Archives for January 2014

Name the mermaid! Win $10K



Name the mermaid!

Name the mermaid!

Name the famous mermaid!


Chicken of the Sea is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a competition to name its iconic mermaid mascot with a $10,000 grand prize to the winner who picks the best name for the character.

From now through February 14, Chicken of the Sea will take entries for the mermaid’s name on its website.

The contestant who submits the winning name will be award a cash prize of $10,000.

The company will also award 30 runners up.  10 second place contestants will receive Chicken of the Sea Seafood products for one year.  20 third place contestants will get a Chicken of the Sea branded item.

The contest seeks to give the mermaid a name before Chicken of the Sea embarks on a year long tour around the US to promote Chicken of the Sea seafood products and the company’s 100 years in existence.

Enter the contest here

Fraser River sockeye fishery declared ‘disaster’ in WA

Fraser River, B.C. Credit:

Fraser River, B.C.

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] January 29, 2014


U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker determined a commercial fishery failure for the Fraser River sockeye salmon fishery in Washington State.

The fishery resource disaster was caused by the low return of sockeye salmon to the Fraser River which resulted in subsequent closure of the fishery for the 2013 fishing season. The closure resulted in significant revenue losses for tribal and non-tribal fishermen.

“The sockeye salmon fishery isn’t just economically significant for the state of Washington – it’s inextricably linked to its history and culture,” said Secretary Pritzker. “Because returns of sockeye salmon were so low and caused significant losses of revenues, the fishery qualified as a resource disaster under the nation’s fishing law.”

Under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Commerce Secretary can declare a fishery disaster, which makes it possible for Congress to appropriate funds to provide economic assistance to fishing businesses and communities, including fishermen, affected by the disaster and to support other activities addressing the disaster. If Congress appropriates funds to address the Fraser River disaster, the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will work closely with members of Congress, affected tribes, and the state of Washington to develop a spending plan and distribute the funds. The spending plan would support activities that would restore the fishery or prevent a similar failure, and assist the affected fishing communities.

The U.S. sockeye fishery includes the Lummi Nation, Nooksack Tribe, Tulalip Tribes, Suquamish Tribe, Makah Tribe, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, and Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, as well as non-tribal commercial fishers.

The recent five-year annual average of sockeye revenues for both tribal and non-tribal fleets combined is about $4.1 million. In 2013, these fleets earned about $115,000 in sockeye revenues – combined figure representing tribal and non-tribal losses near 97 percent.