Alaska/Pacific Coast

Bristol Bay Poised to Exceed Salmon Harvest Forecast this Week
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker – July 13, 2017
With a total run as of July 11 at 40.38 million sockeye and fishing still going strong today, it looks likely that the ADF&G forecast of 41.47 million will be exceeded by the end of this week.

It’s also likely the final numbers will exceed the predictions of the University of Washington salmon team, which forecasted a total run of 43.1 million. Maybe not by the end of the week, but the strength of the Nushagak and Egigik Districts, and an expected surge in the Kvichak, could make this a banner year.

Both ADF&G’s and UW’s forecasts for the 2016 Bristol Bay return were short by about 10% and 5% respectively.

The Nushagak’s return became an all-time record on July 11 with a total harvest of 9.6 million sockeye and overall escapement of 6.1 million sockeye.

The Port Moller test fishery made their last survey July 11 and came up with another significant (above average) catch. The final analysis is not yet in, but one possible scenario is this showing is the expected surge in the Naknek-Kvichak District and perhaps other east side districts.

As of July 11, total catches in the Naknek-Kvichak District are 4.18 milion sockeye with a forecast of 8.29. In Egegik, harvests to July 11 are 8.0 milion with a forecast of 8.56 million. In Ugashik, 2.2 million fish have been landed with a forecast of 4.1 million.

The Nushagak’s actual harvest of 9.6 million to July 11 has surpassed the pre-season forecast of 6.06 million.

Total harvest in the Bay is 25.8 million sockeyes with a forecasted harvest of 27.47 from ADF&G and 30.46 from the UW salmon team.

New Freezer for Bristol Bay Salmon in 2018
Fishermen’s News – July 12, 2017
Two commercial fisheries veterans are renovating a former helicopter logging barge in Sitka,Alaska, with plans to use it as a floating processor in Bristol Bay in 2018.


Genetically engineered salmon is coming to America
The Week by Eric Bender – July 12, 2017
On a hill above the cold waters around Prince Edward Island, technicians painstakingly create fertilized Atlantic salmon eggs that include growth-enhancing DNA from two other fish species. The eggs will be shipped to tanks in the high rainforest of Panama, where they will produce fish that mature far more quickly than normal farmed salmon.


Summer interns focus on seafood science in Kodiak
Sea Grant – July 10, 2017
Camron Christoffersen, a Utah resident, is spending his summer in Alaska exploring how long and at what temperature fish need to be frozen to be parasite-free.

Increasing Risk of Oil Spills in North Pacific Basin
Fishermen’s News – July 12, 2017
New reports in Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology outline how the increase in marine vessel traffic, and oil and gas exploration and development in the North Pacific basin pose increased risks of oil spills.

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Sablefish in the Bering Sea Subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 07/13/2017
NMFS is prohibiting retention of sablefish by non-CDQ vessels using trawl gear in the Bering Sea subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary because the 2017 sablefish initial total allowable catch (ITAC) in the Bering Sea subarea of the BSAI has been reached.


Whales sneak into shallow water to eat salmon from hatcheries
New Scientist by Alexandra Nistoroiu – July 12, 2017
No such thing as a free lunch? Not so for these whales. Humpback whales in south-east Alaska seem to have found their own chain of fast food restaurants: salmon hatcheries. While making a good meal for the whales, the habit may prove harmful to the local fishing industry.

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July 13, 2017