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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Alaska Alaska groundfish: Covid’s hangover and bycatch caps slow the season National Fisherman by Charlie Ess - August 9, 2021 King salmon caps, covid and stiff tariffs on the China end of business have stymied the Gulf of Alaska groundfish industry so far this year. As of March 26, trawlers targeting Pacific cod in the western gulf harvest area hit the hard cap of 3,060 kings. 182 PWS proposals slated for Board of Fisheries meeting Comment deadline is Nov. 15 Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - August 9, 2021 Proposals on topics ranging from optimum escapement goals for for Chinook salmon in the Copper River to a community subsistence salmon permit and a sea cucumber fishery are on the table for the Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting Nov. 30-Dec. 6 in Cordova. FYI’s Today is Alaska Wild Salmon Day Seafood News by Laine Welch - August 10, 2021 This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – It’s Alaska Wild Salmon Day! What would the salmon say? More after this – Grundéns’ DECK-BOSS 15-inch boots feature a protective toe cap, uppers that won’t crack, and compression molded rubber outsoles for better traction on wet decks. Made in the USA. Did you know that eating wild and sustainable Alaska seafood can boost your immune system? Learn more about Alaska seafood’s many proven nutritional benefits at It is officially Alaska Wild Salmon Day. The honor was established six years ago by former Governor Bill when he signed a bill designating every August 10th as a day to honor the fish that is the cultural and economic backbone of so many communities. Fishermen shared what they would say to the salmon - I’ve always been pretty heartless towards salmon (laughs). Sorry you’ll never spawn. You’re just a dollar bill with fins. Thank you for what you’re offering. I think you are one of God’s most magnificent creatures. The arduous journey you’ve been on is worthy of respect. I am deeply honored to be a part of your life cycle. Every time I slide my hand along your glistening scales, or feel the power when you flick your strong tail, I am thankful. Salmon fishing provides jobs for over 30,000 Alaskans and generates $2 billion a year in economic input. Salmon provides 37% of the value of Alaska’s total fish catches and 14% of the volume. And 95% of the wild salmon eaten by Americans comes from Alaska. What would the salmon say to us? I really get a bunch of Nemo quotes going through my head right now, like swim down! You just want me for my body. A lot of people think if salmon could talk they’d be screaming in the net. Help me! But I’ve never paid any attention to that. Across the board, from subsistence to sport and commercial fishermen, all Alaskans respect the iconic fish and are thankful for the food and lifestyle it provides. I would like to tell salmon, my relatives, we will always be here to protect you, and I look forward to us living in harmony with one another. Give thanks today and every day for Alaska salmon. Thanks to the production assist from Alex Trokey in Homer. Fish Radio is also brought to you by OBI Seafoods, an Alaska corporation proudly supporting Alaska’s coastal communities and the Alaskans who depend on fishing for their livelihoods and culture. In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch. September 2021 PFMC (online) meeting notice and agenda now available Pacific Fishery Management Council - August 9, 2021 The following was released by the Pacific Fishery Management Council: The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC or Council) and its advisory bodies will meet September 8-11 and 13‐15, 2021 by webinar only, to address issues related to groundfish, ecosystem, highly migratory species, salmon, Pacific halibut, and administrative matters.

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