The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has launched a new global fund for supporting critical fishery science research and projects aimed at strengthening knowledge and global capacity to assist small scale and developing world fisheries in their journey to achieving MSC certification.

A later-than-average surge of Bristol Bay sockeye harvesting is helping boost volumes in what has been a lackluster season, but catches still remain below the five-year average.

Based on historical trends, the fourth through seventh weeks of fishing provide the bulk of Bristol Bay sockeye catches, with a peak during the fifth week.

Fisherman/photographer Chris Miller is sending photos from the F/V Icy Bay via satphone to the folks at Bristol Bay Sockeye. These are some great photos of the Bristol Bay season unfolding.

In 2013, 38 percent of the salmon coming out of the bay was put into cans. But they aren’t flying off the shelves. LA Marketer Craig Caryl is working with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute to change that.

“I think that canned salmon needs to be positioned with blueberries, literally, as a superfood," Caryl said.

He’s not the only one who wants to see a resurgence in canned salmon.

Alaska's first shellfish hatcheries could be its last, given the impact of growing ocean acidification, according to a new report published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.

The research -- by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Alaska and a shellfish hatchery -- found that in 25 years, Alaska’s coastal waters may not be able to support shellfish hatcheries unless costly new systems are put in place.

The chinook salmon situation is looking more hopeful in the early part of the 2015 season relative to recent years, though not yet in the places where better runs are most needed.

Early king salmon seem to be making a comeback from abysmal showings in the last two years. Key rivers in Southcentral Alaska are seeing returns to normalcy and in some cases returns to states unseen for the last 10 years. Even the hard luck Yukon River is experience stronger showings than the past couple years, although still far less than historic averages.

Fulfilling the dreams of generations of Petersburg-based fishermen, an unidentified spokesman announced that entities named Convergence and Dominion would purchase Icicle. The spokesman also used both the words synergy and synergize in his/her brief but stirring statement:

According to a spokesperson for the Soetantyo family, who was not identified, Convergence "sees an opportunity to synergize Icicle with our group operations in Indonesia. Though this acquisition, we are accessing a high-quality seafood resource with leading fish and processing capabilities.

The Alaska salmon return for 2015 is posed to set new records - forecasts show harvests of 221 million salmon, equating to about 1 billion pounds, reports Rob Reierson in the Tradex Foods 3-Minute Market Insight.

First, the important question: How bad does 200 tons of cod liver smell?

Not bad at all, say the investors behind a new effort to parlay mountains of once-discarded fish livers into a nutritional supplement bursting with Bering Sea goodness.

Mediation talks are set to begin June 8 in Seattle regarding participation in a Marine Stewardship Council client group for Alaska salmon certification held by the Seattle-based Alaska Seafood Processors Association.