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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Alaska Alaska Fisheries Report June 21 2021 KMXT - June 21, 2021 On This Week’s Alaska Fisheries Report: The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council Unable to Address Excess Trawl Sablefish Catch Alaska crab is in high demand, but some fishermen are worried about stocks Anchorage Daily News by Laine Welch - June 21, 2021 Crab has been one of the hottest commodities since the COVID pandemic forced people in 2020 to buy and cook seafood at home and demand is even higher this year. National FDA Updates Some Seafood Processing Hazards and Controls Guidance Documents by Susan Chambers - June 18, 2021 Updated forms, guidance for drugs used in aquaculture, safety levels and more are just some of the changes included in recent Food and Drug Administration documentation for its Fourth Edition of “Fish and Fishery Products Hazards and Controls Guidance.” The new, fourth edition, is now dated June 2021. The FDA has determined specific chapters, appendices, and addenda of the guidance would be updated with the availability of new science. This update includes changes to:

  • Introduction: Introduction and Discussion

  • Chapter 3: Potential Species-Related and Process-Related Hazards

  • Chapter 11: Aquaculture Drugs

  • Appendix 1: Forms

  • Appendix 2: Sample Product Flow Diagram

  • Appendix 3: Critical Control Point Decision Tree

  • Appendix 5: FDA and EPA Safety Levels in Regulations and Guidance

  • Appendix 8: Procedures for Safe and Sanitary Processing and Importing of Fish and Fishery Products

  • Appendix 11: Approved Animal Drugs for Aquaculture

  • Appendix 12: Unapproved Animal Drugs for Aquaculture

  • Addendum 1: Fish and Fishery Products (21 CFR 123) and Control of Communicable Diseases (21 CFR 1240.60)

  • Addendum 2: Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs)

The new Introduction provides a summary of the changes. Chapter 3, Potential Species-Related and Process-Related Hazards, includes addition of the following notes:

  • For endangered and threatened species: refer to NOAA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to identify endangered and threatened species with hyperlinks;

  • Identifying “The Seafood List” as the reference to consult for naming of seafood species; and

  • Identifying that the tables in Chapter 3 should be used in conjunction with Chapters 4 – 21 in the development of a HACCP plan.

Chapter 3 also includes updated tables with new information specific to certain species. Some of those include references to sea cucumbers, seabob, a nomenclature change to market squid, and more.

The modifications can be reviewed through the “Guidance to Industry: Fish and Fishery Products Hazards and Controls Guidance Fourth Edition – June 2021” section of the guidance document, available online at: Additional information can be found at

The updated guidance supports and complements the FDA’s regulations for the safe and sanitary processing and importing of the fish and fishery products using hazard analysis and critical control point methods, the FDA said.


