Kwik’Pak Packs Up
KYUK by Johanna Eurich - July 15, 2020
There are so few chum salmon on the Yukon River this summer that the processer in Emmonak is closing down its operation because they don't have any product to sell.
Getting canned: Bristol Bay 1970 and 2020
National Fisherman by Jessica Hathaway - July 16, 2020
I stumbled on a 1970 article reporting a "Bristol Bay bonanza" out of King Salmon, Alaska. The catch of sockeye salmon through July 16 was 19.5 million, with managers projecting a total of 38 million for the season.
Scientists say Sitka herring is on the rebound, but subsistence users remain skeptical
KCAW by Katherine Rose - July 14, 2020
After two seasons without a commercial fishery, herring stocks in Sitka Sound are on the rebound, according to state scientists tracking the data. But subsistence users are skeptical: What herring there are in the Sound seem to be both thinly distributed and moving farther out of reach, suggesting that stocks remain stressed.
Climate change looms over Pollock B fishing season as demand rises for product
Shore-based plants are not able to process a quality product due to logistical challenges and time-lags in the fishing pattern.
Intrafish - July 17, 2020
Alaska pollock producers are a little over a month into B season, and while catcher-processor vessels can run the fish in time to make quality products, shore-based plants are experiencing logistical challenges.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Sablefish in the Aleutian Islands Subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 07/17/2020
NMFS is prohibiting retention of non-Community Development Quota (CDQ) sablefish by vessels using trawl gear in the Aleutian Islands subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary because the 2020 non-CDQ sablefish initial total allowable catch (ITAC) in the Aleutian Islands subarea of the BSAI will be reached.
Multimedia artist with Sitka roots wins prestigious grant to tell stories of salmon processing
KCAW by Erin McKinstry - July 15, 2020
The Rasmuson Foundation announced the 2020 winners of its Individual Artist Awards earlier this month. Thirty-six Alaska artists received funding for everything from sculpting to printmaking to choreography. Multimedia artist Sarah Campen, who grew up in Sitka, was one of 25 artists honored with a $7,500 project award. She’ll use the funding to complete a multimedia dance performance about salmon processing.
Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report Highlights Importance of Seafood for Moms and Kids
Urner Barry by Amanda Buckle - July 16, 2020
The Scientific Report of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is 835 pages long, but we can sum it up in eight words: Moms and kids should be eating more seafood.
In a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee explains that the report emphasizes two major themes that they can “inform the development of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.” The first theme is on the importance of considering the life stage in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This includes any special nutrition considerations for life stages from pregnancy, lactation, birth to age 24 months, childhood, adolescence and adulthood. The second theme is how dietary patterns provide a framework for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans “within and across life stages.” The Advisory Committee defines healthy dietary patterns as “the quality of foods that are included, as well as foods that should be limited.”
Focusing specifically on seafood, the Advisory Committee found that a diet consisting of seafood can be beneficial for those trying to conceive, those that are pregnant or breastfeeding, and children ages six months and up.
According to the report, seafood consumption before pregnancy could reduce the risk of developing gestational diabetes and hypertensive disorders. Seafood consumption during pregnancy could reduce the risk of hypertensive disorders and preterm birth, as well as provide better cognitive development, language and communication development in children. Meanwhile, those six months and up can benefit from the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that are found in seafood.
The report is being praised by those across the seafood industry, including the Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) and the National Fisheries Institute (NFI).
“For the past two years, the Seafood Nutrition Partnership and its team of scientific advisors have been following and submitting comments to the DGAC, having reviewed the evidence that seafood consumption has positive implications for the health of all Americans,” said SNP president Linda Cornish. “The 2020 DGAC Scientific Report and its findings of favorable impacts of seafood for cognitive development and language and communication development in children is great news. Since no evidence emerged to support a maximum intake level or any negative impact, we hope the limit on quantity and species of seafood is lifted in the final guidelines to provide a clear, evidence-based message to Americans on seafood consumption.”
NFI President John Connelly noted that the report is “one more piece of evidence that Americans of all ages should eat seafood more frequently.”
“As part of a healthy dietary pattern, seafood offers a lifetime of benefits from brain development among babies to heart health and a healthy weight for adults,” said Connelly. “It will be vital that the final Guidelines use simple, consistent language to communicate actionable recommendations that result in increased seafood consumption, in order to realize the associated public health benefits.”
The document was released online Wednesday and will be formatted for publication, and available in hard copy, later this year. The USDA and Department of Health and Human Services must first translate the DGAC scientific report into the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025. You can check out a copy of it here.
Chicken of the Sea Launches Premium Line Wild Catch Products
Urner Barry by Ryan Doyle - July 16, 2020
Chicken of the Sea introduced its new Wild Catch product line, featuring wild-caught, hand-selected cuts with water and sea salt.
The new products will be available in retailers across the U.S. and come in three different varieties including Albacore Tuna, Ahi Yellowfin Tuna and Alaskan Salmon – each providing at least 23 grams of energy-boosting protein per 4.5-ounce container.
"Wild Catch is the delicious answer for today's consumers who are looking for a healthy, all-natural and versatile protein they can add to their everyday meals," said Patty Essick, Director of Innovation, Chicken of the Sea International. "Whether topping a salad for lunch, adding as the finishing touch to your favorite pasta dish for dinner or enjoying right out of the cup as a snack, Wild Catch is perfect for anyone looking for a nutritious, high-quality protein any time of day."
Chicken of the Sea noted the package design featuring a transparent window that allows consumers to see the quality of the product. The lid is also resealable for convenient snacking and re-use.
The company also provided a few recipes that consumers can try including a Southwest Tuna Bowl featuring the Ahi Yellowfin Tuna product, a Tuna Avocado Toast with the Albacore tuna and a Sesame Ginger Soba Noodle Bowl with Alaska salmon.
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