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Thursday, July 21, 2022

Alaska A Banner Year for Bristol Bay’s Sockeye Salmon Harvest This year’s catch in southeast Alaska is expected to be among the largest on record; Pride of Bristol Bay is a reliable source for delivery in September. The New York Times by Florence Fabricant - July 18, 2022 The sockeye salmon harvest in the Bristol Bay area of Alaska is expected to be among the largest on record. State officials are reporting a run of 74 million fish, mostly from Bristol Bay, during a season that started on June 1 and continues until early August. Bristol Bay, the world’s largest source for wild sockeye salmon, is a sustainably managed resource where thousands of local fishermen work on small boats. The salmon are smaller than king salmon, with firmer, succulent, characteristically deep red-orange flesh. The fish are widely shipped for sale in stores, online and in restaurants. Among the reliable sources for home cooks is Pride of Bristol Bay, which has started accepting orders for delivery in September. They sell the fish in 10- and 20-pound lots, either filleted sides of about 1.25 pounds each ($219.90 for 10 pounds, $399.80 for 20), or in individual 5- to 7-ounce portions ($229.90 for 10 pounds, $419.80 for 20). https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/18/dining/sockeye-salmon-pride-of-bristol-bay.html National US restaurants stressing value in seafood promotions Seafood Source by Christine Blank - July 20, 2022 Recognizing that Americans are increasingly worried about rising prices due to inflation, many U.S. restaurants are luring in guests with limited-time seafood specials, discounts, and bundled meals. Others are promising to keep overall prices reasonable even as their costs of ingredients, labor, and serving products soar. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/foodservice-retail/us-restaurants-stressing-value-in-seafood-promotions International Russia Continues Fishing in Various Parts of the World Ocean Despite Sanctions Pressure SeafoodNews.com by Eugene Gerden - July 20, 2022 Russia continues fishing in various part of the world ocean despite the ongoing military conflict and unprecedented sanctions imposed on the country. Russian fish trawlers currently still operate in waters of numerous foreign states despite pressure put on their governments to ban the access of Russian fishermen in their territorial waters. An example of this became the Faroe Islands, a North Atlantic archipelago and island country part of the Kingdom of Denmark, which continue allowing Russian vessels to catch in their exclusive zone. In November 2021 the Faroese granted Moscow the right to catch 75,000 tons of blue whiting this year in a special area shared with the UK within the shared area agreement signed between the sides in 1999. That has already sparked criticism from the UK and its government, according to which with such quota Russian fishermen will also be able to conduct their catch in the waters, which are under jurisdiction of Great Britain. This is especially important as the UK’s quota is only about 59,000 tonnes. Still, despite pressure from the UK, the Faroe authorities have no plans to review its fisheries agreements with Russia at least for 2022, taking into big dependence of the archipelago of the fish trade with Russia, as almost 25% of its fish exports is supplied to the Russian market and the overall importance of fish for the Islands, which makes up more than 90% of Faroese exports An interest of Faroese in cooperation with Russia is also related with the plans of its fishermen to get an access to cod fishery in the Barents sea. Still, as the pressure from the UK and global community on the Faroese is ongoing, it is currently unclear whether an agreement for 2023 will be signed between the archipelago government and Russia. https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1230635/Russia-Continues-Fishing-in-Various-Parts-of-the-World-Ocean-Despite-Sanctions-Pressure Environment/Science Restoring Habitat to Recover Coho Salmon on the Oregon Coast Our interactive story map highlights how NOAA and partners are supporting the recovery of coho on the Oregon Coast through habitat restoration. NOAA Fisheries - July 14, 2022 Coho salmon populations on the Oregon Coast are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. There is not enough high-quality habitat available for these vulnerable juvenile fish to rear in. NOAA and partners help support the recovery of Oregon Coast coho by restoring the habitats they rely on for food, protection, and safe areas for spawning and rearing. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/story-map/restoring-habitat-recover-coho-salmon-oregon-coast UW Study Supports ‘Safety in Numbers’ Hypothesis for Pacific Salmon National Fisherman - July 20, 2022 A University of Washington study published in late June found that Pacific salmon in large groups face a lower risk of being consumed by predators, although for some salmon species that tradeoff means more competition for food. https://fishermensnews.com/uw-study-supports-safety-in-numbers-hypothesis-for-pacific-salmon/ FYI’s Coast Guard finds serious defect in popular survival suits KMXT by Dylan Simard - July 18, 2022 The Coast Guard has found a serious defect with a common brand of survival suits that may reduce their usefulness in emergencies. https://kmxt.org/2022/07/coast-guard-finds-serious-defect-in-popular-survival-suits/ 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. 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