Board of Fisheries again rejects curtailing hatchery production
Alaska Journal of Commerce by Elizabeth Earl - October 22, 1018
For the third time in a year, the Board of Fisheries has shot down a proposal seeking to curtail salmon hatchery production in Prince William Sound.
Russian Pollock Catch to Decline By as Much 20% Over Next 5 Years
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - October 26, 2018
Russia will face a significant decline of its pollock total allowable catch, starting in 2020, according to recent statements of scientists of the Russian Pacific Fisheries Research Center (TINRO), one of leading research institutions in the field of fishing in the country.
According to TINRO scientists' forecasts, the decline of pollock harvest in Russia after 2020 will be equivalent to -5 percent. This will result in the decline of the overall catch by about 20 percent by 2023, compared to 2018.
Commenting this data during the International Groundfish Forum, CEO of the Russian Fishery Company (RRPK) Fyodor Kirsanov said: “The decrease in the pollock population and, as a result, a decrease in the total catch, is an inevitable cyclical biological risk of the industry."
As for the company, according to Kirsanov, RRPK plans to mitigate these risks by the increase in the volume of processing activities.
Thanks to the commissioning of the Russian Mintai coastal plant in the Far East, which is planned by 2021, and the construction of seven super trawlers by 2023, the company will be able to process up to 100 percent of its catch into high value-added products, including surimi.
As Kirsanov noted, the focus on the deepening of processing is a general trend for the industry. Thus, by 2025, the share of fillets and minced meat in the total output of pollock products in Russia will increase from 9 percent to 26 percent, with a corresponding decrease in the share of ungutted fish.
At the same time, according to Kirsanov, today the domestic demand for processed fish products in Russia is steadily growing, being significantly higher than the level of supply. So, in 2015-2017, the demand for pollock fillets in the domestic market grew by 165 percent, while their production grew by 35 percent. The growth in demand for pollock products in 2018 is expected to be 10 to 15 percent and this trend is likely to continue with an annual growth in consumption of 5 percent over the next 5 to 10 years.
Scientists research link between warming waters and fish redistribution
Nome Nugget by Sandra L. Medearis - October 26, 2018
Based on scientists’ summer surveys, drama is happening in the northern Bering Sea—warming waters, changes in fish distribution, receding sea ice and a missing thermal barrier to fish migration north and south or east and west, are just examples of findings by NOAA trawl surveys in recent years.
Major dredging project pitched to modernize Dutch Harbor
Alaska Journal of Commerce by Jim Paulin - October 25, 2018
UNALASKA — The big container ships and tankers will move in and out of Unalaska easier if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blasts and scoops 16 feet from the bottom near the Dutch Harbor Spit in a proposed $29 million project that’s at least four years away.
Labeling and Marketing
Ecolabelling no help in sustainable seafood sales
Labeling encouraged consumers to buy more of all kinds of seafood, not just sustainable seafood
Eurek Alert by Norwegian University of Science and Technology - October 25, 2018
How does labelling products and putting up signs in stores affect consumer choices, especially if you are trying to encourage consumers to buy sustainable seafood?
3MMI - Sockeye Salmon: To Buy or Hold?
TradexFoods - October 29, 2018
2018 turned out to be a record breaking year for Bristol Bay Sockeye while High water temperatures and low fish survival are contributing factors to low Sockeye harvest in the Fraser River. Let's take a look at the Sockeye market outlook for the remainder of the year and if you should be buying or holding...
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