Alaska/Pacific Coast

Fishermen on Yukon lose economic opportunity when buyer becomes overloaded, cancels opening
KYUK by Anna Rose MacArthur – July 19, 2017
Fishermen are selling more salmon than the Yukon River’s only buyer can handle. On Monday, record-breaking sales closed a commercial opening for fishermen upriver. Those fishermen spent Tuesday watching tens of thousands of dollars swim by during the river’s first opportunity to sell king salmon this decade.

Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – July 20, 2017
On this week’s Alaska Fisheries Report, sockeye numbers are looking good in the Nushagak River, but king salmon appear to be dodging nets. Some local Koliganek families have been going downriver for their kings this season.

Managers reining back Upper Cook Inlet commercial fishing
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – July 19, 2017
Editor’s note: This article has been corrected to show that 2017’s Kenai River inriver goal is 900,000–1.1 million sockeye salmon.
Commercial fishing managers in Upper Cook Inlet have pulled back fishermen for the next few days in an attempt to increase sockeye salmon escapement to the Kenai River.

Cook Inlet to have a noncommercial Tanner crab season this winter
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – July 17, 2017
Recreational and subsistence users will get a chance to fish for Tanner crab again in Cook Inlet this winter. Cook Inlet’s noncommercial season for Tanner crab will open Oct. 1 and run through Feb. 28, 2018, with a bag and possession limit of three crabs taken with one pot.

Harvest statewide grows to 77 M +
Base price for Bristol Bay is $1, up from 75 cents last year
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – July 21, 2017
Processors in Prince William Sound received nearly 18 million salmon through July 19, as the statewide commercial harvest soared upwards of 77 million fish.

Yukon River king run strongest since 2003
News Miner by Sam Friedman – July 20, 2017
FAIRBANKS — The Yukon River king salmon run hasn’t been this strong since 2003.
As of Wednesday, almost 259,000 king salmon had entered the Yukon River and passed the sonar station at Pilot Station, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The department estimated 99 percent of this year’s run had passed the sonar station on the lower river as of a news release Sunday.


Salmon habitat advocates scale back initiative ambitions after an attorney general’s suggestion
Alaska Dispatch News by Nathaniel Herz – July 21, 2017
The sponsors of an initiative that would protect salmon habitat have substituted a new, less ambitious version of their proposal after Alaska Gov. Bill Walker’s administration warned that the first version would have unconstitutionally limited projects like dams, mines and pipelines.

Labeling and Marketing

Changes Coming in Alaska Symphony of Seafood
Fishermen’s News – July 19, 2017
In order to better serve the industry, the upcoming Alaska Symphony of Seafood events will be held during Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle, Washington, in November and in mid-February in Juneau, Alaska.


Underwater Forest Exhibit Opens At Museum
KUCB by Berett Wilber – July 18, 2017
While the Aleutian Islands may not have trees, a new exhibit at the Museum of the Aleutians shows there’s still a forest. It’s under the ocean. And instead of conifers, it’s made of kelp.


“Life got you down?”

Meet a cab driver who raised 7 children on his own — 6 Marines and an engineering student
Alaska Dispatch News by  Charles Wohlforth – July 19, 2017
Mark Braudis lived in a shelter with his seven children, ages 7 to 15, after a car hit and killed his wife. He couldn’t care for them and drive his cab enough hours to afford an apartment.
A year after the accident, a caseworker told him what to do.



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July 21, 2017