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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

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Please Help Hungry Families eat more seafood: PSPA and APA have a joint venture underway to help feed hungry families, children, and communities more seafood in 2020. We realize that in this age of COVID-19 all of us in the seafood industry are navigating challenging times. Even so, there are friends and neighbors in our nation that have it even worse than we do. Food banks are struggling to keep up with demands to feed hungry people protein and seafood is largely absent from their menus. SeaShare is a nonprofit organization that was established 25 years ago to help us maximize the results of our collective donations and we’ve once again partnered with them to get food to people in need. PSPA and APA have worked with others to donate over one million pounds of high protein seafood over the last 3 months, but the need remains. We know there is more seafood available for hungry families if we can raise the funds needed to process and distribute to food banks. PSPA and APA are asking our friends, colleagues, and associates to consider giving during this time of incredible need. We have set up a live donation page at https://www.seashare.org/donate/pspa-apa-donate. Please make a donation to help. Thank you.

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Alaska Kodiak pink salmon: Overall, a summer success story KMXT by Rhonda McBride - August 11, 2020 The Kodiak pink salmon harvest is slowing down, but not without an impressive finale in the Southwest District. And that’s important because pinks account for the lion’s share of the value of the Kodiak commercial fishery. In other words, they’re the “money fish.” https://kmxt.org/2020/08/kodiak-pink-salmon-overall-a-summer-success-story/ Alaska Salmon Harvests Lag Year-on-Year for All Species Except Pinks, Now 12% Higher than 2018 SeafoodNews.com by Peggy Parker - August 11, 2020 About 85 million Alaska salmon have been harvested so far this year. An additional 18 million fish will be added if the 2018 harvest pace is matched through the end of the season. If 2016 is matched, the 2020 harvest will increase by 14 million fish, reports Garrett Evridge of the McDowell Group, in the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Weekly Salmon Update. Nearly 400,000 sockeye were harvested last week, bringing the total to 44.3 million sockeyes to date. About 160,000 of last week’s landings came from the Kodiak region and at least 120,000 sockeye were harvested in Bristol Bay. Other modest volume trickled in from Southeast, Cook Inlet, and the AK Peninsula & Aleutian Islands region. Pinks surged last week with landings that bring the cumulative total to 35.2 million, roughly 12% ahead of the same point in 2018 and 16% ahead of the same day in 2016. In both years, less than 8.5 million pinks were harvested after statistical week 32, which was last week. Kodiak and Prince William Sound contributed about three-quarters of the nearly ten million pinks harvested last week. Pink harvests continue to lag in Southeast, and Cook Inlet fishermen have experienced several weeks of relatively strong fishing for the species. The YTD keta harvest totals 4.77 million fish, about ten million fewer than the 5-year average. Production has been particularly slow in AYK and Southeast. Kodiak is down about 20% from the 2019 pace and Prince William Sound is 36% behind. Coho landings of 560,000 fish are 53% below last year’s harvest level at this time. Kodiak is an outlier, with coho landings up 45% from 2019. Southeast is 41% behind last year. In response, ADF&G has initiated an eight-day troll closure in Southeast which will end August 15th. While Chinook landings are currently slower than 2019, approximately 51,000 fish remain to be harvested this month during a second troll opener in Southeast. Overall, salmon landings across all five species show this year’s harvest is approximately 63% of pre-season forecasts. https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1178012/Alaska-Salmon-Harvests-Lag-Year-on-Year-for-All-Species-Except-Pinks-Now-12-percent-Higher-than-2018 'This Is The Worst Year That We've Recorded At McLees:' Biologists Wrap Up Salmon Count At Wislow KUCB by Hope McKenney - August 11, 2020 This summer, Unalaska collected information on the sockeye salmon run for McLees Lake at Cape Wislow. The data is used to gauge the strength of the run and to establish regulations for subsistence fishing. https://www.kucb.org/post/worst-year-weve-recorded-mclees-biologists-wrap-salmon-count-wislow FYI’s Reminder: Request for nominations: Salmon Advisory Subpanel and Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel (due August 17, 2020) Pacific Fishery Management Council August 11, 2020 — The following was released by the Pacific Fishery Management Council: The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is seeking qualified candidates to consider for a vacancy on the Salmon Advisory Subpanel representing Washington charter operations; and a vacancy on the Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel representing Washington at-large at its September 2020 meeting. Successful candidates will serve out the remainder of the 2019-2021 Council advisory body term. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than 5 p.m. Monday, August 17, 2020. https://www.savingseafood.org/news/council-actions/reminder-request-for-nominations-salmon-advisory-subpanel-and-ecosystem-advisory-subpanel-due-august-17-2020/ Reminder: Request for nominations on the Habitat Committee (due August 31 2020) Pacific Fishery Management Council August 11, 2020 — The following was released by the Pacific Fishery Management Council: The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is requesting nominations of qualified candidates to fill one commercial fishery position on its Habitat Committee. Successful candidates will serve out the remainder of the 2019-2021 Council advisory body term. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than 5 p.m. Monday, August 31, 2020. https://www.savingseafood.org/news/council-actions/reminder-request-for-nominations-on-the-habitat-committee-due-august-31-2020/

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