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Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Alaska Western Alaska salmon crisis affects physical and mental health, residents say Alaska Beacon by Yereth Rosen - November 14, 2023 The salmon crisis in the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers is harming more than local economies, food security and culture, according to people in the region. It is also harming human health. Proposals creating management plans at upcoming Board of Fisheries meeting KBBI by Jamie Diep - November 13, 2023 The top ten biggest kings displayed during the award ceremony. New management plans, harvest guidelines and changing season lengths are all on the table at the upcoming Board of Fisheries meeting discussing finfish regulations in Lower Cook Inlet. The board meets every three years to change these regulations, and this year, they have 43 proposals to consider. Workshop discusses the future of invasive crabs in Alaska KCAW by Meredith Redick - November 13, 2023 European green crabs haven’t made it to Sitka – not yet, anyway. During the Alaska Invasive Species Partnership workshop last Thursday (11-9-23) in Sitka, experts from around coastal Alaska spoke about current strategies to fight these invasive crabs, and how communities like Sitka can work to avoid being a pit stop for these crafty crustaceans. NOAA Study: Snow Crab Likely Well Adapted To Projected Ocean pH Levels Fishermen's News - November 15, 2023 Conclusions of a two-year federal study suggests that snow crabs are well adapted to projected increases in ocean acidification within the next two centuries, with no detectible effects on embryo development larval hatching or female calcification. Environment/Science Climate change and El Niño conditions could spell warm winter for the Aleutians KUCB by Sofia Stuart-Rasi - November 13, 2023 NOAA predicts above average temperatures for all Aleutian Islands east of Attu — the westernmost point in Alaska — as well as most of Alaska. Labeling and Marketing ASMI conference identifies storm of issues in seafood market conditions KMXT by Brian Venua - November 13, 2023 The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, a partially government-funded organization focused on promoting the state’s seafood, held its All Hand on Deck Conference in Anchorage from Nov. 1st through the 4th. Some of the seafood industry’s top experts presented on the state of the market. FYI’s Find Out The 1st Place Winners of the 2024 Alaska Symphony of Seafood Urner Barry by Amanda Buckle - November 13, 2023 The results are in! And the winners are… On Monday the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) announced the winners of the 2024 Alaska Symphony of Seafood, an annual competition for new value-added products made from Alaska seafood. The Alaska Symphony of Seafood officially kicked off in Seattle on November 7 with a private judging session. This year the expert panel of judges was made up of Michael Mills (Sysco), BT Thompson and Becca Yeardsley (Rogge), John Burrows (Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute), Daniela Klimsova (BBRSDA), Scott Habberstadt (Alaska Airlines), Craig Morris (GAPP), Carli Stewart (National Fisherman), Greg Obeso and Dani Camden (Lynden Logistics/ AML) and Cynthia Nims (Mon Appetit LLC). Each judge tasted, deliberated and scored the product based on packaging, presentation, overall eating experience, price and potential for commercial success. The 19 entrants for this year’s competition were revealed in late October, with new products hailing from seafood giants like Trident Seafoods, Ocean Beauty Seafoods, and High Liner Foods, among others in the industry. Categories include Retail, Foodservice, “Beyond the Plate,” and “Around the Plate.” There are also a handful of special awards, including People’s Choice (Seattle), People’s Choice (Juneau), Bristol Bay Choice, Salmon Choice, and White Fish Choice. The first place winners in the Retail, Foodservice, “Around the Plate” and “Beyond the Plate” are listed below. Retail: Echo Falls Smoked Wild Alaskan Sockeye Nuggets by Ocean Beauty Seafoods Foodservice: Kraken Stash IPA Beer Battered Wild Alaska Pollock Fillets by Trident Seafoods Around the Plate: Alaska Seafood Crunchies - Wild Fish & Sea Cucumber by Glacier Delights (dba The Bear House in Alaska) Beyond the Plate: Polkadog Alaska Salmon Chips by Polkadog The Seattle People’s Choice winner was also announced. This year the award went to Smoked Blackcod Pate by Whidbey Island Seafood Company LLC. The Bristol Bay Choice award, which is given in partnership with benefactor sponsor Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA), and is awarded to the best sockeye product entered, went to Wild Alaska Sockeye Salmon Breakfast Sausages by E&E Foods. Each first-place winner will receive booth space at Seafood Expo North America in March, as well as airfare to and from the show, provided by sponsor Alaska Air Cargo. Winners will also be automatically entered into the Seafood Excellence Awards. The full list of winners, including the 2024 Symphony Grand Prize winner, will be announced at the Symphony Awards Ceremony in Juneau on February 21. National Fisheries Institute Announces New Additions To Board of Directors Seafood News - November 14, 2023 The National Fisheries Institute (NFI) announced on Monday that they have added new members to their Board of Directors. “This Board consists of some of the most focused, engaged, thought leaders the seafood community has to offer,” said NFI President and CEO Lisa Wallenda Picard. “The guidance and commitment to the industry provided by the NFI Board of Directors has impressed me since my first day on the job. I’m so pleased to welcome these new voices and perspectives to the table.” NFI’s bylaws allow for a 51-person Board, with 45 at-large Directors. There is an 18-person Executive Committee that is drawn from the Board, as well as six officers. A new slate of board members is elected annually to serve three-year terms. Michael Davis, President, PanaPesca USA Bret Scholtes, Chief Operating Officer, Cooke Aquaculture Eric Bloom, President, Eastern Fish Company (Executive Committee) Paul Doremus, Vice President, Trident Seafoods (Executive Committee) Soren Dalsager, Chief Executive Officer, Stavis Seafoods Christine Ngo, President, H&N Group (Executive Committee) Colin Dresser, National Sales Representative, Sea Port Products Jason Driskill, Vice President, Seafood, HEB Rob Hallion, President, Crocker Winsor Sarah Hayes, Vice President, Sales & Development, Maritime Products Isaak Hurst, Owner, International Maritime Group Jamie Marshall, Executive Vice President, Sales, AZ Gems Jordan Mazzetta, Chief Executive Officer, Eddie M’s Matt Mixter, Chief Executive Officer/Partner, Hofseth Stephanie Pazzaglia, Manager, Business Development, J.J. 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