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Monday, June 12, 2023

Alaska NOAA to trollers: A revised environmental analysis could allow king fishing by August KCAW by Robert Woolsey - June 9, 2023 The National Marine Fisheries Service hasn’t ruled out the possibility of opening the summer troll season for king salmon in Southeast Alaska, despite a federal judge’s recent ruling to the contrary. https://www.kcaw.org/2023/06/09/noaa-to-trollers-a-revised-environmental-analysis-could-allow-king-fishing-by-august/ NOAA Fisheries Announces Selection of the Alaska Salmon Research Task Force Members The task force has 1 year to develop a coordinated research plan for salmon in Alaska. NOAA Fisheries - June 9, 2023 Salmon play an essential role in Alaska ecosystems. They support commercial and recreational fisheries and are integral to the culture and food security of many Indigenous communities in Alaska. In response to historic declines of salmon runs on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers, Congress passed the Alaska Salmon Research Task Force Act and President Biden signed it into law in December 2022. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/noaa-fisheries-announces-selection-alaska-salmon-research-task-force-members Fish and Game announces Kuskokwim River salmon opening from Aniak to headwaters KYUK by Evan Erickson - June 9, 2023 For the portion of the Kuskokwim River managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, which spans from near Aniak to the headwaters (Subsistence Sections 4 and 5), fishing will open 24 hours a day beginning June 12. Both set and drift nets must be 6-inch or less mesh and not exceed 150 feet in length and 45 meshes in depth. King salmon may be retained while subsistence fishing if caught with fish wheels, dip nets, beach seines, and hook and line beginning June 12 until further notice. https://www.kyuk.org/hunting-fishing/2023-06-09/fish-and-game-announces-kuskokwim-river-salmon-opening-from-aniak-to-headwaters Environment/Science Deepwater mapping reveals gas seeps in Aleutian Trench KUCB by Sofia Stuart-Rasi - June 9, 2023 The Okeanos Explorer docked in Unalaska last month, after finishing its first of six expeditions, mapping out the deep seafloor around the Aleutian Islands. It was almost June and the weather was starting to calm down from the winter season — making it safer for research boats to head out to the Bering Sea. https://www.kucb.org/science-environment/2023-06-09/deepwater-mapping-reveals-gas-seeps-in-aleutian-trench Long-term study hopes to unlock secrets of Gulf of Alaska ecosystem KINY by Jeff Richardson/UAF - June 8, 2023 Alaska (UAF) - The University of Alaska Fairbanks is using underwater autonomous vehicles in order to learn more about the ecosystem in the Gulf of Alaska. https://www.kinyradio.com/news/news-of-the-north/long-term-study-hopes-to-unlock-secrets-of-gulf-of-alaska-ecosystem/ Inflation Reduction Act: A Historic Investment in America’s Climate Resilience NOAA Fisheries will receive an unprecedented investment in strengthening the agency’s core mission to provide science-based management and conservation of the nation’s marine resources as we confront climate change. NOAA Fisheries - June 8, 2023 Climate change impacts every aspect of our mission—from managing fisheries and aquaculture, to conserving protected resources and vital habitats. Fisheries support more than 1.7 million jobs and $244 billion in economic activity in the United States every year. Preparing for changing oceans will help sustain valuable marine resources, fisheries, and coastal communities. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/inflation-reduction-act-historic-investment-americas-climate-resilience Labeling and Marketing 3MMI - 2023 Summer Salmon Update: Chinook Salmon (aka Kings, aka Springs) TradexFoods - June 12, 2023 --- The pace of this year’s Alaskan Chinook Salmon harvest is lagging behind about 65% of the same time last year. Alaska’s Chinook forecast is one of the lowest in recent years and pending litigation could affect about 100,000 fish due to a court order to close the Southeast Alaska Chinook Troll Fishery. There are mixed signals for pricing due to the amount of all Salmon remaining in freezers globally. Watch to Find Out More. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj1yuJNXUV0 Pacific Seafood Processors Association 1900 W Emerson Place Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98119 Phone: 206.281.1667 E-mail: admin@pspafish.net; Website: www.pspafish.net Our office days/hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, any copyrighted work in this message is distributed under fair use without profit or payment to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving this information for non-profit research and educational purposes only. *Inclusion of a news article, report, or other document in this email does not imply PSPA support or endorsement of the information or opinion expressed in the document.

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