Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – September 21, 2017
Coming up this week on the Alaska Fisheries report, Bristol Bay’s Nushagak King run wasn’t quite as poor as on one sonar site determined. The inaccuracy may have been partly due to a design flaw.

PWS silver salmon harvest reaches 475,000
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – September 22, 2017
Commercial harvest of silver salmon in Prince William Sound have reached 475,000 fish, edging close to the 2016 catch of 484,000 cohos, but still below this year’s forecast of 646,000 fish.

Salmon trollers get winter season in Southeast
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki – September 20, 2017
The good news for commercial salmon trollers in Southeast Alaska is they will have a winter season for king salmon starting up next month; the bad news is that winter season may be shortened this year. Trollers have been concerned over the possibility of no winter season and what low king numbers mean for the future of the fishery.

Sitka hatchery’s chum run funds improvements
KCAW by Ed Schoenfeld – September 18, 2017
A strong chum salmon run is helping pay for upgrades to a Sitka hatchery. Returns are also good at a much larger aquaculture operation not far away.

Alaska’s economy depends on ocean science and technology
Juneau Empire by Jonathan W. White and Donna Kocak – September 21, 2017
When considering the importance of our national maritime economy, it’s hard to miss the connections between Alaska and the ocean. Alaska has the longest coastline in the U.S., and the busiest water for commercial fishing in the world. Anchorage was the second largest contributor to our nation’s Gross Domestic Product in the mineral sector in 2014. In that same year, employment across the ocean economy grew by 3.3 percent, compared to only 0.4 percent growth broadly across the state. Alaska and the blue economy are inextricably linked, each dependent on the other.

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska; Application for an Exempted Fishing Permit
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 09/22/2017
This notice announces receipt of an exempted fishing permit (EFP) application from the International Halibut Commission (IPHC). If granted, this EFP would allow crew members on a selected hook-and-line vessel targeting Pacific cod in the western Aleutian Islands in winter to collect biological samples from incidentally caught halibut and release those fish back to the water in a timely manner to increase survivability.


New study begins to save Cook Inlet Belugas
KTUU by Mike Ross – September 18, 2017
ANCHORAGE – A new three-year study is about to get underway to try to determine why the population of Cook Inlet Beluga Whales has not rebounded, despite efforts to protect them.

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September 22, 2017