Alaska/Pacific Coast

Copper river king salmon return higher than expected
KUAC by Dan Bross – June 7, 2017
The Copper River king salmon return is coming in better than forecast. Predicted to be the weakest on record, at about 29,000 kings, Alaska Department of Fish and Game Upper Copper River management biologist Mark Somerville says the forecast is being questioned –given recent week’s king harvest by commercial fishers on the river’s delta.

Early Alaska Wild Salmon Harvests Total 444,000 Fish
Fishermen’s News – June 7, 2017
Preliminary reports from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) show that wild salmon commercial fisheries in Alaska that began in mid-May delivered some 444,000 fish through June 6.


The sixth Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute looks for future seafood leaders
Sea Grant – June 7, 2017
The Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute (ASPLI) gives mid-career seafood processor employees a boost in moving up the leadership ladder, to keep the seafood industry strong and support the Alaska workforce. Companies sponsor experienced workers, typically mid-level managers with the potential to move up the ranks, to receive the intensive professional development.


Plan for global ocean protection launched
The Fish Site – June 8, 2017
Global brands from the tourism, transport, cosmetics and finance sectors are joining forces on World Oceans Day to promote greater business engagement to halt the severe decline in the health of marine ecosystems, which both scientists and economists warn could have catastrophic impacts on human wellbeing.

North Pacific Salmon Harvest High in West, Decline in East
Fishermen’s News – June 7, 2017
Preliminary findings on total salmon harvests in 2016 indicate that Pacific salmon abundance in the North Pacific remains at near all-time high levels.


Ray Hilborn, others launch I-FIN, a new fisheries data network
Seafood Source by Sierra Golden – June 7, 2017
A new scientific advisory group called International Fisheries Information Network (I-FIN) is refuting a commonly held belief that all fisheries are in decline.

PWSSC recommended for fisheries grant
Cordova Times – June 7, 2017
The Prince William Sound Science Center is among eight Alaska research projects recommended on June 6 for grant funds under the Saltonstall-Kennedy Research and Development program.


In the Race to Alaska, Team Pure & Wild is racing 750 miles by water (with no engines) to support SeaShare and promote wild, sustainable Alaska seafood
The gun went off at 0500 this morning in Port Townsend, WA. Team Pure & Wild, raising funds to help SeaShare bring more seafood to food banks, is racing against over 60 other boats on the first leg of the race, which will conclude in Victoria, BC later today. The full race, from Victoria to Ketchikan, AK will start at noon on Sunday, June 11th.

Track Team Pure & Wild’s progress live here:

Check out the first in a series of interviews that Team Pure & Wild will be doing with NPR here:

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June 8, 2017