Alaska/Pacific Coast

Bristol Bay Reaches and Exceeds ADF&G Pre-Season Forecast
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker – July 22, 2016
As of two days ago, the total run (catch and escapement) of Bristol Bay sockeye had reached 45,964,457 salmon, so it’s a safe bet that the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s forecasted 46.55 million has been met by now.

Cumulative catches of all five river systems in the Bay last Wednesday were 34,744,736 salmon, far above the forecasted 29.52 million catch prediction. Escapement totals as of Wednesday, however, were below the 15.31 million salmon predicted, at 11,219,721 salmon. Those escapement totals will have increased by today and could exceed the forecast yet.

The University of Washington’s Fisheries Research Institute’s (FRI) forecast for the run was 50.9 million fish, slightly larger than ADF&G’s and the second biggest by FRI. The main difference between the two forecasts was FRI estimated more 2.2 age class sockeye to the Egegik River.

So far the Egegik run has been stronger than expected by ADF&G, with cumulative totals as of Wednesday at 9.631 million, a figure closer to UW’s RI’s 10.5 million prediction.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1026942/Bristol-Bay-Reaches-and-Exceeds-ADFG-Pre-Season-Forecast

Herring MIA in Dutch Harbor
Bristol Bay Times by  Jim Paulin – July 22, 2016
Where’s the fish? The Dutch Harbor food and bait herring fishery got off to a rough start when it opened last week in the Unalaska and Akutan districts.
http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1629herring_mia_in_dutch_harbor

Work, Fish, Hope: A Look Into Coastal Villages Region Fund
KYUK by Adrian Wagner – July 21, 2016
In the village of Quinhagak, a plan to sell salmon to the Seattle-based Northwest Seafood Exchange has fallen through after the Coastal Villages Region Fund refused the Quinhagak village corporation manager access to processing equipment. The fishermen in Quinhagak join others in the region in having commercial fishing opportunities but nowhere to sell their fish. This move by CVRF highlights a string of what many are calling poor management choices,and others are calling tactics by executives to line their own pockets rather than serve their communities. This is the first of three reports based on a KYUK investigation of the issue.
http://kyuk.org/post/work-fish-hope-look-coastal-villages-region-fund#stream/0

Alaska Sea Grant Fishlines Newsletter
Seagrant – July 2016
Fish Waste Composting Offers Alternative to Landfill Disposal, Ensuring Alaska Salmon for the Long Term, Researchers Involve Residents to Measure Erosion Rates and Storm Risk
https://seagrant.uaf.edu/news/fishlines/2016/july.php

Environment/Science

The Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program
NOAA – July 22, 2016
NOAA Fisheries announces approximately $10 million available to support fisheries projects through the 2017 Saltonstall-Kennedy (SK) Grant competition.  The solicitation for proposals opens on Grants.gov on July 22, 2016, and will close on December 9, 2016.  New for this solicitation is the requirement to submit a pre-proposal in advance of a full proposal submission.  The pre-proposal process is intended to provide an indication to potential applicants of the technical merit and the relevancy of the proposed project to the SK program before preparing a full proposal. Pre-proposals for the 2017 SK solicitation are due on September 20, 2016, and should be sent via email to NMFS.SK.PreProposals@noaa.gov.
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/mb/financial_services/skhome.htm

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July 25, 2016