Who will catch the first king salmon of the season?
KTUU by Taylor Clark - May 7, 2020
ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - It shouldn't be very long until someone catches the first king salmon out of Ship Creek, signifying that the summer and fishing season are really here. Odds are it's going to be an Alaskan that catches it due to coronavirus keeping tourists out of the state.
Healthy Season Anticipated for Yukon River Salmon
KUAC by Dan Bross - May 6, 2020
The preseason outlook for Yukon River salmon anticipates a Chinook run similar to last year. Alaska Department of Fish and Game Yukon River area manager Holly Carroll says the run is predicted to again come in somewhere within the ten-year average of between 144,000 and 220,000 Kings.
Copper River opens for commercial fishery on May 14
60 degree North says retail demand for the 2020 season is booming
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - May 9, 2020
Thousands of wild sockeye and Chinook salmon are making their way north, as the commercial fishing fleet braces for the famed Copper River opener, in a year the seafood industry will long remember for harvesting and processing during a global pandemic.
‘This is not business as usual’: UFA writes letter to the fleet
National Fisherman by Mail Buoy - May 7, 2020
Our industry and communities are facing an unprecedented challenge in the covid-19 pandemic. With the 2020 salmon season nearly here, we must all take extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of our crews, and the communities we work within. Fishing during the covid-19 pandemic will not be “business as usual,” and we must all commit to a high standard of caution and personal responsibility. Recently, the State of Alaska made major progress in that regard by announcing Health Mandate 17, which implements protective measures for independent commercial fishing vessels as well as requiring operators to sign an Agreement Form (Appendix 02). This mandate is based on extensive input from medical professionals and commercial fishing trade associations. It is crucial that you take the time to read and understand the entire mandate. As a vessel operator, you are responsible for your crew’s compliance with the mandate.
Magnetic pulses alter salmon’s orientation, suggesting they navigate via magnetite in their tissue
Oregon State University - May 2, 2020
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers in Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences have taken a step closer to solving one of nature’s most remarkable mysteries: How do salmon, when it’s time to spawn, find their way back from distant ocean locations to the stream where they hatched?
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3MMI - Global Snow Crab Update for Alaska, Canada, and Russia
TradexFoods - May 11, 2020
Alaska’s Opilio Snow Crab season has just come to an end harvesting over 33.7 million lbs (or 15,327 metric tonnes). Atlantic Canada’s Snow Crab Fishery is just starting up with over 154 million lbs of Canadian Snow Crab Quota. Russia has been a major supplier to China and the Republic of Korea and saw a slight decline in its exports during the first half of 2019, when the export volume fell to 28,800 tonnes in 2019 from 30,500 tonnes during the same period in 2018.
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