Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Salmon Harvest Near Nine Million Fish
Fishermen’s News – June 28, 2017
Bristol Bay’s famed sockeye salmon fishery is off and running, with 1.5 million red salmon so far – mainly from the Egegik District – helping to boost the statewide preliminary harvest to 8,974,000 fish.

Subsistence nets ‘sunk’ Tuesday morning in Naknek
After days of waiting for some action, subsistence fishermen on Naknek beaches were the first to find a push of sockeye Tuesday, some finding way more fish than they were hoping for.
KDLG by Caitlin Tan – June 28, 2017
The Naknek – Kvichak is the largest of Bristol Bay’s five commercial fishing districts, and is expecting some 16 million sockeye to return this season. It has been slow to get going, lagging far behind some of the other districts. But that changed Tuesday when subsistence fishermen were the first to notice a whole lot of sockeye had arrived, and the commercial fleet was given notice of “openers” Tuesday afternoon.

News Release: State government shutdown would force WDFW to close fisheries across the state
Washington Department of Fish & Game – June 28, 2017
OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will be required to close or delay the opening of fishing seasons throughout the state if lawmakers are unable to enact a state budget before July 1.


Researchers Study Survival Odds for Alaska’s Lucrative Crab Fisheries
Fishermen’s News by Margaret Bauman – July 1, 2017
Dynamic conditions and predators in the waters of the North Pacific Ocean notwithstanding, Alaska’s lucrative commercial shellfish industry faces growing challenges from ocean acidification and climate change.


Low Tide Reveals Alutiiq Fishing Method
Rocks alignments representing the remains of an intertidal fish trap, Kodiak Island, Alaska. Photograph courtesy the Alutiiq Museum
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – June 26, 2017
A local archaeologist says there may be the remains of a historic Alutiiq fish trap on the north end of Kodiak Island. He says those types of man-made formations are rare to discover in the region.

Alaska teachers strengthen science education with help from Alaska Sea Grant
Sea Grant – June 27, 2017
Alaska Sea Grant helped sponsor a workshop for teachers in the Alaska capital in June as part of its mission to promote marine literacy.

No improvement, but no deterioration for Cook Inlet beluga population
Alaska Dispatch News by Yereth Rosen – June 28, 2017
Alaska’s most urban whales have yet to show any meaningful increase in numbers, evidence that recovery remains elusive for the endangered population despite numerous protective measures imposed in recent years. On the plus side, the Cook Inlet beluga population has not declined notably in the past two years, scientists say.

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June 29, 2017