Friday, February 22, 2019

February 22, 2019


Alaska/Pacific Coast

Commercial crabbing wraps up in some parts of SE AK
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki - February 20, 2019
Commercial crabbing in some areas of Southeast Alaska wrapped up this week, while other areas remain open.

Alaska fishing communities would take hit under Dunleavy proposal to end fish tax revenue-sharing
Anchorage Daily News by Annie Zak - February 21, 2019
Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed legislation this week that would keep commercial fish tax revenue that has for years been shared with Alaska fishing communities in the state’s coffers instead, a move that mayors in some of those cities say would be devastating.

NOAA Fisheries Publishes U.S. National Bycatch Report
NOAA Fisheries has published the U.S. National Bycatch Report First Edition Update 3, which provides information on overall bycatch trends for major U.S. fisheries for 2014 and 2015.
NOAA Fisheries - February 14, 2019
NOAA Fisheries is committed to minimizing bycatch in U.S. fisheries, to increase the sustainability of our fisheries and help protected species recover. The NOAA Fisheries National Bycatch Report First Edition Update 3 includes bycatch estimates for major U.S. fisheries for the years 2014 and 2015. This report is the only national-level report published by NOAA Fisheries that summarizes fish, marine mammal, sea turtle, and seabird bycatch estimates on a regular basis. The report provides information on overall bycatch trends and may also inform fishery monitoring priorities.

ADF&G study begins to answer whether hatchery salmon produce fewer offspring
KBBI by Aaron Bolton - February 21, 2019
A researcher pulls ear bones from a pink salmon on the banks of Hartney Creek near Cordova. The ear bones, or otoliths, help researchers identify hatchery salmon.
Credit Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Labeling and Marketing
Wendy’s Brings Back North Pacific Cod Sandwich for Lent Despite Pollock Price Difference
Urner Barry by Amanda Buckle - February 21, 2019
The North Pacific Cod Sandwich is back at Wendy’s – and just in time for Lent.

The North Pacific Cod Sandwich is a limited time menu option added just once a year. The Lenten season staple starts with a wild-caught North Pacific cod fillet, which is hand-cut and lightly breaded with crispy panko crumbs. The fillet is topped with a creamy dill tartar sauce, dill pickles and crisp lettuce and served to fish lovers on a toasted bun.

While fast food chains like Burger King and McDonald’s also offer fish sandwiches during Lent, what sets Wendy’s apart from the others is that their fish sandwich is made with cod instead of pollock. This is particularly interesting this year considering the large price difference between cod and pollock.

According to Urner Barry market reporter Janice Schreiber, during 2018, all cod products saw a firming market throughout year. Pricing for twice frozen Pacific cod, 4-8 ounce currently averages $3.20 while Pacific twice frozen pollock fillets, 6-8 ounce average $1.60. That’s a 50 percent price difference between the two items. The same holds true in the single frozen market where Alaskan cod price on 8-16 ounce average $4.45 and single frozen Alaskan pollock pricing average $2.70 for a 4-6 ounce fillet. Both scenarios paint a picture of cod being significantly higher than its whitefish counterpart.


Federal Register
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/21/2019
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Fishery Monitoring Advisory Committee Subgroup will hold a teleconference on March 27, 2019.

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Alaska Groundfish and Halibut Seabird Working Group; Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/22/2019
NMFS Alaska Groundfish and Halibut Seabird Working Group will meet to discuss use of leading indicators as tool to assess inseason seabird bycatch risk, vessel-specific seabird bycatch mortality, and an update on studies examining seabird bycatch in the trawl fisheries.

How To Decide What Fish You Should Eat And What You Shouldn't
Forbes by Margot Wilsterman - February 20, 2019
When I explain my fish-based research to folks, the question that pops up the most is: “What kind of seafood is ok to eat?” My answer is always, “How much time do you have?” Unfortunately, there is no quick and easy way to handle this inquiry. A truly good answer involves peeling back the layers of the massive onion that is global fish production.


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