Thursday, January 3, 2019

January 3, 2019

Alaska/Pacific Coast

Small Tanner Crab Fishery Closed For 2019, Snow Crab Quota Up 45 Percent
KUCB by Zoe Sobel - December 27, 2018
After a partial opening this year, the Eastern Aleutian District tanner crab fishery is closed for 2019. The district has three sections: Akutan, Makushin/Skan Bay, and Unalaska/Kalekta Bay.
http://www.kucb.org/post/small-tanner-crab-fishery-closed-2019-snow-crab-quota-45-percent#stream/0

Bristol Bay 2018 Year in Review
Happy New Year, Bristol Bay! These are a just a few of the key stories that defined the year.
KDLG by Avery Lill - January 3, 2019
It was a rollercoaster of a year for Bristol Bay in more areas than one.
This summer saw 62.3 million sockeye return to the bay, the largest run on record, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has records dating back to 1893. The Nushagak District set a new record for the largest single district sockeye salmon harvest at 24.1 million sockeye, accounting for more than half the reds harvested in the bay this summer. The Togiak District also set a record for sockeye return to its district. On the east side of the bay in the Naknek-Kvichak, Egegik and Ugashik districts, run timing was the latest on record. But in the end, every river made its escapement goal, and the $1.26 price per pound for sockeye drove the exvessel value up to a new record — $281 million for all salmon species. Bristol Bay’s bounty this year is particularly remarkable when viewed in context of shockingly low sockeye runs around the rest of the state.
https://www.kdlg.org/post/bristol-bay-2018-year-review#stream/0

Southeast Alaska Tanner Crab Fishery Deadline Nears
Fishermen's News - January 2, 2019
The 2018/2019 commercial Tanner crab fishery in Southeast Alaska will open concurrently with the commercial golden king crab fishery on Feb. 12, 2019. The registration deadline is Jan. 14, and all commercial fishermen registering after the deadline will have to pay a $45 late fee.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2019/01/southeast-alaska-tanner-crab-fishery.html


Politics
New Pacific Salmon Treaty Goes into Effect
Fishermen's News - January 2, 2019
A new Pacific Salmon Treaty approved by the governments of Canada and the United States is now in effect for the coming decade. The old 10-year treaty expired on Dec. 31. The revised agreement impacts management of salmon fisheries in Southeast Alaska, including those near the border of Alaska and British Columbia, and on several transboundary rivers.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2019/01/new-pacific-salmon-treaty-goes-into.html


Environment/Science
OSU scientist studies slimy new way to count salmon
By analyzing DNA from the slime they leave behind
KTVZ - January 2, 2019
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Scientists have published a novel method for counting Pacific salmon – analyzing DNA from the slime the fish leave behind in their spawning streams.
https://www.ktvz.com/news/osu-scientist-studies-slimy-new-way-to-count-salmon/961801336


FYI’s
Sea Grant’s Torie Baker resigns
Availability of University of Alaska funds will determine future of Sea Grant post
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - December 30, 2018
Alaska Sea Grant’s veteran Cordova agent Torie Baker has resigned her post effective at the end of December to deal with family matters in the Lower 48, but says the community where she has lived for the past 30 years will remain her home.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2018/12/30/sea-grants-torie-baker-resigns/

Three key staff named to ADF&G
Cordova Times - December 27, 2018
Acting Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Doug Vincent-Lange has announced three key appointments to the agency.
Benjamin J. Mulligan was named deputy commissioner, effective Jan. 3; Edward K. Gtrasser, director of the Division of Wildlife Conservation, effective Dec. 26; and Rick Green, special assistant to the commissioner, as of Dec. 17.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2018/12/27/three-key-staff-named-to-adfg/

 

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