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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Alaska Alaska’s waters are turning orange — but don’t blame mining New research illuminates a significant and growing threat to some of the most pristine waters in North America. iron, copper, zinc and cadmium that have been locked away for thousands of years. E&E News by Hannah Northey, Samantha Latson - June 4, 2024 Once-pristine waterways in Alaska are turning orange, and a new study says climate change is likely to blame.Federal and academic scientists working in remote areas of Alaska have documented 75 streams in Brooks Range, an expansive mountain range in the heart of the state, turning orange in the last decade. Often, mining operations are to blame for discoloration and polluting creeks and rivers. But researchers say this time, it’s likely the result of climate change supercharging the melting of mineral-rich permafrost and releasing metals like iron, copper, zinc and cadmium that have been locked away for thousands of years. *Requires Subscription Rough Seas Ahead for Seafood Processing Alaska Business Magazine by Alex Appel - June 10, 2024 ALASKA SEAFOOD MARKETING INSTITUTENot too long ago, Alaska’s salmon fishery was at a high. The record for the largest salmon run was set in 2018, and again in 2021, and again in 2022. It wasn’t just Bristol Bay; across Western Alaska, sockeye and pink salmon populations reached historic levels between 2021 and 2022, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Commerce Secretary Announces Fishery Resource Disaster Determinations for Alaska and Oregon Salmon Fisheries The Secretary determined that fishery resource disasters occurred in one Oregon and two Alaska salmon fisheries. NOAA Fisheries - June 10, 2024 The Secretary of Commerce has determined that fishery resource disasters occurred in:Oregon 2023 ocean commercial Chinook salmon fisheryAlaska 2022 Chignik salmon fisheryAlaska 2023 Upper Cook Inlet East Side Setnet salmon fishery State announces gillnet fishing opener in waters above federal refuge KYUK by Evan Erickson - June 11, 2024 A gillnet is used to harvest salmon on the lower Kuskokwim River in 2021.The state has announced a gillnet opening to provide an opportunity for middle and upper Kuskokwim River communities to harvest chinook salmon. Yukon River communities balance conservation, survival amid near-total salmon fishing closures KYUK by Evan Erickson - June 11, 2024 As the 2024 Yukon River salmon season kicks off, there will once again be little to no opportunity for communities along the Western Alaska river to harvest any actual salmon.

Labeling and Marketing Move Over, Grasshoppers. Wild Alaska Pollock Is Coming To T-Mobile Park Urner Barry by Amanda Buckle - June 11, 2024 Move over, grasshoppers. There’s a new must-have food at T-Mobile Park.A new partnership between the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) and the Seattle Mariners will bring Wild Alaska pollock fish tacos to Major League Baseball. Beginning June 28, baseball fans will be able to find the fish at Edgar’s Cantina, as well as in other locations and clubs throughout the stadium.“It’s a big deal to have a menu item at a major MLB stadium — not only for the sheer number of fans and visibility, but also because breaking in a new food is innovative, is disruptive and puts a new twist on what was once classic American baseball fare,” shared GAPP CEO Craig Morris.The partnership with the Seattle Mariners was made possible in part to a Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant that GAPP received from NOAA in 2023. GAPP was awarded $300,000 for its proposed project of “increasing penetration of wild Alaska pollock on restaurant menus outside of QSRs to build further demand for wild Alaska pollock.”Pollock is famous as the McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish, but GAPP has been working hard to take pollock to the next level through new forms and channels — like sports arenas.GAPP entered into a partnership with the NHL’s Seattle Kraken in 2022. As part of the partnership, wild Alaska pollock was named the official whitefish of Climate Pledge Arena. Molly De Mers, the Executive Chef at Climate Pledge Arena, created special dishes featuring Alaska pollock at Trident’s Fork & Fin, located in the American Express Hall.The Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant last year allowed GAPP to expand the model employed at Climate Pledge Arena to get Alaska pollock into UBS Arena in New York City for NY Islanders games. Pollock made its debut at an Islanders vs. Kraken game this past February. And now, pollock has made its way from hockey to baseball.GAPP will be working with the Mariners and their foodservice purveyor, Sodexo, “to determine how best to showcase wild Alaska pollock throughout the arena and how to introduce consumers to this new fish.”“A large part of our grant is measuring consumers' recall of Wild Alaska Pollock and its attributes, so we’ll be working to survey fans throughout the remainder of the season, too, to see how we’re doing,” added Morris.You can learn more about GAPP’s partnerships at the Wild Alaska Pollock Annual Meeting, taking place at the W Hotel in Downtown Seattle on September 26. Find registration information here. FYI’s Scenes from Kodiak Crab Festival 2024 KMXT by Brian Venua - June 11, 2024 Hundreds of people gather at the St. Paul Harbor parking lot from around Kodiak and the state to walk the shops and food trucks.

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