Thursday, June 25, 2020

June 25, 2020

Alaska

Yukon River Fishing Closure Extends Along Coast
KYUK by Johanna Eurich - June 24, 2020
Managers are imposing more measures to try to conserve Yukon River king salmon. Until now, restrictions on fishing have been limited to the Yukon River system. But this week, opportunities for subsistence fishing along the coast near the river are also being reduced because king salmon have not appeared in expected numbers. Instead of being open every day all week, fishing in the South Coastal District is being cut in half, to three-and-a-half days a week.
https://www.kyuk.org/post/yukon-river-fishing-closure-extends-along-coast

Togiak herring harvesters complete season
Cordova Times - June 24, 2020
Two seiner and one gillnet fishing crews were the sole harvesters in the 2020 Togiak herring fishery that concluded on May 16, with deliveries to Icicle Seafoods’ floating processor, according to a season summary issued Monday, June 15, by state fisheries officials.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/06/24/togiak-herring-harvesters-complete-season/

Twelve new cases of COVID-19 at OBI seafood plant in Dillingham mark largest single-day case count
OBI Seafoods confirmed today that the 12 positive cases of COVID-19 in Dillingham are workers at its Wood River seafood processing plant.
KDLG by Tyler Thompson - June 23, 2020
Twelve new cases of COVID-19 were announced yesterday by the City of Dillingham -- the community’s largest single-day case count.
https://www.kdlg.org/post/twelve-new-cases-covid-19-obi-seafood-plant-dillingham-mark-largest-single-day-case-count


East Coast
Seafood Expo North America 2020 Officially Canceled After Getting Postponed Due to Coronavirus
Urner Barry by Amanda Buckle - June 25, 2020
Diversified Communications, the show organizers of Seafood Expo North America, announced on Thursday that they have decided to cancel the event for 2020. The news comes after the show, which was initially scheduled to take place in March, was postponed to September because of the coronavirus outbreak.

“It is with great disappointment that we have to bring you the news that we will not be able to meet in person in 2020,” Liz Plizga, Diversified Group Vice President, said in an email to registered exhibitors.

Plizga said that the reason for cancelling the event stems from “too many uncertainties about the impact that COVID-19 will have on travel and mass gatherings in September.”

“It is impossible to hold an event that would provide an experience our seafood community would find valuable,” added Plizga.

As mentioned above, Seafood Expo North America, also referred to as the Boston Seafood Show, was originally supposed to take place in March. However, with cases of COVID-19 beginning to spread in the U.S., and travel restrictions put in place, exhibitors began to pull out of the show. In early March some exhibitors even put together a petition to call for Diversified to cancel the event or issue a refund to those who decided not to attend due to health concerns. Diversified ultimately ended up postponing the show on March 3, and rescheduling it for September.

Seafood Expo North America is not the only event that Diversified was forced to cancel due to the coronavirus. The show runners also canceled Seafood Expo Global. The 2020 event was set to be the show’s final year in Brussels before moving to Barcelona in 2021.

Seafood Expo North America 2021 is scheduled to take place from March 14-16 in Boston, Massachusetts. Seafood Expo Global 2021 is scheduled for April 27-29.
https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1174530/Seafood-Expo-North-America-2020-Officially-Canceled-After-Getting-Postponed-Due-to-Coronavirus


National
Seafood2030 to investigate the issues shaping seafood’s sustainable future
SeafoodSource by Ned Daly - June 23, 2020
As a new decade dawns, seafood seems poised to have its moment.
The seafood category has all the right stuff for it to become the preferred protein of the future – it’s supported by nutrition and food systems research, consumer preferences, and global trends in health, technology, product delivery, and more.
https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/environment-sustainability/seafood2030-investigates-the-issues-shaping-seafood-s-sustainable-future


Labeling and Marketing
China social media strategy pays dividends for Alaskan seafood
SeafoodSource by Mark Godfrey - June 24, 2020
A recent social media campaign by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) yielded an impressive 55 million impressions on the leading Chinese social media platform Weibo.
https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/china-social-media-strategy-pays-dividends-for-alaskan-seafood


Federal Register
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Modifying Seasonal Allocations of Pollock and Pacific Cod for Trawl Catcher Vessels in the Central and Western Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 06/25/2020
NMFS issues a final rule to implement Amendment 109 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA FMP) and a regulatory amendment to the regulations governing pollock fishing in the Gulf of Alaska. This final rule reduces operational and management inefficiencies in the Central Gulf of Alaska and Western Gulf of Alaska trawl catcher vessel pollock and Pacific cod fisheries by reducing regulatory time gaps between the pollock seasons, and changing Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod seasonal apportionments to allow greater harvest opportunities earlier in the year. This action is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), the GOA FMP, and other applicable laws.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/06/25/2020-12453/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-modifying-seasonal-allocations-of-pollock-and

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; IFQ Program; Modify Temporary Transfer Provisions
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 06/25/2020
NMFS issues an emergency rule to modify the temporary transfer provision of the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program for the fixed-gear commercial Pacific halibut and sablefish fisheries for the 2020 IFQ fishing year. This emergency rule is intended to provide flexibility to quota share (QS) holders in 2020 while preserving the long-standing objective of maintaining an owner-operated IFQ fishery in future years. This emergency rule would not modify other provisions of the IFQ Program. This emergency rule is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the IFQ Program, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 1982, and other applicable laws.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/06/25/2020-13710/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-ifq-program-modify-temporary-transfer-provisions


FYI’s
Winds of Change
Fishermen's New by Chris Philips - July 1, 2020
The commercial fishing industry has seen dramatic events in the last 75 years, and during that time, Fishermen’s News has been around to document and report those changes. One of the most important changes, at least in the life of this editor, was the acquisition of Fishermen’s News by me and my brother, Peter, in 2000.
https://www.fishermensnews.com/story/2020/07/01/todays-catch/winds-of-change/675.html?utm_source=FN+Online+062420&utm_campaign=FNOnline+062420&utm_medium=email&fbclid=IwAR2LJTh29Vgi8d2QF7OXK7xM0WuaMKgsECNcFdBGfcUZVCRcgjuoQvub8Wc
 

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