Alaska Fisheries Report KMXT by Maggie Wall - June 13, 2019 First a roundup of fisheries around the state. Last year was the worst commercial sockeye season in Chignik since statehood. And a slow start this year is making people concerned about this summer’s return. http://kmxt.org/2019/06/alaska-fisheries-report-june-13-2019/ Future of MAP in Cordova in jeopardy Alaska Sea Grant director urges community to speak up now in support Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - June 14, 2019 Being one of the top 10 fishing ports in the nation for millions of pounds of seafood landed is a source of pride in this Prince William Sound fishing community, population 1,800, with credit due, folks say, to harvesters, processors and the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program. https://thecordovatimes.com/2019/06/14/future-of-map-in-cordova-in-jeopardy/ Copper River catch tops 790,000 salmon Fresh Chinooks weighing in at 19.9 pounds, sockeye weight at 5.6 pounds Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - June 13, 2019 Chinook salmon harvested in the eighth Copper River opener of the season weighed in at 19.9 pounds on average, while sockeyes netted were a slim 5.6 pounds, in an overall catch that boosted the river’s harvest through June 12 to 790,219 fish. https://thecordovatimes.com/2019/06/13/copper-river-catch-tops-790000-salmon/ Views from Alaska: Q&A in harmony National Fishermen by Julie Decker - June 14, 2019 New products can mean new customers, improved utilization and increased value for the entire seafood industry. In Alaska, we celebrate innovations in product development through an annual event called the Alaska Symphony of Seafood. The Symphony is a competition for new commercial-ready products made from Alaska seafood. Each product entered in the competition is grouped into one of four categories: Retail, Foodservice, Beyond the Plate and Beyond the Egg. The winners receive booth space and airfare to the Seafood Expo North America and are entered into the expo’s new products contest, along with many other benefits. https://www.nationalfisherman.com/alaska/views-from-alaska-qa-in-harmony/ Politics Why fishermen are mailing corks to Murkowski Alaska Public Media by Liz Ruskin - June 13, 2019 Bristol Bay fishermen who oppose the Pebble Mine are adding an unusual task to their pre-season chores: They’re writing messages on cork floats and mailing them to Sen. Lisa Murkowski. https://www.alaskapublic.org/2019/06/13/why-fishermen-are-mailing-corks-to-murkowski/ FYI’s ALFA honored by Alaska Conservation Foundation Cordova Times - June 13, 2019 Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association, a Southeast Alaska alliance of small-scale fishermen based in Sitka, has won the Alaska Conservation Foundation’s 2019 award for furthering resource conservation. https://thecordovatimes.com/2019/06/13/alfa-honored-by-alaska-conservation-foundation/ Proposals sought for Saltonstall-Kennedy grant funds Cordova Times - June 13, 2019 Competition is open for $300,000 in 2020 Saltonstall-Kennedy grant funds for projects that encourage development of environmentally and economically-sound marine aquaculture, relieve fishing pressure and improve market availability of domestic seafood. https://thecordovatimes.com/2019/06/13/proposals-sought-for-saltonstall-kennedy-grant-funds/ Coast Guard offering free dockside examinations through June 17 KDLG by Alex Hager - June 12, 2019 By getting an examination before heading out for the season, fishermen can make sure that their boats will easily pass inspection if they get boarded by the Coast Guard at sea. https://www.kdlg.org/post/coast-guard-offering-free-dockside-examinations-through-june-17-0#stream/0
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