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Monday, August 23, 2021

Alaska Alaska’s Pink Salmon Landings Soaring in Several Areas; Harvest Now 110 Million by Peggy Parker - August 20, 2021 Every salmon season in Alaska brings unexpected returns and this year may well include a strong and sustained pink salmon harvest through August. Pink salmon landings have soared in the last few weeks with steady deliveries continuing in Prince William Sound, Southeast Alaska, Kodiak, and the Aleutian Peninsula. The statewide pre-season forecast for pink harvest was 124 million fish. That did not seem achievable a few weeks ago, but ADF&G’s blue sheet updated a few days ago, shows Alaska’s harvest of pinks now at just over 110 million. Not all landings for pinks are current, and final numbers for this week (Statistical Week #34) won’t be available until next week. But the timing charts show this year’s pink salmon catch exceeding 2019’s on a week by week basis as early as Statistical Week 28 (July 4) in Prince William Sound, peaking two weeks later, but staying above 2019’s weekly landings until last week and now (Week 34) exceeding weekly landings again. In PSW, the pink salmon returns over the last five years show an early surge peaking July 4 with a second, higher peak the week of August 8 (Statistical Week #33). This year’s pink return in PWS, if it follows that trajectory could continue strong for another week. Prince William Sound seiners have landed 52.6 million pink salmon, well over twice the state pre-season forecast. In 2019, the harvest in PWS reached 30.9 million pinks. Seiners in Southeast Alaska have caught 30.4 million pinks so far, also exceeding the pre-season forecast in that region of 28.3 million. Landings there shot up to half again as much in Week 31 (July 25) as in that week in 2019, then doubled weekly landings in Week 32 (August 1) and appear to have landed an estimated 5 million pinks so far this week. Pink salmon returns in Kodiak have been exceeding the parent year of 2019 in recent weeks. Harvests of 8.7 million as of August 12 have now swelled to 14.4 million pink salmon according to the latest data from ADF&G. The pre-season harvest forecast was 11.6 million from the natural run and 10.9 million from hatchery production. Alaska’s total salmon landings to date are 172.34 million salmon, made up of 53.09 million sockeye, 110.04 million pinks, 7.85 million chum salmon, 1.2 million coho, and 181,000 Chinook. Alaska salmon’s second peak National Fisherman by Jessica Hathaway - August 19, 2021 Alaska’s commercial salmon fishing fleet had its second biggest week of the season, following the peak of the Bristol Bay sockeye season during the week of July 4. The cumulative statewide salmon harvest is now 7 percent above the same period in 2020 (2019 for pinks). Sockeye landings are still carrying the banner at 113 percent of projections. But overall, the landings are closing in on 80 percent of projections for all species across all districts. Alaska Fisheries Report August 19, 2021 KMXT - August 20, 2021 On this week’s Alaska Fisheries Report with Terry Haines: Sabine Poux Reports on Cook Inlet Fishermen Seeking Better Grounds, and a Look Back at the St Patrick Tragedy International ANALYSIS: Russian Exports of Alaska Pollock to EU Continue to Climb Urner Barry by Michael Nesbitt - August 20, 2021 Russia has captured more market share in Europe following a decrease in American pollock fillet production, most of which is traditionally exported to the EU. Lackluster landings and a burdensome supply of larger-sized fish in the US have indirectly strengthened Russia's position within Europe's pollock market. According to the latest available data from Global Trade Tracker, the EU imported €12.69m worth of pollock (HS 030475 & 030367) from Russia in June of this year, more than six times the amount imported over the same month a year prior. While figures in 2020 were heavily influenced by the pandemic, Russian pollock exports to Europe during the first six months of 2021 (€40m) were well on track to surpass the 2019 annual total of €41.8m.

However, ongoing restrictions for Russian seafood exports to China far outweigh gains in Europe. During the first half of this year, Russian pollock exports (HS 030475 & 030367) to China were down by €382m in comparison to the first six months of 2020, from €457m to €76m. In turn, leading to an acute shortage of cold storage space which may worsen in the weeks and months ahead as other fisheries bring in landings... Be the first to gain access to analysis pieces from Urner Barry market reporters. Subscribe to Urner Barry's Comtell today. Read the analysis on Comtell here.

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