Alaska Crab update: Optimism for a strong Gulf of Alaska Tanner season National Fisherman by Laine Welch - September 21, 2021 Unlike in the Bering Sea, there’s good news for crab in the Gulf of Alaska. A huge cohort of Tanner crab that biologists have been tracking in the Westward region for three years showed up again in this summer’s survey. https://www.nationalfisherman.com/alaska/crab-update-optimism-for-a-strong-gulf-of-alaska-tanner-season Alaska’s Commercial Salmon Season Nets 219M+ Fish Fishermen's News - September 22, 2021 Alaska’s 2021 commercial salmon season drew to a close in mid-September, with the preliminary catch standing at an estimated 219.3 million fish, and sockeye and pink harvests exceeding the forecast. https://fishermensnews.com/alaskas-commercial-salmon-season-nets-219m-fish/ International Coast Guard Pacific Area Hosts Six Nation Summit Fishermen's News - September 22, 2021 Coast Guard entities from six nations, led by the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area, gathered virtually for three days in mid-September for their annual forum summit, to discuss topics including the need for coordinated responses to challenges in the North Pacific https://fishermensnews.com/coast-guard-pacific-area-hosts-six-nation-summit/ Russian Fishermen to Continue Sales Market Diversification for Years to Come SeafoodNews.com by Eugene Gerden - September 22, 2021 Russian fishermen will continue the diversification of their sale markets, particularly in regard to pollock, as the Chinese market remains closed for them. For this purpose, fishermen, together with the state, plan to establish a logistics infrastructure, that will allow regular supplies of domestic fish products to enter Western markets, in particular the EU market. As part of the plans, such infrastructure is expected to be established based on the Northern Sea Route and will require investments of at least 50 billion rubles in the renovation of fishing ports, which are located along the route. It is planned, at the initial stage, particular attention will be paid to the expansion and modernization of the ports of Murmansk, Kamchatka, Sakhalin and Vladivostok. During the Eastern Economic Forum, one of Russia’s most important annual business events, representatives of some leading Russian fish producers, have called on the state to design a roadmap for the development of each of these ports. According to Ilya Shestakov, head of Rosrybolovstvo, the pandemic has changed the fish sector both in Russia and abroad. As Shestakov has also added it resulted in the decline of production of aquaculture. In addition, the structure of fish consumption has also changed. According to him, the demand for fresh and chilled products decreased although the share of production and retail sales of shelf-stable fish products increased. https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1208560/Russian-Fishermen-to-Continue-Sales-Market-Diversification-for-Years-to-Come Japan: January-July Surimi Product Export up 20% to 6249 Tons SeafoodNews.com by Tom Asakawa - September 23, 2021 According to Japan's Ministry of Finance trade statistics, the cumulative export volume of surimi products such as kamaboko (excluding fish sausage) from January to July 2021 increased by 21% from the same period of the previous year to 6249 tons. The exports a year ago were sluggish due to the new coronavirus pandemic. The exports this year decreased by 0.1% from the same period of 2019, which was the highest ever during the cumulative period from January to July. Although it was slightly less to the performance before the pandemic, it recovered to almost the same level. The increase in the largest export destination to the United States was the driving force, reported Minato Shimbun. The cumulative export value from January to July 2021 was 5,672.53 million yen ($51.91 million), up 16% from the same period of the previous year. It was 1% lower than the record high for January to July in the same period of 2019. Cumulative exports from January to July 2021 were the second-highest in both quantity and value after 2019. Looking at the cumulative exports by country from January to July 2021, exports to the United States, which gained the highest quantity and value, increased 49% year-on-year to 2296 tons, up 46% to 2,165.61 million yen ($19.81 million). The average price was 3% lower at 943 yen/kg ($8.62/kg). The second-largest shipment to Hong Kong was 1348 tons, up 3%, and 1,180.53 million yen ($10.80 million), up only 1%. The average price was 876 yen/kg ($8.01/kg), 3% lower. The third-largest shipment to China was 1051 tons, down 1%. The value fell sharply to 917.57 million yen ($8.39 million), down 21%. The average price was 873 yen/kg ($7.98/kg), 20% lower. In July, exports to the country were 77 tons, down 62% from the same month of the previous year, and fell sharply to 77.21 million yen ($.70 million), down 63%. The re-spread of coronavirus infection in the country may have had an impact. On the other hand, July exports to the United States increased by 58% to 346 tons and 40% to 294.03 million yen ($2.68 million). In addition, exports to South Korea increased by 40% to 55 tons and 30.17 million yen ($.27 million), and Saudi Arabia increased by 80% to 26 tons and 29.87 million yen ($.27 million). Exports to Australia increased by 50% to 10.39 tons and 10.80 million yen ($.1 million) in the same month. https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1208598/Japan-January-July-Surimi-Product-Export-up-20-percent-to-6249-Tons
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