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Alaska Salmon Research Task Force Issues Final Report
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Alaska Salmon Research Task Force Issues Final Report

A final report detailing research needs for Alaska salmon recommends applied research on seven matters related to salmon productivity, from climate warming and extreme events to predators and freshwater habitat changes. and marine harvest. The report was released July 12 by NOAA Fisheries. Under climate and extreme events, for example, the task force recommended research to understand and quantify the effects of natural environmental variability and warming climate on Alaska salmon distribution and abundance. Under marine harvest, it recommends research to better understand the frequency of occurrence and mortality rate of direct and discards attributed to unobserved fishing mortality, including illegal, unreported and unregulated harvest. An Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim working ...
Nushagak District Leads Bristol Bay Harvest, Where Overall Catch Reaches Nearly 25M Fish
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Nushagak District Leads Bristol Bay Harvest, Where Overall Catch Reaches Nearly 25M Fish

Commercial harvesters in Bristol Bay's Nushagak District have brought in nearly 11 million salmon to date in the 2024 fishery, and with the other bay districts have delivered a total of more than 24 million pounds of salmon to processors. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game notes that the statewide catch estimate for the commercial salmon fishery reached 38.2 million pounds as of July 1, up from 25 million salmon on July 9. It's been a tough season for commercial fishermen in the Naknek-Kvichak district, however. ADF&G biologist Travis Elison, in Dillingham, says the anticipated run forecast of 5.5 million salmon is likely to end up being below two million fish, and what happened to the rest of the forecasted run is unknown. Elison said the last time the Naknek-Kvichak ...
UC Davis Study Explores Salmon Life Before, After Klamath Dam Removal
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UC Davis Study Explores Salmon Life Before, After Klamath Dam Removal

Salmon returning from the ocean to the Klamath River when the world’s largest dam removal project ends this fall is the subject of a new research documentary by scientists at the University of California, Davis. The question they are trying to answer is if a diverse population of salmon will again thrive in the Klamath. The answers are important not just for the river, but for dams across the world that have outlived their usefulness. Less than 100 miles south of Klamath, for instance, is the Eel River, where a dam is slated for removal in 2028. In 2023 along, 80 dams were demolished nationwide. “It will work,” Robert Lusardi, a freshwater ecologist and assistant professor at UC Davis, said in a July 15 new release. “There's nothing better we could do for fish and for peopl...
Blocking Seafood Imports Produced By Forced Labor Gets Prioritized
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Blocking Seafood Imports Produced By Forced Labor Gets Prioritized

Homeland Security officials have declared efforts to block seafood produced by forced labor overseas from entering the United States a top priority, in part by requiring better documentation from seafood supply chains. The July 9 announcement from the Department of Homeland Security added seafood to its list of high-priority sectors in the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA). That legislation directs the agency's Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force to block import into the United States from Chinese forced labor in the Republic of China, especially from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, or Xinjiang. The statement came amid extensive reports of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and forced labor by Chinese-flagged vessels and in Chinese-based seafood pro...
Agreement in Principle Reached re: Modernizing Columbia River Treaty
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Agreement in Principle Reached re: Modernizing Columbia River Treaty

An agreement in principle has been reached on key elements to modernize the 60-year-old Columbia River Treaty, reflecting changing climate and other needs of communities economically dependent on the river and its tributaries. A White House statement issued July 11 noted the importance of the Columbia River to the nation's economy, generating 40% of the nation's hydropower, irrigating $8 billion in agriculture products and moving 42 million tons of commercial cargo annually. The United States and Canada have jointly managed the waterways for 60 years. In May, 2018 the two nations began negotiating to modernize the treaty over the next 20 years. White House officials said that modernizing the treaty would elevate the voices of U.S. tribes and Canada's indigenous nations, with a...
6th Annual GAPP Meeting Focuses on Surimi, Roe
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6th Annual GAPP Meeting Focuses on Surimi, Roe

