Alaska/Pacific Coast

Intended sockeye salmon purchase exceeds forecast harvest
Fis.com – March 29, 2016
The 2016 Bristol Bay sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) total intended purchases would exceed in approximately 6 million fish (20 per cent) the forecast harvest, of 29.5 million salmon.
http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=83259&ndb=1&df=0

2016 Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon Salmon Processing Capacity Survey Summary Published
ADF&G Press Release – March 24, 2016
(Juneau) — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announces release of the 2016 Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon Processing Capacity Survey Summary.
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=pressreleases.pr03242016_capacity

No fishery, as herring seiners begin to talk co-op
KCAW by Emily Kwong – March 28, 2016 4:47 am
Sitka Sac Roe Herring Fishery UPDATE – 5:00 AM 3-28-16
There was no commercial herring harvest over the weekend.
http://www.kcaw.org/2016/03/28/no-fishery-today-herring-seiners-begin-talk-coop/

International

Russia Lowers Pink Salmon Forecast Due to Lower Salmon Survival in Pacific
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden – March 28, 2016
Russia lowers forecast for pink salmon this year, but says Atlantic salmon production will resume in the Baltic Sea.

Russia plans to catch 506,000 tons of salmon this year, that will be higher than in 2015, but significantly lower the initially predicted figures of the All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Fisheries.

About 330,000 tons will account for Pacific pink salmon, 50,000 tons for sockeye and 126,000 tons for chum salmon.

In 2015, an off year for pink production, the total salmon catch in Russia amounted to 450,000 tons, which became a good figure for Russia, but significantly lower than the record figures of 2008.

2008 was the most successful year for the Russian salmon industry for the last 20 years, when the total catch amounted to 750,000 tons.

By comparison, in 2015 quotas were 35,700 tons of sockeye,  256,000 tons if pinks, and 124,800 tons of chum salmon.

As explained by researchers of All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Fisheries, one of Russia’s leading research institutions in the field of fisheries, difficult weather conditions in the Northern Hemisphere, (which were partially caused by the consequences of El Niño hurricaine), became the main reason of the decline of salmon catch in Russia, which has been observed in the country in recent years.

Still, according to plans of Rosrybolovstvo, salmon production in Russia should be significantly increased during the next several years.

This is expected to be achieved through the resumed of catch of Atlantic salmon in the Baltics sea and the growing capacity of the domestic acquaculture enterprises for farmed Atlantics.

In the case of Baltics catch, the production of salmon in the Russian Baltics sea was suspended as far back as in 2009, due to depletion of the local stock, however there is a possibility that the ban may be lifted already in the coming months.

According to forecasts of Ilya Shestakov,  head of Rosrybolovstvo, salmon catch in the Baltics sea may reach 20,000-30,000 tons already in 2017.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1012740/Russia-Lowers-Pink-Salmon-Forecast-Due-to-Lower-Salmon-Survival-in-Pacific

Environment/Science

Agency debuts tools to track Alaska marine diets, ecosystems
KTVA by Associated Press – March 28, 2016
JUNEAU – Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have debuted two databases designed to give researchers data on marine fish species diets and ecosystem trends in Alaska.
http://www.ktva.com/agency-debuts-tools-to-track-alaska-marine-diets-ecosystems-992/

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low, Report
Canadian Journal – March 29, 2016
The growth of Arctic sea ice this winter hit the lowest level on record because of unusually warm temperatures, researchers said on March 28.
http://canadajournal.net/science/arctic-sea-ice-hits-record-low-report-45412-2016/

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off of Alaska; Observer Coverage Requirements for Small Catcher/Processors in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Groundfish Fisheries
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/29/2016
NMFS issues this final rule to implement Amendment 112 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI FMP) and Amendment 102 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA FMP) and revise regulations for observer coverage requirements for certain small catcher/processors in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) and Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI).
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/03/29/2016-07019/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-of-alaska-observer-coverage-requirements-for-small?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

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