The F/V Ocean Peace is Modernize and Upgraded

FishermensNews.com, June 1, 2016
By Peter Marsh

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The F/V Ocean Peace, a 219-foot factory trawler owned by Ocean Peace Inc., was lifted out at Lake Union Dry Dock in Seattle in December for the installation of a Deflector high-lift rudder, replacement of the controllable-pitch propeller blades, and a re-positioned transducer chest. Numerous upgrades were also completed in the engine room, on the processing deck, and in the galley…. Continue Reading

Latest McDowell Analysis Shows Market Distribution for Alaska’s Groundfish and Crab (Fish Radio)

Seafoodnews.com [Fish Radio], June 1, 2016
By Laine Welsh with Fish Radio

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Where in the world does all that Alaska fish end up? It’s an easy find – after this

Did you know that the Alaska seafood brand tops all others on menus across the nation? Learn more about the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute at www.alaskaseafood.org.

Have you ever wondered where all that fish crossing Alaska’s docks ends up around the world?

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Alaska Fisheries Value and Volume Again Lead in NOAA Seafood Economics Report

Seafoodnews.com [Alaska Journal of Commerce], May 27, 2016
By DJ Summers

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its annual report detailing national and regional economic impacts of U.S. fisheries and, as usual, Alaska produced both the greatest value and volume of any area.

The report includes economic impacts in the harvesting, processing, wholesale, retail, and import sectors, as well as those from recreational saltwater fishing.

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Fishermen’s Finest CEO Helena Park Made Disciplined Bold Investment in $80 Million Factory Trawler

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Seafoodnews.com [Puget Sound Business Journal], April 1, 2015
By Melissa Crowe

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In 2014, Helena Park put a deposit on an $80 million factory trawler.

The move for the owner and CEO of Kirkland-based Fishermen’s Finest was a bold one.

The fishing company makes its money catching, processing and exporting fish to Japan and China.

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N. Pacific Council Raises Pollock TACs by 2.34%, Flatfish Slightly Down, Cod Steady

Seafoodnews.com, December 11, 2015
By Peggy Parker

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council set 2016 pollock TACs at 1.341 million metric tons Thursday, up 30,643 metric tons from last year. Pollock TAC in the Aleutian Islands and Bogoslof area increased from 19,100 metric tons to 19,500 for 2016. This was less than the pollock increase of 64,000 tons recommended by the Advisory Panel, which voted to recommend a 1.374 million ton quota.

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Alaska Working on State Flatfish Tax Fix to Capture Foregone Revenue

Seafoodnews.com [Alaska Journal of Commerce], December 10, 2015
By DJ Summers

A state tax rate glitch let groundfish trawlers off the hook for more than $10 million of fishery taxes in the last half decade, and there’s no concrete fix just yet.
The fishery resource landing tax taxes groundfish based on ex-vessel price. Processors turn flatfish caught as bycatch into low-value fishmeal, so the only known ex-vessel price for certain flatfish species is artificially low. Nine species have this price uncertainty, but most flatfish volume comes from yellowfin sole and Atka mackerel…. Continue Reading

Halibut Deck Sortin on Track to Deliver Substantial Mortality Improvements This Season

Release of halibut with accelerometer tag, Port Frederick, AK courtesy of Paige Drobny

Seafoodnews.com, December 3, 2015
By John Sackton

Release of halibut with accelerometer tag, Port Frederick, AK courtesy of Paige Drobny

Release of halibut with accelerometer tag, Port Frederick, AK courtesy of Paige Drobny

Halibut deck sorting has helped flatfish catcher-processors reduce halibut bycatch this season. The fleet also used halibut excluders and changed locations to avoid halibut hotspots. The net result is that the flatfish trawl fleet is making progress on its commitment to achieve halibut bycatch reductions…. Continue Reading

North Pacific Council to Talk Halibut Rules, Groundfish Quota

Photo - Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion

Alaska Journal of Commerce, December 2, 2015
By DJ Summer

Photo - Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion

Photo – Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion

Dave Jacobs, left, and Steve Curl watch as Anthony Ballam lowers a halibut into the hold of the Independence in Cook Inlet. Cook Inlet, which is in Area 3A for charter halibut removals, has a recommended cut in harvest from 2015 according to the scientists at the International Pacific Halibut Commission. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council meets this month in Anchorage to set charter harvest rules for 2016…. Continue Reading

Cod Allocation Could Revive Adak Processing Plant

Pacific Fishing, Dutch Harbor Report, December 2015
By Jim Paulin

Economic development: Despite factory trawler opposition, Adak has won guaranteed minimum amount of Pacific cod each year.

Located some 350 miles west of Dutch Harbor, Adak is a former Cold War military outpost struggling to remake itself as a civilian town.

The 5,000 metric tons of cod could help the local fish-processing plant reopen.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council approved the allocation at its October meeting in Anchorage.

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