Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Salmon Harvest Tops 112 Million Fish
Fishermen’s News – August 2, 2017
The statewide catch of wild salmon in Alaska topped 122.6 million fish through Aug. 2, including 49.5 million sockeye salmon, 37.6 million of which were caught in Bristol Bay. Processors were offering a base price of one dollar, up from 75 cents last year and 50 cents from 2015. For chilled salmon, which comprise about 60 percent of the Bristol Bay catch, the base price was $1.20.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2017/08/alaska-salmon-harvest-tops-112-million.html

Processor plans to freeze whole sockeyes
Northline Seafoods will start its Bristol Bay operations in the Ugashik
Cordova Times – August 2, 2017
Two enterprising fisheries veterans are planning to take the chilling challenge head on, by delivering slush to harvesters in Bristol Bay, receiving their catch and immediately flash freezing whole sockeye salmon.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/08/02/processor-plans-freeze-whole-sockeyes/

After falling to historic lows, Alaska commercial fishing deaths on the rise
Alaska Dispatch News by Annie Zak – August 2, 2017
After a recent historic year of no recorded deaths in Alaska’s commercial fishing industry, fatalities in the sector known for its dangers have once again spiked.
https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2017/08/02/after-falling-to-historic-lows-alaska-commercial-fishing-deaths-spike-again/

Politics

Fisheries Legislation Included in Appropriations Bill
Fishermen’s News – August 2, 2017
The US Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies fiscal year 2018 appropriations bill, which contains millions of dollars for sustainable management of Alaska fisheries.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2017/08/fisheries-legislation-included-in.html

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod in the Western Aleutian Islands District of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 08/02/2017
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod, including for the Community Development Quota program (CDQ), in the Western Aleutian Islands district of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the Western Aleutian Islands district Pacific cod harvest limit of the 2017 total allowable catch (TAC) in the Aleutian Islands subarea of the BSAI.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/02/2017-16187/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-in-the-western-aleutian-islands

FYI’s

Deadline nears for state fisheries agenda change requests
Cordova Times – August 2, 2017
A reminder issued on Aug. 1 by the Alaska Board of Fisheries notes that all agenda change requests for the board’s 2017-2018 meeting cycle are due to the Boards Support Section in Juneau by Aug. 17.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/08/02/deadline-nears-state-fisheries-agenda-change-requests/

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August 3, 2017