National Fisherman


Ripples from the Ukraine unrest are being felt on the Seattle waterfront, as fishing industry executives weigh how much whiting they'll actually catch: The quota is large but market conditions are not the best.
 
The 2014 quote for the popular whitefish, also called hake, is set for an unusually high 420,000 metric tons in the areas off the coasts of Oregon, Washington and western Canada.
 
With the season starting May 15, large catcher-processor vessels and open-water trawlers are outfitting to head out for a few weeks, said Dan Waldeck, executive director of the Portland-based Pacific Whiting Conservation Cooperative.
 
The problem facing the large fishing companies is that uncertainty about the Ukrainian economy, and about the exchange rate between the dollar and the Ukrainian currency, is creating uncertainty about how many fish will find a market and for what price.
 
Read the full story at Puget Sound Business Journal>>

Inside the Industry

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association released their board of directors election results last week.

The BBRSDA’s member-elected volunteer board provides financial and policy guidance for the association and oversees its management. Through their service, BBRSDA board members help determine the future of one of the world’s most dynamic commercial fisheries.

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Former Massachusetts state fishery scientist Steven Correia received the New England Fishery Management Council’s Janice Plante Award of Excellence for 2016 at its meeting last week.

Correia was employed by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries for over 30 years.

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