Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Maggie Wall – May 4, 2017
Salmon opens in less than two weeks, we’ll have predictions and forecasts. While salmon might get a lot of press, there are tons of other fish being caught this time of year. We’ll have a statewide round up of who’s fishing what.

Togiak Seine Fleet Lands 70 Percent of Their Quota in First Week of Season
As of late last night, the Togiak herring roe seine fleet has landed 10,985 mt of herring in the first seven days of the season. The total allocation for the seine fleet is 16,060 mt. The percentage of the quota caught by this time in the season is running slightly ahead of past years.

Roe percentages this year have been reported at 11.1% overall, with average size of the fish at 417 grams.

This year’s season is more in line with past year’s averages on timing, starting during the last week in April and running for about two weeks. Last year’s Togiak herring season was unusual for two reasons: it was the earliest on record by several days, and due to budget cuts, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game did no sampling for age, length, weight or sex data.

Last year’s season was shut down before the quota was harvested because of concerns of decreasing fish size. Based on processor production data, the department decided on April 29 that the proportion of age 6 and younger fish was exceeding 30% of the harvest and that fishing should stop. The fishery closed at noon on April 30.

This year’s total quota for the sac roe season includes 6,883 mt for gillnet gear, for a total sac roe allocation of 22,943 mt, slightly lower than recent year’s totals.

There is also a Spawn-on-Kelp fishery that has a 1,500 mt quota and a Dutch Harbor Food and Bait fishery in July with a 1,727 mt quota.


Russia pushes MSC recertification for pollock from Sea of Okhotsk
Seafood Source by Cliff White – May 3, 2017
Russia’s Federal Agency for Fisheries announced at the 2017 Seafood Expo Global that it would seek Marine Stewardship Council recertification for pollock from the Sea of Okhotsk, according to the agency.


Koggiung #5 back home in the Bay
Fully restored 1932 double-ender sailboat on long term loan from Anchorage Museum to Bristol Bay Historical Society museum in Naknek.
KDLG by Dave Bendinger – May 2, 2017
Another relic from the old days of the world’s largest salmon fishery has returned home to the Bay. A fully-restored double-ender sailboat christened Koggiung #5 in 1932 arrived in Naknek on March 21.

2017 SeaWeb Sustainability Summit taking place 5 to 7 June in Seattle
Seafood Source by Cliff White – May 4, 2017
The 2017 SeaWeb Seafood Summit, the international seafood sustainability conference, will take pace in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. from 5 to 7 June.

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May 5, 2017