MORE BAD NEWS FOR ALASKA SALMON SEASON
Buyers have been concerned about lower supply and higher prices for Alaskan salmon since the start of the year, and when Alaska Department of Fish and Game projections were released in mid-March.
Those projections showed that sockeye salmon is expected to drop from more than 52.8 million fish last year to nearly 40.9 million fish this year. King salmon will also drop from 401,000 harvested in 2016 to a projected 80,000 fish in 2017.
Now, new ADFG data for the 2017 Bristol Bay sockeye salmon season will add to their concerns about already high prices on wild salmon inventories. Around 27.5 million sockeye salmon are potentially available for commercial harvest, compared to 37.3 million last year. In addition, the overall run for the region is projected to be 41.5 million sockeye, a steep drop from the 51.4 million sockeye landed in 2016.
“Last year, the total run for Bristol Bay was the second highest out of the last 20 years. When you are having the second-best season in 20 years, you can’t do that every year. It is natural variability,” Tim Sands, Nushagak and Togiak manager for ADFG’s Commercial Fisheries Division, told SeafoodSource. “The forecast for this year is still above average: the average [commercial harvest] is 31.5 million fish.”
However, buyers are still concerned about low inventories and high prices on 2016 salmon, leading into the 2017 season.
“There is very little [frozen inventory] left. We are all anxiously awaiting for the new season,” according to a seafood executive in Seattle, Washington.
Demand far exceeds supply and frozen salmon prices are around 15 percent higher than they were a year ago. This will be a trend well into the season.
Despite the concerning sockeye news, Alaska’s overall pink salmon forecast is forecast to surge from 39.4 million fish last year to 141.9 million this year, benefitting processors of canned salmon, smoked salmon and other products.
Plus, Alaska coho salmon will jump from 3.8 million fish last year to a projected 4.7 million this year.
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SALMON FISHING PREDICTIONS LOOK BLEAK FOR COOK INLET
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s commercial sockeye salmon outlook this year is predicting Upper Cook Inlet fishermen will have their lowest harvest in the past 15 years.
The Peninsula Clarion reported earlier this week that the outlook predicts a total run of 4 million fish to all stream systems in the inlet.
Commercial fishermen are projected to harvest about 1.7 million fish.
The outlook shows Kenai River predictions are not matching the levels reached throughout the past 10 years. The river is projected to see 2.2 million fish, which is nearly 40 percent below its 10-year average of 3.6 million.
Last year’s total harvest by all groups was about 3.3 million fish. The outlook prediction had been 5.3 million.
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Foods that increase testosterone levels
- Salmon and Tuna– Fatty fish is high in Vitamin D which can raise testosterone levels by lowering Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG).
- Grapes – Grapes contain a compound in their skin that raises testosterone levels. Researchers in China found the equivalent of 500mg – roughly the amount in 5-10g of grape skins – was enough to raise testosterone levels.
- Exotic meats – According to nutritionists, diets without enough protein can lower testosterone by as much as 14%. However, too much saturated fat can also lower testosterone. The solution is to eat protein that is low in fat and yet high in protein like venison, bison, alligator, rabbit and goat. So when you think protein think “exotic”. One of my favorite burgers is a buffalo burger because it’s tasty, low in fat and high in protein.
- Eggs – Cholesterol found in the yolk of the egg is a precursor to testosterone so, your body will actually benefit from eating eggs. Recently a study at the University of Connecticut found eating up to 3 eggs a day was safe for most people. Read more here.
- Garlic – If you suffer from stress or stress-related illnesses, then chances are you have high levels of cortisol. Garlic contains a compound called allicin that lowers levels of the ‘stress hormone’ cortisol. Once your cortisol levels are under control your testosterone levels should rise.
RESTAURANT CHAINS PAY THE PRICE FOR RAPID EXPANSION
Last year was disastrous for Chipotle, as the burrito behemoth grappled with the fallout from a food contamination scare and problems such as slow-moving lines and untidy restaurants. Its sales continued to decline and investors punished its stock.
And yet the chain was still adding stores at a breakneck pace, opening some 240 locations in the last fiscal year alone. And there is no sign it is pumping the brakes, reporting this week that it had opened 57 more stores in the first three months of this year.
That kind of expansion is an extreme example of a pattern that we’ve seen widely across the restaurant industry. Chains have aggressively added more locations, determined to make the most of a cultural moment when consumers wished to dine out more often.
Since the recession ended, visits to U.S. restaurants had been growing steadily at around 1 percent a year, according to market research firm NPD Group, giving these dining companies ever more opportunities to pull down dollars.
But 2016 was different. Restaurant visits declining slightly, according to the market research firm NPD.
And there are fresh signs of trouble for established restaurants. Based on sales and guest count data from some 22,000 restaurant locations, BlackBox Intelligence says same-store traffic to these places was down 3.6 percent in the first quarter, adding to a streak of declines that began last year.
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9. Israel – Discover a phenomenal food scene in this Middle Eastern country, and expect to see an Israeli restaurant open near you soon. Mediterranean foods feature widely in the country’s fusion cuisine, including eggplants, tomatoes, and olive oil.
8. Sweden – Wholesome living is easy in this Scandinavian country, where foraging for mushrooms and berries is a popular pastime. Swedes enjoy a diet based on healthy root vegetables, rye grain, and fatty fish like herring and salmon.