Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Maggie Wall – May 31, 2017
Salmon, salmon, salmon. It’s that time of the year in Alaska as fishermen gear up and head out to the grounds.
Parties to FAO’s treaty gather to stop illegal harvests
Cordova Times – May 31, 2017
Parties to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations gathered in Oslo, Norway in late May to discuss ways to crack down on illegal, unreported and unregulated fish harvests.
Copper River salmon sales are hot
Retail prices have started their anticipated drop, with steady demand for the fresh fish
Cordova Time by Margaret Bauman – June 2, 2017
From gourmet restaurant entrees to Costco roadshows, Alaska is rolling out the red carpet again for Copper River salmon.
SE Alaska’s Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery to Start
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – June 2, 2017
The Southeastern Alaska 2017-18 Dungeness crab fishery will open at 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 15.
It follows a successful 2014-15 season, the most recent season for which data is available, that saw an average ex-vessel price of $2.95 a pound, for total value of $14.9 million. The total landings for the 2014-15 season were 5,063,854 pounds.
The Alaska Board of Fisheries met in January 2015 to discuss proposals for Southeast and Yakutat shellfish fisheries. Changes to the Dungeness commercial fishery adopted in 2015 by the BOF include:
• The start time for both the summer and fall seasons will be 8:00 a.m. instead of noon; and
• Established new areas closed to commercial Dungeness crab fishing in Port Frederick near Hoonah and Favorite Bay near Angoon.
Dungeness crab fishermen must register their vessels and gear with the department. The holder of a valid 2017 Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission permit for Southeastern Alaska Dungeness crab must be onboard the vessel during fishing operations and the permit holder’s name must be listed on the vessel registration. Buoy tags, at $1.25 each, must be purchased prior to fishing. Buoy tags purchased for the 2016-17 season are still valid for the 2017-18 season; however, Dungeness crab fishermen must register their vessels with the department prior to fishing the 2017-18 season. Buoy tags may be replaced when pots or buoy tags are lost.
After the season is closed, all Dungeness crab pots must be removed from the water except that pots may be stored on the grounds with all pot doors secured fully open and all bait and bait containers removed for no more than seven days after the Dungeness crab fishery regionwide closure in Registration Area A, or for no more than 72 hours after a partial area closure.
The department will use catch and effort information from the first week of fishing to predict total season harvest and will compare that prediction to regulatory thresholds described in the Southeastern Alaska Dungeness Crab Management Plan to determine season length. Fishermen should expect a news release by June 29, 2017, informing the fleet of the regionwide season length. The department will be conducting dockside sampling in all major ports and aerial surveys on the grounds to determine fleet distribution.
The Department reminded fishermen this is the third season with closed areas in Port Frederick near Hoonah and Favorite Bay near Angoon.
The Yakutat Area Dungeness crab fishery will remain closed. Waters of Glacier Bay are closed by federal regulation to commercial Dungeness crab fishing.
The Department noted that historical harvest of Dungeness crab in Alaskan waters peaked at 15.79 million pounds in 1982. The long-term average harvest for 1966–2011 calendar years is 6.48 million pounds, and the 40, 30, 20, and 10-year averages are 6.47, 6.98, 5.49, and 5.31 million pounds, respectively.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 06/02/2017
The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup will hold a webinar, which is open to the public.
Fishy chatter: The evolution of fishing captains’ radio groups
Alaska Dispatch News by Megan Corazza – May 30, 2017
I had 54 cents in my bank account when I bought my own commercial fishing operation at age 20. I scrawled my signature on a six-figure loan, made it through college finals and came home to my first seine boat, the cabin full of cardboard boxes overflowing with mildewed manuals about everything from Freon refrigeration to Marco powerblocks.
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