Bristol Bay sockeye harvest blowing away forecast once again Alaska Journal of Commerce by Elizabeth Earl - July 24, 2019 Bristol Bay is approaching the record for sockeye salmon harvest once again. As of July 21, fishermen in Bristol Bay’s five districts had harvested just more than 42 million salmon. More than 41.5 million of those were sockeye, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game; that’s already more than the 41.3 million sockeye harvested in 2018, the second-largest harvest on record. http://www.alaskajournal.com/2019-07-24/bristol-bay-sockeye-harvest-blowing-away-forecast-once-again Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 23, 2019 KDLG by Alex Hager - July 23, 2019 Things are winding down for the season but fish are still coming in Ugashik. Across the bay, all river systems have now met their lower end escapement goals for the season. https://www.kdlg.org/post/bristol-bay-fisheries-report-july-23-2019#stream/0 Real talk: Is eating salmon bad for the orcas? The Evergrey by Caitlin Moran - July 24, 2019 Fresh, barbecued salmon is a summer treat that many Seattleites look forward to all year long. But growing concerns about starving orcas and a dwindling chinook runs have made some local salmon lovers uneasy. Evergrey reader Ashley Mandel recently wrote in to ask for our help in answering a simple question: Is it OK to eat wild salmon in the Pacific Northwest? https://theevergrey.com/real-talk-is-eating-salmon-bad-for-the-orcas/ Politics Alaska Congressional Delegation Commends USDA Purchase of Alaska Pollock Products for Food Nutrition Assistance Programs Alaska Native News by Press Office of Senator Murkowski - July 24, 2019 WASHINGTON D.C.— U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, (all R-Alaska), today commended the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) approval of a Section 32 purchase of up to $41 million of surplus Alaska Pollock Products. USDA’s purchase of Alaska Pollock will be distributed to various food nutrition assistance programs, including charitable organizations. https://alaska-native-news.com/alaska-congressional-delegation-commends-usda-purchase-of-alaska-pollock-products-for-food-nutrition-assistance-programs/43636/ International Canada Ratifies Port State Measures Agreement Fishermen's New - July 24, 2019 Top officials with Canada’s Ministry of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard have ratified the Port State Measures agreement, the first binding international agreement specifically targeting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2019/07/canada-ratifies-port-state-measures.html Environment/Science In hot water: How warmer years might affect salmon populations KDLG by Sage Smiley - July 23, 2019 This year saw record-breaking temperatures in Bristol Bay – part of a temperature trend that spans decades. As the waters warm, what could happen to the salmon? There is a lot of worry and speculation about hot weather affecting sockeye runs on the east side of Bristol Bay this summer. But despite some of the hottest air and water temperatures on record, every district is meeting – or exceeding – expectations, both for escapement and harvest. https://www.kdlg.org/post/hot-water-how-warmer-years-might-affect-salmon-populations#stream/0
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