Inside the Operation That Propped up Kodiak Fishermen
"It's: egg-take, eat, sleep, repeat," said Mike Wachter.
Kodiak Daily Mirror by Alistair Gardiner - October 6, 2018
It was mid-September and the crew at Kitoi Bay Hatchery on Afognak Island was entering its final few weeks of the pink salmon egg-take. Wachter is the manager of the hatchery and was giving the Kodiak Daily Mirror a tour of the area. Walking among the buildings at the hatchery campus at around 10:00 a.m., hundreds of seagulls provided a deafening chorus. Bears wandered out of the woods down to the beach, plucked humpies from the water, and retreated.
Council Drops Preliminary 2019 GOA Pollock TAC by One-Third, Cod Down by 5%
SEAFOODNEWS.COMby Peggy Parker - October 9, 2018
Proposed catch limits for Gulf of Alaska species, adopted by the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council last week, show a significant drop for pollock in the Western and Central Gulf of Alaska next year.
The specifications adopted in October are considered ‘proposed’ because further analyses will be done before the Council Plan Teams will recommend final 2019 and 2020 values for all species. Final specs are adopted for the Gulf and Bering Sea at the December Council meeting.
In the Council motion passed October 4, the preliminary pollock TAC (total allowable catch) was set at 103,905 mt, down 34% from 2018’s 157,455 mt in regulatory areas 610, 620, 630, and West of Yakutat. The current catch in those areas was 113,119 mt, as of September 8, 2018.
For Pacific cod, the 2019 TAC is 12,368 mt for 2019, down 5.5 percent from the current TAC of 13,096 mt in the Gulf. Landings as of September 8 were 7,233 mt.
Sablefish stocks continue the upward trend seen in recent years. The preliminary TAC adopted last week for 2019 is 16,194 mt, up 40% from current levels of 11,505 mt. Catch as of September 8 for sablefish in the Gulf is 8,415 mt.
Slight increases in TAC for deep-water flatfish were set at 9,499 mt compared to the current TAC of 9,385 mt, while shallow-water flatfish TAC dropped to 14,529 mt for 2019, compared to 15,373 mt in 2018.
Proposed 2019 halibut bycatch limits were also set at 1,706 mt for Gulf trawlers and 257 mt for the hook-and-line fleet.
Press Release: Walker commends lifting tariffs on wild Alaska salmon
Office of the Governor - October 5, 2018
ANCHORAGE – Governor Walker is encouraged by the United States Trade Representative’s removal of Alaska salmon from the list of goods subject to new tariffs between the U.S. and China. Salmon filets join Alaskan cod and pollock in having potential tariffs lifted.
Women highlight their roles in industry through film competition
Seafood Source by Nicki Holmyard - October 9, 2018
In 2017, WSI, the International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry, launched a competition to encourage women to video their experiences in the workplace and tell their stories. The aim was to increase awareness about their role in the industry and to recognize the value they bring to it.
2018 Alaska Seafood Processor Directory
Pacific Fishing - October 2018
Packing the catch
On land and at sea, processors prepare Alaska's seafood bounty for market
Catching fish in Alaska's extreme waters is tough work. And so is turning the raw fish into marketable products
AP News Break: Another rare fish pulled back from extinction
Associated Press By Dan Elliott - October 4, 2018
Another rare Colorado River fish has been pulled back from the brink of extinction, the second comeback this year for a species unique to the Southwestern U.S.
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