Southeast Alaska red king crab commercial fishery won’t open
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki - September 16, 2019
Southeast Alaska won’t see a commercial fishing season for red king crab for the second year in a row. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game made that announcement Thursday, September 12.
Trans-Ocean dominates surimi category, despite strong pollock prices
Seafood Source by Christine Blank - September 13, 2019
Trans-Ocean Products continues to be a leader in United States branded surimi/imitation crab category with innovative packaging design and new product rollouts.
West Coast Cable Removal Could Open New Fishing Grounds
SeafoodNews.com by Susan Chambers - September 16, 2019
An old trans-Pacific cable system from Oregon to China is scheduled to be removed this month, which is good news for trawlers. Not only will removal open up new fishing grounds, but it will reduce the risk of a trawl net snagging a cable on the ocean floor.
The China-US (CHUS) system cables off Whisky Run, just south of Cape Arago near Coos Bay, Ore., are scheduled to be recovered Mertech Marine, a global cable submarine telecommunication cable recycling company based in South Africa, according to the Oregon Fishermen's Cable Committee. The operation will involve recovery of the two cables from near the shore to approximately 1,000 fathoms of water depth. The primary recovery vessel will be the M/V Layla, a vessel modified to serve as a special purpose vessel for submarine cable recovery.
Buried cables are not really an issue for fishermen, but these cables are older and had numerous areas of exposure so fishing over them wasn't an option, OFCC Executive Director Scott McMullen said. Leaving a cable in that condition is undesirable as it ties up fishing grounds without providing any benefit to anyone, he said.
McMullen said that if the project is successful, it could open up more than 20 square nautical miles of grounds, but the exact amount won't be tallied until Mertech Marine completes the project.
Mertech Marine recycles almost all of what they recover at their facility in South Africa. The company breaks down the cables into their component parts, with the primary products being high strength steel wire, copper and polyethylene.
The China-US cables had a lot of areas where burial was not achieved and, unlike cables for which the OFCC was involved, did not have an agreement allowing fishermen to fish over them. Getting the cables recovered will open up grounds that some fishermen have avoided for 20 years.
The Oregon Fishermen's Cable Committee is an association of Oregon commercial trawl fishermen who have negotiated cooperative agreements with fiber optic cable companies to protect the integrity of the fiber optic network and the fishing grounds. They work closely with AT&T and other companies that lay cable from Oregon to other countries. Usually, a representative fisherman is on board the vessel when it is laying cable to help facilitate communications with fishing fleets and to convey local knowledge of the grounds.
“AT&T has been a great supporter of the fishing industry," McMullen said.
Based on previous work of this type, the M/V Layla is expected to recover 10-15 km of cable per day, so it will picking up cable at 0.2 to 0.3 knots—so slowly that it will appear anchored, which will seem to be confirmed by the cable leading down from the small bow roller, the OFCC said in a press release. The vessels request a minimum "closest point of approach" of 0.5 nm and can be reached on ch. 16 VHF.
Other vessels involved in the operation are the M/V Pacific Eagle (a Coos Bay-based tug); the M/V Surveyor is used as a diver support vessel; and the M/V JAB is chartered for anchor handling.
The cable removal was scheduled to start earlier in September and will continue until the cables have been removed.
Legislators: Pebble mine could spark a cataclysmic mistake
BBNC to potential investor: It is the wrong mine for the wrong place
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - September 15, 2019
Claims of Gov. Mike Dunleavy to a potential investor in the Pebble mine project that the state will actively help defend the project from “frivolous and scurrilous attacks” are drawing a sharp rebuttal from 20 Alaska legislators and the Bristol Bay Native Corp.
Want a peek at our hotter future? Go to Alaska
KUOW by John Ryan - September 16, 2019
SEWARD, Alaska — Drip. Drip. Drip.
It's the sound of one glacier melting.
It’s also the sound of a whole planet careening into uncharted territory.
Bristol Seafood Hires Mike Lodato as New Vice President of Sales
Urner Barry by Ryan Doyle - September 16, 2019
Bristol Seafood announced the hiring of Mike Lodato as the new Vice President of Sales. Lodato will be tasked with growing Bristol’s portfolio of foodservice and retail account.
“Bristol is a socially responsible company focused on producing premium, sustainable seafood,” Lodato said. “I look forward to helping get it on the plates of more Americans.”
Lodato previously worked with Diversified Communications, the owner of the seafood shows in Boston and Brussels, as well as Seafood Source. He spent 22 years with the company and was the Executive VP where he also held responsibilities in sales.
“Mike has a demonstrated track record of success, and his values align with the work we do at Bristol,” Peter Handy, President, and CEO of Bristol Seafood said. “I am pleased to have him join our leadership team, and look forward to working with him to share our Uncompromising Maine Standards with our customers.”
Commentary: Heat-stressed salmon are Alaska’s climate stress canary
Cordova Times by Kate Troll - September 15, 2019
When, in the 1980s, the fishing industry was opposing cuts to the Department of Fish and Game, it argued that salmon was Alaska’s first Permanent Fund. Protecting the budget for salmon management was seen as akin to protecting the principal of the fund. Because healthy populations of salmon, whether for commercial, sport or subsistence, is so fundamental to how we define ourselves as Alaskans, it was an easy and effective association to make. Now the principal of Alaska’s first Permanent Fund – salmon – is at risk and there is an opportunity for the second Permanent Fund to address this risk while also improving its bottom line.
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