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Consumer Preferences, Health Concerns, Boost Canned Salmon Market Growth
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Consumer Preferences, Health Concerns, Boost Canned Salmon Market Growth

Canned salmon is seeing an upsurge in demand, thanks to increased consumption of seafood for its health benefits, according to a new report by the industry intelligence and market research firm Fact.MR. The report notes that canned salmon is a great source of essential nutrients such as protein, as well as vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids. Canned salmon has a unique flavor with a less fishy taste compared to other varieties of fish, the report states. It can be offered in various forms such as smoked, sauteed grilled, steamed and poached, making it a natural for breakfast meals and salads. Consumption of highly nutritional seafood like salmon also helps to prevent various chronic diseases like heart disease, reduces the risk of stroke, cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, as...
ADF&G Selects All Pre-Registered Snow Crab Vessels for Observer Coverage
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ADF&G Selects All Pre-Registered Snow Crab Vessels for Observer Coverage

Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials have taken the precautionary step of selecting all vessels pre-registered for the 2021-22 Bering Sea snow crab fishery for observer program coverage. Vessel captains have been advised that it’s their responsibility to contact the state-contracted observer firm, Saltwater Inc., in Anchorage for observer coverage for the eastern and western Bering Sea bairdi Tanner crab fisheries. Captains must also advise Saltwater if they choose not to participate in either fishery. Failure to do so will result in delayed fishing operations or enforcement actions, according to the announcement. ADF&G officials also noted that total allowable catches were to be announced in subsequent news releases, but that this announcement did not imply that a fisher...
Applications for Seafood Processors Pandemic Grants Due Nov. 23
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Applications for Seafood Processors Pandemic Grants Due Nov. 23

Federal Agriculture Department officials are accepting applications from U.S. states through Nov. 23 for the Agricultural Marketing Service’s Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety (SPRS) block grant program, which is expected to award about $50 million in assistance early in 2022. Distribution of funds to seafood industry recipients will depend on each state’s plan, a USDA spokesperson said. USDA has allocated funding to certain states and territories based on a formula that considers economic activity as demonstrated through commercial fisheries landings, as detailed in the request for applications. The program is funded through pandemic assistance funds provided in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Once USDA has awarded the funds, state agencies will provide...
New NOAA Study Looking at Fish Reproduction in a Variety of Habitats
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New NOAA Study Looking at Fish Reproduction in a Variety of Habitats

A new NOAA Fisheries study now underway is looking into the relationship between fish condition and reproductive success in varied habitats, with a focus on deep-sea coral and sponge ecosystems. Part of this research includes developing methods to accurately assess the condition of rockfish by measuring their fat content, since for Alaska rockfish fat signifies health. Evidence compiled by researchers suggests that fish with higher energy reserves (of fat) are more reproductively successful and therefor more productive. Several species of rockfish in Alaska have been shown to skip spawning in certain years. Scientists are uncertain if this reproductive failure is related to body condition. The focus of the study is the most commercially important rockfish in the Gulf of Alaska ...
At-Sea Exercises Strengthen U.S.-Japan Maritime Domain Bond
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At-Sea Exercises Strengthen U.S.-Japan Maritime Domain Bond

Joint at-sea exercises at Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Hawaii, the North Pacific Ocean and Japan’s Ogasawara Islands are helping to strengthen maritime cooperation and mutual respect between the United States and Japan, U.S. Coast Guard officials say. Over the past year, the U.S. and Japan have shared exercises between Coast Guard cutters and their Japanese counterparts several times, the latest being in late September between the Coast Guard Cutter Kimball and the Japanese Military Special Defense Forces, aboard their Naval Training Vessel Kashima in the Aleutian Chain near Dutch Harbor. Capt. Thomas D’Arcy, commanding officer of the Kimball, said his crew welcomed the opportunity to meet the Kashima and conduct those exercises. “Seeing the crews aboard the Kimball and the Kashima line ...
Alaska’s Commercial Salmon Season Nets 219M+ Fish
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Alaska’s Commercial Salmon Season Nets 219M+ Fish

Alaska’s 2021 commercial salmon season drew to a close in mid-September, with the preliminary catch standing at an estimated 219.3 million fish, and sockeye and pink harvests exceeding the forecast. While the novel coronavirus pandemic raged on in Alaska, combined efforts of harvesters, processors and others to stem the spread of COVID-19 through vaccinations, testing, masking and social distancing resulted in much less of an overall impact of the multi-million-dollar fishery in 2021 than in the first year of the pandemic. Commercial fisheries consultant Dan Lesh, who produces in-season commercial salmon updates for McKinley Research Group on behalf of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, noted that while harvest numbers were large that the low average fish sizes led to much less ...
Salmon Donations to Yukon River Villages Spread Pretty Thin
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Salmon Donations to Yukon River Villages Spread Pretty Thin

Donations of thousands of pounds of chum salmon are coming to Alaska’s Yukon River villages, but the big gap left when record low fish runs resulted in a ban on all commercial and subsistence fishing remains a challenge. Overall donations from commercial processors and the state of Alaska through the third week of September were about 94,000 pounds, according to processors and the office of Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy. That amounts to about five to 10 fish per household, probably closer to five, said Jack Schultheis, general manager of Kwik’Pak Fisheries in Emmonak. Most Yukon River household puts up 50 to 150 chums a year and maybe 20 to 25 kings, depending on family size, he said. Yukon River residents fish commercially and for subsistence, but there were not enough fish for the harv...
GAPP Board Invests $1.6M in Innovative Products
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GAPP Board Invests $1.6M in Innovative Products

A key market promoter of wild Alaska Pollock says its partners are preparing to launch new products featuring the nutritious, sustainable white fish. The announcement was made in mid-September by the Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP), which recently awarded over $1.6 million in funding to 14 partners that are engaged in creating new products. GAPP’s chief executive officer, Craig Morris, said competition ranged from the Hawaiian firm Okuhara Foods to a luxury branded retailer and a significant foodservice distributor. “You’re going to see wild Alaska Pollock products popping up in countless new ways, places and menus in the coming year thanks to these partners and their vision for our fish,” he said. In addition to new partners, GAPP focused on new products -- especially ...
Fishing Gear Recycling Reaches 1M Pounds
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Fishing Gear Recycling Reaches 1M Pounds

Net Your Problem, a Seattle-based company whose goal is recycling end of life fishing gear into new products, has reached the one-million-pound mark with its latest collection of old discarded nets at Dutch Harbor, Alaska. “I feel like I am just cracking the ice on what’s available,” said Nicole Baker, the founder, Pacific Northwest division coordinator and recycler liaison for NYP. “I’ve only been doing this in a couple of places in Alaska primarily, and we have the whole rest of the U.S. to go.” The former North Pacific groundfish fisheries observer first became interested in recycling discarded commercial fishing gear a couple of years after she finished her work as an observer, when she heard about a Danish company that was recycling old fish nets into new products. “And I tho...
Coast Guard Pacific Area Hosts Six Nation Summit
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Coast Guard Pacific Area Hosts Six Nation Summit

Coast Guard entities from six nations, led by the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area, gathered virtually for three days in mid-September for their annual forum summit, to discuss topics including the need for coordinated responses to challenges in the North Pacific Also under discussion was the Japan Coast Guard’s best practices and lessons learned in support of the Tokyo Olympics. The North Pacific Coast Guard Forum, formed in 2000, comprise the coast guard and maritime law enforcement agencies of Canada, China, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the United States. Its main focus includes combating illegal trafficking, combined operations, emergency response, fisheries enforcement, information exchange and maritime security. A non-binding memorandum of cooperation signed by all participat...