Friday, February 14, 2020

February 14, 2020

Alaska/Pacific Coast

Weekly catch of Pacific Cod from the DAP in the BSAI (2.01) : Longline, Pot and Trawl - February 14, 2020
U.S. wild-caught Pacific cod is a smart seafood choice because it is sustainably managed and responsibly harvested under U.S. regulations.

Council approves Fish Tax plan, Near Island lease, and payment for extra snow removal help
KMXT by Maggie Wall - February 14, 2020
The Kodiak City Council last night approved a lease at Trident Basin and adopted a method for sharing the state’s Raw Fish Tax among area governments.

With Alaska ferries in chaos, island timber and fish businesses wonder who will carry their freight to market
KCAW by Ari Snider - February 13, 2020
The breakdown of the Alaska Marine Highway system has left many towns struggling to bring in building supplies, groceries, and other goods. But for some businesses, the challenge of getting freight out of town is just as urgent — and without ferries, they’re taking a hit.

Board of Fisheries approves proposal to strengthen conservation corridor
KTVA by Heather Hintze - February 13, 2020
Matanuska-Susitna residents successfully lobbied to get more salmon in the rivers of the Northern District.

Federal Register
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/14/2020
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold its 135th Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC), Social Science Planning Committee, Program Planning and Research Standing Committee, Pelagic and International Standing Committee, Executive and Budget Standing Committee, and 181st Council meetings to take actions on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.

Fishing vessel drill conductor classes offered
Cordova Times - February 13, 2020
Commercial harvesters and other marines will have an opportunity for hands-on training with marine safety equipment and learn best practices to survive emergencies at sea in a fishing vessel drill conductor course at Kodiak Feb. 28-29.

Half of U.S. Consumers are Looking to Lose Weight, Here’s How Seafood Fits in 2020 Diet Trends
Urner Barry by Ryan Doyle - February 12, 2020
About a month and a half into 2020, New Year’s Resolutions have begun to fall by the wayside. However, half of American consumers are looking to lose weight. 25 percent of consumers will try to accomplish that goal by sticking to a diet plan, according to the NPD Group.

NPD cited three diets that have gained traction in 2020. The “my own” diet, revolving around personal behaviors, the keto diet, a low-carb, high-fat option and intermittent fasting (IF) are the top diets for Americans.

In all three diets, eating seafood is still an option. None will take seafood off the menu for those following these plans into the new decade. Many seafood items are keto-friendly and those who are looking to stay full while fasting will see seafood atop many online lists across the web.

Overall, the dieting trend is an opportunity for the seafood industry.

“From the standpoint of food manufacturers and foodservice operators, dieting and trying to lose weight are big consumer behaviors,” said Darren Seifer, NPD food and beverage industry analyst. “The opportunity is to help consumers follow through on their goals by positioning products and menu items to a specific diet, like keto-friendly, or innovate on new products that deliver on what consumers are looking for in terms of dieting or losing weight.”

According to the NPD, 16 percent of consumers say they are following the “my own” diet, which includes eating more healthful foods and beverages, limiting the amount of food eating and other changes in behavior.

Dietary preference will come into play, but if consumers are adjusting to healthier options, seafood should find solid footing on dinner tables. According to the FDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans, people should at least 8 ounces of seafood per week.

From a keto diet standpoint, seafood is one of the premier options according to A plethora of fish and shellfish are virtually-carb free and offer plenty of other benefits. Seafood manufacturers that can market these items to the five percent of consumers taking a keto route.

The intermittent fasting trend is another place that seafood could find itself on plates of those taking the approach often. In an article from, Krista Varady, an associate professor of nutrition at the University of Illinois, Chicago, listed seafood as a top option for suppressing hunger when fasting.

Fish contain a ton of nutrients that help suppress hunger, something that could put fish at the center of a plate for an IF diet.

As Seifer explained, there are plenty of opportunities for seafood to market itself as a strong option for those trying to lose weight or live a healthier lifestyle. Even trendy diets that have gained ground in 2020 feature seafood prominently.

Ann Owens
Pacific Seafood Processors Association
Office Manager
1900 W Emerson Place Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98119
Phone: 206.281.1667
E-mail:; Website:
Our office days/hours are Monday-Friday
8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

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