Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Fisheries Report – Aug 2, 2018
KMXT by Maggie Wall – August 1, 2018
Halibut prices are up slightly.
The Kuskokwim River system is meeting its goals for kings and chums and reds are running strong.
http://kmxt.org/2018/08/alaska-fisheries-report-aug-2-2018/

Southeast pink salmon catches trickling in

KFSK by Joe Viechnicki – July 30, 2018
It’s very early still in the pink salmon season in Southeast Alaska, but so far returns look to be tracking with the pre-season forecast for the region.
Pinks are targeted mainly by the region’s purse seine fleet and either canned or frozen. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game forecast a commercial catch this year of 23 million fish. Managers are expecting something similar to the disappointing season of 2016, the parents of this year’s pinks. That year the catch only hit 18 million and a fishery disaster was declared.
https://www.kfsk.org/2018/07/30/southeast-pink-salmon-catches-trickling-in/

Value of Bristol Bay salmon rises, even as the fish shrink
KDLG by Austin Fast – July 30, 2018
2018 has been a year for the Bristol Bay record books as total sockeye run surpassed 61 million on Thursday, putting it just a half-million fish behind the largest run of 61.7 million in 1980.

https://www.alaskapublic.org/2018/07/30/value-of-bristol-bay-salmon-rises-even-as-the-fish-shrink/

 

Commercial Salmon Harvest in Alaska Tops 73 Million Fish
Fishermen’s News – August 1, 2018
More than 73 million salmon have been commercially harvested in Alaska so far this season, which is a third lower than the 2017 year-to-date harvest of 110 million fish.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2018/08/commercial-salmon-harvest-in-alaska.html

Politics

Congress Voting To Let More Sea Lions Be Killed To Protect Salmon
KUOW by Tom Banse – July 31, 2018
In a clash of protected species, Pacific Northwest members of Congress are coming down in favor of salmon. The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee is scheduled to vote Thursday morning to make it easier to kill sea lions who feast on Columbia and Willamette River salmon and steelhead.
http://www.kuow.org/post/congress-voting-let-more-sea-lions-be-killed-protect-salmon

International

Economist Advises to Brace for Continuing Change in Seafood Industry
Fishermen’s News – August 1, 2018
Economic success for specific wild fisheries in the future will depend on management that enables sustainability, efficiency, innovation and market orientation throughout the supply chain, according to fisheries economist Gunnar Knapp.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2018/08/economist-advises-to-brace-for.html

Environment/Science

CO2 emissions are killing coral reefs, kelp forests
Cordova Times – August 1, 2018
A new study published in Scientific Reports says carbon dioxide emissions are killing of coral reefs and kelp forests, and that if carbon dioxide levels continue to rise the potential impact could be catastrophic.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2018/08/01/co2-emissions-are-killing-coral-reefs-kelp-forests/

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August 2, 2018