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

AmericansFinest

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

AmericansFinest

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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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

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

Divided Council Cuts Halibut Bycatch Cap in Bering Sea by 25%; Promises Further Action

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Alaska Journal of Commerce] , June 8, 2015
By DJ Summers

SITKA — The North Pacific Fishery Management Council made its second controversial compromise of the year on June 7, again related to bycatch in the Bering Sea and again after lengthy, impassioned testimony…. Continue Reading

Reallocating Alaskan Halibut Restrictions Could Ruin Seattle’s Trawl Fleet

The Seattle-based trawl fleet faces new economic threats in the debate over Bering Sea halibut fishing rules

Seattle Times [Opinion], June 2, 2015
By Chris Woodley

IN Sunday’s guest column, the Central Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association referred to trawl fishing as a grave threat and an “environmentally disastrous policy” that has devastated their halibut fishery and “plundered the Bering Sea.”… Continue Reading

Halibut Bycatch Cap Reduction Should Reflect What We Know About the Resource

Alaska Dispatch News [Commentary], May 28, 2015
By John Gauvin

As a fishery scientist who has worked for more than 20 years with trawl fishermen to reduce salmon, crab and halibut bycatch, I find the recent rhetoric around proposed North Pacific Fisheries Management Council changes to the Bering Sea halibut bycatch cap very frustrating. In particular, I hear media campaigns underwritten by environmental NGOs claiming, “It’s been 20 years since the halibut bycatch cap was last reduced,” implying that this has created a conservation issue…. Continue Reading

Trawler Representatives Say 50% Halibut Bycatch Reduction is Neither Fair Nor Equitable

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Letters], May 15, 2015
By Chris Woodley

In keeping with our policy on Halibut, both Peggy and I have comments on this letter from Chris Woodley, who is Executive Director of the Groundfish Forum representing the Amendment 80 fleet:

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Alaska Groundfish Fleets Face Big Blow from Halibut Bycatch Proposals

America's Finest

undercurrentnews.com, March 9, 2015
By Jeanine Stewart

America's Finest

America’s Finest, the new ship Fishermen’s Finest is building, will replace one of its two vessels – the American No. 1 or the US Intrepid. Credit: Skipsteknisk

Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) groundfish fleets are staring down at what could be a shocking blow to revenues next year.

The North Pacific Fishery Management (NPFMC) is considering halibut bycatch allocation reductions for BSAI groundfish fleets ranging from 10% to 50%, with a final vote slated for its June meeting.

As the potential impacts of this blow begin to sink in, one company — three-decade old Fishermen’s Finest — has already assessed the damages, and they’re not pretty. The company expects the cuts to have a devastating one-to-one impact on revenue for Amendment 80 flatfish fishing operations in the Bering Sea.
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