Navy Ship Embarks on New Career in Fishing Fleet

Seattle Times, June 2, 2016
By Hal Bernton

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Seafreeze America’s $30 million conversion is the latest investment in the local fleet of catcher processors that work off Alaska.

Seattle’s fishing industry on Thursday feted the latest addition to the fleet, a 233-foot former Navy oceanographic vessel overhauled at a cost of more than $30 million for a new line of work — catching and processing fish off Alaska.

The Lake Union ceremony drew several hundred people to watch the traditional breaking of a Champagne bottle across the bow of the former John McDonnell, newly christened as the Seafreeze America.

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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

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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New Freezer Trawler for O’Hara

O'Hara Corporation's Araho

Fishermen’s News, October 1, 2015

O'Hara Corporation's Araho

O’Hara Corporation’s new freezer trawler, launched on Aug. 31 by Eastern Shipbuilding Group in Panama City, Florida, will join the Amendment 80 fleet in the Bering Sea in 2016. Company officials say it will be used for the harvesting and processing of flatfish for markets in Asia and the United States. Photos courtesy of O’Hara Corp. Read more about the Araho here from Fishermen’s News.

Alaska Flatfish Catchers Take Hit After NPFMC Bycatch Vote

SeafoodSource.com, June 10, 2015
By Christine Blank, contributing editor

Flatfish catcher-processors are worried about the impact on their business and jobs in the sector after the North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted to reduce halibut bycatch by 25 percent…. Continue Reading

Alaska’s Flatfish Trawl Fleet is an Important Economic Contributor to Reducing Halibut Bycatch

Pacific Fishing [Commentary], January 2015
By Chris Woodley

Click here to read what Chris Woodley, Executive Director of Groundfish Forum says about halibut bycatch and discard mortality.