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Alaska Statewide salmon harvest on the upswing compared to last year, species vary in harvest success See the salmon stats here. Juneau Empire by Clarise Larson - August 17, 2022 As summertime in Alaska slowly winds down, salmon harvests across the state saw a brief low period but the overall species harvest continues to surpass numbers from this time last year, according to recently released data. https://www.juneauempire.com/news/statewide-salmon-harvest-on-the-upswing-compared-to-last-year-species-vary-in-harvest-success/ Innovations keep unintended fish and other animals out of nets The Washington Post by Lela Nargi - August 17, 2022 If you’ve ever eaten a fish filet sandwich from a fast-food restaurant, you may have eaten pollock. Pollock is a species of groundfish that lives near the bottom of the ocean. The pollock nestled into that squishy sandwich bun came from the waters around Alaska with the promise that it was caught sustainably. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/innovations-keep-unintended-fish-and-other-animals-out-of-nets/ar-AA10Lkhf GAPP To Reveal Consumer Awareness, Familiarity Survey Results at 4th Annual Meeting Urner Barry by Amanda Buckle - August 17, 2022 The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) is on a mission to make Wild Alaska Pollock a household name. But how do U.S. consumers really feel about the fish? For the fourth year, Ketchum PR will be presenting the results of the annual survey to measure U.S. consumer awareness and familiarity with Wild Alaska Pollock at the annual Wild Alaska Pollock meeting, which is taking place in Seattle on October 17, 2022. “These results are not only GAPP’s ‘report card’ but the compass that guides our industry’s marketing and promotional efforts in the future,” said GAPP CEO Craig Morris. “Each year we glean meaningful information about the U.S. consumer’s mindset not just about Wild Alaska Pollock but also about food and purchasing decisions in general – which helps us better position our fish to drive trial.” As noted above, Ketchum conducts the national survey annually to determine if consumers are aware of Wild Alaska Pollock and if they are familiar with its leading attributes, like provenance, sustainability, versatility and nutrition. In addition to collecting that information, the survey also measures “hot topics” that are affecting consumer behavior. For example, last year the study measured the impact of COVID on food purchases and consumer mindset. This year Ketchum’s research will measure the effects of rising food costs and inflation. The data this year will also address surimi seafood made from Wild Alaska Pollock to “start to establish a baseline for consumers’ perceptions.” “Having a better understanding of consumers’ awareness and familiarity of Wild Alaska Pollock is imperative to achieving growth within the category,” said Mary Elizabeth Germaine, Ketchum’s head of global analytics, who will be presenting the data at the October meeting. “In the fourth year of benchmarking, our research has done just that. We’re excited to build on our data this year with additional advanced statistical analyses which will yield even deeper insights into purchasing habits, revealing opportunities for continued growth.” GAPP’s annual Wild Alaska Pollock meeting will be held at the Westin Seattle in Seattle, Washington, on October 17, 2022. Find more information here. https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1232801/GAPP-To-Reveal-Consumer-Awareness-Familiarity-Survey-Results-at-4th-Annual-Meeting National Retail seafood sales suffering from inflation, increased restaurant traffic Seafood Source by Christine Blank - August 16, 2022 Fresh and frozen seafood sales continued their decline in U.S. supermarkets in July due to inflation and increased restaurant visits, but shelf-stable seafood sales rose as cost-conscious consumers look for ways to save money. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/foodservice-retail/retail-seafood-sales-suffering-from-inflation-increased-restaurant-traffic Environment/Science EPA Investing $79M in Columbia River Basin Restoration Fishermen's News - August 17, 2022 Environmental Protection Agency officials, citing toxic contaminants in the Columbia River Basin as a serious risk to the region’s economic health, said that the EPA plans to invest $79 million over five years for protection and restoration of the river. https://fishermensnews.com/epa-investing-79m-in-columbia-river-basin-restoration/ Federal Register Fisheries Off West Coast States; West Coast Salmon Fisheries; Amendment 23 to the Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 08/18/2022 The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted Amendment 23 to the Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan (Salmon FMP) to the Secretary of Commerce for review. If approved, Amendment 23 would amend the Salmon FMP's current harvest control rule (HCR) for the Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast (SONCC) Coho Salmon Evolutionarily Significant Unit (ESU). https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/08/18/2022-17805/fisheries-off-west-coast-states-west-coast-salmon-fisheries-amendment-23-to-the-pacific-coast-salmon Pacific Seafood Processors Association 1900 W Emerson Place Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98119 Phone: 206.281.1667 E-mail: admin@pspafish.net; Website: www.pspafish.net Our office days/hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. 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