Reinvigorating the roe and sustaining the global surimi market will be the focus of the sixth annual meeting of the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP), set for Sept. 26 at the W Hotel in Seattle.  Both markets have been challenged in recent years. With market conditions continuing to evolve globally and this year's meeting theme centered on harvest opportunity, this is the time to jump start discussions on how to take roe and surimi markets from surviving to thriving, GAPP CEO Craig Morris said. Angel Rubio of market information publisher Urner Barry is scheduled to address the topic of global surimi supply and demand during the meeting. Rubio and GAPP’s Ron Rogness will compile the quarterly GAPP surimi supply tracker data, the first of its kind report for GAPP me...
NOAA Fisheries Seeks Public Comment on Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management Road Map
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NOAA Fisheries Seeks Public Comment on Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management Road Map

NOAA Fisheries is accepting public comment through Aug. 31 via email to nmfs.ebfm.roadmap@noaa.gov regarding its updated Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management Road Map (EBFM), which is subject to periodic review. Ecosystem-based fisheries management is defined by NOAA as an integrated, science-based approach to fisheries management in a geographically specific area that contributes to the resilience and sustainability of the ecosystem and optimizes benefits among a diverse set of societal goals. NOAA's first EBFM roadmap was established in 2016 to provide guidance on the agency's policy shift toward implementing ecosystem-level planning for fisheries. This style of management involves setting quotas and also considering how individual species’ fit into the wider ecosystem, rather than ...
Alaska Trawl Harvesters Working to Expand Electronic Pelagic Pollock Fishery Monitoring
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Alaska Trawl Harvesters Working to Expand Electronic Pelagic Pollock Fishery Monitoring

Gulf of Alaska (GOA) trawl fishermen are working to expand electronic monitoring from the pelagic pollock fishery to the Central Gulf of Alaska rockfish program. Using electronic monitoring and other technology to provide cost-effective monitoring and better prohibited species catch accounting has always been a goal for the trawl catcher vessels, Chelsae Radell, assistant director of the Alaska Groundfish Data Bank in Kodiak, noted in the June 30 edition of the online publication EM4Fish. In 2007 and 2008, Alaska Groundfish Data Bank (AGDB) received exempted fishing permits (EFPs) to test the use of electronic monitoring to quantify at-sea halibut discards in the GOA rockfish program. While the EFPs showed that electronic monitoring was possible, limitations in its use at the time mea...
Commercial Alaska Salmon Catch Reaches 23M Fish
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Commercial Alaska Salmon Catch Reaches 23M Fish

Commercial harvester catches in Alaska’s statewide salmon fishery are off to a slow start this season, but have reached in excess of 23 million fish, say officials with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The catch includes over 15 million sockeyes from Bristol Bay, with over eight million sockeyes from the Nushagak District. The Egegik and Naknek-Kvichak districts each also contributed nearly three million red salmon. Egegik/Ugashik area biologist Aaron Tiernan said while the surge is yet to come, harvesters have been bringing in well over one million salmon a day for the last week. They delivered about 1.6 million fish to processors on July 3, 2.5 million fish July 4, 2.5 million fish on July 5, 1.9 million fish on July 6, and 1.5 million fish on July 7, he said. Elsewhere in th...
Dutch Harbor Fishermen’s Memorial Nears Completion
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Dutch Harbor Fishermen’s Memorial Nears Completion

A life-sized fishermen's memorial for Dutch Harbor, Alaska honoring lives lost in pursuit of the bounty of the Bering Sea, is nearing completion, according to metal artist and longtime Unalaska resident Karel Machalek. The idea for a fishermen’s memorial originated when Machalek and his wife, Marie, visited Iceland well over a decade ago, and saw that each of the fishing communities they visited there had its own memorial to fishermen lost at sea. They decided that Dutch Harbor, the biggest fishing port in Alaska by volume of seafood harvested, needed one as well, said Marie, who serves as vice president of the non-profit Rusting Man Foundation. The in-progress memorial features life-sized statues of longline, crab and cod harvesters on an octagon shaped, five-foot high base construct...