News Summary: December 20, 2013
Today's Main Story: Bristol Bay attitudes change towards farmed salmon - many now recognize it helps them in the market
The benefits farmed salmon have had for the wild Alaskan salmon market have changed the opinions of Bristol Bay’s wild salmon community regarding the farmed product. According to Tom Sunderland, VP of marketing for Bristol Bay’s Ocean Beauty Seafoods, the emergence of more farmed salmon products in the US market has helped drive overall consumer interest for a variety of salmon products, including Alaska’s wild caught offerings. Bristol Bay’s fishing community agrees that an increase in overall salmon consumption bodes well for the wild market. “There was a time when nobody knew the difference between a pink and a sockeye,” said Bristol Bay fisherman Mike Friccero. “Once you have people eating salmon, you can educate them.”
Washington state biologists concluded a shipment of geoducks to China tested positive for levels of inorganic arsenic, not PSP-causing toxins as previously believed. The shipment was traced to a tract harvested near the Poverty and Dumas Bays. Last week, China levied an indefinite ban against US shellfish imports from the Pacific Northwest because of the geoduck shipment from Washington along with an Alaskan shipment alleged to have tested positive for a PSP-toxin.
In other news Undercurrent News’ Tom Seaman reports Yihe Corporation expects to emerge from receivership in a stronger position with intent to resume its business operation immediately, according to a settlement agreement filed this week. “The settlement is not intended to deplete Yihe of resources, but rather to allow Yihe to emerge from this receivership in a stronger position to quickly resume its business for the benefit of Yihe, its business partners, and any remaining legitimate creditors,” the document said.
Finally, the Alaska Young Fisherman’s Summit successfully educated 60 young, up-and-coming commercial fishing professionals about the challenges of breaking into Alaska’s commercial fishing industry amid high start-up costs along with new political and environmental hurdles. “There was a lot of interest in the business and the financing side,” said Sunny Rice, a representative of the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program. “It’s really changed for new people, for new fishermen. We need to give them the opportunity to talk to each other and lobby on their own behalf. ”
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