Alaska News Release: Trident Seafoods seeks buyers for select plants and assets in Alaska as part of its plan to streamline and modernize operations The moves, which include downsizing its support functions in Seattle, position the company to fund the reinvestments necessary to continue to lead in the Alaska seafood industry Tridentseafoods.com - December 12, 2023 Seattle, Wash. – Trident Seafoods, a company that has been operating continuously in Alaska for more than 50 years, will seek potential buyers for four of its Alaska shoreside plants as part of a comprehensive restructuring initiative. This move puts the company on a path toward streamlining its Alaska operations and refocusing its global commercial strategy. https://www.tridentseafoods.com/about-us/news/trident-seafoods-seeks-buyers-for-select-plants-and-assets-in-alaska-as-part Alaska pollock quota to remain flat in 2024, despite industry push for higher catch Seafood Source by Chris Chase - December 11, 2023 The North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which oversees the quota of the Alaskan pollock industry, decided to maintain the same quota for the species in 2024 at its recent meeting on 9 December – despite industry calls for a higher catch. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/alaska-pollock-quota-to-remain-flat-in-2024-despite-industry-push-for-higher-catch International Growing number of US lawmakers demanding ban on seafood imports from China Calls are growing louder for import bans from groups that include Mississippi catfish and shrimp producers. Intrafish by Rachel Sapin - December 11, 2023More US lawmakers are asking for a ban on seafood imports from China, pointing to what they say is a growing problem with forced labor as well as illegal fishing connected to products that are being sold in the the United States. https://www.intrafish.com/trade/growing-number-of-us-lawmakers-demanding-ban-on-seafood-imports-from-china/2-1-1569320 *Requires Subscription Environment/Science Researchers present early findings on Bristol Bay hydroelectricity project KDLG by Christina McDermott - December 11, 2023 The Nushagak Cooperative, Dillingham’s local utility provider, is looking to build a hydroelectric facility on the Nuyakuk River in Bristol Bay. The river is a tributary of the Nushagak River and part of the watershed for the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery. https://www.kdlg.org/infrastructure/2023-12-11/researchers-present-early-findings-on-bristol-bay-hydroelectricity-project Alaska salmon woes, extreme precipitation, tundra shrub growth part of Arctic transformation NOAA’s 2023 Arctic Report Card highlights challenges posed by rapid climate change in Alaska and elsewhere in the far North, along with some local responses Alaska Beacon by Yereth Rosen - December 13, 2023 The collapses of Western Alaska salmon runs have been among the most consequential climate change impacts in the rapidly warming Arctic over the past two years, according to an annual report assembled by a federal agency. https://alaskabeacon.com/2023/12/13/alaska-salmon-woes-extreme-precipitation-tundra-shrub-growth-part-of-arctic-transformation/ Federal Register Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Trawl Rationalization Program; 2024 Cost Recovery Fee Notice A Notice by the Commerce Department and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 12/12/2023 This action provides participants in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Program with the 2024 cost recovery fee percentages and the average mothership (MS) price per pound to be used in the catcher/processor (C/P) Co-operative (Co-op) program to calculate the fee amount for the upcoming calendar year. For the 2024 calendar year, NMFS announces the following fee percentages by sector specific program: 3 percent for the Shorebased Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program; 0.1 percent for the C/P Co-op Program; and 1.8 percent for the MS Co-op Program. For 2024, the MS pricing to be used as a proxy by the C/P Co-op Program is $0.11 per pound for Pacific whiting. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2023/12/12/2023-27188/fisheries-off-west-coast-states-pacific-coast-groundfish-fishery-trawl-rationalization-program-2024
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