Alaska/Pacific Coast

Nushagak River king run tapers slightly after early surge
The Nushagak River chinook return got off to a good start this year, but has tailed off a bit. Run seems likely to hit 95,000 escapement goal by July 4.
KDLG by Shaylon Cochran – June 27, 2016
The 2016 Nushagak River king run took off in a fury, with 87,000 counted past the Portage Creek sonar through June 26. That’s well above the bottom end of the in-river escapement goal, and edging very close to the 95,000 target. The biggest days to-date were June 17 and 18, when 17,000 and 21,000 kings were counted respectively. The run has tapered slightly since, but apparently not on account of the district’s commercial sockeye fleet, which has landed less than 10,000 so far.

Long outlawed, salmon ranching might make a comeback
Kitsap Sun by Tristan Baurick – June 21, 2016
OLYMPIA — A long-prohibited method of salmon farming is gaining support among state fisheries managers.


U.S. Commerce Department announces 2016 regional fishery council appointments
NOAA Fisheries – June 27, 2016
The U.S. Commerce Department today announced the appointment of 19 new and returning
members to the eight regional fishery management councils that partner with NOAA Fisheries to manage ocean fish stocks. One at-large seat on the Mid-Atlantic Council will be announced by the Secretary at a later date. The new and reappointed council members begin their three-year terms on August 11.


How Brexit may affect Alaska’s economy
News Miner by Kevin Baird, – June 29, 2016
FAIRBANKS — The United Kingdom plays a role in Alaska’s economy and “Brexit” will make an impact, but the future is murky.

Alaska’s “B” Season Pollock Surimi Production down 35%
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – June 29, 2016
Reports out of Japan find Alaskan pollock fillet production is outpacing surimi output during the “B” season of the Bering Sea/Aleutian ISland and Gulf of Alaska fishery.

Last week total “B” season pollock surimi production was 4,4990 tons, down 35.1 percent compared to the same time in 2015 according to data from NMFS.

Meanwhile, pollock filet production is up 130.2 percent for skin-off product, which has offset production losses from the “A” season.  However, skin-on fillet production is down 8.1 percent from 2015 figures. Deep skin fillet production is about even the last year according to NMFS.

Federal Register

Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Widow Rockfish Reallocation in the Individual Fishing Quota Fishery
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 06/29/2016
In January 2011, NMFS implemented the trawl rationalization program, a type of catch share program, for the Pacific coast groundfish fishery’s limited entry trawl fleet, which includes an individual fishing quota program for limited entry trawl participants. At the time of implementation, the widow rockfish stock was overfished and quota shares were allocated to quota share permit owners in the individual fishing quota program using an overfished species formula. Now that the widow rockfish stock has been rebuilt, NMFS proposes to reallocate quota shares to initial recipients based on a target species formula that will more closely represent the fishing history of permit owners when widow rockfish was a targeted species. Through this rule, NMFS also proposes to allow the trading of widow rockfish quota shares, set a deadline for divestiture in case the reallocation of widow rockfish puts any QS permit owner over an accumulation limit, and remove the daily vessel limit for widow rockfish since it is no longer an overfished species.


Eat fish, lower your risk of deadly heart attack
ABC Radio –  June 28, 2016
(NEW YORK) — Fish used to be called “brain food”, but it may be heart food instead.
Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, when obtained through foods in the diet, appear to reduce the risk of fatal heart attack, death due to coronary artery disease (CAD), and sudden cardiac death by about 10 percent, according to new research.

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June 29, 2016