Thursday, January 9, 2020

January 10, 2020

Alaska/Pacific Coast

Sitka Sound Sac Roe Herring Fishery GHL Doubles for 2020
Fishermen's News - January 8, 2020
A guideline harvest level (GHL) for the 2020 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery has been set to 25,824 tons by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), more than double the 2019 GHL of 12,869 tons, but market conditions are still questionable.

Alaska pollock industry officials explore export market potential in China
Seafood Source by Ben Fisher - January 7, 2020
A group of Alaska pollock industry officials arrived earlier this week in Shanghai for a 10-day visit to China as an exploratory trip to appraise opportunities in the country, according to a Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) press release.

Trump moves forward with trade deal as China lowers tariffs
Seafood Source by Cliff White - January 2, 2020 
U.S. President Donald Trump said he will sign the so-called “Phase One” trade deal with China, first announced on 13 December.

Chinese Increasing Demand for Imported Seafood Has Ripple Effect on Economy by Amy Zhong - January 6, 2020
With the rapid increase of its imports, China is expected to replace Japan as the third-largest global seafood buyer in the near future. Its consumption is predicted to account for 38% of the global total by 2030, according to media reports. Furthermore, China's increasing purchasing power exerts influence on both worldwide seafood suppliers and also its domestic structure.

Now overseas suppliers have taken various measures to grab greater market shares in China. Iceland, for example, has just opened an online store in China. Meanwhile, some Mexican companies are looking for Chinese partners and trying to promote products like canned seafood to this oriental market. More and more have designated cargo flights to deliver seafood to China.

Their efforts have paid off to various degrees. As statistics show, within the first 10 months of 2019, China’s imports of lobsters by air cargo have grown by nearly 60% to reach 2,350 tons compared with the same period of the previous year. Among all the exporters, Mexico has enjoyed an annual growth rate of around 20% in lobster export to China.

Though 15 Vietnamese seafood companies have been banned from the Chinese market, its seafood export has risen by 19.7% to reach about $1.1 billion USD from January to November of 2019. And in October, three kinds of its clams were approved to enter the market. According to Vietnam's estimation, China wil outrun the EU as its third largest seafood buyer.

In addition to foreign seafood suppliers, China’s obvious increase in seafood imports has also brought great changes to its domestic market. As statistics from one of its main e-commerce platforms, Suning, show, there has been a noticeable increase in the sales of imported seafood like Argentine red shrimps and white shrimps during late December 2019. And in the Shanghai market alone, imported seafood helped increase the platform’s fresh food sales by nearly 70%.

Factors like improvements in supply chains, warehouses and logistics have aided the country’s larger seafood imports. The greater purchases in turn encouraged the improvement of relevant facilities and also motivated foreign seafood suppliers to learn more about Chinese consumers and adapt themselves accordingly to gain greater competitive edge. Meanwhile, Chinese consumers have gradually adapted and show a preference for imported seafood.

Ocean acidification could cost the U.S. billions of dollars
A new research plan from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration highlights the potential harm of ocean acidification to U.S. seafood and tourist industries.
The Hill by Joseph Guzman - January 3, 2020
A new report from NOAA says the country’s most profitable fisheries are at risk.
Ocean acidification is threatening fisheries from Alaska to Florida.
The report claims human activities such as burning fossil fuels are driving an unprecedented rate of acidification.

Federal Register
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/08/2020
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory committees will meet January 27, 2020 to February 2, 2020.

ComFish Alaska 2020 Set for March 26–28
Fishermen's News - January 8, 2020
“Sea What Matters” is the theme of ComFish Alaska 2020, the largest and longest running commercial fisheries trade show and forums in the state of Alaska. The event is organized annually by the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce.

NMFS hearing on designating Southeast Alaska coastline as critical habitat for humpback whales
KFSK by Angela Denning - January 7, 2020
Here is the audio of a three-hour meeting in Petersburg Jan. 6 hosted by the National Marine Fisheries Service about a proposed rule to designate areas of Alaska’s coastal waters as critical habitat for humpback whales. The Petersburg meeting focused on the designation for Southeast Alaska for a small population of threatened whales from Mexico that come to the region to feed.

Health and sustainability: How a diet of Alaska seafood and plants benefits health, the environment—and retailers
Grocery Dive - January 6, 2020
Health and the environment. They may seem unrelated, but, in fact, where they meet is the sweet spot for U.S. consumers, who increasingly are intertwining their commitments to eating healthier and becoming better environmental stewards. A key part of this sustainable-diet revolution is a swap of red meat for healthy proteins, including sustainably caught wild seafood from Alaska.

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Pacific Seafood Processors Association
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