Alaska/Pacific Coast

Where do Alaska Fish Go?
AFSC NOAA News – May 23, 2016
The Alaska Fisheries Science Center, the McDowell Group and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission have produced a new publication examining how federally managed groundfish and crab stocks caught in Alaskan waters end up on dinner plates around the world.
PDF document.Alaska Fisheries Science Center. Wholesale Market Profiles for Alaska Groundfish and Crab fisheries, May 2016.

Alaska’s Yukon Chinook Salmon Are Arriving Early This Year
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker – May 23, 2016
The iconic king salmon that are a critical part of Alaska’s largest river and the lifestyle of the high-latitude residents of the Yukon, are arriving early this year.

The Alaska Ocean Observing System issued their timing outlook and forecast summary last week, for the 5th year in a row.

“The earliest scenario would see increasing numbers of Chinook entering the lower river during the last week of this month (May) with the first significant jump in abundance around the end of the first week in June,” the announcement said.

The report itself tells the story.

“The early run outlook flag was set when Nome experienced the second warmest air temperatures for April in recorded history, with the monthly average finishing above the freezing mark for the first time since 1940, and for only the second time since monthly records began in 1907.

“April mean air temperature is the early warning signal among the climate indicators in the timing models and analysis that provide the qualitative pre-season outlook of Chinook run timing for the Yukon delta area.

“The models are updated when new information becomes available, so the outlook could change. Our historical data, which cover the 55 years ending in 2015, teach us to be alert for the possibility of early runs following warmer than average Aprils.

“Even so, some late runs have been preceded by warm Aprils, so more information is necessary to make a quantitative forecast. Updated models using measures occurring later in the year along with April air temperature are used to make our predictions more precise.

“At the beginning of June sea ice concentrations and sea surface temperatures during the month of May will join the April mean air temperatures in the models to provide another outlook and a quantitative forecast of the daily percentages of the run during June and early July.

“Daily values for all three variables are displayed on the project web site along with all outlooks and forecasts,” the report explains.

The web site is

AOOS’s forecast last year was highly accurate, despite conventional wisdom at the time. The warm water conditions in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea (the Blob) last year indicated an early run on the delta, similar to the very early run of 2014. However, AOOS’s timing forecast model predicted a slightly late run in 2015, and the companion timing outlook called for an average to late run. Last year’s run was indeed late, and the outlook and forecast helped fishery managers put the incoming test fishing catch information in its proper context.

This timing and environmental information is intended for use by fishery managers, residents of Yukon River communities, and others to estimate when the Chinook salmon run will arrive on the delta and how it will develop through June and July 2016.

As season cranks up, new restrictions greet Alaska halibut anglers
Alaska Dispatch News by Mike Campbell – May 20, 2016
As another halibut fishing season cranks up with the opening of the months-long Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, Southcentral charter boat anglers who pursue Alaska’s hefty and tasty flatfish face another year of restrictions — more restrictive rules that will affect such popular ports as Homer, Seward, Whittier and Kodiak, or what federal officials call Area 3A. Among them:


Why sea ice grows in Antarctica while the Arctic is melting
The Christian Science Monitor by Ben Thompson – May 23, 2016
Researchers supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration may have found an explanation for the differences in coverage between Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets.

More revelations expected after disease found in farmed salmon
The Globe and Mail by Mark Hume – May 22, 2016
VANCOUVER — When Kristi Miller released news that a new disease had been confirmed in farmed salmon in British Columbia, it marked the beginning of what will be a series of revelations about fish health.


Heritage Place serves salmon to celebrate salmon
Peninsula Clarion by Megan Pacer –  May 22, 2016
The line for fresh barbecued salmon snaked out the cafeteria door and down the brightly decorated hallway of Heritage Place in Soldotna on Friday.

Stave off cognitive decline with seafood
Study finds that eating seafood once a week may slow memory loss
Science Daily – May 10, 2016
Eating a meal of seafood or other foods containing omega-3 fatty acids at least once a week may protect against age-related memory loss and thinking problems in older people, according to a team of researchers at Rush University Medical Center and Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

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May 24, 2016