Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Maggie Wall - December 13, 2019
The Gulf of Alaska federal Pacific cod fishery for 2020 will not open due to low stocks. Ocean warming, not overfishing, is being blamed.
43,165 tons of herring forecast for Togiak fishery
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - December 13, 2019
State fisheries biologists are forecasting a 2020 Togiak commercial herring harvest of 43,165 tons, with 30,999 tons, or 80 percent for the purse seiners and 7,750 tons, or 20 percent, for the gillnetters.
Promising Chinook salmon run failed to materialize in the Yukon, river panel hears
Tens of thousands of fish disappeared between Yukon River mouth and Canadian border
Yukon News by Jackie Hong - December 13, 2019
An estimated 99,000 Canadian-origin Chinook salmon entered the Yukon River from the Bering Sea this year, an encouraging number that was predicted to meet spawning escapement goals and harvest allotments.
What's in the U.S.-China 'phase one' trade deal
Reuters - December 13, 2019
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and China have agreed on the terms of a “phase one” trade deal that reduces some U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods while boosting Chinese purchases of American farm, energy and manufactured goods and addressing some U.S. complaints about intellectual property practices.
New fisheries patterns emerge in warming waters
Koplin: There seems to be a historical inverse relationship between groundfish and shellfish
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - December 15, 2019
Climate change impacts, for better in some sectors and for worse in others, are becoming more evident in fisheries throughout Alaska, including the Gulf of Alaska and Prince William Sound.
Labeling and Marketing
3MMI - Pacific Cod, Pollock, Haddock Global Market Update
TradexFoods - December 16, 2019
--- Overall, Pacific Cod TAC in Alaska will decrease when compared to 2019. NOAA Fisheries research biologist Steve Barbeaux can be quoted saying - "Retrospectively, we probably should have shut the fishery down last year,". For Pollock, overall the TAC will remain relatively the same from 2019. There is a shortage of H&G Pollock sizes that make a proper 2-4oz Pollock fillet so be wary of "cut" fillets out in the market to make a 2-4oz Pollock fillet. Haddock TAC is to increase 20 percent from the 172,000 metric tonnes advised for 2019. We could see a further raw materials price adjustment in the new year.
SeaShare Turns $1 into 8 Seafood Servings at Food Banks
SeafoodNews by Laine Welch - December 16, 2019
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – One dollar equals eight seafood servings at food banks. More on SeaShare after this –
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For over 25 years, fish that is taken as bycatch in Alaska has been donated to hunger relief programs instead of being thrown overboard as required by law.
More than 120 Alaska boats are part of the program - including every boat in the Bering Sea pollock fishery and more than half of the Gulf trawl fleet.
It’s due to the efforts of Sea Share, a Seattle-based nonprofit that has built a nationwide network of fishermen, processors, freight, storage, packaging companies and financial donors to get fish to the needy.
“You can participate any way – you can supply seafood or services or you can help fund those programs. It’s a growing network and we can accommodate just about anything. Our partnerships are pretty unique. We take raw fish and turn it into finished meals. There is no other entity working on that in the US.”
Jim Harmon is Sea Share director of what is now one of the largest protein donors in the nation – over 220 million seafood servings and counting.
Today, bycatch makes up about 20 percent of the donations; the rest is donated by seafood companies which in some years has totaled nearly two million pounds of halibut, salmon, pollock, canned fish and more.
Over 1.7 million pounds has gone to 28 states Outside; over 200,000 pounds has gone to hungry Alaskans.
“With the help of the CG and some other imaginative things we’ve reached 36 different communities in Alaska. That’s expensive. A lot of non profits, including ours, historically get about 40 percent of our income in the last six weeks of the year.”
Sea Share has expanded its outreach to the wider public with a video about the importance of eating seafood. Kate Tomkins is director of development -
The Share Your Plate promotion is a program we started with a group of seafood companies who wanted to get together and help us make a video to get the message out about Sea Share to the more general public, and it is really focused on the importance of seafood nutrition and the lack of access many hungry Americans have to seafood. Seafood makes up only two percent of protein sources at food banks across the country.
A donation of just one dollar translates to eight seafood servings for the less fortunate.
Harmon says it’s not just about feeding people, it’s about feeding them well.
Visit www.seashare.org and on Facebook to share your plate this holiday season. Find links at www.alaskafishradio.com
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