Archives for September 2013

October is National Seafood Month – Where people eat the most/least seafood.

Fish Radio
October 1, 2013                     

AK = Sustainable seafood   Credit: sanibelseaschool.org

AK = Sustainable seafood
Credit: sanibelseaschool.org

             

 This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Is your town celebrating seafood month?  I’ll tell you more after this —

 The At-sea Processors Association’s contributions to Alaskan universities represent the largest privately funded marine research program in Alaska’s history. Learn more at  www.atsea.org

 Federal grants are available to help “Made in America” companies compete with imports and save US jobs. Learn more at www.nwtaac.org.

 October is National Seafood Month – a distinction proclaimed by Congress more than  a quarter century ago to recognize one of our nation’s oldest industries.

 Government figures show that nationwide, the seafood industry contributes $60 billion to the U.S. economy each year.  

 Pacific salmon, sea scallops, shrimp and lobster contributed the most to total revenue. For poundage, Alaska pollock, menhaden and Pacific salmon accounted for more than half of the US fish landed.  

 Alaska deserves special merit during Seafood Month, as it produces more than 60% of our nation’s seafood – more than all the other states combined.  

 The seafood industry is Alaska’s number one private employer – it puts more people to work than oil and gas, mining, timber and tourism combined.  And Alaska’s seafood industry ranks second only to Big Oil for the tax dollars it pumps into state coffers.

 Americans eat about 16 pounds of seafood per person each year.   That compares to more than 108 pounds of red meat and nearly 73 pounds of poultry. America’s seafood favorites have remained largely the same. The top five are shrimp, canned tuna, salmon, pollock and tilapia.  

 America’s seafood appetite is being fed mostly by foreign imports– more than 80 percent of all fish and shellfish eaten in the U.S. comes from other countries. 

 Speaking of other countries — that 16 pounds of seafood that Americans eat pales when compared to other parts of the world.  The Japanese, for example, eat 146 pounds of seafood per person each year. U.N. figures show that  it is 186 pounds in Greenland and more than 200 pounds per person in Iceland.

 The country with the lowest seafood consumption is Afghanistan at zero. 

 And where in the world is the most seafood eaten? The South Pacific islands of Tokelau where each person eats more than 440 pounds of seafood every year.   

  Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods – who salutes and says thanks to the men and women fishing across Alaska for their hard work and dedication. (www.oceanbeauty.com) In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.

Bringing Your Livelihood to the Table Makes an Impact

NPFMC

NPFMC let your opinion be heard

 

 

This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini. Fish policy makers need your opinions. More after this . . .

Fish Radio is brought to you by the At-Sea Processors Association – The APA works closely with managers, scientists and environmentalists to protect and preserve our fish resources long into the future. Learn more at www.atsea.org

Federal grants are available to help  Made in America  companies compete with imports and save US jobs. Learn more at www.nwtaac.org. 

Fish managers of the North Pacific Council need the boots on deck perspective. Bringing a first hand experience to the table can make a huge impact on decisions made in the fishing industry.  When the council sits down this week by catch and on board observers are  just a few hot topics they are tackling.

“ I think people who are engaged in the fisheries often have very strong opinion, but if they don’t express those opinions then it’s not going to have an impact on the regulatory system.”

Denby Lloyd is Kodiaks fisheries advisor. He is also the former Fish and Game Commissioner and North Pacific Council member. Lloyd explains that the council needs to hear the personal and or economic outcomes before ruling.

 

“Public testimony is an opportunity to tell the council what your experience is and how these thing effect your livelihood and your well-being. They need to hear it because they don’t just magically understand it, they have to be told.”

 

Any agenda items are open for comment.

“ The council wants to hear all levels of testimony, and impact, and benefit of the  things they have in front of them.”

“Whether or not your opinion counts as much I think is incumbent on how well prepared you are. How well you know your topic area, and whether you understand the council system and their authorities and the restrictions they operate under.”

“Whether you are one of the suits or a fellow in boots on deck or anyone in between. It’s an available opportunity for anybody.”  

 

Lloyd further adds . . .

“So testimony can range from deeply personal, to economic, to financial, to political. Telling the council the impact of a certain decision on your ability to make a living that’s powerful testimony.”  

 

The North Pacific Council meeting kicks off October 2nd thru the 8th in Anchorage at the Hilton.  You can also tune in live at www.npfmc.webex.com

“One crewman can  definitely make a difference.”

 

Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods.  Ocean Beauty has contributed over 10 million meals to the U.S. Food Bank network, and is committed to ending hunger in America. www.oceanbeauty.com  In Kodiak I’m Stephanie Mangini.