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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Alaska Report highlights how Bristol Bay locals are losing access to commercial fisheries Alaska Journal of Commerce by Elizabeth Earl - October 12, 2021 Alaska’s limited-entry commercial fisheries system may be pulling access to fisheries away from the coastal communities where they take place. National US retail seafood sales spike in the first three quarters of 2021 Seafood Source by Christine Blank - October 12, 2021 Frozen and fresh seafood sales reached nearly USD 5.5 billion (EUR 4.8 billion) in sales for the first nine months of 2021, with fresh sales leading the way in dollar and volume growth, according to new data. Judge allows millions of pounds of Alaska seafood to move Anchorage Daily News by Alex DeMarban - October 12, 2021 Companies that haul fish from Alaska to the eastern U.S. can resume shipping what they say is an estimated 26 million pounds of frozen fish that has been stranded in Canada in a battle over a federal maritime shipping law known as the Jones Act, a federal judge ruled on Oct. 10. International Japan: August Salmon Import Prices Up 40% for US and Russian Sockeyes by Tom Asakawa - October 12, 2021 According to the August customs statistics released by Japan's Ministry of Finance, salmon and trout imports fell significantly from the previous year due to a noticeable decrease in frozen fish. On the other hand, the import value increased, and the unit price continued to rise, reported Suisan Keizai. Imports of Chilean coho salmon plummeted to 1892 tons, nearly one-third of the July import volume, and the procurement price continued to grow to CIF 670 yen/kg ($5.96/kg). However, since October last year, the total import tonnage has exceeded 112,000 tons, and it continues to be the second-largest delivery after the record high, 116,000 tons, for the 2011-12 season. Sockeye salmon, whose purchase was delayed due to high prices, finally came together with US Alaska and Russian Far East products. Russian sockeye was 1476 tons, which was about the same as the same month of the previous year, but Alaskan sockeye performed well with 2030 tons, mainly in small sizes, due to the brisk fishing in Bristol Bay, and it exceeded the previous year's 1345 tons in August. Imports of Alaskan sockeye seem to have managed to look good on mainly the 2-4 pound fish, following the high price of Chilean coho. Overall, buying motivation has not recovered at all, and the future imports are thought to be pretty limited. Sockeye imports of newly caught fish since May from both countries were 4867 tons. It is about 70% of the same period of the previous year, including the carry-over fish from 2019. It is almost the same level as the same period two years ago, which does not have a carry-over fish from a year ago. But August imports from Russia were less than those of two years ago, and it seems that the poor catch and high price offers in the Far East following last year have affected. As a result, the August CIF price of sockeyes has skyrocketed by more than 40% to 1126 yen/kg ($10.02/kg) from last year's 775 yen/kg ($6.90/kg) for Russian fish and 947 yen/kg ($8.43/kg) from 660 yen/kg ($5.87/kg) for the US fish. The previous price range is no longer valid. However, the decrease in frozen fish as a whole was mainly due to the stall of the fillet. Chilean-based salmon fillet, whose exports to North America are increasing due to growing demand after the coronavirus pandemic, was 1450 tons, which was below 1650 tons of July, following the slowdown from June. Compared to the same month of the previous year, it decreased by more than 40% from 2486 tons. In addition, trout fillet, which has a low production volume, decreased by 24.8% to 1674 tons, and the import value of both salmon and trout fell significantly from the same month of the previous year due to the large decrease in quantity. Federal Register Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; North Pacific Observer Program A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 10/12/2021 The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed, and continuing information collections, which helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB FYI’s Northern Lights: Sea the world National Fisherman by Alaska Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer - October 6, 2021 We recognize that responsible seafood sourcing has both environmental and social implications, and it’s important that we find transparency in our seafood supply chain. 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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