink and Chum Inc. will reopen the doors of the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery to the public beginning on April 25, coinciding with the arrival of the first cruise ships of the 2022 season. Coast Guard cutter leaves Petersburg after 32 years KFSK by Joe Viechnicki - April 27, 2022 The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Anacapa is leaving Petersburg this year after more than three decades of fisheries law enforcement, rescues and patrols in Southeast Alaska. The Coast Guard plans to reassign the vessel after an overhaul. The captain and crew of ship welcomed the community for tours this week as they get set to depart Alaska. Sitka Salmon Shares Streamlines Subscription Process Amid Surge in Demand Urner Barry by Ryan Doyle - April 29, 2022 Community-supported fishery (CSF) Sitka Salmon Shares has streamlined its checkout and subscription process through Bold Commerce, a tech company specializing in solutions for omnichannel retailers and direct-to-consumer brands. Sitka Salmon Shares tapped Bold Commerce to streamline its subscription processes amid increased demand. The CSF now has a refined subscription-based model and has transformed its nine-month seasonal business into a year-round venture, with Sitka Salmon Shares now fulfilling subscription boxes 12 months a year, per a press release. Of late, Sikta Salmon has witnessed a notable surge in demand and with all of the other logistics challenges surrounding the world, the company needed to improve the process for managing subscriptions. Its work with Bold Commerce will solve those issues and create a model that will “reduce friction points and decrease the time to distribution, all while staying true to its sustainable fishing mission.” The new model is powered by Bold Subscriptions on Shopify Plus and has allowed the company to introduce a differentiated supply chain and year-round order fulfillment. The new tech and updates have reduced the time between order and delivery, reduced confusion from customers, increased certainty on delivery expectations and addressed other common challenges perishable foods businesses face. According to Bold Commerce, the company can continue to harvest responsibly for nine months out of the year and fulfill subscriptions for 12 months a year. "Our substantial growth during the pandemic created an immediate need to find a scalable solution that could both handle the complexities of our unique subscription model and build an intuitive experience for our members," said Joe Barneson, CTO, Sitka Salmon Shares. "Bold Commerce helped us build a subscriptions-based model that has created a seamless experience for members to get seafood to their doorstep now year-round and raised the standard for scaling responsible food businesses." According to Bold Commerce, the company can continue to harvest responsibly for nine months out of the year and fulfill subscriptions for 12 months a year. Plus, Sitka Salmon Shares can now offer auto-renewals to retain subscribers yearly without having to ask subscribers to recommit each year. "Subscriptions are now so much more than a simple click-and-subscribe transaction--shoppers are subscribing to brands to be part of a community because they're passionate about the brand, its backstory and its customer service," said Jay Myers, Co-Founder, Bold Commerce. "Sitka Salmon Shares has built more than just a subscriber-base, they've built a community passionate about sustainable fishing and incredible seafood. It's this community that will fuel their future growth." Sitka Salmon Shares was featured on SeafoodNews earlier this month for its decision to donate 100% of profits from its one-time box sales to World Central Kitchen through the month of April. The World Central Kitchen, founded by chef José Andrés, provides chef-created meals to communities impacted by natural disasters and prolonged humanitarian crises. The group shared that it is nearing 300,000 daily meals for Ukrainian refugees impacted by the Russian invasion. "Our company is committed to sourcing high quality, traceable, wild caught seafood from responsibly sourced fisheries in Alaska and the North Pacific," said Gerardo Canales, CEO of Sitka Salmon Shares. "As a values-based company it is our responsibility to help communities suffering from food scarcity.” 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. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, any copyrighted work in this message is distributed under fair use without profit or payment to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving this information for non-profit research and educational purposes only. *Inclusion of a news article, report, or other document in this email does not imply PSPA support or endorsement of the information or opinion expressed in the document.

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