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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Alaska 2022 Preliminary Alaska Commercial Salmon Harvest - Blue Sheet Alaska Department of Fish and Game - May 2022 The Blue Sheet reports cumulative salmon harvest during the commercial fishing season in thousands of fish. Statewide harvest estimates on this page are refreshed twice daily. Please note, inseason harvest estimates published in this report are preliminary and subject to change. Confidential catch information is not included in these cumulative totals. Questions about inseason data collection and individual estimates should be directed to the fishery area management biologists. Alaska’s Copper River Season Off to Very Slow Start by Peggy Parker - May 23, 2022 In the week since the Copper River season began, only 30,360 salmon have been landed in the two openers last week: 24,440 sockeye and 5,520 Chinook. An additional 400 chum salmon were also harvested. Last week’s two openers yielded similar totals, both far from pre-season expectations. On Monday, May 16, 2,700 Chinook and 12,800 sockeye salmon were reported. This compares to a projected harvest of 20,700 sockeye salmon for that period. On Thursday, May 19, another 12-hour opener brought 2,700 Chinook and 11,700 sockeye salmon to market, compared to a projected harvest of 29,900 sockeye salmon for that opener. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s sonar counter in the Copper River was deployed on May 17 on the north side of the river, but the south side monitoring equipment is still iced in. Data collection on the north side is expected to be continuous now throughout the season. The sonars are counting fish as they swim by, giving biologists and salmon managers a look at the escapement day to day. Once a stock assessment is made, modelers forecast what the daily escapement may be, given the size and timing of the run. As of May 20, the cumulative sonar count is 182 salmon fish whereas 10,997 fish were projected by that date. The 6 a.m. count for May 21 was 12 salmon. The next opener is expected on Thursday. ADF&G will made a specific announcement verifying and providing opening and closing times, on Wednesday May 25. ADF&G predicted a commercial sockeye harvest of 716,000 fish in the Copper River district this year, a 75 percent jump over 2021, when only 408,000 sockeye were landed. Last year the state forecast for the 2021 harvest was 1.29 salmon, 68 percent above what was actually caught. Harvests in recent years have been well below the ten-year average in the area. The number of sockeye returning to Copper River also remains low. The 1.38 million run is down 34 percent from the 10-year average of around 2.16 million fish. International Russia Facing Shortage of Salmon This Year by Eugene Gerden - May 24, 2022 Russia is facing a shortage of salmon this year due to the almost complete end of its imports to the country including those, which, so far, have been delivered via the territory of Belarus. In case of Belarus, as the Chairman of the Russian Fish Union Alexander Panin said in an interview with the Russian Kommersant business paper, prior to February 24, 2022, Belarusian producers of red fish products primarily used salmon from Norway. However with the beginning of the military conflict between Russia and Ukraine and a new wave of sanctions (primarily the exodus of global container lines), the supplies both from Norway and Faroe Islands were suspended. As for Russia, local processors currently still have some stocks in their warehouses. Since 2014 local red fish processors have gained some competencies to work with salmon, which was supplied to Russia from Chile. Amid the almost complete suspension of imports, one of the options for Russian salmon processors could be the use of wild red fish, which is produced in the Russian Far East, as well as salmon, which is grown on farms in Murmansk. There is also a possibility of the beginning of supplies of trout from Karelia. The Russian Aquaculture enterprise, one of the leading local enterprises in the field of aquaculture in its report for 2020 estimated the volume of the Russian red fish market at 114,000 tons, of which 99,000 are imports. It is planned, the market will significantly decline this year. According to Panin, at present Chilean salmon is at the peak of historical world prices, and given the problems with logistics through Europe, importers are in no hurry to buy it. According to the reports of the Chilean red fish producer Salmones Camanchaca, the average world prices for Atlantic salmon in the first quarter of 2022 increased by 34% year-on-year, to $6.77 per 1 kg. That leads to a significant decline of imports. Federal Register Nominations for U.S. Commissioners to Regional Fisheries Management Organizations A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/24/2022 NMFS is soliciting nominations, which may include self-nominations, for qualified individuals to serve as non-Federal U.S. Commissioners (Commissioners) to certain regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs). This action is being undertaken to enhance transparency in the process of identifying potential candidates for Commissioner positions and to increase diversity in the candidate pool to help ensure the views and interests of the range of U.S. stakeholders are considered in the process of developing and advancing U.S. positions at RFMOs. Nominations are open to all qualified individuals and may include current or previous Commissioners and Alternate Commissioners for certain RFMOs where eligible. Fishing Capacity Reduction Program for the Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Salmon Fishery A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/24/2022 NMFS issues this notice to inform the public that there will be an increase of the fee rate required to repay the reduction loan financing the Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Salmon Fishing Capacity reduction program. Effective June 1, 2022, NMFS is increasing the Loan B fee rate to 2.5 percent of landed value to ensure timely repayment of the loan. The fee rate for Loan A will remain unchanged at 1 percent of landed value. The increased fee rate is due to the decrease in projected value of the Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Salmon catch for 2022. FYI’s Casey Sixkiller named as EPA's Region 10 Administrator KINY - May 20, 2022 Washington, DC (KINY) - Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan has announced that President Biden will appoint Casey Sixkiller to become EPA’s Regional Administrator for Region 10. 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