Alaska/Pacific Coast

Shutdown puts salmon fisheries at risk
State politics threaten multimillion dollar industry
Juneau Empire by Kevin Gulufsen – June 8, 2017
Alaska Department of Fish & Game workers are heading out to weirs and counting towers this month to prepare for the opening of salmon fisheries across the state, but with the Alaska Legislature unable to reach agreement on an operating budget, uncertainty remains about how to pay them.
http://juneauempire.com/news/2017-06-08/shutdown-puts-salmon-fisheries-risk

Copper river king salmon return offers good prospects

Fis.com – June 10, 2017
Data from a king salmon mark and recapture project state that more fish than forecast are returning to the Copper River, Alaska Department of Fish and Game reported.
http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=92170&ndb=1&df=0

Crab rules relaxed
Bristol Bay Time by Jim Paulin – June 9, 2017
Bering Sea crabbers are happy with an action of the Alaska Board of Fisheries last month, which would have allowed a Tanner crab season, had it been in effect last year, according to Tyson Fick, executive director of Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers.
http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1723crab_rules_relaxed

Environment/Science

Univ. of Washington’s FRI finds Bristol Bay salmon smolt thriving in warming waters
Fisheries Research Institute is continuing its seven decades of research into Bristol Bay’s salmon life cycles and ecosystems.
KDLG by Nicholas Ciolino – June 9, 2017
Professors and students from the University of Washington’s Fisheries Research Institute come to Bristol Bay each year to collect data and analyze the salmon run. This week the biologists have begun catching smolt samples from local waterways using a beach seine. KDLG’s Nick Ciolino tagged along for this report.
http://kdlg.org/post/univ-washingtons-fri-finds-bristol-bay-salmon-smolt-thriving-warming-waters

Study: Exxon Valdez oil spill didn’t cause Prince William Sound fisheries crash
KTOO by Casey Grove – June 9, 2017
A recently published scientific study says the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound is less to blame for salmon and herring declines than previously thought, but critics say it’s not that simple.
http://www.ktoo.org/2017/06/09/study-exxon-valdez-oil-spill-didnt-cause-prince-william-sound-fisheries-crash/

Labeling and Marketing

3MMI – Outlook for this Year’s Sockeye as Openings Begin
TradexFoods – June 12, 2017
— The next two weeks are set to indicate the outlook for Sockeye Salmon this year, as openings in Alaska and British Columbia begin. The next 10 to 14 days will truly indicate where the Sockeye market is headed, when Bristol Bay gillnet fishing for Sockeye begins.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxghjrxoWcA

Federal Register

Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 06/12/2017
The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Salmon Technical Team (STT) will hold a webinar, which is open to the public, to develop a plan and timeline to review inquiries to change the commercial salmon troll fishery boundary in two different areas.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/12/2017-12073/pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meeting

FYI’s

Celebrating 15 years of Copper River Salmon Jam
Event celebrates salmon through food, art, music, running events
Cordova Times – June 9, 2017
The 15th annual Copper River Wild! Salmon Jam coming up July 14-15, is a celebration of Cordova’s love of salmon through food, art, music, running events and educational activities for the whole family
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/06/09/celebrating-15-years-copper-river-salmon-jam/

The Race to Alaska, Team Pure & Wild is racing 750 miles by water (with no engines) to support SeaShare and promote wild, sustainable Alaska seafood
Team Pure & Wild is currently in first place in the Race to Alaska, approaching Texada Island. Track Team Pure & Wild’s progress live here: http://tracker.r2ak.com/

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June 12, 2017