Friday, March 8, 2019

March 8, 2019

Alaska/Pacific Coast

Tanner crab fishery open through March 31
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - March 7, 2019
A second Tanner crab fishery for the eastern and western districts of Prince William Sound since 1988 is off and running through March 31, with fishermen facing a weather front moving in promising snow, rain and high seas.
https://thecordovatimes.com/2019/03/07/tanner-crab-fishery-open-through-march-31/

Innovative fish fund aids next generation of harvesters
Program includes incentives to contribute to sustainable fisheries
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - March 7, 2019
An innovative fisheries loan program a decade in the making has begun providing financial aid for young harvesters and community-based vessel owners through a unique plan that includes incentives to participate in programs that contribute to sustainable fisheries.
https://thecordovatimes.com/2019/03/07/innovative-fish-fund-aids-next-generation-of-harvesters/

Limit put on P-cod catcher vessels in western GOA
Cordova Times - March 8, 2019
Federal fisheries officials have issued a temporary rule prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels using trawl gear in the western regulatory area of the Gulf of Alaska.
https://thecordovatimes.com/2019/03/08/limit-put-on-p-cod-catcher-vessels-in-western-goa/


Environment/Science
Seawatch: Scientists studying why most salmon never return
Homer News by Cristy Fry - March 7, 2019
As Alaska is experiencing unusual salmon behaviors and failed runs, a group of international scientists are halfway through a long over-due winter voyage in the Gulf of Alaska to try to solve some of the fundamental mysteries of which salmon survive, and why.
https://www.homernews.com/news/seawatch-scientists-studying-why-most-salmon-never-return/


Labeling and Marketing
ASMI reports to House Fisheries Committee
If Alaska were a country it would rank 8th in the world for wild harvest volume
Cordova Times - March 7, 2019
In its update to the Alaska House Fisheries Committee, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute had good news about Asian market sales and the appeal of the state’s seafood to consumers on the domestic level too.
https://thecordovatimes.com/2019/03/07/asmi-reports-to-house-fisheries-committee/


Federal Register
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/08/2019
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will convene a pre-assessment workshop to review proposed data and modeling approaches for groundfish stock assessments scheduled for assessment this year. The pre-assessment workshop will be followed by a skates historical catch reconstruction workshop to prepare for assessments of big and longnose skates scheduled for later this year. Both workshops are open to the public. The workshops will also be streamed online via webinar to facilitate remote participation.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/03/08/2019-04224/pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meeting

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Hook-and-Line Catcher/Processors in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/08/2019
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by hook-and-line catcher/processors in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2019 Pacific cod total allowable catch apportioned to hook-and-line catcher/processors in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/03/08/2019-04217/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-by-hook-and-line-catcherprocessors


FYI’s
GAPP Launches Wild Alaska Pollock Lent Challenge To Encourage Consumers to Try Wild Alaska Pollock
Urner Barry by Amanda Buckle - March 6, 2019

There’s no better time to push seafood than during Lent – and the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) is certainly taking advantage of the timing. GAPP announced on Wednesday that they are launching their #WAPfor40 challenge, a promotion meant to engage consumers to “try delicious wild Alaska pollock.”

According to GAPP, the Wild Alaska Pollock Lent Challenge was created to showcase the prevalence of Wild Alaska Pollock on menus at beloved quick service restaurants, as well as in retail products. The goal is to help consumers “get excited about the fish and its story of superior taste, nutrition and sustainability.”

“Wild Alaska Pollock has a great taste, texture and flavor that makes it so popular among quick-service restaurant brands, especially as they add additional menu items for consumers for Lenten season,” explained Craig Morris, CEO of GAPP. “Despite being widely used in some iconic menu items, most consumers don’t know that they’re eating fresh, wild-caught Alaska Pollock or understand its story of being harvested by American fishermen on the waters of the largest sustainable fishery in the world which is off our own coast of Alaska.”

GAPP created a Bingo card to showcase wild Alaska pollock on menus and at retail. White Castle’s Fish Slider, McDonald’s Filet-o-Fish, Arby’s Crispy Fish Sandwich and King Hawaiian Fish Sandwich, Bonjangles’ BojAngler, and Burger King’s Big Fish are just a few of the QSR menu items featured on the Bingo card. Meanwhile, Trident’s “The Ultimate Fish Stick,” and Gorton’s Wild Caught Alaska Pollock Beer/ Crispy Battered Fillets are just a few of the retail items featured on the card.

“The goal here is to get consumers excited about this amazing fish, and connect them to its incredible story,” added Morris. “We’re always looking to add people to Team Wild Alaska Pollock and we thought this could be a great way to build out our following. Wild Alaska Pollock is the fish that everyone eats but seemingly no one knows – and it’s time for Americans to get to know this perfect protein.”

GAPP is encouraging wild Alaska Pollock lovers to use social media to share their adoration by tweeting @wildAKpollock and using the hashtag #WAPfor40.
https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1134158/GAPP-Launches-Wild-Alaska-Pollock-Lent-Challenge-To-Encourage-Consumers-to-Try-Wild-Alaska-Pollock
 

> Full Size GAPP Bingo Card


 

Ann Owens
Pacific Seafood Processors Association
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