This Week's Fish News

August 17, 2023

National Fisherman named Alaska fishermen MJ Jackson and Matt Alward among their 2023 Highliners! We all know how much these two contribute to Alaska's fisheries. Thanks for all you do, and congrats on the recognition!

The Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR) and the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA) notified 13 of the largest U.S. tire manufacturers of their intent to sue over the use of 6PPD, a chemical known to kill salmon.

Trident has delayed construction on a new plant in Unalaska, citing poor market conditions. The delay means the plant won't be operational until 2028 at the earliest, but Trident says it doesn't affect their longterm plan.  

Speaking of Trident and poor market conditions, CEO Joe Bundrant said in an August 15 statement "I’ve been in the industry a long time and I’ve never seen markets like this. The rate and pace at which markets are collapsing across our key species is staggering. Not only are global inventories and operating costs high, but demand is low, and some are selling at or below cost just to generate cash.” It's not great...

Meanwhile, Russian fishermen are denying accusations of dumping pink salmon on the market and intentionally reducing prices.

The city of Bethel wants to join a federal lawsuit against NOAA Fisheries filed by the Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP) and Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) over trawl management in the Bering Sea. 

ASMI is accepting applications for Operational and Species Committees through September 15

NIOSH and the USCG have partnered to offer $6 million in grant funding for commercial fishing safety research and training. The deadline to apply is August 29.

Members of the mariculture industry gathered in Homer last week for a meetup to discuss how best to sustainably develop our growing mariculture industry.

This week's Alaska Fisheries Report: mariculture meetup, salmon prices, and the effects of sablefish on salmon hatcheries.

As a reminder, AgWest is offering $15,000 grants to fishermen who have been operating for less than two years or who plan to start their own operation within the next two years. Applications are due August 31