National Fisherman

Uncertainty captures the mood as fishermen and processors await the world's biggest sockeye salmon run at Bristol Bay. In fact, it's being called the riskiest season in recent memory in the 2014 Sockeye Market Analysis, a biannual report done by the McDowell Group for the fishermen-run Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association.
As presaged by buyer pushback at seafood trade shows earlier this year in Boston and Brussels, the starting price for the first sockeyes from Copper River took a 50 cents per pound dip. At an average $3.50 per pound, it was down 13 percent from 2013 -- the first decline since 2010.
"Probably more so than any recent year, processors are having pressure from both the buying side -- more competition for fish in Bristol Bay -- and on the selling side there is a very large sockeye forecast from the Fraser River (in British Columbia). And that fishery takes place in August well after Alaska's sockeye fisheries are done," said Andy Wink, Seafood Project Manager at McDowell Group.
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Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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