This Week's Fish News

February 1, 2024

Trident listed their Diamond NN support facility in Naknek for sale with an asking price of $1 million.

What is the pelagic trawl performance standard? Why is it effectively unenforceable? And why does it matter? Turns out, those aren't super straightforward questions, but they're definitely worth asking.

Washington-based seafood processor Keyport announced that it will assume management of the processing quota for both the Eastern and Western Bering Sea Tanner crab fisheries, giving crabbers a much-needed opportunity after Peter Pan announced it wouldn't operate for the winter fisheries.

The Department of Commerce allocated over $42 million in fishery disaster relief for fisheries across the country, including nearly $1.6 million for the 2022 Yukon River salmon fisheries.

The Department of Commerce has also allocated $888,789 for harbor improvements in King Cove, which the city has said will go towards a new vessel lift. 

ADFG has finalized a spend plan for over $190 million in disaster relief funds for the 2021-2023 Bristol Bay red king crab and Bering Sea snow crab fisheries.

Citing a poor pink salmon forecast and tough market conditions, OBI Seafoods will not operate its plant at Larsen Bay, on Kodiak Island, for the 2024 salmon season. 

The 2023 Eastern Bering Sea Ecosystem Status Report showed positive indicators, suggesting a slow rebound after years of warm waters.

Here's an in-depth look at Northline Seafood's soon-to-be floating processor, the "Hanna," which is on track to give a good jolt to the stagnant processing model in Bristol Bay.

A group of Alaskan flatfish producers have formed a nonprofit marketing association aimed at marketing Alaska sole, which is harvested primarily by bottom trawlers in the BSAI and BOA. 

Click here to check out the winners of ASMI's 2023 photo contest.

The Alaska Symphony of Seafood, a showcase of commercial-ready value-added products made from Alaska seafood, will be held in Juneau on February 21.

Check out ASMI's retail research publication for 2024 for insights into consumer preferences and behavior, and the positioning of Alaska seafood in the domestic market. (Also, it's just really well done and looks cool.)

UFA President Matt Alward's recent opinion piece centers on Board of Fish proposal 43, which would reduce hatchery pink salmon production. He points out that "decades of scientific research and data do not support the notion that Alaska’s hatcheries are detrimental to wild salmon," and urges Alaskans who depend on salmon fisheries to submit comments to the Board by February 8, ahead of the Upper Cook Inlet finfish meeting.

The City of Kodiak listed reconstruction of St. Herman Harbor as one of their top priority capital projects. 

This week's Alaska Fisheries Report: Cook Inlet EEZ, prohibition on yelloweye fishing in Southeast, and the pelagic performance standard.

AMSEA has plenty of upcoming drill conductor classes: Bellingham, WA on Feb 8-9; Westport, WA on Mar 7-8; Ilwaco, WA on Mar 22-23; and Seward on April 8-13.