Alaska/Pacific Coast

The Nushagak run surges early, and maybe big too?
Bristol Bay’s westside district posts a million sockeye catch Monday, and both the Wood and Nushagak Rivers have met their escapement goals. The red run is off the charts, but the kings are lagging big time.
KDLG by Dave Bendinger – June 27, 2017
KDLG: “The Nushagak River escapement is off the charts,” state management biologist Tim Sands said on June 22, after the Nushagak had tallied close to 300,000 sockeye in its first week of counting. That same day technicians at Portage Creek would add another 295,000, and the following day just over 200,000 more, as the river leapt several days ahead of its curve. Sands put the set and drift net fleets in the water on June 21 and fished both gear groups steady through the weekend.
http://kdlg.org/post/nushagak-run-surges-early-and-maybe-big-too

In Sitka: A mobile plant built to chill out the Bristol Bay fishery
KCAW  by Robert Woolsey – June 27, 2017
Alaska’s Bristol Bay sockeye fishery is intense, lucrative — and also remote. Much of the fish landed there is frozen whole and shipped long distances for secondary processing.
https://www.kcaw.org/2017/06/27/sitka-mobile-fish-plant-built-chill-bristol-bay-sockeye/

 

Environment/Science

Trump order that could shrink California and Pacific Ocean marine sanctuaries moves forward
Mercury News by Paul Rogers – June 26, 2017
Eleven national marine sanctuaries and monuments — from Monterey Bay to New England to the South Pacific — could lose protections under new details of a Trump Administration plan released Monday that seeks to expand offshore oil and gas drilling.
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/06/26/trump-order-that-could-shrink-california-and-pacific-ocean-marine-sanctuaries-moves-forward/

 

Federal Register

Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Alaska Prohibited Species Donation (PSD) Program
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 06/27/2017
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/27/2017-13336/proposed-information-collection-comment-request-alaska-prohibited-species-donation-psd-program

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June 28, 2017