Alaska/Pacific Coast

Fish and Game now estimates Nushagak king escapement closer to 90,000
KDLG by Dave Bendinger – September 14, 2017
The sonar only counted 56,000, just over minimum escapement, but biologists think low water and abundance of sockeye hindered the sonar’s king counting ability. Post-season aerial surveys found plenty of kings on spawning grounds in all tributaries.
http://kdlg.org/post/fish-and-game-now-estimates-nushagak-king-escapement-closer-90000

Silver Salmon are Bigger Than Normal This Year
KMXT by Mitch Borden – September 13, 2017
Silver Salmon are spawning all across Kodiak. Its looking like a pretty normal year for the cohos, except they’re coming in especially big and strong.
http://kmxt.org/2017/09/silver-salmon-bigger-normal-year/

The Kitoi Bay Hatchery Wraps up its Cost Recovery Fishing for Pink Salmon
KMXT by Mitch Borden – September 12, 2017
The Kitoi Bay Hatchery thought 10 million pink salmon would return this summer, but only around 2 million showed up. Even though its estimates were off, the hatchery was able to meet 95 percent of its cost recovery fishing goal. Around 5.75 million pounds of pinks were collected.
http://kmxt.org/2017/09/kitoi-bay-hatchery-wraps-cost-recovery-fishing-pink-salmon/

International

UN Forecasts Fish Production Rise
Fishermen’s News – September 13, 2017
Global fish production is expected to grow by 1.1 percent in 2017, in line with the long-term trend, according to the biannual report on global food markets by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2017/09/un-forecasts-fish-production-rise.html

Environment/Science

Biologists Say Sea Lions are Eating Too Many Salmon
Spokane Public Radio by Doug Nadvornick – September 12, 2017
Biologists from Washington and Oregon today (Tuesday) gave a sobering assessment of the fate of salmon species that are being devoured in large numbers by California sea lions. The report came Tuesday at a meeting of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council in Spokane.
http://spokanepublicradio.org/post/biologists-say-sea-lions-are-eating-too-many-salmon

Federal Register

Fisheries Off West Coast States; Modifications of the West Coast Commercial and Recreational Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Actions #5 Through #11
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 09/14/2017
NMFS announces seven inseason actions in the ocean salmon fisheries. These inseason actions modified the commercial and recreational salmon fisheries in the area from the U.S./Canada border to the U.S./Mexico border.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/14/2017-19475/fisheries-off-west-coast-states-modifications-of-the-west-coast-commercial-and-recreational-salmon

FYI’s

Training institute grooms future seafood industry leaders
Sea Grant – September 11, 2017
Seafood is big business in Alaska. To help boost the industry and its leadership careers, Alaska Sea Grant will offer a training program that starts in November. It’s called the Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute.
https://seagrant.uaf.edu/news/2017/09-11-17-training-institute-grooms-future-seafood-industry-leaders.php

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