Monday, November 9, 2020

November 9, 2020

Alaska

Three Tanner crab fisheries will remain closed for 2021
Cordova Times - November 7, 2020
Commercial Tanner crab fisheries in the Kodiak, Chignik and South Peninsula districts will remain closed in 2021. These areas failed to meet abundance thresholds or minimum guideline harvest levels established in state regulations.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/11/07/three-tanner-crab-fisheries-will-remain-closed-for-2021/


International
Russia, Japan and US to Design Joint Solutions to Deal with Reduced Salmon Catch This Year
SeafoodNews.com by Eugene Gerden - November 5, 2020
Russia plans to attract the US and Japan to find a solution of the problem of poor salmon catch this year, according to recent statements, made by the head of the Russian Federal Agency for Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo) Ilya Shestakov

According to authorities of the Russian Primorsky Krai, this year the volume of salmon caught in the country’s territorial waters is significantly lower than initially expected figures for 2020. A spokesman of the Primorye authorities said if last year 297,000 tonnes of salmon were caught in the Far East, this year the volume of catch is by 1.5 times lower than a year ago. The main reason for this is the rise in water temperature and the massive death of salmon from toxins, released by red algae.

Due to this, according to Shestakov, there is an acute need to organize an international scientific conference, where, among the major participants are expected to be Japan and the United States. It is planned, because of the conference the sides will be able to design joint solutions to deal with the issue of the reduced salmon catch.

In addition to Russia and Japan, this year the decline in salmon catch is also seen in Alaska.

According to experts of Rosrybolovstvo, the simultaneous decrease in catches of Pacific salmon in the western and eastern parts of the North Pacific suggests the presence of common factors, affecting the formation of both Russian and American salmon stocks.

It is known that Pacific salmon of both Asian and North American stocks traditionally pass wintertime in the subarctic front zone, and their feeding areas overlap significantly. For example, salmon of Russian origin migrate into the eastern part of the North Pacific up to the Gulf of Alaska, while those from Alaska spread westward to the central part of the Bering Sea to the Imperial Ridge. During oceanic feeding, Pacific salmon stay mainly at water temperatures from 2 to 8 ° С, and only coho salmon - up to 12 ° С.

As for Russia, so far, Rosrybolovstvo has already completed the design of a medium-term action plan for the study of salmon populations, that will help to better predict the formation of its stocks in the future.

In addition, a separate branch of the All-Russian Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography – a leading Russian research institution in the field of fisheries -  that will exclusively deal with the study of salmon, will soon be established in Russia.
https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1184655/Russia-Japan-and-US-to-Design-Joint-Solutions-to-Deal-with-Reduced-Salmon-Catch-This-Year


Environment/Science
Exploring the Arctic Ocean: The agreement that protects an unknown ecosystem
Arctic Council - October 28, 2020
A thick layer of multiyear sea ice once completely covered the central Arctic Ocean. But as the ice continues to retreat, waters that were previously only accessible to heavy icebreakers could soon open up and attract commercial fishing vessels. Yet, little is known about the ecosystem emerging below the ice and unregulated fishing could have detrimental impacts.
https://arctic-council.org/en/news/exploring-the-arctic-ocean-the-agreement-that-protects-an-unknown-ecosystem/


Labeling and Marketing
3MMI - Buyer's Update: Salmon, Pollock, Swai, Tilapia, Haddock, Atlantic Cod, Halibut, Albacore Tuna
TradexFoods - Nov 9, 2020
Sockeye's and Chum's are still trending as items in high demand across North America. So far we've been hearing that landings remain light and fish have paled out. Alaska's Pollock "B" Season just came to a close with millions of pounds of quota left unharvested. Haddock raw materials pricing continues to climb. Russian Halibut raw materials are on the rise and the Pacific Halibut fishery is coming to an end.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9mozE-c23Q&feature=emb_logo


FYI’s
Northern Lights: All Hands — online
National Fisherman by Jack Schultheis - November 6, 2020
Each year the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute extends an open invitation to participate in its annual All Hands on Deck meeting. During this meeting, ASMI’s program operational committees, species committees and governor-appointed board of directors publicly present and discuss current marketing efforts, strategies and challenges facing the industry. It has always been an excellent opportunity for anyone from the fleet, processing sector, or other interested groups to be involved in ASMI’s approach to its mission of raising the value of Alaska seafood. ASMI truly depends on the eyes and ears of the industry for guidance, especially in this year of unprecedented challenges.
https://www.nationalfisherman.com/alaska/northern-lights-all-hands-online

Alaska Fisheries Science Center 2020 Groundfish Seminar Series - Matt Siskey
Effects of otolith-informed spatial misspecification on assessment model performance
NOAA Fisheries
Understanding how population structure has been altered throughout the exploitation history of a stock is a key element to sustainable fisheries management and future rebuilding plans of depleted stocks. This study used otolith-derived substockand contingent compositional information of winter flounder (Pseudopleuronectesamericanus) to inform alternative operating models, and explore the effect of stock assessment model misspecification on the perception of stock status and the ability for simulated populations to recover from a depleted state. The findings of this study suggest that, when identified, information on local population structure and the relative contributions of substockareas to global recruitment should be integrated into stock assessment and management frameworks to promote recovery and reduce bias associated with derived quantities.
https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/event/alaska-fisheries-science-center-2020-groundfish-seminar-series-matt-siskey

 

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