Alaska/Pacific Coast

Bristol Bay Run Nears 5 Million Fish, Nushagak Surging, Naknek Still Waiting
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton – June 27, 2017
The Bristol Bay sockeye run is off to a good start, as numbers from Port Moeller appear to be tracking the large 2015 run to some extent; and fishing is reported excellent in the Nushagak river system.

Through yesterday, the total run is now 4.7 million fish, with both the Nushagak and Wood Rivers having met their escapement goals.

Total catch on Monday was 737,000 fish; and the cumulative harvest is now 2.8 million.

So far most of this action is taking place in the Nushagak system; where some vessels have reported their best start ever, and some are rumored to have landed over 100,000 fish.

Naknek-Kvichak remains quiet with no fishing on Sunday, and still very low escapement numbers.

The June 26th Port Moeller Report says that there was a slight dip in the catch index, but it is expected to recover and climb again in the next few days.  Port Moeller numbers may be running slightly ahead of forecast, but also the fish seem to be more inshore, and so that may be increasing the harvests in the test fishery.

Overall, the Port Moeller analysis says it is too soon to come to any forecasts about the size of the run, but statistically the run seems to be on track.  Once they establish the peak of the run, they will be able to make a forecast for run size.

ADF&G has forecast a median of 46.6 million fish.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1066575/Bristol-Bay-Run-Nears-5-Million-Fish-Nushagak-Surging-Naknek-Still-Waiting

Alaska Sea Grant helps get new fish plant rolling
Sea Grant – June 26, 2017
A new fish plant opened this month in Hydaburg, a village in Southeast Alaska trying to revive its seafood industry.
https://seagrant.uaf.edu/news/2017/06-26-17-alaska-sea-grant-helps-get-new-fish-plant-rolling.php

Cost of Partial Observer Coverage May Pass to Vessel Owners
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – June 23, 2017
Partial observer coverage may become more expensive for small vessel owners as funding from the National Marine Fisheries Service trails off.
http://kmxt.org/2017/06/cost-partial-observer-coverage-may-pass-vessel-owners/

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New factory trawler may sink Fisherman’s Finest
Bristol Bay Time by Jim Paulin – June 23, 2017
A big Dutch Harbor fishing company is facing financial disaster from work done by the Dutch in violation of a federal law limiting foreign steel in fishing vessel construction.
http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1725new_factory_trawler_may_sink_fishermans

FRI trains the fishery managers of tomorrow
Grad students from three cooperating universities simulate managing the Bristol Bay salmon fishery as the run progresses.
KDLG by Nicholas Ciolino – June 27, 2017
Area management biologists in Bristol Bay are responsible for tracking and maintaining the escapement numbers of multiple salmon species in multiple river systems. Not only are they charged with preserving the health of the run’s biology, but they are often held, at least partly, accountable for the economic viability of the fishery as well. One of the inherent challenges of the job is that the sustainability of the salmon run is not always synonymous with the profit margins of industry entities, and the managers are often the first to be blamed when the catch and escapement don’t go as planned.
http://kdlg.org/post/fri-trains-fishery-managers-tomorrow

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June 27, 2017