Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Salmon Forecast & Harvest to Date – 2016
ASMI- August 22, 2016
Sockeye harvests are mostly over; however, some late running systems will continue to produce for several weeks. The final harvest exceeded the preseason forecast though will probably not match last year’s bumper harvest – at least in terms of the number of fish.


Continued Poor Salmon Harvests Forecast in Hokkaido this Autumn, with Less Than 40 Million Fish
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Japan Reports] – August 24, 2016
The stock size of salmon migrating to Hokkaido this autumn is foreseen to stay below 40 million, a stagnant level that had continued in the last two years.

A Hokkaido prefectural salmon research institute recently estimated that the salmon runs to Hokkaido this season would be 39,015,000 fish, a modest increase of 6% over the previous season.

By sea area, salmon runs to the Sea of Okhotsk is forecast to show a 10.8% growth to 17,849,000 fish , accounting for 45% of all the salmon runs to Hokkaido.

This would be followed by Nemuro with 7,709,000 fish, which is an increase of 3.2%. The area east of Erimo (including Tokachi and Kushiro) will witness a 4.4% growth with 5,133,000 fish and the area west of Erimo (including Hidaka and Tanburi) will see a 3.1% gain with 6,122,000 fish.

Conversely, the salmon runs to the Sea of Japan area is estimated to decline 7.6% to 2,203,000 fish.

Until 2006-2007, salmon runs to Hokkaido had maintained the level of 50 million fish but had eclipsed to around 40 million fish since 2010.

As for the cause of lackluster harvests in recent years, a chief researcher at the institute explained that water temperatures around spring–when juveniles swim to the sea–and around autumn–when adult fish return to the rivers–tended to be higher than in previous years, causing negative impact to the growth of fish.

NOAA Training Aims To Stop Illegal Fishing within U.S. territories and International Waters
US Department of State Official Blog by Ally Rogers – August 23, 2016
In June the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) entered into force globally, marking a major milestone in the effort to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. To maximize the effectiveness of the PSMA, broad implementation is critical and international capacity building has become of the utmost importance. NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) stepped up to ensure domestic implementation of the operational provisions went forward as quickly as possible. The Office of Law Enforcement has also begun the important task of working with international partners on training and implementation as well.


PCCRC Offers $500,000 for Research Projects
Fishermen’s News – August 24, 2016
The Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is seeking letters of intent through Sept. 26 for 2017 research projects seeking a portion of the $500,000 available to fund those studies.

Saildrone Technology Tracks Pursuit of Pollock by Fur Seals
Fishermen’s News – August 24, 2016
Fisheries researchers using Saildrones surveyed more than 1,700 miles within the fur seal foraging area of the Bering Sea this summer, measuring and locating walleye pollock that are the main food source for northern fur seals.

Labeling and Marketing

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute: Marketing Update
ASMI – August 2016
Feed Your Fitness® with Alaska Seafood, Ste. Michelle Wines and Alaska Seafood in Publix Stores, Alaska Wild Salmon Day, ASMI Releases New Menu Alaska Research Brochure, Discovering the Wild Side of Alaska Seafood at Lotus’ Salmon Sommelier Event, Salmon Sustainability Field Trip, Alaska Seafood Meets Brazilian Flavor During Salmon and Pollock Roe Workshop, New Alaska Ocean Acidification Network Launches Website


Social media reacts to huge halibut
Petersburg Pilot by Jess Field – August 25, 2016
The 396-pound halibut caught by Brian Mattson and Doug Corl is hoisted up for processing on Aug. 7.

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August 25, 2016