Virus impacts Kodiak fishing
Kodiak Daily Mirror by Sarah Lapidus - March 11, 2020
Despite no confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in Alaska, the outbreak has caused uncertainty among the stakeholders in Kodiak’s fisheries. From pricing to production, the impact has been felt throughout the industry.
Alaska Rejects New PWS Crab Fishery
Fishermen's New - March 11, 2020
A proposal aimed at developing a harvest strategy to reintroduce a golden king crab fishery in Prince William Sound was rejected on Tuesday, March 10 during the Alaska Board of Fisheries statewide king and tanner crab meeting in Anchorage, Alaska.
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"No Show Fish Show" seeks silver lining in Seafood Expo North America postponement
Seafood Source by Christine Blank - March 11, 2020
A number of seafood companies that were planning on exhibiting at or holding events during Seafood Expo North America in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. – postponed by organizer Diversified Communications last week due to the COVID-19 outbreak – are going ahead with online versions of those meetings and live social media demonstrations.
Seafood Expo North America Organizers Looking at May or September Dates For 2020 Boston Show
Urner Barry by Amanda Buckle - March 12, 2020
The seafood industry may be convening in Boston after all.
Diversified Communications announced on March 3 that they would be postponing Seafood Expo North America due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. The event, which has drawn over 22,000 people in the past, was scheduled to take place in Boston from March 15-17. Now, the event may be moved to the end of May/ early June, or even September.
The show organizers sent a survey to exhibitors and key buyers to gauge their interest and availability for two alternative dates: Sunday, May 31 – Tuesday, June 2, or Tuesday September 22 – Wednesday, September 23.
The May 31-June 2 dates would allow for Seafood Expo North America to be produced in its "typical format." Exhibitors would be able to set up their booths between May 26-30, and move-out would occur between June 3-4. The space would allow for the normal full-size exhibits.
Meanwhile, the September dates would switch things up a bit due to Hall A at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center being unavailable. Halls B and C are open during those dates, which means that Diversified would have to redraw the show floorplan with "potentially smaller booth space due to more limited space options." In addition, Diversified warned that there would be "very few" meeting rooms available. The September 22-23 date conflicts with the Informa Telecoms & Media – Biotech Week Boston event, which is estimated to attract 4,600 attendees.
The poll sent to exhibitors and key buyers closed at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The results of the poll, or a decision from Diversified, has yet to be announced.
As SeafoodNews previously reported, Diversified said that they were "committed to finding a solution to deliver an event in North America, this year, to ensure business continuity to the seafood industry." But with the event in limbo, Jennifer Bushman, a Sustainable Aquaculture Educator and Consultant, decided to bring together exhibitors and attendees virtually. Bushman created the "No Show Fish Show" group on LinkedIn to encourage members of the seafood industry to network, share updates about their brands and "discuss all things seafood."
Members of the seafood industry can join the group on LinkedIn and share any virtual events or giveaways they have coming up. Find the group here.
Meanwhile, Diversified has also been forced to postpone their Seafood Expo Global event, which was scheduled to take place in Brussels from April 21-23. The company said that they are looking for new 2020 dates and will communicate with exhibitors and registered attendees by no later than March 18. This announcement was prior to President Trump's Europe travel ban, which goes into place on Friday.
Glacial retreat good news and bad news for Pacific salmon species
Nearly all the glaciers in B.C. have retreated to the point where they are no longer revealing new habitat suitable for salmon, but that isn't the case everywhere.
Vancouver Sun by Randy Shore - March 10, 2020
The 16,000-year retreat of glaciers in North America left vast and diverse freshwater habitats for Pacific salmon species, but for some watersheds the golden age of salmon is about to end.
Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive Zone Off Alaska; Deep-Water Species Fishery by Vessels Using Trawl Gear in the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/11/2020
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for species that comprise the deep-water species fishery by vessels using trawl gear in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary because the first seasonal apportionment of the Pacific halibut bycatch allowance specified for the deep-water species fishery in the GOA will be reached.
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