Tuesday, March 19, 2019

March 19, 2019

Alaska/Pacific Coast

Southeast Alaska winter troll fishery ends
Cordova Times - March 17, 2019
The Southeast Alaska/Yakutat winter troll fishery has ended for the season, but at the Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle, the fishmongers are still hawking the fresh, never frozen king salmon caught by harvesters while supplies last.
https://thecordovatimes.com/2019/03/17/southeast-alaska-winter-troll-fishery-ends/

Board of Fish discusses impacts of hatchery salmon
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki - March 18, 2019
Hatcheries have become increasingly important for Alaska’s seafood sector. Commercial fishermen landed hatchery fish worth an estimated $453 million at the docks last year. That was nearly 39 million fish or just over a third of the entire salmon catch.
https://www.kfsk.org/2019/03/18/board-of-fish-discusses-impacts-of-hatchery-salmon/


International
China Overtakes Japan as Alaska's Largest Seafood Importer
SeafoodNews.com by Amy Zhong - March 18, 2019
China used to mean nothing more than just an Asian country for fishermen in Alaska, but in recent years it has become a magnet, attracting sellers and seafood products with increasingly great demand and deep-pocket buyers. Its seafood imports from Alaska has risen by about 20% in 2017 compared with that of 2016, while the import value was around $1 billion USD that year, according to media reports. And now, China has overtaken Japan and become the largest seafood importer of Alaskan seafood.

In the past few years, there is an obvious increase in the demand for Japanese-style cuisines among China’s middle class and high-end consumers. This in turn means an increase in popularity of Alaska’s seafood among Chinese, especially those in the South China. Alaska has sold about 98% of its yellowfin sole to China, but they are still in short supply. There also is a noticeable increase in the demand for the once-unpopular herring roe after market promotions.

Facing the trade war between America and China, Alaska has no need to worry, said Wei Zhang, the consultant for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, because it has tailored seafood products in accordance with consumers’ requirements. Good market positioning has helped Alaska win over consumers and establish a respectable status in China. With stable sales in traditional channels, it has also witnessed great increases in online sales.

In order to better promote its seafood, Alaska has also hosted some events in China. For example, on March 4, the seafood association flew in renowned Japanese chef to Guangzhou to hold a cooking show about Alaska seafood, officially known as the Alaska Seafood Chef Seminar. Invited journalists not only wrote about the success of the event but also provided detailed recipes of relevant dishes in the news.
https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1135233/China-Overtakes-Japan-as-Alaskas-Largest-Seafood-Importer


Environment/Science
The ocean absorbs billions of tons of carbon every year, and the process is accelerating, study shows
Newly published research analyzed more than 100,000 seawater samples worldwide and found the oceans are absorbing about 31 percent of human-caused carbon emissions. It’s “a huge service the oceans are doing,” says a co-author, in Seattle.
Seattle Times by Evan Bush - March 14, 2019
Richard Feely has spent years of his career at sea, casting packages of plastic tubes into its void, and pulling up seawater from its depths while exploring how carbon emissions are changing the world’s oceans.
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/the-ocean-absorbs-billions-of-tons-of-carbon-every-year-that-process-is-accelerating-new-study-shows/


Labeling and Marketing
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute: Marketing Update
ASMI - March 2019
ASMI News and Updates Facebook Page, House Fisheries: ASMI and Alaska Seafood Economic Value Overview and Update, ASMI Presents Seafood Innovation Overview to SWAMC, FY2018 ASMI Annual Report, Six New Videos Now Live at the Anchorage Airport, ASMI Partners with Long John Silver’s and Dairy Queen to Promote Alaska Pollock for Lent, Successful National Seafood Month Co-Op Promotion with Kona & Villa Maria...
https://mailchi.mp/alaskaseafood/alaska-seafood-marketing-update-asmi-leaders-speak-at-women-in-seafood-2656037?e=eb00f7076f

3MMI - A Review of Salmon Production And Inventories in China
TradexFoods - March 18, 2019
With most seafood Buyers in Boston this week for Seafood Expo North America, we think it's pertinent to review salmon inventories and supply outlooks as it will be a topic of discussion amongst many buyers. After speaking to many packers of Pink salmon in China, we can see that Russian processors' inventory holdings of raw materials are strong, driving down Russian pricing before Chinese New Year...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiLjVCjZitU


Federal Register
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pollock in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/19/2019
NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amounts of the Community Development Quota (CDQ) pollock directed fishing allowances (DFA) from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the Bering Sea subarea. This action is necessary to provide opportunity for harvest of the 2019 total allowable catch of pollock, consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI).
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/03/19/2019-05160/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-reallocation-of-pollock-in-the-bering-sea-and

 

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