Alaska/Pacific Coast

With Strong Run and a Big Increase in Boat Prices, Bristol Bay Harvesters Get Big Payday This Year
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton – July 25, 2018
KDLG has been surveying processors in the Bay to get this year’s sockeye salmon prices, and the result shows a big jump in the overall value of the fishery this year.

Both Trident and Ocean Beauty have confirmed base prices of $1.25 per lb., and prices go up for fish that has higher quality handling such as being chilled, floated, and bled.  These fish get $1.40 per lb.

Copper River is paying a premium for chilled, bled, and separated sockeye, from $1.30 to $1.70 reports KDLG.

Meanwhile, Icicle, Togiak, and Peter Pan have not released base prices.

Last year’s base price in the Bay was $1.00, for a harvest of 38.8 million fish.  This year, harvests reached 38.2 million, higher than the preseason forecast, and these numbers still may be adjusted.

The upshot is the sockeye fishery is likely worth about 25% more than last year, and as Bristol Bay is such an important part of overall Alaska salmon value, this run will go a long way towards making up some of the shortfall in other areas in terms of overall value.

But that is small consolation to those communities where the sockeye run failed or came in way below expectations, such as Chignik, and along the Copper River.
https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1111065/With-Strong-Run-and-a-Big-Increase-in-Boat-Prices-Bristol-Bay-Harvesters-Get-Big-Payday-This-Year

Fish and Game lowers Kenai River sockeye estimate
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – July 24, 2018
The sockeye salmon run to the Kenai River is weaker than the Alaska Department of Fish and Game predicted in the preseason forecast, according to an inseason update issued Tuesday.
http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/local/2018-07-24/fish-and-game-lowers-kenai-river-sockeye-estimate

Prioritizing West Coast Chinook salmon stocks for Southern Resident killer whale recovery
NOAA – July 2018
NOAA Fisheries and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife developed a prioritized list of West Coast Chinook salmon stocks that are important to the recovery of endangered Southern Resident killer whales. Several of these Chinook salmon stocks are also themselves listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/stories/2018/18_07182018_prioritized_salmon_stocks_for_srkw_recovery.html

Politics

Murkowski raises Alaska seafood, energy among trade aid talks
KTVA by Liz Raines – July 25, 2018
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says President Trump’s plan to provide up to $12 billion to farmers impacted by Chinese export tariffs is “is an admission that tariffs are hurting, not helping, our country.”
http://www.ktva.com/story/38731138/murkowski-raises-alaska-seafood-energy-among-trade-aid-talks

State officials cite costs, complications of initiative
Alaska Journal of Commerce by Elwood Brehmer – July 25, 2018
State agency officials attempted to predict the impacts to the state of a pending fish habitat ballot measure during a July 20 Senate State Affairs Committee hearing.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2018-07-25/state-officials-cite-costs-complications-initiative#.W1ndUH4nY6g

Environment/Science

Tyonek nonprofit receives NOAA grant for salmon habitat restoration
KBBI by Aaron Bolton – July 23, 2018
The Tyonek Tribal Conservation District is continuing its work to restore salmon habitat on the western side of Cook Inlet. The conservation minded nonprofit has been working to restore several miles of salmon habitat in the Tyonek area for about six years.
http://kbbi.org/post/tyonek-nonprofit-receives-noaa-grant-salmon-habitat-restoration

Editorial

Editorial: Congress must choose threatened salmon over sea lions
Congress should make it easier for local officials to kill some of the sea lions that prey on threatened salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River Basin. The sea lions are doing fine — the salmon, not so much.
The Seattle Times – July 19, 2018
State, federal and local governments have spent too much time and money restoring fish runs in the Columbia River Basin to let those efforts go to waste.
https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/editorials/congress-must-choose-threatened-salmon-over-sea-lions/

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July 26, 2018