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Thursday, July 2, 2020


Salmon fishing off to a slow start statewide Alaska Journal of Commerce by Elizabeth Earl - July 1, 2020 Salmon harvests statewide are slow so far as the fisheries head toward their usual high points in July. So far, fishermen have landed about 5.8 million salmon. That’s less than half of the 2018 numbers by the same date, when 14 million had been landed. Much of that is due to poor sockeye returns, particularly in the Copper River area, though everywhere is slower than previous years, including Bristol Bay. SE AK Dungy crab catch starts strong again, price drops KFSK by Joe Viechnicki - July 1, 2020 Commercial crabbers in Southeast Alaska will have a full two-month summer season for Dungeness crab again this year, based on another strong start to the season. SE AK summer troll season opens Wednesday KFSK by Joe Viechnicki - June 30, 2020 The commercial troll season for king salmon in Southeast Alaska opens Wednesday, July 1. The first summer opening might be a little longer this year with a boost in the catch allowed under the Pacific Salmon Treaty with Canada. The new month also signals the end of spring trolling that targets hatchery kings. Politics Senate votes to extend PPP program hours before it expires Seafood Source by Steve Bittenbender - July 1, 2020 The U.S. Senate on Tuesday, 30 June, passed a bill that would extend the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through 8 August, just hours before the application period for the small business COVID-19 loan program ended. Environment/Science Ocean-Going Robots Poised to Enter Bering Sea to Start Unconventional Fisheries Survey Scientists implement a contingency plan to collect valuable abundance data to support sustainable management of the largest commercial fishery in the United States. NOAA Fisheries - July 1, 2020 Three saildrones left Alameda, California in May and have arrived at Unimak Pass in Alaska’s remote Aleutian Islands. The ocean drones have sailed nearly 2,700 miles at a walking pace, about 2.5 miles per hour (2 knots), which is just about the distance from Seattle to Miami. Once they navigate through the pass, the drones will enter the Bering Sea. This is where they will conduct a two month-long acoustic survey of walleye pollock. They are expected to reach their first survey station in about a week.

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