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Survey Shows Rise in Demand for Wild Alaska Pollock Products
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Survey Shows Rise in Demand for Wild Alaska Pollock Products

Year-over-year survey results show a leap in Americans’ intent-to-purchase wild Alaska Pollock over the next 30 days, according to an international marketing firm tracking product demand for the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP). Survey results presented by Ketchum Global this week during the fourth Wild Alaska Pollock annual meeting in Seattle on Oct. 17 said nearly seven million more consumers now know more about wild Alaska Pollock than a year ago. Mary Elizabeth Germaine, head of analytics for marketing firm Ketchum Global, said the likelihood of purchasing and eating wild Alaska Pollock within the next 30 days is now 31%, closing the gap between wild Alaska Pollock and Pacific cod. The gap between wild Alaska Pollock and cod is now narrowed by 2%, she sa...
Bycatch Review Task Force Nears Time for Report to Alaska Governor
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Bycatch Review Task Force Nears Time for Report to Alaska Governor

The Alaska Bycatch Review Task Force, created last November by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, is preparing to submit its final recommendations to the governor next month. One draft recommendation on the table for the task force would put a firm numerical cap on chum salmon bycatch by the Pollock trawlers in the Bering Sea. Last year alone, the Bering Sea Pollock fishery took 540,000 chums as bycatch, as well as halibut, crab and other species. Salmon runs have been so low on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) hasn’t allowed residents of these river villages even a salmon subsistence fishery, a fishery critical to their food supply and cultural heritage. The recommended cap on chum salmon taken as bycatch is a phased-in one, as any ca...
Alaska to Request Federal Disaster Aid for West Coast Storm Damage
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Alaska to Request Federal Disaster Aid for West Coast Storm Damage

The State of Alaska has indicated that it plans to seek a federal disaster declaration for the September storm that hit struck the Western coast as soon as a damage assessment to determine the financial need is completed. Gov. Mike Dunleavy has already issued a state disaster declaration for the storm, activating the State Emergency Operations Plan, for all communities impacted by the record storm. If the state’s request for federal aid is approved, at least 75% of eligible disaster costs would be covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA disaster aid covers three general categories, including assistance to individuals and households, public assistance for emergency replacement of public facilities, and hazard mitigation assistance to reduce future losses to public...
Alaska Symphony of Seafood Calls for Product for 2023 Competition
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Alaska Symphony of Seafood Calls for Product for 2023 Competition

A call for product is out for the 2023 Alaska Symphony of Seafood competition, with judging in November in Seattle and the winners to be announced in February during an open house in Juneau, where invited guests include members of the Alaska Legislature. The deadline for entries is Oct. 21. Details and entry forms are the website of the event organizer, the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF), at https://www.afdf.org/wp-content/uploads/2023ASOS_CallForProducts.pdf. Judging is in Seattle on Nov. 16, prior to the Seattle Open House, co-hosted by Northwest Fisheries Association at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center, with invited guests from the seafood industry, plus sponsors and news media. The next event is the awards ceremony in Juneau on Feb. 23, co-hoste...
Evolution of Alaska Pollock Fishery Discussion On Topic For Annual GAPP Meeting
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Evolution of Alaska Pollock Fishery Discussion On Topic For Annual GAPP Meeting

Top officials with Arctic Storm Management Group and Glacier Fish Co. will discuss the evolution of the wild Alaska Pollock fishery in a panel discussion during the annual meeting of the Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) on Oct. 17 at the Seattle Westin hotel. The idea of a panel to discuss the rise of the multi-million-dollar Alaska Pollock industry came from Bob Desautel, chairman of the board of GAPP and president and chief operating officer of Global Seafoods. Panelists include Wally Pereyra, chairman of Arctic Storm Management Group; Doug Christensen, president and chief executive officer of Arctic Storm; and Jim Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Glacier Fish Co. DeSautel said he felt the panel discussion detailing how far this fishery has come and the s...
Final Decision Coming on Northern Edge 2023 Military Exercises in Alaska
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Final Decision Coming on Northern Edge 2023 Military Exercises in Alaska

