Alaska Pink salmon catch boosts Prince William Sound harvest Overall PWS harvest now exceeds 20M fish Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - July 24, 2021 An overall catch of 16.6 million humpies has boosted the preliminary commercial total harvest in Prince William Sound to over 20 million fish, although it’s still too early to gauge the strength of the pink salmon harvest. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2021/07/24/pink-salmon-catch-boosts-prince-william-sound-harvest/ Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 23, 2021 Fish just keep rolling into the bay with another near half million swimming through yesterday. The total run is now past 64 million fish with total escapement at 24.9 million. KDLG by Brian Venua - July 23, 2021 This year, a huge proportion of Bristol Bay’s run were 1-2 sockeye -- fish that spent one year in freshwater and two in the ocean. According to Fish and Game’s latest age composition summary from early July, almost 60% of the run was 1-2 fish. KDLG’s Izzy Ross talked to Fish and Game research Biologist Greg Buck, who says the reason for such a vast expanse of younger sockeye is still murky. https://www.kdlg.org/post/bristol-bay-fisheries-report-july-23-2021#stream/0 Biggest Sockeye Run EVER! Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association - July 23, 2021 "If you want to see magic, come to Bristol Bay Alaska and you'll see magic. It's still here on Earth."- Ole Olson (The Wild documentary, August Island Pictures) More than 63 million sockeye have returned to Bristol Bay this year, through July 20, making it the largest sockeye run since recordkeeping began in 1893! This breaks the previous record of 62.95 million fish set in 2018. https://www.bbrsda.com/updates/2021/7/21/biggest-sockeye-run-ever Dunleavy Administration Coordinates Salmon Donations to Yukon-Kuskokwim Region Office of Governor Mike Dunleavy - July 23, 2021 July 23, 2021 (Anchorage, AK) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, at the direction of Governor Mike Dunleavy, is coordinating donations of salmon to families in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region following the closure of chinook and chum salmon fishing in the Yukon River due to poor returns. The department is working with Sea Share, Alaska based fishery processors (Alaska General Seafoods, Leader Creek Fisheries, North Pacific Seafoods, Ocean Beauty Icicle, Silver Bay Seafoods and Trident Seafoods), Lynden, Northern Air Cargo, Everts, and Alaska Air to fly donated fish to Emmonak and Fairbanks for distribution to villages along the Yukon River. Kwik’pak, the Association of Village Council Presidents, and Tanana Chiefs Conference are also helping with the distribution. https://gov.alaska.gov/newsroom/2021/07/23/dunleavy-administration-coordinates-salmon-donations-to-yukon-kuskokwim-region/ National Concerns mount over rising US seafood prices Seafood Source by Christine Blank - July 23, 2021 Rising seafood prices due to inflation continue to cause concern among the entire industry, including retail and foodservice buyers. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/foodservice-retail/concerns-mount-over-rising-us-seafood-prices Environment/Science Large-scale old-growth logging to end in Tongass Fishermen applaud decision; AFA, congressional delegation voice criticism Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - July 23, 2021 A Biden administration decision that would end large-scale old-growth logging in Tongass National Forest, a critical spawning area for thousands of wild salmon, is sparking criticism from the timber industry and kudos from seafood harvesters. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2021/07/23/large-scale-old-growth-logging-to-end-in-tongass/ Federal fisheries officials raise concern over Kensington Mine expansion KCAW by Jacob Resneck - July 23, 2021 Coeur Alaska reported its Kensington Mine produced around 125,000 ounces of gold in 2020. And its most recent report suggests it’s on track for a similar yield this year. At current prices that’s around $225 million worth each year. https://www.kcaw.org/2021/07/23/federal-fisheries-officials-raise-concern-over-kensington-mine-expansion/ FYI’s NOAA's first Tribal research coordinator aims to build partnerships with Indigenous communities For the first time, the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has a Tribal research coordinator. NOAA is a key federal leader of environmental research. Those involved say the new position is a step toward better representation for Alaska’s Indigenous communities. KDLG by Mackenzie Mancuso - July 23, 2021 Mabel Baldwin-Schaeffer is the first Tribal coordinator for the Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s Communications Program. https://www.kdlg.org/post/noaas-first-tribal-research-coordinator-aims-build-partnerships-indigenous-communities
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