North Pacific Council to vote on halibut bycatch limits
KCAW by Rachel Waldholz – June 1, 2015
Of the thirty million pounds of halibut caught last year in commercial fisheries statewide, nearly a third was thrown back into the ocean, dead. It was netted accidentally by boats targeting other fish.
Bristol Bay Fisheries Report June 1, 2015
KDLG by Dave Bendinger – June 2, 2015
KDLG’s Dave Bendinger has tonight’s (this year’s first!) special newscast known as the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report. Listen here for a conversation with ADF&G Area Manager for Egegik and Ugashik Districts Paul Salomone, plus the rest of the day’s fishing news. **Catch this program M-F between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m., and we’ll add weekend coverage … when the fish get here.
Run Timing Forecast for Chinook Salmon on the Yukon River
AFSC News – June 2, 2015
The forecast calls for the first significant pulse of Chinook salmon to cross the Yukon River Delta around June 15 this year, and the half way point of the run is expected to occur around June 23. These estimates and the numbers behind them were released today in the 2015 Yukon River Salmon Fisheries Outlook.
Kodiak Trawlers ask Council for Emergency Action on GOA Closure, Say Chinook are Hatchery Fish
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton – June 3, 2015
The groups representing Kodiak trawlers – th Alaska Whitefish Trawlers Association (AWTA), Alaska Groundfish Data Bank (AGDB) and the Midwater Trawlers Cooperative (MTC), have asked the N. Pacific Council for emergency relief.
These three organizations represent the vast majority of trawl catcher vessels that have delivered non-pollock groundfish into the community of Kodiak for many decades and all Kodiak trawl dependent shorebased processors. They are all impacted by the premature closure of the Gulf of Alaska to non-pollock groundfish sector on May 3rd.
The closure has stranded approximately 19,511 metric tons of groundfish harvest assuming similar harvest patterns as occurred in 2014. Based on average aggregate 2011 wholesale value per metric ton for non-rockfish program catch of all species groups (Pacific cod and flatfish) of $1,071 per mt, the estimated loss to harvesters and processors would be $21 million.
New genetic information now available demonstrates that the Chinook salmon intercepted in these groundfish fisheries are primarily hatchery fish, not the Alaska wild stocks that were thoroughly analyzed in the Emergency Action for protection under Amendment 97 and the Alaska wild stocks of concern discussed during the deliberations by the Council at the time of final action.
“This premature closure will cause an incredible amount of real economic pain for minimal to zero actual conservation gain. We respectfully request that the Council recommend the Secretary of Commerce promulgate emergency regulations to make more Chinook salmon available to the non-pollock, non- rockfish catcher vessel fishery sector to reopen this fishery as soon as possible in order to mitigate the pending economic catastrophe that currently faces the Gulf of Alaska fishermen and their crew, seafood processors and plant workers, secondary and tertiary support businesses and the community of Kodiak,” said the groups in a letter to the Council.
What a government shutdown would mean for Alaska
KTUU staff – June 01, 2015
Ferry boats will stop running. The watchdog agency that fines politicians for violating campaign finance rules will close. People who break hunting and fishing laws will have a better chance of getting away with the crimes.
Rep. Young’s Fisheries Bill Passes House
APRN by Liz Ruskin – June 1, 2015
A bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the nation’s primary fishing law, passed the U.S. House this evening, largely on party lines. The sponsor, Alaska Congressman Don Young, says the bill makes practical revisions to continue a law that has restored the health of America’s fisheries.
Chinese authorities bust huge seafood smuggling ring
SeafoodSource by Mark Godfrey – June 02, 2015
Chinese prosecutors are preparing court cases to try the country’s biggest-ever seafood smuggling bust after scores of arrests nationwide of alleged seafood smugglers who smuggled product into China – and mislabeled salmon as mackerel in order to pay lower customs taxes.
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Oregon Pink Shrimp Fishery Well Underway
Fish Site – June 2, 2015
US – The Oregon pink shrimp fishery is well underway, with larger shrimp dominating the fishery. Good weather is also allowing fishermen to comfortably fish daily, with plants running at full capacity, reports Robert Reierson in the Tradex Foods 3-Minute Market Insight.
Consumers can see who caught that fish they’re eating
Vancouver non-profit starts seafood tracing system
Vancouver Sun by Randy Shore – June 1, 2015
A Vancouver non-profit is rolling out a seafood tracing system that allows consumers and chefs to learn where their food was harvested and exactly who hauled it out of the water.
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