Wednesday, November 14, 2018

November 14, 2018

Alaska/Pacific Coast
40.2 million: ADF&G forecasts a ‘return to normal’ for Bristol Bay sockeye in 2019
After a couple of record breaking years in Bristol Bay, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is forecasting the 2019 sockeye salmon season will be slightly below the 10-year-average and slightly above the long-term average.
KDLG by Avery Lill - November 13, 2018
When Bristol Bay rivers run red this summer, it will be with 40.2 million sockeye salmon, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s forecast.

Nushagak and Naknek-Kvichak Advisory Committees will oppose permit stacking
The Alaska Board of Fisheries will take up 47 proposals at the Bristol Bay Finfish meeting in Dillingham this November. As the Nushagak and Naknek-Kvichak Fish and Game Advisory Committees decided which proposals they will support, permit stacking and subsistence regulations weighed heavily in the discussions.
KDLG by Isabelle Ross - November 13, 2018
The Alaska Board of Fisheries Bristol Bay Finfish meeting is two weeks away, and public comment is due by Wednesday. The state board that regulates commercial, subsistence and sport fishing the region will convene in Dillingham at the end of November. It will take up the 47 proposed regulation changes. In October, the Naknek-Kvichak and Nushagak advisory committees met to decide which proposals they will support.

Warm water was big driver in historically low harvest
Statewide commercial salmon catch for 2018 ranked 34th for 1975-2018
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - November 9, 2018
In a year woefully down on commercial salmon harvests, the Copper River catch proved the second lowest in 100 years, while the statewide catch of 605.1 million pounds ranked 34th in the 1975-2018 time series.

Federal Register
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 11/14/2018
NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amount of Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) from vessels using jig gear, trawl catcher vessels, and American Fisheries Act (AFA) catcher/processors to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) length overall (LOA) using hook-and-line or pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area. This action is necessary to allow the 2018 TAC of Pacific cod to be harvested.

Tonkovich leaving Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute
Cordova Times - November 9, 2018
Alexa Tonkovich has tendered her resignation as executive director of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, to pursue graduate studies in international business, ASMI announced on Nov. 9.

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