Alaska/Pacific Coast

Bristol Bay Run Looking Likely to Exceed Forecast; Nushagak District May See Highest Harvest
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton and Peggy Parker – July 10, 2017
There were more positive reports out of Bristol Bay over the weekend.  Saturday’s total in the Bay was over 2 million fish.

Total catch is now over 20.58 million sockeye, and the total run is 31.8 million. The Naknek-Kvichak District and the Ugashik District are still seeing less than half their expected run, and the Port Moeller numbers continue to show higher trends than in many prior years. The largest total showing in the test fishery occurred on July 4, and with transit times at 6-9 days, today could be the highest landings and escapement numbers yet in the Bay.

If so, it would follow a remarkable week in terms of numbers alone. Every day last week except Thursday, the Bristol Bay fleet landed over 2 million sockeye, including Monday’s near record of 3.08 million fish. Escapement numbers were as good, more than doubling cumulative escapements from 14 million on Monday July 3 to nearly 32 million as of midnight on Saturday, July 8.

Nushagak, where boats are now on limits due to processing capacity, has landed 8.6 million sockeye.  Two of the thre rivers in the Nushagak District are all well over the top of their escapement goals, and the total run is now 13.9 million sockeye.

According to Dave Bendinger at KDLG, fishing reports are that set netters and others in the Nushagak district still are still seeing good fishing.  Given the strong harvest and escapement data, the Nushagak District is poised to break the record of highest run in history, set in 2006 at 16 million. That record broke the previous all-time high of 12.5 million sockeyes in the Nushagak District in 1980, which the 2017 run has already surpassed.

Bendigner reports that the exodus of boats is beginning from the Nushagak District to the east side districts of Naknek-Kvichak and Egegik.

Later today there should be a new analysis from the Bristol Bay Science and Research Institute of Port Moeller, which will likely be the first official numbers to suggest a higher than forecast run.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1067914/Bristol-Bay-Run-Looking-Likely-to-Exceed-Forecast-Nushagak-District-May-See-Highest-Harvest

Silver salmon buyer coming to Kuskokwim Bay
KYUK by Teresa Cotsirilos – July 7, 2017
It looks like there will be a commercial fishery for silver salmon on the Kuskokwim coast this year. A buyer is coming to Kuskokwim Bay next month with his floating processor vessel, Akutan. It’s 180 feet long, can process up to 100-gross-weight pounds of salmon a day. That’s 100,000 pounds of salmon. The ship will anchor in either Eek or Quinhagak. Its owner, Larry Lang, is looking for locals to buy cohos from.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2017/07/07/silver-salmon-buyer-coming-to-kuskokwim-bay/

Fishermen’s Terminal rebuild could double commercial fishing
SeattlePI by Stephen Cohen – July 9, 2017
A long-planned redevelopment of Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal is inching forward, with plans to begin work next year and hopes that it could double the city’s commercial fishing business.
http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Fishermen-s-Terminal-renovation-11271114.php

Strong catch in first summer troll opening
Ketchikan Daily News by John Lee McLaughlin – July 8, 2017
As the bulk of Southeast Alaska commercial salmon trollers now target cohos after the first summer opening closed for chinook fishing, crews can continue to land large hatchery kings under a new summer mark-select fishery this year.
http://www.ketchikandailynews.com/article/20170708/ARTICLE/170709946

Environment/Science

Another Threat to the Ocean: Deoxygenation
As waters warm, ocean oxygen levels are falling. Scientists say marine “dead zones” are already expanding, putting fisheries and the ecosystems they depend on in peril.
News Deeply by Matthew O. Berger – Juy 5, 2017
As another massive “dead zone” forms in the Gulf of Mexico, other patches of low-oxygen waters are expanding elsewhere in the ocean, threatening marine ecosystems as climate change accelerates.
https://www.newsdeeply.com/oceans/articles/2017/07/05/another-threat-to-the-ocean-deoxygenation

Labeling and Marketing

3MMI – Strong Carryover and Poor Harvests SOFTEN Pacific Halibut Pricing…
TradexFoods – July 10, 2017
Strong inventory holdings from last year and poor harvests in the current fishery has created increasingly soft pricing for Pacific Halibut on the West Coast.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siaPI2ygHgw

Federal Register

U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program; Public Meetings on Implementation
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 07/10/2017
NMFS will hold public meetings in the U.S. and abroad beginning in July 2017. The intent of the meetings is to discuss implementation of the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program. All meetings are free of charge and open to the public.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/10/2017-14327/us-seafood-import-monitoring-program-public-meetings-on-implementation

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