Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Maggie Wall – June 11, 2017
Salmon season is coming on strong.
The Bristol Bay drift fleet upgrades their gear to include chillers and upgrades the quality taken to market. Copper River kings are stronger than forecasted.
Some fishing expected in Egegik and Igushik this week, and Port Moller test effort underway
PMTF pulls a few sockeye out of its tesh meshes, noting the cooler water temps this year over last. Egegik and Igushik may see some commercial fishing this week as managers seek some data.
KDLG by Dave Bendinger – June 12, 2017
The Port Moller Test Fishery made its first sets this weekend, catching 12 then 20 sockeye on its out-and-back from stations 2 to 12. A little bit of commercial activity is expected this week in Bristol Bay, with managers and the market trying to get a sense of the early part of the run.
Oregon, California Senators Urge Salmon Disaster Declaration
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Susan Chambers – June 12, 2017
Salmon fishery disaster requests by Oregon and California have the support of their senators as well.
Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and California Sens. Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein, all Democrats, called for a federal salmon fishery disaster declaration for both states to support economic recovery for coastal communities, in a letter Friday to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and California Gov. Jerry Brown requested the federal government to issue a fisheries disaster declaration to provide economic relief for the loss of coastal jobs due to declining salmon populations earlier this year.
“Salmon are a vital part of our region’s history, economy and culture,” the senators wrote in the letter. “This disaster declaration will provide a much needed safety net to keep fishermen in business, communities afloat, and the industry open for business until salmon stocks are restored.”
The West Coast’s commercial salmon industry is an integral part of the coastal economy, providing local jobs and revenue and fueling tourism, they noted in a press release. In recent years, both Oregon and California have experienced a significant drop in salmon populations due primarily to ocean conditions.
Continued decline in salmon populations has had devastating impacts on fishing communities along the Oregon and California coasts. Half of Oregon’s coast will be closed to commercial fishing for the 2017 salmon season because of declining salmon populations. In California, about 130 miles of coastline is expected to be closed off to commercial and recreational fishing this year, the senators added.
Federal aid through a disaster declaration is a necessary step toward protecting good-paying jobs and vital fishing industries in both states.
The senators, like both governors, are urging the fishery disaster declaration under section 315 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), a fishery resource disaster under section 308 (b) and (d) of the Inte1jurisdictional Fisheries Act of 1986, and a commercial fishery failure under section 312 (a) of the MSA, for the states of Oregon and California for 2016 and 2017.
The West Coast Commercial Salmon industry has been hit hard in the previous decade. Oregon had four disaster declarations between 2006 and 2016 while California has had five in the same timeframe, the senators wrote.
The situation is very similar to the 2005 and 2006 salmon seasons, when Klamath fall Chinook returns were very low and portions of Oregon and California were limited or closed completely to fishing. At that time, Oregon made some disaster funding available to Oregon permit holders until federal disaster funding came through.
Ray Hilborn: World fish stocks stable
Seafood Source by Brian Hagenbuch – June 12, 2017
Speaking at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit on Wednesday, 7 June in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., University of Washington fisheries researcher Ray Hilborn said the perception that the world’s fish stocks are declining is incorrect, and that fishing could sustainably be stepped up in areas with good management.
Labeling and Marketing
Study: China could buy more Alaska wild salmon
UAF News by Paula Dobbyn – June 8, 2017
A rising middle class, a growing economy and increasing concerns about food safety and pollution in China are creating opportunities for Alaska to sell more wild salmon to Chinese consumers, according to a new report.
Fisheries Off West Coast States; Highly Migratory Fisheries; California Drift Gillnet Fishery; Protected Species Hard Caps for the California/Oregon Large-Mesh Drift Gillnet Fishery
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 06/12/2017
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) withdraws a proposed rule proposing to establish strict limits, termed “hard caps,” for the California/Oregon large-mesh drift gillnet (DGN) fishery on interactions with certain protected species under Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act authority. NMFS published the proposed rule in the Federal Register on October 13, 2016. After careful consideration, NMFS has decided that the proposed changes discussed in the proposed rule are not warranted at this time.
Alaska Air Cargo Delivers 22,000 Pounds of Copper River Salmon to Seattle
Seattle’s Top Chefs Compete in Eighth Annual Cook-Off
Global Trade – June 12, 2017
The season’s first shipment of fresh Copper River salmon made the 1,300-mile journey from Cordova, Alaska, to Seattle onboard an Alaska Airlines 737 one day in May, marking the start of the summer salmon grilling season. In addition to the 22,000 pounds of fish delivered this morning, Alaska had four other flights scheduled throughout the same day to bring up to 77,000 pounds of Copper River salmon to market in Anchorage and the Lower 48.
In 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 still leading the pack! Teams Bad Kitty and Big Broderna are close at hand though, so keep an eye today on the tracker: http://tracker.r2ak.com/.
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