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Waiting for mutiny on proposed Southeast Alaska sea otter bounty

Jamie Foode

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I found this article to be interesting on account of   how highly controversial the discussion of Alaska placing a bounty on sea otters that are legally taken. Although I do agree with several of the reasons listed why it is a bad idea, this article does not address the issue of a boom in the sea otter population, and the potential for it to not only crash itself but to crash several organisms in the surrounding ecosystem because they are a keystone species. But the author addresses the fact that tourists pay to see sea otters, which is a bit ridiculous when the issue at hand is the fear of an unsustainable population. My guess is that   all of the tourists who pay to see sea otters, since they are soooo cute, have never been exposed to this peer review….



Alaska Salmon Roe Forecasts and Price Info


Jamie Foode-News w/Fins 5/3/13

I found this to be interesting as the project I currently manage is researching products for value adding to our regions seafood, primary Copper River salmon.   The price is really soaring this year, and with the brand for Copper River already established roe could be a valuable product development here in Cordova.


Alaska salmon roe forecasts and price info

Fish Radio

May 8, 2013

AK Salmon Roe Estimates Credit:  ASMI

AK Salmon Roe Estimates
Credit: ASMI


Alaska salmon roe

Alaska salmon roe

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch … A look at salmon roe forecasts and prices. That’s up after this —

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Salmon roe might not be an American favorite, but it’s a highly valued delicacy elsewhere. The main sources of salmon roe are pink, chum and sockeye, in that order. This year roe production is projected to total 27 million pounds, a big increase from the five-year average of 23 million pounds. Pink salmon  usually provide more than  half of Alaska’s  total salmon roe haul and this summer nearly 15 million pounds of pink roe is projected , 54 percent of the total.

Chum salmon are the second largest source of roe, producing a quarter of the Alaska pack. Chum roe is the priciest and about 7.5 million pounds should come out of the 2013 catch.

For sockeye, the 34-million-fish projection should yield a modest 4.7 million pounds of roe.

The roe follows different market trends than other Alaska salmon products. Fisheries economist Gunnar Knapp says that’s because roe wholesales  into different end markets, and it faces very little competition from farmed salmon.

Looking at sales trends:   all salmon roe prices surged from Sept through December last year.  For pink roe, over 5.5 million pounds fetched nearly $12 per pound, compared to less than $8 on average for all of 2011.   For chums, over 3.2 million pounds was sold    at $18.76 a pound, an increase of $5 dollars a pound from the previous year.  For sockeye 1.6 million pounds was valued at $8.97, up more than $2.  All total, Alaska salmon roe had a first wholesale value of nearly $200 million in 2011; the sales totals for 2012 will be out in early July.

 State Dept. of Revenue’s Tax Division    

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Seafood Labeling

I think that this article really sums up a lot of the problems our society has with labeling standards, without knowing they are summing up the issues at hand. I’ve been keeping up on the certification of “sustainable’ in regards to seafood, and I find it funny that there is so much reliance from concerned American consumers on the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for getting it right. First, the MSC label polluck sustainable, even with a bycatch of well over a 100,000 king salmon as well as various other species, and a high-impact effect on ecosystems due to fishing gear. Yet McDonalds, a company that has a history of junk food, gmo produce and big agriculture, can label “sustainable’ on their polluck products, while many of the fisheries in Alaska are being scrutinized by the MSC and denied the use of their “sustainable’ label on account of practices used before Alaska became a state that are deemed non-sustainable. Goes to show you what money can buy, at the expense of ethics and concerned consumers.

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On the Rebound: Prince William Sound Commercial Pot Shrimp Fishery

By Katie Sechrist


This article is pertains to not only the commercial spot prawn industry in the Prince William Sound (PWS), but also the sport, subsistence, and recreational fishing of the species. It also encompasses information regarding their habitat, breeding, and life cycles. The industry experienced a boom and bust cycle, closing for eighteen years and finally reopening under specific management in 2010.


The Seattle Times-Food and Wine

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 – Page updated at 09:00 p.m.

Markets pledge not to sell genetically-modified salmon

The New York Times

This article has information pertaining to the battle to release gmo salmon. The controversy over this “frankenfish’ has been high, with opponents fearing that in addition to the disease and escapement troubles of existing farmed Atlantic salmon genetically altered salmon would prove an even greater risk. The FDA did not agree.

“The salmon is now awaiting approval from the Food and Drug Administration, which in December concluded that the fish would have “no significant impact’ on the environment and would be as safe to eat as conventional salmon. The agency is accepting public comments on its findings until April 26.’

Health effects of the fish are not yet realized, as consumption of it would need to be monitored on humans over time, which is a little scary. What I find most interesting about this threat is that if approved, there will be no labeling standards imposed by the FDA. We have “wild’ and “country of origin’ standards, but no standards to inform consumers that they are eating an animal that was genetically modified.

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Northern Pike

Scientific Name: Esox lucius

Known simply as Pike, jackfish or Northern depending on regions.




Habitat: Ranges throughout the Northern hemisphere, and in some areas they are considered an invasive species. They are a freshwater and brackish fish.


Size, shape and colorings: Pike can grow to very large sizes, up to 59 inches and 55 pounds. Generally an earthy brown coloring with spotting and

Reproduction: Migratory in spawning season, generally in the spring. Heterosexual and generally breed each season with only one mate.  Average life span of 5-15 years.

Trophic Level: The pike is a carnivorous species.

Predators and Prey: Juvenile pike feed off invertebrates until they are old enough to consume fish, adult are highly predatory targeting not only fish but sometimes even waterfowl and small rodents. Due to the invasiveness of the species, in some areas once a pike is caught by a sport fisherman, they must remove it from the habitat.

Interesting Facts:

Many areas of the US stocked the pike for recreational purposes.

Pike depleted their prey species in certain areas, especially in areas where they are invasive, to levels where pike growth was stunted.

Pike’s have scales on the upper part of their gill covers, but not the lower part.