Alaska Alaska Cargo and Cold Storage Launches Major Addition to the Global Cold Chain ACCS signs 55-year ground lease with State of Alaska for new, runway-adjacent, 32.5-million-cubic-foot cold storage development at ANC Business Wire - January 25, 2021 ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska Cargo and Cold Storage, LLC (ACCS) and the State of Alaska executed a 55-year lease agreement at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC), marking a major milestone in the development of a more than 700,000-square-foot, climate-controlled warehouse facility. With 32.5 million cubic feet of capacity, the facility will provide ANC with a critical piece of infrastructure at the world’s sixth-busiest cargo airport. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210124005094/en/Alaska-Cargo-and-Cold-Storage-Launches-Major-Addition-to-the-Global-Cold-Chain National NOAA finalizes strategy to enhance growth of American Blue Economy NOAA Fisheries - January 19, 2021 NOAA today released its Blue Economy Strategic Plan for 2021-2025, laying out a roadmap for new ways to advance America’s Blue Economy and enhance a global ocean economyoffsite link expected to double in value to $3 trillion over the next decade. https://www.noaa.gov/stories/noaa-finalizes-strategy-to-enhance-growth-of-american-blue-economy International Surimi Imports in November Continues to Decrease by a Quarter SeafoodNews.com by Tom Asakawa - January 26, 2021 According to the Ministry of Finance's trade statistics, the amount of surimi imported into Japan in November 2020 was 19,267 tons, down 22.6% from the same month of the previous year, and down from the last year in all months. Imports from the United States continued to decline at a quarter pace, down 24% at 9,192 tons. Surimi production in the United States kept dropping by 20-30%, and due to this, imports to Japan have also decreased by the same amount. On the other hand, the volume of imports from major Southeast Asian countries is mixed, with Thailand at 2,147 tons, up 2.4%. Imports from China were 1,829 tons, a significant increase of more than seven times. India, Pakistan, and Myanmar also increased. On the other hand, Vietnam was 1,493 tons, down 6.8%; India 3,387 tons, down 31.7%; and Malaysia 330 tons, down 10.1%. The cumulative total from January to November was 173,556 tons, a decrease of 20.8% from the previous year. By country, the United States is down 25.8%, Thailand down 3.0%, Vietnam down 20.5%, India down 19.6%, and Indonesia down 29.8%. The total quantity of imported surimi in 2020 will inevitably fall below 200,000 tons. https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1190393/Surimi-Imports-in-November-Continues-to-Decrease-by-a-Quarter FYI’s Nominations period extended for Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards Cordova Times - January 25, 2021 Nominations remain open until Jan. 28 for the Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards, honoring those who have made significant contributions to ocean sciences, education and resource management in Alaska. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2021/01/25/nominations-period-extended-for-alaska-ocean-leadership-awards/ Board of Fish postpones in-person meetings this spring KFSK by Joe Viechnicki - January 26, 2021 Alaska’s Board of Fisheries Monday voted to postpone in-person meetings planned for Ketchikan, Cordova and Anchorage this spring because of COVID-19 precautions. But the board decided not to push back their schedule for next year. That means the board could be gathering in-person next fall and winter for an ambitious schedule and multiple back-to-back meetings. https://www.kfsk.org/2021/01/26/board-of-fish-postpones-in-person-meetings-this-spring/ Follow-up survey of fishermen and covid-19 impact begins National Fisherman by Kirk Moore - January 22, 2021 A full dock at Fishermen's Terminal in Seattle. Fishing fleets coast to coast were largely idled by restaurant shutdowns and dropoff in demand. Doug Stewart photo. https://www.nationalfisherman.com/follow-up-survey-of-fishermen-and-covid-19-impact-begins
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