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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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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