U.S. Navy officials have released a final document on plans for 2023 training exercises in the Gulf of Alaska, with a final decision on which action alternative to implement coming a minimum of 30 days after publication of the final supplemental document. The final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS) is available for review at www.GOAEIS.com. The document includes consideration of a number of comments made during public comment periods in 2020 and 2021. While no additional public comment periods are now anticipated, new and different comments from those previously submitted would still be considered, according to Julianne Stanford, environmental public affairs specialist with the Navy Region Northwest. The 30-day wait ...
AFSC Speeds Up Data Collection To Tackle Bycatch Issues
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AFSC Speeds Up Data Collection To Tackle Bycatch Issues

Researchers with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) say they’re speeding up the process of gathering data to share with the fisheries managers and others on the decline of Chinook and chum salmon runs, particularly in western Alaska. The AFSC, which is collaborating with state and federal researchers, as well as those at the university level, reported in late August that the center has developed models to better understand and help resource managers address bycatch impacts. “These models, after accounting for natural mortality, produce estimates of the number of adult fish that would be expected to return to their natal rivers to spawn if they hadn’t been taken as bycatch in the Eastern Bering Sea Pollock fisheries,” their report states. Salmon bycatch levels vary year...
Study Underway re: Consumer Perspective on Wild Alaska Pollock
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Study Underway re: Consumer Perspective on Wild Alaska Pollock

An annual study now underway on consumers perspective about wild Alaska Pollock includes questions this year about the impact of rising food prices, as well as questions specific to surimi seafood. Study conclusions are to be presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) at the Westin Seattle hotel on Oct. 17th. The study by the international public relations firm Ketchum is recognized in the industry as the annual barometer of the industry’s efforts to improve the image of wild Alaska Pollock from an anonymous white fish to a household name. “These results are not only GAPP’s ‘report card’ but the compass that guides our industry’s marketing and promotional efforts in the future,” GAPP Chief Executive Officer Craig Morris said. ...
Alaskans Celebrate 7th Annual Wild Salmon Day
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Alaskans Celebrate 7th Annual Wild Salmon Day

Alaskans are celebrating the seventh annual Wild Salmon Day on Aug. 10 in Anchorage to honor shared connections to salmon and the importance of health salmon habitat. Organizers said the free event at Anchorage’s Westchester Lagoon from 6-8 p.m. will feature live music, several vendors, activities for children and the Salmon Hookup food truck, selling menu items made with fresh Cook Inlet sockeye salmon. Participation organizations include Trout Unlimited, SalmonState, the Alaska Public Interest Research Group (AKPIRG), Citizens Climate Lobby and others. Speakers include Suzanne Little, who oversees Pew’s land conservation issues in Alaska. Her goal is to ensure that local people are heard on land use issues, including policy debates relating to conservation of Alaska lands. T...
Demise of Yukon River Chum Salmon Remains Point of Contention
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Demise of Yukon River Chum Salmon Remains Point of Contention

On a cool, cloudy summer day at Emmonak, on Alaska’s Lower Yukon River, not a single commercial fishing boat was delivering its catch to Kwik’Pak Fisheries. Instead, families along the lower Yukon were awaiting delivery of state donated sockeye salmon being sent to them by Kwik’Pak, a subsidiary of the Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association, which had received a fresh batch some 5,000 pounds of sockeyes from the state of Alaska. Another 6,800 pounds of sockeyes, also purchased by the state from a processor, were delivered to the Tanana Chiefs Conference in Fairbanks, for delivery to communities along the upper Yukon River. The problem with the demise of Yukon River chums, known for their rich Omega-3 oils, dates back to 2020. When the fish didn’t show up, ADF&G shut do...