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Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Alaska Alaska issues salmon forecast for Cook Inlet National Fisherman by Charlie Ess - April 4, 2023 The Alaska Department of Fish and Game forecast for Upper Cook Inlet salmon has been set at 5.12 million fish. Of those, 4,376,000 will be sockeye, and the harvest for commercial, sport fishing, subsistence and personal use has been projected at 3.12 million. ADF&G Sets 2023 Annual Harvest Allocation for Chinook Troll Fishery Fishemen's News - April 5, 2023 The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) on March 30 set the 2023 all-gear allowable harvest limit for Southeast Alaska/Yakutat (SEAK) under Chinook salmon management provisions of the 2019-2028 Pacific Salmon Treaty Agreement at 201,900 treaty Chinook salmon. National Inflation is changing the way Americans shop for seafood Seafood Source by Christine Blank - April 4, 2023 Inflation is changing how Americans shop for seafood, executives with Category Partners said during a presentation at Seafood Expo North America, 12-14 March in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Environment/Science Alaska marine debris experts call for tighter regulation and more cleanup funding Alaska Public Media by Kavitha George - April 4, 2023 Trawl nets, buoys, even boats and fragments of buildings: these are some types of marine debris that wash up on Alaska’s coasts every day. Federal Register Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels Using Trawl Gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/05/2023 NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels using trawl gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the B season apportionment of the 2023 Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) allocated to catcher vessels using trawl gear in the BSAI. FYI’s Alaska Airlines Will Have Improved Cargo Capacity, Plans to Expand SAF Market With Shell Aviation by Peggy Parker - April 4, 2023 A new collaboration with Shell Aviation and Alaska Airlines will expand the sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) market beyond a standard fuel supply agreement. The two companies are working together to advance development in the sustainable aviation fuel market and long-term jet fuel supply. SAF is a safe, certified drop-in fuel that meets the jet fuel standards to reduce carbon emissions by as much as 80% of lifecycle emissions. Details of the agreement include commitments bring SAF to more markets, in greater quantities and at a more sustainable long-term cost. The companies will put particular focus on enabling supply to the West Coast and alleviating fueling infrastructure challenges in the Pacific Northwest. Shell Aviation will also supply up to 10 million gallons of neat SAF to Alaska Airlines at their hub in Los Angeles. "We're excited to expand our strong relationship with Alaska and amplify our efforts to help decarbonize aviation through SAF supply on the West Coast and in the Pacific Northwest," said Jan Toschka, president of Shell Aviation. "We need support from the entire ecosystem to build a sustainable future for aviation. This deep level of collaboration will help us put the technologies and supply chain in place to advance the industry.” "With Shell's world-class fuel supply chain and deep technical knowledge, we're aiming to transform West Coast fuel supply," said Ann Ardizzone, vice president of strategic sourcing and supply chain management at Alaska Airlines. "By leveraging the fuel infrastructure expertise of a major fuel producer, we can advance SAF access in more markets, accelerating the market scale of SAF to reach our environmental goals.” Beyond the ambitious effort to expand the use of sustainable fuel, Alaska Airlines is adding two new 737-800 freighters to their fleet. The most fuel-efficient aircraft serving the intra-Alaska market, the 737-800 will be able to fly nonstop from remote Alaska markets to Seattle. That puts the cargo fleet at three 737-700s, each with a maximum payload of 40,000 lbs., and two 737-800s, with MP of 50,000 lbs. each. The larger freighters have 40% more capacity per plane and more loading space per departure than the 737-700 fleet, essentially doubling the airline’s freighter capacity. A larger freighter fleet provides more schedule reliability and fleet flexibility during maintenance periods when planes are out of service. And because more freighters require more infrastructure, some local communities in Alaska will see construction-related jobs and revenue. In Anchorage, for instance, there will be new concrete loading pads poured to handle the higher capacities. Finally, a streamlined cargo system will be introduced this year, increasing efficiencies and making shipping easier for customers. “We are updating the systems that power our entire cargo network — from booking to intake to tracking to delivery — in our first back-office upgrade in more than 15 years,” said Adam Drouhard, managing director of Alaska Air Cargo. “Our new iCargo technology will also create safer and simpler operational processes in our facilities, improving the way we move your freight.” What does this mean for seafood shippers? “Doing business with us will be easier,” Drouhard said. “Customers will have new tools with a better online booking experience that integrates real-time information about capacity, embargoes and station hours. In our stations, we will implement more efficient equipment – including the latest in scanner technology – to improve our tracking of shipments and provide enhanced visibility into the status of your cargo. “We will need your help: This summer, we’ll invite you to create your account in the new iCargo system. Then, watch for tips and training tools from us in late summer and early fall, with the new efficient system fully operational in Q4. We know change can be challenging, and we look forward to working with you through this transition. We will also be asking for your feedback as we continue to improve the new technology over time.” Drouhard encouraged industry to follow Alaska Airlines project page for updates. 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. 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