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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Alaska First Copper River Commercial Salmon Opener Harvest Yields Nearly 43,000 Sockeyes Fishermen's News - May 22, 2024 Commercial harvesters in the first Copper River salmon opener delivered nearly 43,000 sockeye salmon, 1,108 Chinook, 247 chum and two coho salmon to processors. The estimated harvest was compiled from 376 deliveries by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Cordova office. Supporting the Long-Term Survival of Copper River Salmon and Alaska Native Traditions With $4.3 million in NOAA funds, the Copper River Watershed Project and The Eyak Corporation will remove fish passage barriers, opening more streams for salmon spawning and subsistence fishing. NOAA Fisheries - May 20, 2024 NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Habitat Conservation is investing in the long-term survival of one of the world’s most prized fish: Alaska’s Copper River salmon. With gourmet chefs paying upwards of $90 per pound for the flavorful fish, Copper River salmon play a crucial role in the region’s economy. The salmon support a $20 million commercial fishing industry and provide millions more to local communities through related jobs. The fish are also the lifeblood of Alaska Natives, who rely on subsistence fishing to feed their families and maintain their ancestral traditions. Environment/Science Building climate resilience together with Alaska’s fishing communities National Fisherman by Guest Author: Michelle Stratton and Theresa Peterson - May 21, 2024 Communities of the Gulf of Alaska have a long history of adaptation. They have survived and thrived through wars, economic depressions, and natural disasters. They have also adapted to changes in the fishing industry, such as the decline of populations and the rise of aquaculture. Fishing communities are resilient. They have the knowledge, skills, and experience to adapt to challenges, including those brought by changing climates. With the right support, they can continue to thrive.  But to do… *Requires Subscription

Labeling and Marketing ASMI, Holland America partner on seafood education National Fisherman -  May 20, 2024 The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute announced what it calls “a first-of-its kind partnership with Holland America Line, which will certify the cruise line’s dining and galley team members for their understanding of the species, benefits and responsible fishing practices of the Alaska fishing industry.” The agreement will provide training via ASMI’s proprietary Seafood U® educational course, a short digital course that can be taken online from anywhere including on board cruise ships. The… *Requires Subscription Federal Register Fisheries Off West Coast States; West Coast Salmon Fisheries; 2024 Specifications and Management Measures A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/21/2024 Through this final rule, NMFS establishes fishery management measures for the ocean salmon fisheries off Washington, Oregon, and California for the season beginning May 16, 2024, and ending May 15, 2025 (the 2024 ocean salmon fishing season), under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). The fishery management measures establish fishing areas, seasons, quotas, legal gear, recreational fishing days and catch limits, harvest guidelines, possession and landing restrictions, and minimum lengths for salmon taken in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off Washington, Oregon, and California. The management measures are intended to prevent overfishing while achieving, on a continuing basis, the optimum yield from the fishery, and to apportion the ocean harvest equitably among treaty Indian, and non-Indian commercial and recreational fisheries. The measures are also intended to allow a portion of the salmon runs to escape the ocean fisheries in order to provide for spawning escapement, comply with applicable law, and to provide fishing opportunity for fisheries occurring in State waters. FYI’s Commercial fishers no longer required to register vessels twice, exempt from Alaska State DMV fee KMXT by Davis Hovey - May 20, 2024  Alaska’s commercial vessel owners will no longer be required to pay for registration with two separate state agencies. A bill [House Bill 19] creating the exemption for boat owners, passed the State Legislature last week on May 15 and is waiting for the governor’s signature.

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