JAPAN: March End Surimi Inventory Record Low by Tom Asakawa - June 21, 2021 The stock of frozen surimi announced by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) at the end of March was 33,299 tons, 101% of the previous month. The breakdown is 14,600 tons of Alaska pollock, 97% of the last month, and 18,699 tons of other surimi, 104% of the previous month, reported Kamaboko News. Compared to the same month of the previous year, the total amount of frozen surimi was 83%, that of Alaska pollock was 69%, and that of other surimi was 97%; all at low levels. Surimi inventory is at an unprecedented low level, falling below 50,000 tons, which is considered a dangerous line. According to the MAFF's Survey of Refrigerated Seafood Inventory, the national inventory of Alaska pollock and other surimi at the end of March remains at the lowest level in recent years. In March, warehousing for Alaska pollock and others improved significantly. Still, the end-of-month inventory of other surimi, whose warehousing was sluggish, has picked up slightly, as Suisan Keizai analyzed. The inventory of Alaska pollock surimi, which has remained historically low, reached 14,600 tons, which is 3.1% lower than the end of February, setting a new record. The year-on-year decrease was 30.7%, falling to less than 70%. The situation where the inventory level has been the lowest in recent years has extended. However, due to the full-scale production and delivery of U.S. products, the warehousing in March began to gather at 4171 tons. Although it was still down 8.1% compared to the same month of the previous year, this amount could hold the warehousing of 4631 tons. As a result, monthly shipments decreased by 2.0%. But it has maintained a steady pace of around 5,000 tons per month since the beginning of the year. Therefore, depending on the receipts after April, the decrease in the month-end inventory may stop. On the other hand, the amount of other surimi received increased by 5.9% from the same month to 4993 tons, maintaining the increasing trend. On the other hand, the volume of shipments decreased by 20.4% to 4336 tons, and the month-end inventory turned to a slight recovery after hitting bottom at the end of February. Compared to the same period of the previous year, the rate of decrease decreased by 3.0% at a stretch, and after the end of last year, when it fell to less than 80%, the ratio has approached the same level as the previous year. One reason for the increase in inventories at the end of the month is that there is no momentum in the shipments, and the product movement after April is drawing attention. Environment/Science Chugach Corner: Rounding up fish for study Cordova Times by Amanda Williams - June 20, 2021 Stormy Haught, Prince William Sound Zone Aquatics Program Manager for the Chugach National Forest, Cordova Ranger District and his team are beginning to install limnocorrals on Eyak Lake. Limnocorrals are floating enclosures that are anchored to remain in a fixed location in the lake with a mesh size that prevents fish from moving in or out. The term limnocorral comes from the word limnology, the study of inland bodies of water (to include lakes, rivers and streams), and the word corral, a circular enclosure. FYI’s Janet Coit Named NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator NOAA Fisheries - June 21, 2021 Today, Janet Coit was appointed to lead NOAA Fisheries, which is responsible for managing our nation’s marine fisheries and conserving protected marine species, as the assistant administrator under the Biden-Harris Administration. Coit will also serve as acting assistant secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and deputy NOAA administrator, for which she will support and manage NOAA's coastal and marine programs. Amazon Prime Day: A Look at Seafood Organizations to Support While Shopping Urner Barry by Ryan Doyle - June 21, 2021 Amazon Prime Day is upon us. The online shopping giant’s annual celebration will take place June 21-22 providing savings and deals on all sorts of products. From cookware to electronics, Amazon Prime members will be offered over 2 million deals. While seafood may not be on the top of everyone’s Amazon shopping list, consumers can still support the industry through the AmazonSmile platform. Through the AmazonSmile website, the e-commerce giant will donate 0.5% of purchases to a charitable organization of your choice. Instead of visiting, Amazon Prime subscribers should log in through Once logged into the site, users will be able to search for an organization that they would like Amazon to make a contribution to. The website will work just like normal, but the products details page will show “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation”. The donation costs nothing to the consumer as well. When taking advantage of all the deals over the next two days, remember to use AmazonSmile and support your seafood organization of choice. Here are a few industry organizations that are registered with the AmazonSmile service: Seafood Nutrition Partnership: The Seafood Nutrition Partnership is a non-profit organization that works to inform Americans about the nutritional benefits of eating seafood. SeaShare: SeaShare is a non-profit that helps engage the seafood industry in an effort to improve nutrition for people served by food banks by donating seafood across the U.S. Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Foundation: The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Foundation’s vision is of healthy marine and aquatic ecosystems; secure seafood supplies; and a thriving responsible seafood economy. Their mission is to engage and catalyze global seafood supply chains in rebuilding deleted fish stocks and reducing the environmental impacts of fishing and fish farming. Cape Cod Commericial Fishermens Alliance Inc.: Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance works to advocate for improved marine policies, ecosystem protection and fighting for the future of Cape Cod’s fisheries. Gulf of Maine Research Institute: The Gulf of Maine Research Institute pioneers collaborative solutions to global ocean challenges. They support solutions that will broadly benefit the bioregion and its diverse communities over generations to come. Gulf Seafood Foundation Inc.: The Gulf Seafood Foundation provides education, support and assistance in the promotion of Gulf of Mexico fisheries.

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