Alaska/Pacific Coast

Average year for coho harvest in PWS, but prices are up
KBBI by Aaron Bolton – September 11, 2017
Commercial fishing for coho salmon is winding down in Prince William Sound. Gillneters at the mouth of the Copper River are seeing a relatively average year with about 170,000 fish harvested so far. While the harvest is typical, the price this year is not. Coho are fetching about $1.50 per pound at the docks, about double the average price.
http://kbbi.org/post/average-year-coho-harvest-pws-prices-are

Silver Salmon Commercial Season Likely Over On Yukon Following Banner Year
KYUK by Anna Rose MacArthur – September 8, 2017
After a banner season, the silver salmon run in the lower Yukon River is over unless there is another huge plug of fish. But Fish and Game biologists say that that’s highly unlikely.
http://kyuk.org/post/silver-salmon-commercial-season-likely-over-yukon-following-banner-year

Environment/Science

Litzow joins Kodiak’s Marine Science Center
Cordova Times – September 7, 2017
After a decade of sailing around the world, and living in Australia, Mike Litzow is back in Kodiak, at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, with the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences as an assistant research professor..
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/09/07/litzow-joins-kodiaks-marine-science-center/

Big melt season in Chukchi and Beaufort seas affects animals, people and the weather ahead
Alaska Dispatch News by Yereth Rosen – September 11, 2017
Sea ice is sparse in Arctic waters off Alaska, and the implications for animals, upcoming winter weather and next year’s ice pack are reported to be profound.

https://www.adn.com/arctic/2017/09/11/big-melt-season-in-chukchi-and-beaufort-seas-affects-animals-people-and-the-weather-ahead/

FYI’s

Competition opens for Saltonstall-Kennedy grants
Cordova Times – September 8, 2017
Pre-proposals are due by Oct. 10 for 2018 Saltonstall-Kennedy grants, a NOAA Fisheries program aimed at supporting and enhancing domestic fisheries.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/09/08/competition-opens-saltonstall-kennedy-grants/

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September 12, 2017