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Monday, December 13, 2021

International JAPAN: October Surimi Production Rose 80% to 1340 Tons in Hokkaido - December 13, 2021 According to the member report of the National Surimi Manufacturers Association, the October frozen surimi production in Hokkaido increased by 81% from the same month of the previous year to 1341 tons. This was an increase for the second consecutive month due to the increase of the mainstay Alaska pollock and Atka mackerel. Production had been sluggish until September, but a leading manufacturer said, "It seems that production increased in November due to good fishing of Alaska pollock in Kushiro and Monbetsu. Annual production is likely to be about the same as the previous year," reported Minato Shimbun. Alaska pollock surimi production doubled to 1094 tons, surpassing the previous year's results for two consecutive months. "The landing of Alaska pollock on Kushiro's offshore vessels, which resumed operations in September, continues to be favorable. October landings int the Tokachi-Kushiro district was about 10,000 tons, up over 50% from a year ago. Total production in Hokkaido was about 16,500 tons," said a manufacturer source. Atka mackerel surimi production increased by 2% to 238 tons, the second consecutive month of positive growth. "The landing of Atka mackerel in the entire Hokkaido was about 5,300 tons, which is about the same as the previous year," said the same manufacturer source, but the manufacturer of Monbetsu explained, "Because the inshore landing of Atka mackerel was small, we produced surimi with Atka mackerel from Otaru." In October, shipments of surimi from Hokkaido decreased by 43% to 1460 tons. Inventories at the end of October decreased 32% year-on-year to 1150 tons, of which Alaska pollack decreased 27% to 854 tons, and Atka mackerel decreased 33% to 288 tons. "Alaska pollock surimi had received strong buying offers due to the rising prices of competing U.S. surimi. We had been shipping immediately after production, and the shortage continues," said a major manufacturer. The price of on-shore Alaska pollock surimi No. 2 grade delivered to dealers is also rising. "From now on, the number of storms will increase and the raw material fish will bear roes, so the market price of whole fish will rise. The price of surimi will also rise further." Cumulative production of frozen surimi in Hokkaido from January to October decreased by 12% from the same period of the previous year to 9907 tons. Alaska pollock surimi decreased by 13% to 8817 tons, and Atka mackerel surimi increased by 14% to 710 tons. Federal Register Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Removal of GOA Sablefish IFQ Pot Gear Tags and Notary Certification Requirements A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 12/13/2021 NMFS issues regulations to modify recordkeeping and reporting requirements to remove pot gear tag requirements in the sablefish Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) fishery in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) and remove requirements to obtain and submit a notary certification on various programs' application forms. This action is intended to reduce administrative burden on the regulated fishing industry and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). This action promotes the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act, or MSA), the Halibut Act, fishery management plans (FMPs), and other applicable laws. FYI’s Veteran harvester speaks on the joys, challenges of fisheries Peterson: Get involved, because if you are not at the table, you are on the menu Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - December 12, 2021 As a California college student back in the 1980s, Theresa Peterson decided to take a chance getting a job at a seafood cannery in Alaska for the summer. She figured that because she hates the cold, she would never go back again. Cordova Chronicles: It’s all in the name Cordova Times by Dick Shellhorn - December 4, 2021 Recently I dropped by Randy Bruce’s for coffee. He and I go back to the 1950’s, and enjoy shooting the breeze about the good old days, while sometimes discovering tidbits of local history and folklore in the process. 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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