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Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Alaska Support for North Pacific council move to bring in ‘local and traditional’ knowledge National Fisherman by Nathan Strout - July 4, 2023 Recommendations on how to include local and traditional knowledge into the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) has received broad support from tribes, industry groups, environmental groups, and other stakeholders. Hopeful news for Yukon River salmon fisheries while kings remain under goals Alaska's News Source by Joe Kinneen - July 2, 2023 ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Subsistence fishing for chum salmon on the Yukon River has opened because of positive projections for the run reaching escapement goals, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said. With as many as 30,000 sockeye salmon passing Bethel each day, dipnets are catching on KYUK by Evan Erickson - June 30, 2023 Amid severely restricted fishing on the Kuskokwim River, one bright spot has been the abundant sockeye runs. The reds give subsistence users an opportunity to fill spaces on fish racks where chinook and chum salmon might otherwise be. Although gillnets are the name of the game on the Kuskokwim, a rise has been seen in the popularity of one alternative gear type: the dipnet. Over 8 Million Sockeyes Caught in Bristol Bay, Half of Those in the Nushagak District, as of Sunday by Peggy Parker - July 3, 2023 While harvest numbers are watched closely as landings ramp up to the forecasted 36.7 million sockeyes this year, escapement numbers are already cause for celebration. Two of the three rivers in the Nushagak District exceeded their annual escapement goals by yesterday. The Wood River’s forecasted 1.5 million goal was surpassed on July 2 when the total reached 1.6 million. The Nushagak sockeye escapement was 22,000 fish on Saturday for a cumulative of 1.1 million, about 330,000 over the forecasted escapement. In the Igushik River, total escapement through 6 a.m. July 2 was 148,000 sockeye, about half of what ADF&G predicts for this year. That river has not yet opened. In other areas, fishing has only just begun in the Naknek-Kvichak District, and 206,000 sockeyes have been counted past the sonar, the sum of Naknek (125,400 sockeye), Kvichak (67,000) and Alagnak (12,600) rivers’ escapement as of July 1. The district harvest totals as of July 1 compared to forecasts are: Ugashik — harvest: 108,600 sockeyes landed out of a forecast of 2.53 million Egegik — harvest: 2.9 million of a forecast of 9.4 million Naknek-Kvichak — harvest: 829,300 of a forcast of 10.6 million Nushagak — harvest of 2.9 million of a forecast of 13.6 million Togiak — 16,225 sockeye of a forecasted 490,000 sockeye Both Egegik and Nushagak Rivers had their first one-day catch of over a million sockeye on Saturday, July 1. The immense scope of Bristol Bay is mind-boggling by any measure. Add to this the compressed nature of the migration in each of the five districts and the sheer number of vessels to be managed across over 400 miles of coastline make it easy to see how complex salmon management can be. This was illustrated yesterday on the east side of Bristol Bay. At 3 p.m. ADF&G management biologists announced that the Naknek-Kvichak District escapement had reached 193,000 with harvest at 829,999 sockeye. Fish and Game announced that afternoon that the Naknek-Kvichak District will open “…for an 8-hour period from 10:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 3. Within three hours, the agency had to change that, due to new information reported from the fleet and the tower monitors. “Subsistence nets indicated good escapement into the Naknek River early this morning,” ADF&G announced at 6 p.m. Sunday. “These fish have not yet been counted by the tower. There are reports of a large volume of fish at the mouth of the Naknek River towards the end of the last fishing period.” With this up-to-the-second-intel, the agency announced an opener starting at midnight Sunday, not 10:30 a.m. Monday, adding more than ten hours to fleet's fishing time. In the Nushagak District, fisihing with driftnet gear closed yesterday at 6:30 p.m. and reopened today from midnight until 8 a.m. Sometime today, Fish and Game will announce additional openers for the holiday tomorrow. Fishing with setnet gear will close at 11 a.m. today and reopen from 1 a.m. until 10 a.m. tomorrow. The setnet area of the Wood River Special Harvest area has been extended until 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5. The Ugashik District will open to setnetters for 10 hours from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. today. Drift gillnetters will start fishing from 9:15 a.m. until 2:15 p.m. today. Egegik District was open for 8 hours on Sunday for setnetters and will be open again for 8 hours from 10:45 a.m. until 6:45 p.m. today. Drift gillnet boats fished for 5.5 hours from 10:45 p.m. Sunday, July 2 until 4:15 a.m. today and will again for 5.5 hours from 11:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 3. SeafoodNew's next update will be Thursday this week, when historically this fishery has been in the middle of much higher landings or approaching the peak of fishing in Bristol Bay. National US Senate and House nearly aligned on 2024 Food and Drug Administration funding Seafood Source by Nathan Strout - July 5, 2023 The U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives are considering nearly identical figures for funding for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2024, but both proposals fall far short of U.S. President Joe Biden’s budget request. FYI’s Study says recovery of Cook Inlet belugas is seen as economically valuable Alaska Beacon by Yereth Rosen - July 4, 2023 The beluga whales of Cook Inlet, which swim in the waters off of Alaska’s biggest city, are beloved by local sightseers and tourists. But is preserving the endangered urban whale population worthwhile economically? Pacific Seafood Processors Association 1900 W Emerson Place Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98119 Phone: 206.281.1667 E-mail:; Website: 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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