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Some bright spots for high-value salmon, halibut in 2021

Following the trend of the last several years, the salmon forecast for the 2021 salmon season in Bristol Bay looks positive. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is forecasting a total return of about 51 million sockeye salmon, with an inshore run of about 50 million. That’s about 6 percent better than the average for the last decade and 45 percent greater than the long-term average.,, Halibut outlook – Stock numbers in the Pacific halibut fishery are overall still declining, but there are individual bright spots in some regions. >click to read< 10:43

Humpy harvest in PWS surges to exceed 12M fish

Harvests of over 9 million pink salmon over the past week have pushed Alaska’s yearly total to over 25 million fish, including upwards of 12 million humpies caught in Prince William Sound. Alaska Department of Fish and Game finfish area management biologists in Cordova said the cumulative pink salmon harvest in the Sound through Aug. 1 alone was estimated at 10.5 million common property fish and 1.5 cost recovery fish. Preliminary commercial salmon harvest data compiled by ADF&G through Tuesday, Aug. 4, put the total commercial salmon harvest in Prince William Sound at 11.2 million fish, including 12.3 million pink, 1.9 million chum, 902,000 sockeye, 4,000 coho and 4,000 king salmon. >click to read< 19:03

Copper River fishermen gain another harvest

Commercial harvesters keen on those Copper River salmon got a fifth shot at those prized Chinooks and reds on Thursday, June 18, in a 12-hour opener announced by Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials in Cordova. Waters within the expanded Chinook salmon inside closure area were closed for the period. It has been, in no uncertain terms a real slow start, with several of those openers already cancelled because of a very slow run. Through Tuesday, June 16, a total of 1,665 deliveries to processors from four 12-hour openers in the Copper River had brought in some 5,751 kings, 71,370 sockeyes and 1,056 chums, a total of 78,177 fish. >click to read< 16:01

Alaska fishermen lose millions amid US-Russia sanctions war

Fishermen in Alaska are losing up to $60 million annually after access to one of their key markets was cut in 2014, when Russia imposed a food embargo in retaliation to US sanctions.  Russia bought an average $40 million worth of seafood products from Alaska’s producers between 2010-2013, according to data from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.,, This is because no one stopped Russian exporters from shipping their products to the US despite Moscow’s embargo on American goods. Moreover, most seafood imports are not subjected to any duties, >click to read< 10:17

U.S. seafood exports dry up while cheap Russian crab is undercutting local industry

Fishermen in Alaska claim they have been caught up in Russia’s counter-sanctions, with Moscow’s ban on western food imports blocking sales to one of their key markets while allowing cheap Russian seafood to flood into the U.S. Russian seafood exports to the U.S. have jumped 69% since 2013 — the year before Russia blocked most imports of agricultural products from the U.S. and the EU in a tit-for-tat response to sanctions levelled against Russia after it annexed Crimea.  >click to read< 08:11

Woodrow officially takes director’s helm at ASMI

Alaska’s seafood industry has a new captain at the helm of its main marketing agency. Jeremy Woodrow, previously the organization’s communications director, officially took over as executive director of he Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute this June.,,, Though he’s not in commercial fishing at present, he said his family has a long history in it. That connection has helped inform his involvement in the ever-changing fisheries of Alaska, and though ASMI stays out of fisheries policy, there are plenty of other tangles to sort out. >click to read<19:19

Ukrainian seafood buyers want to connect with Unalaska’s fisheries

International seafood buyers are scheduled to visit Unalaska this month, but they don’t hail from a massive importer like China or Japan. They’re coming from Ukraine — a once-modest market for Alaska fish that’s slowly reemerging after political upheaval and economic crisis. In 2013, Ukraine spent $105 million on American seafood — a record for the Eastern European nation that loves hake, pollock and salmon roe. But two years later, those imports had plummeted almost 70 percent as the Ukrainian government was overthrown and parts of its land occupied by Russia. >click to read<21:22

Halibut trash

Only in Alaska, which likes to claim title to the world’s “best-managed fisheries,” would halibut now retailing at prices in excess of $20 per pound be ground into fish meal to feed animals, shrimp and maybe even farmed salmon – the bane of Alaska commercial fishermen. Photos of halibut and other, trawl-caught bottomfish headed for the grinder emerged from Kodiak this weekend as Alaska fishermen started into a fishing season where the targeted harvest of halibut by both commercial fishermen and anglers has been seriously restricted because of conservation concerns. >click to read<18:20

Fish bucks flow far beyond AK; dock prices over a decade – This is Fish Radio.

FISH-With-Mic-Logo-GRAPHIC-303-x-400-e1360148757522What is likely the most comprehensive report ever done on Alaska’s seafood industry was compiled this year by the McDowell Group in Juneau for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. [email protected]  11:22

Alaska black cod fishery completes 2nd annual audit for RFM certification

The Alaska black cod/sablefish fishery has completed the 2nd Annual Audit of the Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification. The objective of the audit is to monitor any changes since the previous assessment. No non-conformances were issued or are active for this fishery. [email protected]  09:19

Governor Sean Parnell announces appointments to Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute ASMI board

Parnell reappointed Jack Schultheis and Kevin Adams, and appointed Amy Humphreys to the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) Board of Directors. The institute promotes Alaskan seafood and develops market-oriented quality specifications. [email protected]  05:04

United Fishermen of Alaska At-Large board member Kevin Adams elected as Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Chair

The United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA), the largest statewide commercial fishing industry trade association representing 36 member organizations, is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Kevin Adams as Chairman of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) Board of Directors. This is the first time a commercial fisherman has held this position in over a decade. continued @ ADN.com

Alaska fishermen reaffirm Responsible Fishery Management (RFM) support

04 March, 2013 – The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute released a resolution this week supporting the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s decision to withdraw from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)’s process for certification. Read more

From the Deckboss – A salmon summit in Seattle

For a long while, Alaska and the MSC seemed to be happy partners.
In recent years, however, many players in the Alaska seafood industry have become disenchanted with the MSC, for a variety of reasons.
This also goes for state officials, who apparently aren’t too enthused about current efforts to keep MSC certification going.
A Seattle-based fishing group, the Purse Seine Vessel Owners’ Association, is seeking renewal of the MSC label on behalf of seven Alaska salmon processors led by Sitka-based Silver Bay Seafoods.

Fiscal cliff debate threatens ASMI int’l marketing budget

Congressional spending cuts could smack the Alaska Seafood Marketing  Institute with a 40 percent reduction in future federal “Market Access Program” grants that provided more than half of the  Alaska Seafood Marketing  Institute. “The ‘Farm Bill,’ especially the MAP program, is in the bull’s eye, period.  There is no doubt about that,” warned Naresh Shrestha, ASMI’s chief financial  officer, during the institute’s “all hands” meeting in Seattle, Nov. 28 to  30. Read more: http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/December-Issue-3-2012/Fiscal-cliff-debate-threatens-ASMI-intl-marketing-budget/#ixzz2F9OkYZD0

Kwik’Pak Fisheries Attain Alaska RFM Chain of Custody

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) has announced that Kwik’Pak Fisheries LLC. has successfully met the requirements of the FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Chain of Custody Certification.

Kwik’Pak Fisheries joins Triad Fisheries Ltd, Glacier Fish Company, LLC, Seafood Producers Cooperative, Icicle Seafoods, Inc., Ocean Beauty Seafoods, LLC,, Canadian Fishing Company and Peter Pan Seafoods, Inc. in attaining Chain of Custody to the RFM certification. http://fis.com/fis/techno/newtechno.asp?l=e&id=56418