Alaska/Pacific Coast

Salmon Seasons in Bristol Bay and Southeast Alaska Open Today
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker – June 1, 2016
The 2016 Bristol Bay salmon season officially opens today, although the storied sockeye returns do not traditionally peak until July 4. The peak of last year’s run was more than a week late, but in the end, the total run of 58 million fish ranked 2nd out of the last 20 years (1995–2014) and was 70% above the 34.2 million average run for the same period.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1020794/Salmon-Seasons-in-Bristol-Bay-and-Southeast-Alaska-Open-Today

Environment/Science

Ocean ‘robot’ to help identity toxic algae off Washington state
Associated Press by Phuong Le – May 30, 2016
SEATTLE — After a massive toxic algae bloom closed lucrative shellfish fisheries off the West Coast last year, scientists are turning to a new tool that could provide an early warning of future problems.
http://www.dailyastorian.com/Local_News/20160530/ocean-robot-to-help-identity-toxic-algae-off-washington-state

Labeling and Marketing

Alaska’s Prized Copper River Salmon Hit Seattle Restaurants
Seattle Eater by Megan Hill May 31, 2016i
The first fish landed in Seattle two weeks ago
Every year, the start of the salmon fishing season on Alaska’s famed Copper River is met with fanfare from the Pacific Northwest’s restaurants, chefs, and diners. The salmon, prized for its high fat content and bright red flesh, is also said to be the best tasting in the world.
http://seattle.eater.com/2016/5/31/11820856/alaska-copper-river-salmon-seattle

Federal Register

Fisheries off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan; Commercial Sablefish Fishing Regulations and Electronic Fish Tickets
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 06/01/2016
This proposed rule would revise fishery monitoring and equipment requirements for all commercial groundfish fisheries, including a requirement for submitting electronic fish tickets in the limited entry fixed gear fisheries and open access fisheries. This proposed rule would revise administrative procedures for limited entry permits, providing greater flexibility and efficiencies for limited entry groundfish fishery participants.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/06/01/2016-12848/fisheries-off-west-coast-states-pacific-coast-groundfish-fishery-management-plan-commercial?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

FYI’s

Administration looks to fill CFEC vacancy
KDLG By Molly Dischner – May 31, 2016
The governor is looking for a third member of the state’s Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission.
http://kdlg.org/post/administration-looks-fill-cfec-vacancy

Ready, set, swim! 10,000 salmon released at Yukon campground
Whitehorse fish hatchery releases fry into the wild
CBC News by Philippe Morin – May 30, 2016
About 10,000 Chinook salmon are now making their way downstream, after being released over the weekend in Whitehorse. Some even got a wave goodbye.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/chinook-salmon-released-whitehorse-yukon-1.3607858

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