Tuesday, November 3, 2020

November 3, 2020


Golden king crab harvesters bring in the first 2,000 pounds
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - November 2, 2020
For the first time in over 30 years there was fresh golden king crab for sale at the dock in Cordova and 60° North Seafoods, LLC plans to sell most of it retail throughout the United States for the coming holiday season.

Fish Factor: PWS fisheries board meeting set for March 30-April 5 in Cordova
Cordova Times by Laine Welch - November 2, 2020
Many Alaska fishermen are likely to be involved in regulatory meetings next spring instead of being out on the water. And Alaska legislators will be distracted by hearings for hundreds of unconfirmed appointments as they tackle contentious budgets and other pressing issues.

Seafood Bycatch Donation Relieves Hunger and Reduces Waste
A cooperative Alaska program takes an innovative approach to the global problem of unwanted fish catch.
NOAA Fisheries - October 30, 2020
Fishermen sometimes unintentionally catch fish they do not want or cannot keep. This is called bycatch. While these fish are returned to the sea, many of them do not survive. This is a major problem worldwide—nearly 10 percent of global fishery catches are discarded each year

Seafood Expo North America, Seafood Expo Global postponed to later in 2021
Seafood Source by Cliff White - November 2, 2020
The 2021 editions of Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America and Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global, have been postponed to later in the year.

Researchers Probe Deaths of Central Valley Chinook, with Possible Ties to Ocean Changes
Deficiency in Vitamin B1 linked to higher juvenile mortality in California fish hatcheries.
NOAA Fisheries - October 28, 2020
Scientists from several fish and wildlife agencies have launched a rapid research and response effort for deficiency of thiamine, or Vitamin B1. This deficiency was recently found to be increasing juvenile mortality among Chinook salmon in California’s Central Valley.

Federal Register
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 11/02/2020
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Groundfish Plan Teams will meet via webconference.

North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 11/02/2020
A series of Economic Data Reporting (EDR) Stakeholder Discussions will be held on November 16, 2020, November 17, 2020, November 23, 2020, and November 24, 2020.

All Hands on Deck Lineup Goes Virtual
Seafood News by Laine Welch - November 3, 2020
This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch. A virtual All Hands on Deck opens the door to more seafood industry fans. More after this –
The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association provides Coast Guard accepted Drill Conductor and other training for fishermen across Alaska. Learn more at amsea.org

Alaskans can get the latest updates on nearly every Alaska fish in the sea at the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s popular All Hands on Deck lineup set for November 10-13.

ASMI is a public/private partnership between the state and the seafood industry. Its mission is to increase the awareness and value of Alaska fish and shellfish in the U.S. and around the world. It’s a big lift. Ashley Heimbigner is ASMI communications director.

“And we couldn't do it without the input and guidance and on the ground information from all of our industry partners and stakeholders. So All Hands on Deck is our opportunity to get together with all of our ASMI staff, our committee members and other members of the industry to take a look back at the previous year, have discussions about where we think our industry is headed and build a strategy for marketing Alaska seafood moving forward.”

The All Hands lineup features the latest industry economic snapshot, including Covid impacts, trade disputes, roundtable forums and Q&A. And every kind of Alaska fish and shellfish gets its own session.

“If you were to pop into a crab species committee meeting, you might hear them discussing an overview of stock assessments in specific regions, or how consumer preferences are changing in certain countries or what product forms are gaining in popularity. So that’s good advice for ASMI to take to direct our marketing efforts to support those trends.”    

The All Hands gatherings have gone virtual and Heimbigner says ASMI hopes it will serve to attract more participants.

“I think that's one of the things we're most excited about, about our all hands on deck Virtual Conference this year is the opportunity to get more voices from more places and more aspects of our industry that maybe couldn't have made that trip to Anchorage to participate in previous years.”

Register for All Hands on Deck for free at www.alaskaseafood.org. and find links at www.alaskafishradio.com and on Facebook and Twitter.

Fish Radio is also brought to you by OBI Seafoods -- an Alaska corporation proudly supporting Alaska’s coastal communities and the Alaskans who depend on fishing for their livelihoods and culture.  In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch. www.oceanbeauty.com


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