Monday, May 18, 2020

May 18, 2020

Alaska

Seafood processors, Copper River Marketing Association, honor health care workers with gourmet dinner
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - May 16, 2020
A 12-hour opener marking the start of the 2020 Copper River commercial salmon season proved slow going, with a catch of 1,650 Chinook and 1,500 sockeye salmon, down from 2,300 kings and 20,400 reds in the 2019 opener.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/05/16/slow-going-for-the-copper-river-opener/

Alaska’s Copper River fishing season kicks off in a year like no other
Anchorage Daily News by Michelle Theriault Boots - May 16, 2020
An Alaska commercial fishing season unlike any other kicked off in Cordova on Thursday.
Normally, the Copper River gillnet season, the first salmon fishery to open in the state, is known for high-priced fish and celebrity-level fanfare: One of the first fish to be caught is flown to Seattle via Alaska Airlines jet, and greeted with a red carpet photo opportunity.
https://www.adn.com/business-economy/2020/05/14/alaskas-copper-river-fishing-season-kicks-off-in-a-year-like-no-other/

Alaska’s quarantine order has helped thwart COVID-19 but devastated tourism. Will Dunleavy keep it?
Alaska Public Media by Nathaniel Herz - May 15, 2020
Since late March, Arctic Wild has been in a deep freeze.
The guiding business normally takes clients to some of Alaska’s most spectacular wilderness destinations, like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Katmai National Park.
https://www.alaskapublic.org/2020/05/15/alaskas-quarantine-order-has-helped-thwart-covid-19-but-devastated-tourism-will-dunleavy-keep-it/


West Coast
Trawl fishing in the age of the coronavirus: First, you make it through quarantine
Seattle Times by Hal Bernton - May 16, 2020
The spring trawl harvest for whiting is underway off the Northwest coast in an unusual year when a crucial marker of success won’t just be nets stuffed with fish but crews that stay healthy and free from the COVID-19 disease.
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/trawl-fishing-in-the-age-of-the-coronavirus-first-you-make-it-through-quarantine/

Season's first Copper River salmon arrives at Sea-Tac
KOMO News - May 15, 2020
SEATTLE -- The first shipment of Copper River salmon from Alaska has arrived in Seattle!
The Alaska Airlines cargo plane filled with the first shipment from Cordova, Alaska touched down at Sea-Tac Airport Friday morning and moments later as per tradition, Capt. Brent Carricaburu brought the first fish out for a big photo opportunity.
https://kval.com/news/nation-world/seasons-first-copper-river-salmon-set-to-arrive-at-sea-tac-friday


National
Connecting people to salmon in Alaska, the East Coast and the Midwest during COVID-19
Cordova Times by Mary Catharine Martin - May 17, 2020
Some fast food restaurants in the Lower 48 have stopped serving hamburgers. Meatpacking plants have shut down. Grocery stores are frequently sold out of flour and rice. But Americans can buy Alaskan seafood directly from the fishermen who caught it — and, in increasing numbers, that’s what they’re doing.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/05/17/connecting-people-to-salmon-in-alaska-the-east-coast-and-the-midwest-during-covid-19/


International
GAPP invests in expanded markets for Pollock
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - May 17, 2020
Four European partners, buoyed by investments of nearly $1 million from the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP), are planning to launch new seafood product lines this fall and into 2021.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/05/17/gapp-invests-in-expanded-markets-for-pollock/


Labeling and Marketing
Ocean Optimism: Are Fish Populations Increasing or Decreasing?
TradexFoods - May 18, 2020
Proper fishery management, regulating fishing efforts and setting quotas & TAC's have been very effective means of maintaining healthy and sustainable oceans, but are they helping us meet the global demand for fish?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oUijjCwbCo&feature=emb_logo


FYI’s
IB 20-39: Limited Extension of Emergency Waiver of Alaska Observer Requirements authorized through May 31 for ports other than Kodiak, Alaska
NOAA Fishereis - May 15, 2020
Consistent with the agency's emergency rule on observer waivers during the COVID-19 pandemic, NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region is authorizing an extension of the temporary waiver of observer requirements for an additional two weeks, through May 31, 2020, with the following limitations:
https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/bulletin/ib-20-39-limited-extension-emergency-waiver-alaska-observer-requirements-authorized

 

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