Alaska/Pacific Coast 62.3 Million: Bristol Bay’s 2018 salmon season the largest ever It was a rollercoaster salmon season around Bristol Bay this summer. West side districts saw their largest sockeye runs on record. East side districts saw their latest red run's on record. In the end, every river in the bay made its escapement goal. KDLG by Avery Lill - October 8, 2018 It is official; 2018 was the largest sockeye salmon run to Bristol Bay on record, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has records dating back to 1893. The 2018 Bristol Bay Season Summary, which ADF&G released in September, reiterates the records this year’s run broke. To start with, the total run to Bristol Bay this summer was 62.3 million sockeye. That is 21 percent above the preseason forecast of 51.3 million fish. http://www.kdlg.org/post/623-million-bristol-bay-s-2018-salmon-season-largest-ever Centuries of tradition: Wild salmon subsistence and trade supports First People of Prince William Sound Native Village of Eyak supports strong wild salmon stocks and maximum sustainable use of our natural resources Cordova Times by John Whissel - October 4, 2018 Before western contact, the first people who lived along Prince William Sound and on the Copper River Delta in and around villages included Eyak Lake, Alaganik, Palugvik and Nuchek, as well as many camps and villages throughout the Sound and the Copper River Delta. Subsistence and trade are a known part of tradition for hundreds of years, and were documented with early contact. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2018/10/04/centuries-of-tradition-wild-salmon-subsistence-and-trade-supports-first-people-of-prince-william-sound/ The salmon initiative: Habitat protecter, or job killer? KTUU by Richard Mauer - October 05, 2018 Is Ballot Measure 1, the salmon initiative, a habitat protector or a job killer? Supporters say it’s a healthy and necessary revision to Alaska’s habitat laws, which are decades old. https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/The-salmon-initiative-a-habitat-protecter-or-job-killer-495232881.html International Russian Fishing Company to Build 9 Trawlers at Domestic Shipyards SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - October 9, 2018 Russian leading fish producer and processor Russian Fishing Company (RRPK) is preparing for a significant increase of production in years to come. The company plans to place additional orders for the building of large trawler-processors at domestic shipyards. As part of these plans, the company intends to build nine fishing trawlers at the capacities of St. Petersburg shipyards, at the cost of U.S. $100 million per ship. Last year, the company already signed an agreement for the building of six fishing trawlers of the Norwegian ST-192 project at the Admiralty Shipyards. Building is carried out as part of the "quotas under the keel" state program, designed, in part, to modernize the Russian fishing fleet. Final execution of the order is scheduled for 2023. The ST-192 project involves building of ships 108 meters and 21 meters in width or more. These will be large fishing deep-freezing trawlers, with freezing holds and a fish-processing plant. Estimated volume of catches per ship is about 50,000 tonnes per year, while the volume of finished production is about 15,000 tons of fillets, minced meat and surimi from pollock and herring. In addition, these trawlers will have their own on-board production of fish meal, fat and caviar. https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1119240/Russian-Fishing-Company-to-Build-9-Trawlers-at-Domestic-Shipyards FYI’s Meet the 2018 National Fisherman Highliners National Fisherman by Jessica Hathaway - October 2, 2018 Continuing a tradition that began in 1975, I am honored to name the 2018 NF Highliners, representing U.S. fishing communities on the East and Gulf coasts. A Highliner is a career commercial fisherman who is also known for giving back to the industry, locally, nationally or globally. This year, we include in the ranks a lifetime achievement award winner for a career of service to commercial fisheries. https://www.nationalfisherman.com/viewpoints/national-international/meet-the-2018-national-fisherman-highliners/?utm_source=marketo&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_content=newsletter&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTW1Rd056UTFPR0ZpTURFdyIsInQiOiJDemVYY0NnMVR3OVNJaFNPSVBGNTBRWDFqbnNpUkJZazlzRGpLUk9HK2NNRmZxUnNuR2JcL2lCTFVPV1psem5zamdWclRSMmtwQlRqdldlTUFxb2d2Y1ZqR0h5STAyS25vSk13UDBHV3pKWFFhZG9aaHM2U0V4XC84cWk1T0xJbWFNIn0%3D Company that owns Ravn bids highest for PenAir KDLG by Avery Lill - October 4, 2018 A bankruptcy judge will decide tomorrow whether to approve the purchase of Peninsula Airways assets for $12.3 million. http://www.kdlg.org/post/company-owns-ravn-bids-highest-penair
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