National Fisherman


The value of the seafood from Alaska in 2011 was well over $6-billion dollars according to a new report from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. The report includes some detailed information about the size and scope of the seafood industry in Bristol Bay.

The report is titled the “Economic Value of the Alaska Seafood Industry” and it was prepared for ASMI by the McDowell Group. It’s the first time such a report was put together that considers all of the direct, indirect, and other economic effects of the Alaska seafood industry.

The report shows that in the Bristol Bay region the seafood industry directly employed about 13.2-thousand people in 2011 and the new report shows that about 49-percent of all working age adults in the region directly participated in the seafood industry. About 7.5-thousand fishermen participated in the Bristol Bay fisheries in 2011 and 1,655 of those fishermen were Bristol Bay residents. The new report indicates that about 5.5-thousand seafood processors worked in the region in 2011 and they earned about $44-million dollars. Only 290 of those processing workers were area residents.

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Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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