Alaska/Pacific Coast

Bristol Bay Landings Continue to Increase Over the Weekend with Naknek-Kvichak Surge
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker – July 16, 2018
Landings continue to surge in Bristol Bay last weekend, marking the week’s catch of almost 12 million sockeyes at about three million higher than the five year average for that week.

Up until late last week, the Nushagak District continued to be the focus of the Bay’s gillnetting fleet as its astonishing return reached a cumulative total of 28 million sockeye as of July 14. The catch as of that date was 20.4 million sockeye.

Friday was the turning point for the Naknek-Kvichak District when their harvest led all districts in the Bay. On Saturday, the Naknek-Kvichak district landed 800,000 sockeyes, outpacing the Nushagak District’s catch that day of 510,000 sockeyes.

KDLG’s Austin Fast reported the Kvichak River was “behind the gun all week to hit its sockeye escapement goal, but that’s all changed. We got confirmation Friday as latest figures show a total of 1.35 million reds past the Kvichak tower with 600,000 more estimated in-river. That close to 2 million, the Department of Fish and Game chose to let set netters head back out to the whole Naknek-Kvichak district at 1 a.m. Saturday. Drifters can fish the Naknek section only at that time.”

Overnight, with two million sockeye returning to the river, management measures were changed to open access for both commercial and sport. KDLG reported that the state “will rescind the sport fishing bag limit they put in on Thursday. Anglers can now take five sockeye instead of just two in the Kvichak River and Lake Iliamna drainages.”

Cumulative landings in the Bay for sockeye is 26.3 million sockeye with a total run of 40.5 million so far.

Pre-season forecasts for Bristol Bay were in the 35-37 million salmon range for catch and 47-49 million for a total run (catch plus escapement).

If the peak of the run was last week, it would follow the average of the past five years in terms of timing. Last year’s run peaked the week of July 1. Two years ago the run peaked the week of July 15. The five-year average shows a peak that was really a plateau starting the week of July 1, rising slightly the following week, and dropping significantly the week of July 15.
https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1110011/Bristol-Bay-Landings-Continue-to-Increase-Over-the-Weekend-with-Naknek-Kvichak-Surge

Grant will aid exploration of ocean economy potential
Cordova Times – July 15, 2018
A $391,000 federal grant awarded to the Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association will help fund the Alaska Ocean Cluster Initiative, whose goal is to be a key source for learning about opportunities in the state’s fisheries and maritime sector.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2018/07/15/grant-will-aid-exploration-of-ocean-economy-potential/

Politics

Congressman Seeks Flexibility for Fisheries Management
A revision of a federal law sponsored by a congressman from Alaska seeks to add flexibility to fisheries management.
US News by Associated Press – July 13, 2018,
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A revision of a federal law sponsored by a congressman from Alaska seeks to add flexibility to fisheries management.
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/alaska/articles/2018-07-13/congressman-seeks-flexibility-for-fisheries-management

International

One in three fish caught for food isn’t eaten, UN report finds
‘The fact that one-third of all fish caught goes to waste is a huge cause for concern for global food security’
National Post by Laura Brehaut – July 10, 2018
The world’s appetite for fish has never been greater, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). And while more is being produced than ever before, nearly 35 per cent of all fish caught for food doesn’t even make it to the table.
https://nationalpost.com/life/food/one-in-three-fish-caught-for-food-isnt-eaten-un-report-finds

Environment/Science

Salmon scales tell researchers a lot about the fish returning to Bristol Bay
By examining small lines on the backs of salmon scales, researchers can determine the age of salmon returning to Bristol Bay. That information is crucial to fisheries management and forecasts.
KDLG by Mitch Borden – July 13, 2018
Across Bristol Bay, scales from fish are being picked, licked, and stuck on cards to be sent to researchers. The reason? To figure out the ages of the salmon making their way up the rivers during the run. One researcher has spent almost 30 summers examining scales and figuring what fish are head where.
http://kdlg.org/post/salmon-scales-tell-researchers-lot-about-fish-returning-bristol-bay

Labeling and Marketing
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute: Marketing Update

ASMI – July 2018
This Issue: Announcements, Sustainability, Publications, Events and Sponsorships, Partnerships and Promotions, International, Participation Opportunities, Industry Updates, News and Upcoming Events
https://mailchi.mp/alaskaseafood/alaska-seafood-marketing-update-asmi-leaders-speak-at-women-in-seafood-2655877

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