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Fishermen wanted as ‘faces’ for AK seafood marketing

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Fishermen wanted as ‘faces’ for AK seafood

July 28, 2016

Joe Echo-Hawk Credit: eatwildsalmon.com

Joe Echo-Hawk
Credit: eatwildsalmon.com

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Be a seafood brand ambassador!  I’ll tell you more after this —

 The dates are set for next month’s Alaska Symphony of Seafood in Seattle, Juneau and Anchorage. See the line up at  www.afdf.org

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A call is out for  fishermen who want to be unofficial ambassadors for Alaska seafood.

For several years we’ve felt that some of our best spokesmen are fishermen in Alaska, some of the best brand advocates for Alaska seafood are the people most involved in the fisheries. And it’s always been a challenge to stay in touch with the fleet.  

Tyson Fick is Communications director for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. To make contact with fishermen, ASMI has launched a confidential on line data base. It asks basic questions such as how long you’ve fished in Alaska and in what fisheries, if you use social media – and if you’re willing to do interviews and be a ‘face’ for Alaska seafood. Fick says it’s a win/win for everyone.

There’s a lot of times when individual retailers or media outlets are looking for folks to talk with who are involved in the fisheries here and this offers a great tool to help fishermen help themselves.  

Fishermen must be willing to mix with media, do interviews and do photo shoots.

So when we have press tours or trade missions or events around the state or the country  we have this wealth of knowledge and individuals to call on to advance our brand and maximize the value.  

Find the data base at www.fishermen.alaskaseafood.org  and find links at our website www.alaskafishradio.com

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Crab ages can be revealed through eye stalks

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Crab ages revealed for first time

February 26, 2016

Age bands on eye stalks of crustaceans Credit: scitechdaily.com

Age bands on eye stalks of crustaceans
Credit: scitechdaily.com

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – How old is that crab?  The mystery could be solved…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.

Knowing the age compositions of marine stocks is crucial to sound management. Fish can be aged easily by examining their ear bones or scales. Not so with crabs, because they molt.

For years it’s been assumed that crab that don’t retain their hard parts throughout their lifetime due to growth by molting at which they lose their lose their exoskeleton and it was always assumed everything went with that. 

Joel Webb is with the AK Dept. of Fish and Game’s Age Determination Unit in Juneau. About three years ago, he says researchers in Australia and Eastern Canada produced evidence to the contrary.

Parts of the stomach- the crab and shrimp stomach and the eye stalks are retained through the molt and my be retained through the lifetime. And if you process those structures into very thin sections and look at them under a microscope and shine light through them, there are band patterns present in those structures similar to rings in a tree, or similar to otoliths or scales used to age fish. 

Webb says researchers are always trying to determine how many crabs are dying of natural causes, like old age, because that death rate is factored in to fishing quotas.

It’s a key parameter – plus when you know how big an organism is and what age it is, you know fast it grows. So those two things – the growth rates and mortality rates are key pieces of information for fisheries management and stock assessments. 

Fish and Game has funded a study to apply the aging technique with red king crab, Tanner crab and spot shrimp from Southeast Alaska. Preliminary evidence is showing promising results. it might be three to five years before the aging process transfers to the fisheries, but Webb says it will be transformative.

It’s a phenomenal thing because the availability of age information is transformative for what we know about how these organisms grow and survive. Those are two key pieces of uncertainty as to how we currently manage and assess these populations and set our harvest rates.  The availability of accurate information would shift the paradigm in what we know. 

Researchers estimate it takes king and Tanner crabs five to six years before they are big enough for harvest. Soon, they’ll know for sure.  Find more crab stories at www.alaskafishradio.com

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 Laine Welch.