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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Alaska State, partners deliver salmon donations for Yukon, Kuskokwim villages Fish in cold storage in Emmonak, Fairbanks will be distributed to river villages Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - June 17, 2022 A collaborative partnership between the state of Alaska has delivered 12,928 pounds of keta salmon to the Tanana Chiefs Conference in Fairbanks and Kwik’Pak Fisheries in Emmonak for distribution to Interior and western Alaska villages, in lieu of fish they are forbidden to harvest themselves this year. Alaska’s Weekly Salmon Numbers Out and Changing Rapidly by Peggy Parker - June 16, 2022 Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) is partnering with McKinley Research again this year to report salmon harvest data in real-time. Their first report on the cumulative harvest as of Saturday, June 11 has already doubled as of yesterday’s report reflecting openers on Monday on the Copper River, in the Eshamy District of Prince William Sound, and a big harvest of sockeye this week on the South Alaska Peninsula area. The preliminary cumulate harvest for sockeyes statewide is now 1.22 million, up from last week’s cumulative of .64 million sockeyes. That is 1.7% of the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s predicted harvest of 74 million this year. The biggest increase in harvests from last week’s total of .643 million was in the South Peninsula, where catches rose from 276,000 as of Saturday night to 723,000 as of yesterday. Modest increases were seen by the Cordova fleet on the Copper River 27,300 sockeye were landed on Monday, June 13 and another 37,100 were caught on Monday at Eshamy. Both areas are open again today. With other smaller catches this week in PWS, the cumulative total catch of PWS/CR sockeye is 364,500 sockeye, 270,700 chum, and 10,800 Chinook. While landings on the Copper started out about a week later than historical averages, overall they have caught up with historical landings in the past few weeks. The good news is that escapement numbers are better than forecasted, clocking in as of Tuesday, June 14, at 360,902 salmon passed the sonar counter, some 32,500 more fish than was predicted for that date by ADF&G. Statewide landings, updated as of yesterday, were 1.217 sockeye landed (1.7% of the 2022 forecasted 74.012 million catch); 44,000 Chinook landed, which includes some 28,000 winter kings in the troll fishery; 336,000 chum salmon (2.2% of the 2022 forecasted catch of 15.4 million), and 171,000 pink salmon (about 2.5% of the 67.2 million expected in 2022.) This year’s Alaska Department of Fish and Game pre-season forecast predicted a harvest of 160.6 million salmon. That includes a record-breaking sockeye salmon harvest of 74 million fish (mostly in Bristol Bay), an above-average pink salmon harvest (for an even-numbered year), and below-average harvests of keta, coho, and Chinook salmon. National Murkowski, Sullivan Applaud USDA Purchase of Seafood for Food Assistance Programs Lisa Murkowski - June 17, 2022 U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, applauded the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) approval of a Section 32 purchase of up to $52 million in Pacific and Alaskan Groundfish, such as cod, haddock, pollock, and flounder, for distribution to food assistance programs in Alaska and across the country. Marine economy adds billions to national GDP Cordova Times - June 17, 2022 Reports from two federal Commerce Department agencies note that America’s marine economy contributed some $361 billion to America’s gross domestic product in 2020. Environment/Science Fishermen say Bristol Bay protections must be stronger National Fisherman by Kirk Moore - June 17, 2022 One of the oldest Bristol Bay fishing associations came out strongly against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new limits on the potential Pebble Mine, reflecting unease that the much-heralded move does not go far enough. FYI’s GAPP Appoints Global Seas CEO Bob Desautel As Board Chairman Urner Barry by Amanda Buckle - June 17, 2022 Global Seas CEO Bob Desautel has been named Chairman of the Board for the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP). Desautel will be replacing out-going chair Mikel Durham of American Seafoods, who was pivotal in securing the increased industry investment for GAPP four years ago. “It’s been incredible to watch the new GAPP Strategic Plan come to life over the last several years,” said Desautel. “In conversations with industry, with customers, and with even friends and family, their knowledge of Wild Alaska Pollock has markedly grown and that's due in large part to GAPP’s vision and effort to educate and promote the species with product innovation partnerships, marketing, media influencers, and truly understanding the consumer’s preferences through proprietary research work.” Desautel is a long time member of the industry, having actively fished in the North Pacific from 1978 through 2000. In 1994 he co-founded Nina Fisheries, and in 2002 he co-founded Global Seas, a subsidiary of Nina Fisheries, which became one of the West Coast’s premier vessel management companies. Under Desautel’s direction, Global Seas expanded into the East Coast as co-owner of seafood processing company Norpel, and into the maritime research field as the owner and operator of R/V Mt. Mitchell. Desautel was unanimously approved as Chair by the GAPP Board. He previously served as the Chair of GAPP’s Sustainability Committee in which he oversaw the completion of the landmark industry-wide Life Cycle Assessment, which confirmed wild Alaska pollock as one of the lowest carbon-footprint proteins available on the planet. He also coined the phrase: “Wild Alaska pollock is good for you and good for the planet.” “To say Bob is passionate about wild Alaska pollock would be an understatement,” said Craig Morris, GAPP CEO. “He is a true evangelist for the fish and its attributes and has a love for this industry that likely only pales to his love for his wife and kids. Bob is the right Chair to take the helm as GAPP enters a new phase to build on the foundation we’ve laid and to hold us accountable to elevate wild Alaska pollock even more in the eyes of the global consumer.” 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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