Alaska/Pacific Coast

Harvest of kings restricted in coast wide fisheries
Impact of conservation measure to Southeast Alaska is an unknown
Cordova Times – August 10, 2017
Citing poor ocean survival conditions for king salmon persisting in Southeast Alaska and British Columbia, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is halting retention of Chinook salmon in southeast Alaska recreational and commercial fisheries.

Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – August 10, 2017
Coming up this week, the salmon season continues on its bumpy way.
In the Chignik fishing district, the sockeye run is behind the forecast and the king run is so poor that that the federal government is cutting off both sport and subsistence fishing in the area.

Southeast summer Dungeness harvest the worst in decades
KFSK by Angela Denning – August 9, 2017
The commercial harvest for Dungeness crab in Southeast Alaska this summer was the smallest in several decades. But it might not be a complete bust. As Angela Denning reports from KFSK in Petersburg, the harvest numbers only tell part of the story.

Fishing report: River traffic quiets as sockeye taper off, silvers begin
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – August 9, 2017
The crowds on the Kenai River fishing docks have thinned out for the time being as the river’s salmon runs transition from red to silver.

Kings off limits starting Thursday: ADF&G cites low chinook salmon stocks coastwide
Ketchikan Daily News by John Lee McLaughlin – August 8, 2017
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Thursday will shut down commercial and salt-water sport chinook salmon fishing throughout Southeast Alaska.


Electronic monitoring option coming for more harvesters
Cordova Times – August 10, 2017
Federal fisheries officials plan to integrate electronic monitoring into the North Pacific Observer Program in 2018, making it available to more harvesters who may not have space on their vessels for a NOAA Fisheries observer.

Labeling and Marketing

Study: In seafood sales, looks matter more than sustainability
Juneau Empire by James Brooks – August 10, 2017
The fish are biting, but are customers? Alaska’s seafood marketers have spent millions over the past few years to promote the idea that Alaska seafood is sustainable: that it isn’t overharvested and that fishing for salmon doesn’t harm the environment.

Federal Register

Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 08/10/2017
The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and the SSC’s Groundfish Subcommittee will convene two meetings, which are open to the public. The SSC meetings will also be streamed online for those who want to follow the proceedings remotely.


Alaska Celebrates 2nd Annual Alaska Wild Salmon Day on August 10, 2017
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Amanda Buckle – August 10, 2017
Alaskans are celebrating their five wild salmon species and the fisherman who catch them. Thursday, August 10 marks the second annual Alaska Wild Salmon Day.

In honor of the day, which was first signed into  law on May 8, 2016 by Alaska governor Bill Walker, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is hosting an Alaska Seafood Commercial Fishing Video Contest. The contest was designed to “highlight all of Alaska’s wild seafood species and what it takes to be in the Alaska commercial fishing industry.”

In order to enter the contest, Alaska commercial fisherman, as well as family and friends, must submit a video that shows their passion for Alaska’s commercial fishing industry. Video submissions opened on August 9 and will run through September 30, with the winner being announced during National Seafood Month in October.

“We honor our seafood and fishermen every day in Alaska,” said Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute communications director Jeremy Woodrow. “Alaska Wild Salmon Day is another reminder of how important salmon is to Alaska’s communities, history and heritage. When you choose wild Alaska seafood, you are honoring the generations of fishermen who have spent countless days and nights on the water to provide the world with the best sustainable seafood that can only come from a place as wild and natural as Alaska.”

When Oceans Give You Jellyfish Blooms, Turn Them Into Tasty Chips
KUCB by Sidsel Overgaard – August 9, 2017
Most of us think of jellyfish, when we think of jellyfish, as something to be avoided at the beach (or as the protagonists in that one episode of Friends).

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August 11, 2017