Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Maggie Wall - September 12, 2019
When the Board of Fisheries moved its Upper Cook Inlet Finfish meeting from Kenai to Anchorage it took a lot of people by surprise, among those the folks in Kenai. A recent report by the Alaska ombudsman finds that the Board of Fish actions violated the state’s open meeting law.
Rainfall offers relief as PWS humpy harvest climbs to 46M+
Statewide catch of all salmon, at 192M+ fish, still below forecast
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - September 12, 2019
Long sought rain and cooling weather over the past week helped boost the Prince William Sound pink salmon harvest to 46,290,000 fish, and the area’s overall salmon catch to 54,525,000 fish.
Clipper Seafoods and Blue North Merger Approved by DOJ, New Company has 37% of Longline Pacific Cod
SeafoodNews.com by John Sackton - September 12, 2019
The Department of Justice has approved the pending merger of Clipper Seafoods and Blue North, following a request for an anti-trust review from the Bristol Bay Native Corp.
Clipper Seafoods operates six vessels, with 20% of the longline Pacific cod quota, and Blue North operates five vessels with 17.5% of the TAC, including F/V Blue North the modern high tech vessel launched in 2016.
Once the merger is complete, Bristol Bay Native Corp will purchase an estimated 75% of the combined company. This will be the first BBNC venture in seafood. The company is an investment vehicle with $1.7 billion in revenue, operating in oil and gas, government services, construction, and tourism. It was founded in 1971 under the Alaska Native Land Claims Settlement Act.
As the prospect of buying both longline cod companies came up, BBNC wanted to make sure that an anti-trust review would not be triggered and asked the DOJ for an advisory opinion.
Even though the new company, to be called Blue North Clipper, will hold 37% of the quota, and currently manages another 11% of the quota for the 4 Prowler vessels, the anti-trust review felt that customers would not see an anti-competitive impact because Pacific cod is only a small part of the global cod supply, and customers have ready alternatives if needed.
Although Pacific cod catches have been cut sharply in the past few years, biomass hit its low point in 2015, and since then has more than doubled, leading to projected increases in TAC in 2020. Russia is also increasing its landings and exports of Pacific Cod.
Longline frozen Pacific cod is sold primarily to Japan where it is the favored cod product, and it is also sold for use as refreshed cod on the US East Coast. Changes in the availability of Barents Sea cod can have an impact on Pacific cod prices, with recent slower fishing in the Barents Sea contributing to strong pricing in 2018-19.
'Not A Promising Picture:' Unalaska's Lobbyist Predicts FY21 Budget Battle
KUCB by Laura Kraegel - September 11, 2019
Unalaska needs to be ready to fight for state funding in fiscal year 2021. City lobbyist Dianne Blumer delivered that message Tuesday to the City Council.
She said she expects Gov. Mike Dunleavy to continue pushing for steep budget cuts to education, health care, and other state services that are critical to the community.
NPFMC Meeting in Homer
Fishermen's News - September 11, 2019
Members of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) will hold their fall meeting Sept. 30 through Oct. 9, in Homer, Alaska for the first time since July 1983.
New downtown park showcases Petersburg’s seafood production past
KFSK by Angela Denning - September 6, 2019
Cannery Park opened up without much fanfare at the end of August. It’s located in downtown Petersburg and creates a place for visitors to learn about the town’s rich history of seafood production, one that dates back over 100 years. KFSK’s Angela
‘In Oceans Deep’ explores the mysteries beneath the waves
Alaska Public Media by Lori Townsend - September 2, 2019
Scientist and world explorer Bill Streever tackles big topics in his books, which break down wonky science into compelling natural history narratives. In his latest exploration, Streever takes readers to where he is most comfortable — the world’s oceans. Within the pages of his new book, “In Oceans Deep,” Streever describes early explorations and the importance of understanding the mysteries of what’s beneath the waves.
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