Category Archives: Shrimp

Boston International Seafood Show 2012

The biggest names in the industry have gathered in Boston to show off the latest and greatest in the world of retail seafood. Enjoy some live video from the show and check back later today for all the winners.

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Here you will find the newest products, solutions and industry connections that will keep your business growing. This, along with an extensive education program will leave you more knowledgeable, connected and prepared to meet your customer needs.

International Boston Seafood Show & Seafood Processing America has been connecting qualified buyers with leading suppliers for more than 30 years. Take advantage of this experience and expertise and join us this year in Boston – March 11th – 13th!

via International Boston Seafood Show and Seafood Processing America Expected to Be the Largest in Show History – MarketWatch.

Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit 2012 | Video

Just about 70 fishermen from all over Alaska have gathered in Juneau for the Young Fishermen Summit.  Nearly every fishery is represented here, with gillnetters being the highest volume.  Most of the attendees are from Southeast, however Bristol Bay is highly represented as well. The two day event covers many facets of the fishing industry, including fishery management, private marketing and politics.  I’ve included some quick video from Bruce Gabry’s talk on record keeping.  The images are from the media package included at the summit. Check back for more updates as the day continues.  Later today, we will be at the NOAA Headquarters at Lena Point. Stay tuned and post any questions if you are interested.

2011 West Coast Commercial Fishing Year in Review | Part I

A lot has happened in the world of commercial fishing within the past year. Halibut has dominated the recent headlines with serious implications of a failed fishery. Whereas, commercial salmon fishing has garnered some of the highest prices and catch returns in years. The commercial fishing industry seems to be plagued with more than is fair share of highs and lows. So, hunker down and we will go over some of last years biggest headlines in what some call the “Deadliest Business.”


Salmon dominated the news this year with recent hints of a virus blooming in wild pacific salmon population and a geneticly designed Frankenfish that would solve all of our salmon farming issues. Also record harvests In southeast and Chignik supplied plenty of headlines too. Of course, news of an impending industrial mine in the heart of Alaska‘s sockeye country was met with fierce opposition throughout the year.


Commercial squid fishing in California has seen a huge uptake in value within the last two seasons. In the past, the fishery could take up to six months to catch the quota of 180,000 tons. Last year they were done by Christmas. This year the boys were done by turkey day.

King Crab

Bering Sea King crab quotas were heavily cut this year, but record high prices and a quick season were great for consumers and producers. Southeast Alaskaeven got a chance at king crab this past October. Six years had passed since the last crab opener in the region, so locals were eager to cash in the on record prices.

Dungeness Crab

Dungy Crab soared this past season as Oregon delivered one of its highest valued harvests in years. The crab were selling for more than 2.65 in some regions.

Sitka Sac Roe Herring

Sitka Herring was seriously impacted by the Japanese tsunami this spring. Right before the herring started showing, the tsunami devastated most of the Japanese seafood market, including the buyers. The tragedy resulted in a huge drop in the ex vessel price of herring. In 2010, herring were 410 dollars a ton. This spring we were only able to get 100 dollars a ton.

Up Next

The next segment will include halibut, pollock, and even some dive fisheries.  Feel free to add some suggestions or point me to stories that I may have overlookd

Pacific Marine Expo 2011 Recap

The event was a massive success this year with the biggest turnout ever.  Fisherman could find everything from Xtratufs to hatch covers.  Of course there were plenty of marine gadgets, too.  AIS is heating up as smaller vessels are adapting the new technology.   There were even “booth babes!”   The best part of the event was simply networking and meeting new fisherman from different regions and fisheries.

Alaska Commercial Fishing Viewpoints | F/V Quandary

For ten years, Rob Phillpott, has been on the hunt for pink salmon and running the deck aboard the Quandary with Tom Polluck as captain .  This was the summer of a lifetime in southeast, so its easy to see why everyone is so excited.  Who am I kidding?  It’s always a blast in southeast alaska during the summertime.  Enjoy the videos..

No story about the Quandary could be told without this video.  The video is truly amazing.  I believe its from the summer of 2007.  Hollis Jennings constructed this her “greenhorn” year.  

LIVE AIS Vessel Tracking

How cool is this?  Sadly, southeast alaska doesn’t seem to be that supported.  Move the map around to check out vessels from around the world.  I’ll try to figure out a way to embed this in a sidebar.

WordPress wont allow me to embed this.  Drag and drop the text below to add it to your website.  As you can see some boats are lined up in front of Campell River, BC.  Head over to to check out the LIVE feed.

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Perfect Storm Rocks Southeast Alaska

The weather is down right crappy in Juneau.  The winds have been gusting up to 60 miles an hour for the past couple of days.  No doubt, this is a direct result of the Typhoon off the coast of Japan.  Whatever the cause is, I’m ready for a reprieve from the cold wind and rain.

The Dirty Truth Behind America’s Obsession With Shrimp

Shrimp and mangroves. Mangroves and shrimp. The two are intertwined, ecologically and economically. They are like a pair of orbiting stars, though one shines at the expense of the other. The bitter irony is that without mangroves, there would be no shrimp. Mangroves are the natural nurseries of the shrimp species that are farmed commercially, just as they are for so many other marine creatures. In the wild, shrimp begin their lives in offshore waters, where the adults spawn. Then, carried inshore by currents, and perhaps aided by their own swimming, the larvae take up residence in sheltered inshore habitats where mangroves flourish.

via The Dirty Truth Behind America’s Obsession With Shrimp | Food | AlterNet.