Alaska/Pacific Coast

Copper River outlook improves
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – June 14, 2017
Things are looking better than expected for Copper River kings.
Sportfishermen, personal-use dipnetters, subsistence fishermen and commercial fishermen are all out now on the Copper River drainage.

Assembly passes tax incentive for fresher fish
Alaska Journal of Commerce by Molly Dischner – June 14, 2017
DILLINGHAM — Some Bristol Bay fishermen are getting a little extra incentive to upgrade their boats.
On June 5, the Bristol Bay Borough Assembly passed an ordinance that will allow fishermen who install a refrigerated seawater system in 2017 or 2018 to get a one-time $1,500 fish tax credit.

Commercial Salmon Harvests in Alaska Now at 1.5 Million Fish
Fishermen’s News – June 14, 2017
It’s salmon season in Alaska, with the preliminary harvest count now at 1.5 million fish, including upwards of 1.1 million sockeyes, 227,000 chum, 66,000 kings and 52,000 humpies.

Fishermen watch, wait, work, while Legislature in limbo
Alaska Journal of Commerce by Naomi Klouda – June 14, 2017
An Alaska government shutdown is a fisheries shutdown.
Commercial, sport, gillnet, dipnetters and subsistence fishing would all be impacted in devastating ways if a fiscal year 2018 budget isn’t approved by the Alaska Legislature by July 1.


Bipartisan Legislation Pushes to Help Young Fishermen
Fishermen’s News – June 14, 2017
A bipartisan, bicoastal effort is under way in the US Senate to provide young fishermen with more training opportunities, including an apprenticeship program.

House Oceans Caucus Moves to Address Marine Debris
Fishermen’s News – June 14, 2017
House Oceans Caucus co-chairs Don Young, R-Alaska, and Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon, have introduced legislation to address the global marine debris crisis affecting oceans and coastal communities.


Trump administration cancels proposed limits on marine mammals and sea turtles trapped in fishing nets
Los Angeles Times by Dan Weikel – June 12, 2017
The Trump administration announced Monday that it has canceled proposed limits on the number of endangered whales, dolphins and sea turtles that can be killed or injured by sword-fishing nets on the West Coast.


In the Race to Alaska, Team Pure & Wild is racing 750 miles by water (with no engine) to support SeaShare and promote wild, sustainable Alaska seafood
It’s a nail biter! Team Pure & Wild is approaching Ketchikan. The catch? Another team appears to have just passed them, and if the tracker is correct, is now sailing along at 15 knots. Keep your eyes on the tracker and your fingers crossed!
Check the tracker here:

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June 15, 2017