National Fisherman

Mixed Catch 

lincIn Mixed Catch, NF Senior Editor Linc Bedrosian spotlights a wide range of commercial fishing-related news items from coast to coast.

Wild-caught Alaska salmon has gained a new Target audience.

Word is that the Minneapolis-based discount store chain, aiming to give its customers a more eco-friendly option, is switching to selling wild salmon instead of the farmed variety. It announced Tuesday that it "has eliminated all farmed salmon from its fresh, frozen and smoked seafood offerings in Target stores nationwide."

That includes Target-owned brands Archer Farms and Market Pantry as well as national brands. It even extends to sushi; any sushi featuring farm-raised salmon will be made with wild-caught salmon by the end of this year.

Target says it made the decision in consultation with the Monterey Bay Aquarium "to ensure that its salmon offerings are sourced in a sustainable way that helps to preserve abundance, species health and doesn't harm local habitats." The aquarium considers wild-caught Alaska salmon as a "Best Choice" and Target notes the Alaska fishery is Marine Stewardship Council certified.

OK, cynics, you can quip that Target's decision is more about looking like a good eco-friendly citizen to what it refers to as its "guests" (read: customers) than it is supporting America's commercial harvesters.

But the bottom line is Target customers will not only be able to shop green, but get high quality salmon that's darn tasty and an excellent source of protein. And that opens yet another domestic market door for Alaska's salmon harvesters. Plus it raises the profile of U.S. fishermen amongst consumers. Target's decision is good news all the way around for fishermen.

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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