Alaskan fishing industry leaders meet with US trade ambassador in Anchorage
Alaska News Source by Patrick Enslow - June 30, 2022
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Ambassador Katherine Tai, the United States trade representative, and Sen. Dan Sullivan held a roundtable discussion with leaders from the state’s fishing industry at Hotel Captain Cook on Thursday.
Buskin River reopens to sport and subsistence salmon fishing
KMXT by Kirsten Dobroth - July 2, 2022
After a closure last month, the Buskin River will reopen to sport and subsistence salmon fishing. Less than a thousand salmon had passed through the Buskin weir when Fish and Game closed the river and inner waters of Chiniak Bay to subsistence and sport salmon fishing on June 11. The Buskin also closed last summer due to low sockeye numbers.
Salmon nose deep into Alaska ecosystems as they swim, and die, across the state
Anchorage Daily News by Ned Rozell - July 2, 2022
During a good year in Bristol Bay, a surge of more than 100 million pounds of sockeye salmon fights its way upstream, spawns, and dies. In Bristol Bay and elsewhere in Alaska, this incredible pulse of salmon carcasses enriches streams and rivers and makes young salmon hardier.
Alaska salmon LIVE UPDATES: Bristol Bay catch tops 14 million fish as peak harvest week approaches
Follow along to get the latest news on Alaska's wild salmon season this year in one convenient roundup.
Intrafish by Rachel Sapin - July 1, 2022
The 2022 Alaska salmon season has officially started, and that means our full-season coverage kicks off as well.
ANALYSIS: Wild Salmon Weekend as Heavy Retail Promotions Planned for Sockeyes Ahead of July 4th
Urner Barry by Joshua Bickert - July 1, 2022
As the sockeye season starts to hit its stride we have seen pricing for both fresh Sockeye whole fish and fresh fillets adjust lower as supplies build for most of the season. Levels on fresh 4-6 lb. whole fish dropped to $4.50 from $5.50, an 18% decrease in 2 weeks. Compare that to last year when we saw a larger dip within the same time frame going from $7.50 to $5.50 per pound for a drop of 26%. The floor, however, is higher at 18% YOY. Copper River pricing is still being collected as well, continuing to garner a small premium compared to Sockeyes from other regions.
While demand is still reported to be strong, the ample to almost burdensome supply of Sockeye is causing downward pricing pressure. So far, the forecast from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game which predicted a strong Sockeye harvest appears to be accurate. Statistical weeks 25 and 26 were both above last year's totals and the 5-year average. ADFG projected a total of 74 million fish this year and most of that is expected in Bristol Bay where escapement goals have already been met...
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3MMI - Alaska Groundfish: Pollock, Pacific Cod, Sole, Ocean Perch; How Much Remains?
TradexFoods - July 4, 2022
This week we provide an Alaska Groundfish harvest update on how much fish remains to be harvested from four of the highest harvesting Alaska groundfish fisheries, also while the Pollock fishery picked back up again with the start of its “B” season. In recent years, Alaska fishermen have always harvested between 95%-98% of the Pollock TAC, and 91%-99% of the Pacific Cod TAC.
Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Non-trawl Logbook
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 07/05/2022
This proposed rule would create a federal requirement for certain vessels in the Pacific Coast Groundfish fishery target fishing for groundfish with non-trawl gear in federal waters off the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington, to complete and submit a non-trawl logbook to NMFS via an electronic application. Specifically, this non-trawl logbook requirement would apply to vessels participating in the directed open access and limited entry fixed gear sectors, as well as those vessels that fish with non-trawl gear in the Shorebased Individual Fishing Quota Program. The intent of this requirement is to collect valuable fishery-dependent information in non-trawl sectors with partial observer coverage, which would help better inform management of these fisheries.
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