Alaska/Pacific Coast

“Cautious optimism” ahead of Bristol Bay’s projected 41.5 million sockeye run in 2017
KDLG by Nicholas Ciolino – May 30, 2017
Run size, which should allow a harvest of over 27 million, is about on average for the past ten years. A lower harvest here and elsewhere may translate to a higher value for the catch.
http://kdlg.org/post/cautious-optimism-ahead-bristol-bay-s-projected-415-million-sockeye-run-2017

Sea Grant places state fellows at agencies
Sea Grant by Tara Borland – May 25, 2017
Alaska Sea Grant and partners have placed five fellows in one-year positions with state and federal agencies in Alaska. The aim is to advance the fellows’ careers as well as support marine and fisheries policy in Alaska.
https://seagrant.uaf.edu/news/2017/05-25-17-sea-grant-places-state-fellows-at-agencies.php

Environment/Science

Ghost fishing: Lost pots are a crab killer
Douglas Indian Association catalogs marine debris at the bottom of Gastineau Channel

Juneau Empire by Kevin Gullufsen – May 28, 2017
Though it sounds like the subtitle to a Pirates of the Caribbean movie, ghost fishing is a real phenomenon. It’s going on right now in Gastineau Channel.
http://juneauempire.com/news/2017-05-28/ghost-fishing-lost-pots-are-crab-killer

Fisheries’ axe to salmon programs in freshwater alarms stream-enhancement groups
Vancouver Sun by Matt Robinson – May 27, 2017
Fisheries and Oceans Canada is turning its back on wild salmon, says groups that work in B.C. streams and rivers to improve salmon habitat.
http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/fisheries-axe-to-salmon-programs-in-freshwater-alarms-stream-enhancement-groups

 

Labeling and Marketing

Spring 2017 Salmon Outlook and Summary
ASMI – Spring 2017
McDowell Group has produced their Spring 2017 salmon market bulletin series. Find the Spring 2017 Outlook and Summaries for pink, keta, coho, sockeye, and Chinook salmon here.
http://www.alaskaseafood.org/spring-2017-outlook-summary/

 

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Yellowfin Sole for Vessels Participating in the BSAI Trawl Limited Access Fishery in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/31/2017
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for yellowfin sole in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) for vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery. This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2017 allocation of yellowfin sole total allowable catch for vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery in the BSAI.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/31/2017-11197/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-yellowfin-sole-for-vessels-participating-in-the

Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/31/2017
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold its 126th Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) meeting, Fishery Data Collection and Research Committee (FDCRC) and its 170th Council meeting to take actions on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/31/2017-11283/western-pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meetings

FYI’s

How to eat fish with a clear conscience: What to buy and what to avoid
LA Times by Annie Z. Yu – May 27, 2017
There are plenty of popular seafood items on menus across the country that just aren’t sustainable right now, which means they’re either overfished or they’re caught or farmed in ways that harm the environment or other marine life. Yet we continue to eat them.
http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish/la-fo-sustainable-seafood-michael-cimarusti-20170526-htmlstory.html

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May 31, 2017