Alaska/Pacific Coast

5th Copper River Opening Set for Today; King Salmon Abundance Continues Above Forecast
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton – June 1, 2017
ADF&G announced the 5th Copper River fishing period will be for twelve hours on Thursday, June 1st.

There continues to be a surge of fish into the river with sonar through Tuesday showing 151,182 fish, compared to the projection of 81,746 to 127,950.

However, landings are well below expectations, with only 38,600 sockeye landed on Monday, compared with a forecast of 84,000.

The ADF&G is keeping a close eye on king escapements since the forecast was for the lowest king run in more than 30 years. They have implented a series of area restrictions, and closed some upriver fisheries.

Even so, landings of kings were 2100 fish on Monday. However, if the abundance is above forecast, the escapement goals will be met even with continued sockeye fishing that also harvests some kings.

On June 1st, other districts in Prince William Sound will also open, some of them for more extended fishing periods.

Seattle chefs prepare for Alaska Herring Week
The tasty little fish comprises one the world’s largest fisheries
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – May 30, 2017
Herring harvested in the Togiak fishery will be in the spotlight during Alaska Herring Week 2017 June 19-25, with gourmet chefs creating a variety of appetizers and entrees for the occasion.

After season closure, board revises Tanner crab strategy
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – May 31, 2017
Bering Sea Tanner crab fishermen have a new harvest strategy in place, though it likely won’t be the last time the plan gets revised.

Copper River Salmon Harvests Approach 7,000 Kings
Fishermen’s News – May 31, 2017
Harvests of wild salmon in Alaska’s Copper River district have yielded some 6,868 Chinook salmon since the season opened on May 18, along with 164,443 sockeyes.

Kodiak Sockeye Season Opens Early on June 1
KMXT by Maggie Wall – May 31, 2017
Kodiak’s commercial sockeye salmon season gets off to a bang tomorrow. Already this week has far exceeded expectations, with Monday setting an all time record for sockeye past the Karluk weir.


With Legislature gridlocked, Alaska state employees warned of potential shutdown — again
Alaska Dispatch News by Nathaniel Herz – May 31, 2017
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker’s administration emailed nearly 20,000 state workers Tuesday warning they could be temporarily laid off if the Legislature fails to pass a budget before July 1, the start of the next fiscal year.


Dillingham Harbor annual dredge going quickly this year
Harbor Master Jean Barrett expects to put the infrastructure into place by early next week, after crews finish pumping out an estimated 80,000 cubic yards of sediment.
KDLG by Caitlin Tan – May 30, 2017
Each spring a company under contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredges an average of 90,000 cubic yards of mud out of the Dillingham harbor. The Corps estimates that if this was not done for just a few years, the harbor would become unusable to the hundreds of commercial fishing vessels that port in Dillingham.

USDA Purchases Pollock for Domestic Food Aid
Fishermen’s News – May 31, 2017
The US Department of Agriculture has announced the purchase of nearly 4.5 million pounds of Pollock products, including some 1.5 million pounds of fish sticks, for use in child nutrition and related domestic food assistance programs.



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June 1, 2017