2019 Salmon Harvest Summary
Alaska Native News by Forrest Bowers - November 5, 2019.
(Juneau) — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has published preliminary harvest and value figures for the 2019 Alaska Commercial Salmon Fishery (PDF 137 kB).
The 2019 commercial salmon fishery all species harvest was approximately 206.9 million fish with an estimated preliminary ex-vessel value of approximately $657.6 million, a 10% increase from 2018â€™s value of $595.2 million.
Alaska’s Pollock Fishery: A Model of Sustainability
Alaska Native News - November 5, 2019
Alaska’s cold, nutrient-rich waters support some of the largest and most successful commercial fisheries on the planet. The pollock fishery is one of them. It’s the second largest fishery in the world, worth an estimated $1.9 billion, and it provides nearly 30,000 jobs across the United States.
Machine learning helps accelerate NOAA fish surveys
KTUU by Grant Robinson- November 6, 2019
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Artificial intelligence is changing one of the most tedious of biologists' tasks: fish counting.
With advances in underwater camera technology and machine-learning-based image processing, biologists with NOAA Fisheries have been able to complete some fish surveys in a fraction of the amount of time previously needed.
Governor Dunleavy Tours Japan On Trade Mission This Week
SeafoodNews.com by Peggy Parker - November 6, 2019
Alaska’s Governor Mike Dunleavy and his wife Rose are on a trade mission to Japan this week, according to a press release from the governor’s office on Monday.
No other participant -- either from industry or Dunleavy’s administration -- is mentioned as accompanying the governor. The dates of his travel and length of his stay were also not included in the release.
The governor and First Lady are promoting the state’s seafood and natural resources by meeting with leaders in the energy, minerals and seafood industries. They are also building “upon the long-lasting relationship between the peoples of Japan and Alaska.”
Japan is the state’s second largest export partner with Alaska, after China. Most of the trade is in seafood, where ties with Japan go much further back and reflect more investment and business partnerships with Alaskan companies than any other country.
While there, Dunleavy and his wife will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the introduction of Alaska LNG in Japan by touring the Negishi LNG Receiving Terminal where the first delivery of Alaska LNG occurred, and by meeting with executives from Tokyo Gas.
The pair will also attend a breakfast meeting hosted by Lloyds Energy and Qilak LNG. Representatives from ExxonMobil Alaska, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the Japan House of Representatives will also be at the meeting.
Dunleavy is scheduled to speak at an Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Seafood Trade Luncheon and give interviews to seafood trade newspapers about Alaska’s sustainable and healthy wild seafood industry.
He will also tour the Toyosu Smart Energy Center, a redevelopment near Tokyo.
Dunleavy will meet with representatives of DOWA Metals and Mining, a major investor in the proposed Palmer Project outside Haines. DOWA buys ore concentrate from the Red Dog Mine in the Northwest Arctic region and the Greens Creek Mine on Admiralty Island.
Dunleavy also has an interview with Nikkei, the leading daily financial newspaper in Japan.
“Alaska has long and mutually beneficial business and cultural relationships with Japan – my goal is to strengthen our existing trade relationships and pursue new opportunities for investment,” Dunleavy said. “When I say Alaska is open for business, that includes pursuing international opportunities in the Pacific Rim and elsewhere around the world. Alaska has so much to offer.”
Commentary: Help us shore up fishing web recycling in Cordova
Cordova Times by Shae Bowman - November 5, 2019
For the past 11 years, the Copper River Watershed Project and its partners have coordinated recycling discarded fishing web in Cordova. In doing so, we have diverted 263,712 pounds of web from the landfill, ensuring that those nets do not enter the marine environment where they pose a risk to fish, marine mammals, and wildlife.
PWSAC nets new CEO
Tommy Sheridan named CEO and general manager of hatchery association
Cordova Times - November 5, 2019
The Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation has named Tommy Sheridan its new general manager and CEO. PWSAC is a private, nonprofit hatchery association headquartered in Cordova.
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