Friday, July 19, 2019

July 20, 2019

Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Maggie Wall - July 18, 2019
There’s been a lot of big cuts to Alaska state government, but the Department of Fish & Game fared better than most.

Alaska Sockeye Landings Exceeding Expectations
Fishermen's News - July 17, 2019
McDowell Group fisheries economist Garrett Evridge, who produces weekly salmon harvest reports on behalf of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI), says sockeye landings statewide are exceeding expectations, pink volume is generally strong and keta production slow.

Anchorage business offers dipnet processing
Fish waste will be used to make fertilizer.
Peninsula Clarion by Kat Sorensen - July 17, 2019
Alaska Salmon Fertilizer will be setting up shop on the North Shore Beach in Kenai during the annual dipnet fishery.

Roundtable tour leading up to Magnuson-Stevens re-authorization planned
Seafood Source by Steve Bittenbender - July 15, 2019
The Democratic lawmaker who will spearhead discussions regarding the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act announced last week he will meet with key stakeholders later this year to discuss what should be included in the bill.

Kamchatka Salmon, Crab Harvests May be on Downward Swing This Year by Eugene Gerden - July 19, 2019
The Kamchatka region, one of Russia’s major fish-producing regions, may face a significant decline of crab and salmon harvest this year, due to the reduction of stocks, according to recent statements of representatives of local authorities and experts in the field of fishing.

According to the latest data published by the Kamchatka government, since the beginning of the region's salmon fishing season on June 1, the volume of its catch has declined by almost 30% compared to the same period last year. Furthermore, the decline may continue over the next several months.

One of the reasons for the drop is low salmon stocks within the Kamchatka territorial waters this year.

According to initial forecasts by the Kamchatka authorities, the total salmon catch should have amounted to almost 320,000 tonnes this year; however, the final figures are expected to be significantly lower.

Last year the volume of salmon harvests in the Kamchatka Peninsula amounted to 493,000 tonnes, which became a record figure for Kamchatka in the last 110 years.

This year the salmon fishing season in Kamchatka will last until the beginning of October.

In the meantime, the ongoing declining catch in the Kamchatka region has already sparked serious concerns in the Russian government. In recent years, the volume of direct investments in the local fish producing and processing sector has amounted to almost $1 billion USD. In turn, this resulted in a 30% increase of the region's share of the overall structure of fish caught in Russia.

According to some Kamchatka media reports, crab harvest volumes in the region may also significantly decline this year.

New study maps out how the world's fisheries are interconnected
Seafood Source by Nicki Holmyard - July 17, 2019
A new study published in the journal Science reveals that the world’s marine fisheries form a single global network – linked by transnational flows of fish larvae – rather than existing as discrete groups.

Could climate change research in Alaska be put on ice?
Alaska Public Media by Elizabeth Jenkins - July 18, 2019
Alaska is experiencing an unusually hot summer and researchers across the state are tracking the effects. The University of Alaska system is known as a leader in climate change research — studying melting permafrost to shrinking glaciers.


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