Alaska/Pacific Coast

Wild pink salmon harvest coming in as forecast
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – August 25, 2017
A Prince William Sound wild pink salmon forecast in a harvest range of 12,764,000 to 26,530,000, with a best estimate of 19,647,000 fish appears to be coming in as forecast, according to Cordova staff of Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/08/25/wild-pink-salmon-harvest-coming-forecast

Canada monitoring U.S. salmon spill — it’s very serious, minister says

Times Colonist by Sarah Petrescu – August 25, 2017
The federal government says it is monitoring thousands of Atlantic salmon that escaped into the Salish Sea last weekend after a fish farm pen in Washington state collapsed.
http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/canada-monitoring-u-s-salmon-spill-it-s-very-serious-minister-says-1.22154482

Larger commercial coho harvest sparks concern in Mat-Su
Upper Cook Inlet’s drift gillnet and east side set gillnet commercial fishermen saw a larger harvest of coho than in recent years this season.
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – August 22, 2017
Not all commercial fishing is done for the season in the management area — setnetters in the northern district, on Kalgin Island and some drift gillnetters on the west side of Cook Inlet are still operating — but the vast majority of commercial fishing ended Aug. 15. So far, commercial fishermen have harvested about 2.5 millon salmon altogether, 1.8 million of those being sockeye salmon, far and away the most common species in the commercial fishery.
http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/local/2017-08-22/larger-commercial-coho-harvest-sparks-concern-mat-su

States restrict chinook fisheries
Extreme climate conditions over recent years pummeled the king of Western salmon.
High Country News by Elizabeth Shogren News – August 23, 2017
This is the time of year when commercial and sports fishermen generally head into the coastal waters off Southeast Alaska in search of the largest and most prized catch of all — the chinook, also known as king salmon. Most years, they expect to haul in at least 30,000 fish over just a few days in a flurry of fishing. Chinook weigh at least 40 pounds, and fishermen get $5 to $8 a pound, far more than they get for other types of salmon. But in early August, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game made the difficult and unusual decision to cancel commercial and sport chinook fishing for the rest of the summer.
http://www.hcn.org/articles/fish-states-restrict-chinook-fisheries

Politics

Sen. Sullivan presses to re-approve law governing federal fisheries
KTUU by Austin Baird – August 24, 2017
ANCHORAGE (KTUU) – Sooner or later, Congress will have to start wading through dozens of fights that go along with re-approving the key law that governs federally managed fisheries.
http://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Sen-Sullivan-presses-to-re-approve-law-governing-federally-fisheries-441650353.html

Environment/Science

Arctic Researchers to Study Wind Effects on Marine Life
Researchers head to Arctic to study wind effects on marine life.
Associated Press by Dan Joling – August 22, 2107
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal research vessel will launch on a cruise this week to study how Beaufort Sea wind affects plant and animal life in a changing Arctic Ocean.
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/alaska/articles/2017-08-22/arctic-researchers-to-study-wind-effects-on-marine-life

Scientists find new clue in Steller sea lion decline
KUCB by Berett Wilber – August 24, 2017
Scientists have finished another research season without solving the 40-year-old mystery of the Steller sea lion decline in the Aleutian Islands.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2017/08/24/scientists-find-new-clue-in-steller-sea-lion-decline/

Research team scores lucky sighting of rare North Pacific right whales near Bristol Bay
KDLG by Liam Wright – August, 24, 2017
During POWER survey that began in late July, two right whales were heard, then spotted, allowing researchers to photograph and take biopsy sample of critically endangered species.
http://kdlg.org/post/research-team-scores-lucky-sighting-rare-north-pacific-right-whales-near-bristol-bay

Federal Register

North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 08/24/2017
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Bering Sea Fishery Ecosystem Plan Team (BS FEP) will meet September 5-7, 2017.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/24/2017-17944/north-pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meeting

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