Alaska/Pacific Coast

2014 North Pacific salmon harvest showed big increase
Cordova Times Staff – May 22, 2015
Harvest figures compiled by the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission say preliminary North Pacific-wide total salmon catches for 2014 added up to 0.86 million metric tons, or 392 million fish.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/15212014-north-pacific-salmon-harvest-showed-big

Yukon River Gold Will Not Process, Fishermen and Processors Without Summer Employment
Alaska Native News by Doug Karlberg- May 26, 2015.
Yukon River Gold LLC, the sole salmon processor in the village of Kaltag announced that it will not operate this summer, leaving fishermen in this region with no place to sell their chum salmon. Approximately 100 hard to replace fishing and processing jobs will be lost this summer.
http://alaska-native-news.com/yukon-river-gold-will-not-process-fishermen-and-processors-without-summer-employment-17518

State announces more king salmon fishing bans on Western Alaska rivers
Alaska Dispatch News – May 22, 2015
More Western Alaska waterways, facing shrinking returns, will be closed to fishing for king salmon.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Thursday announced an array of Northwest rivers, including the Koyuk, Ungalik, Inglutalik, Shaktoolik, Unalakleet and Golsovia, will close to sport and subsistence fishing June 8.
http://www.adn.com/article/20150522/state-announces-more-king-salmon-fishing-bans-western-alaska-rivers

Observers report taking abuse over halibut

Deckboss – May 26, 2015
The National Marine Fisheries Service has issued its 2014 annual report for the North Pacific fishery observer program.
http://deckboss.blogspot.com/2015/05/observers-report-taking-abuse-over.html

Environment/Science

Chemical tags in ear bones reveal Chinooks’ life histories
KDLG Dillingham by Hannah Colton – May 22, 2015
New research on the Nushagak River – one of the largest Chinook salmon runs in the world – used chemical tags in a fish’s ear bones to tell where it was born and raised. Sean Brennan is a post-doc at the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences. He and his team hope the study research will help managers better understand how their fisheries work.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2015/05/22/chemical-tags-in-ear-bones-reveal-chinooks-life-histories/

Federal Register

Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/22/2015
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) and its advisory entities will hold public meetings.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/05/22/2015-12506/pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meetings?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permit
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/22/2015
The Regional Administrator, NMFS West Coast Region, has determined that four applications for exempted fishing permits (EFPs) warrant further consideration, and requests public comment on the applications. The applications request 2-year exemptions from various prohibitions under the Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species (HMS FMP) to test the effects and efficacy of using deep-set buoy gear and longline gear to fish for swordfish and other highly migratory species (HMS) off the West Coast.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/05/22/2015-12411/magnuson-stevens-fishery-conservation-and-management-act-general-provisions-for-domestic-fisheries?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

FYI’s

Seafood-tracking phone app would be latest in booming world of food traceability technology
The Associated Press Patrick Whittle – May 25, 2015
PORTLAND, Maine – After eyeing a piece of haddock on the supermarket counter, a customer scans a code and finds out the fish was caught in the waters of Georges Bank and learns the name of the fishing boat — and maybe even sees a picture of the smiling, rain-slickened fisherman who reeled it in. Welcome to the future of buying New England seafood.
http://www.alaskahighwaynews.ca/seafood-tracking-phone-app-would-be-latest-in-booming-world-of-food-traceability-technology-1.1946410

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