Alaska/Pacific Coast

Despite strong Alaska numbers, Yukon First Nations reporting low chinook returns
‘We don’t want to be like the cod fishery in the East Coast’
Yukon News by Jackie Hong – August 18, 2017
The promising chinook salmon numbers Alaska reported earlier this summer have not materialized in Yukon rivers, some First Nations are reporting — in fact, based on preliminary counts, some rivers have only seen 20 per cent of last year’s chinook run.

Fisheries closed as Fraser River sockeye salmon stocks are down
Vancouver Sun by Nick Eagland – August 18, 2017
With just a fraction of the typical sockeye salmon run expected during this year’s return to the Fraser River, fisheries officials have had to step up conservation efforts, to the dismay of recreational fishers.


Marine reserves a solution to bycatch problem in oceans
Reserves help fishermen catch the fish they want and protect the ones they don’t
Science Daily – August 7, 2017
Commercial fishermen may be able to catch more of the profitable fish they want with marine reserves than without them, according to a study in the journal PNAS led by the University of California, Davis. Using marine reserves as a management tool could also help the recently rebounded West Coast groundfish fishery sustain itself, the study notes.

Study reveals new salmon species
Karuk Tribe Moves to add Klamath Spring Chinook to Endangered Species List
Yubanet by Karuk Tribe – August 17, 2017
Orleans, Calif. August 17, 2017 – This week a team of researchers at the University of California, Davis led by Dr. Michael Miller, published a report in the journal Science Advances that may have sweeping ramifications for salmon fisheries management all along the west coast and Alaska. The report describes the genetic difference between Chinook (or King) salmon that migrate into rivers in the spring versus the fall. The research provides new insights into salmon evolution and reveals that spring Chinook salmon deserve to be treated as its own evolutionarily distinct unit separate from fall Chinook. Before the age of dams, industrial mining, and clear-cut logging, spring Chinook salmon were the most abundant run of salmon in many Pacific Northwest Rivers. Today these fish are nearly extinct throughout much of its historic range.

Is Your Sunscreen Poisoning the Ocean?
New York Times by Peggy Orenstein – August 19, 2017
One of the perks of being a Californian is that Hawaii is a quick, often affordable getaway: Without the need to escape frosty weather, we’re free to visit during summer, when the surf lays down flat and the price of hotel rooms plummets.

Labeling and Marketing

3MMI – Halibut Pricing Trends During Slower Alaskan Landings and a Halted Russian Fishery
TradexFoods – August 21, 2017
— Slower Halibut landings in Alaska soften pricing, while halted Russian Halibut landings pressure upcoming twice frozen opportunities.

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August 21, 2017