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ADF&G Plans Listening Session Re: 2022 Yukon River Salmon Fishery Disaster Spending
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ADF&G Plans Listening Session Re: 2022 Yukon River Salmon Fishery Disaster Spending

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game plans to hold a virtual listening session on March 11 to receive input on funding priorities from affected fishery participants for its $1.59 million Yukon River salmon fishery disaster spending plan. ADF&G said the department would draft an initial spend plan for that budget based on input received during the listening session and comments emailed to dfg.com.fisheriesdisasters@alaska.gov. The agency also said that it intends to use the spend plan developed for the 2020-2021 Yukon River salmon disaster as a starting point for the latest spend plan pending public comments. The state supports an open and transparent process for distributing disaster relief. Plans are to work with impacted fishery participants and NOAA Fisheries to ident...
Alaska Board of Fisheries Plans Final Action on Hatchery Production Issue
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Alaska Board of Fisheries Plans Final Action on Hatchery Production Issue

Final action on a proposal to reduce hatchery production of pink salmon is scheduled to be heard at the next meeting of the Alaska Board of Fisheries, which is scheduled for Feb. 23-March 5. The board took testimony on Proposal 43 during its meeting in Homer, Alaska from Nov. 28 through Dec. 1, and received additional written testimony in advance of the Anchorage meeting, which is being held at the Egan Convention Center. According to Board of Fisheries Executive Director Art Nelson, Proposition 43 is slated for discussion by Group 6 of the board’s committee on March 2, with final action set for after further deliberations on March 3. Proposition 43, proposed by the Fairbanks Fish and Game Advisory Committee, calls for reduction of overall hatchery production of pink salmon to...
Norton Sound Winter Red King Crab Fishery Begins Feb. 1
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Norton Sound Winter Red King Crab Fishery Begins Feb. 1

Although the allowable harvest is yet to be determined, the commercial red king crab fishery in Alaska’s Norton Sound is set to begin on Feb. 1, with a guideline harvest level (GHL) similar to last year’s winter fishery. To date, no buyers have registered for this winter red king crab season and participating commercial crab permit holders will need their own markets. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) said catcher-seller and direct marketer application forms are available at the Nome ADF&G office or online at www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishlicense.main. Crewmember licenses are also available at ADF&G in Nome or online at www.adfg.alaska.gov/Store/. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Crab Plan Team has yet to make recommendations on 20...
Alaska Board of Fisheries Meeting in Kodiak
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Alaska Board of Fisheries Meeting in Kodiak

New management proposals for salmon, sablefish and herring are on the table as the Alaska Board of Fisheries meetings at the Kodiak Marketplace in downtown Kodiak through Friday, Jan. 12. A total of 30 proposals, including over a dozen on salmon management around Kodiak, are on the table for the meeting, which began Tuesday, Jan. 9. A number of reports on the agenda range from a review of salmon escapement goals in the Kodiak Management area to the Kodiak management area commercial salmon fishery annual management report, plus a Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission report on permit holdings and estimates of gross earnings in Kodiak commercial salmon fisheries from 1975 through 2022. The meeting is open to the public, and a live video stream is set to be available at the ADF&a...
Preseason Vessel Registration for Alaska Shellfish Fisheries Begins Aug. 18
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Preseason Vessel Registration for Alaska Shellfish Fisheries Begins Aug. 18

Preseason vessel registration begins this Friday, Aug. 18, for the 2023-2024 Bristol Bay red king crab, Eastern Bering Sea Tanner crab, Western Bering Sea Tanner crab and Bering Sea snow crab fisheries. Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) biologists say registration is necessary to determine the number of observers needed to meet fishery coverage goals, and does not imply a fishery will be opened. The first observer training program for this season is planned for Sept. 18 through Oct. 6. For this season, ADF&G has modified the vessel selection plan for the Bristol Bay red king crab, Bering Sea snow, Eastern and Western Bairdi Tanner crab fisheries. To ensure observer coverage goals are met, all vessels pre-season registered for these fisheries will be selected f...
Copper River Reds Still in High Demand
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Copper River Reds Still in High Demand

Demand for Copper River sockeye salmon fillets remains high, with some shoppers ordering on average 12-15 pounds of the succulent fish at $12.95 a pound, as salmon aficionados remain mindful that when they’re gone, they’re gone. The celebrated red salmon fillets, in what is well known as the season opener for commercial salmon fishing in Alaska, was selling in mid-June for $11.95 a pound at Costco stores, $12.95 a pound at 10th & M Seafoods, $13.99 a pound at New Sagaya, all in Anchorage, and $29.99 a pound at the Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle.   Fishmongers at 10th & M Seafoods in Anchorage said sockeye fillet orders were averaging 12-15 pounds, while at Seattle’s Pike Place Fish Market orders were averaging three-to-five pounds.  The online seafood market FishEx in Ancho...
Sitka Sound Sac Roe Herring Fishery Harvests Just Over One Third of 30,000 Ton GHL
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Sitka Sound Sac Roe Herring Fishery Harvests Just Over One Third of 30,000 Ton GHL

The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is officially over for 2023, with early estimates for the season’s harvest at just under 11,000 tons, or about one third of the state’s 30,000-ton guideline harvest level. The commercial seine fishery is located in the Southeast Region of Alaska in the Southeast/Yakatat-Southeast section. Aerial surveys are to continue until no more active spawn is observed, but the commercial fishery remains closed for this year. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is expected to publish a season summary in the coming weeks. State biologists said in an April 12 announcement that a season summary advisory announcement would be issued following the conclusion of aerial, vessel and dive surveys. The 23rd and last update on the harvest was published...
Sitka Sound Herring Harvesters Deliver First 10,900 Tons of 30,000 Ton Allowable Harvest
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Sitka Sound Herring Harvesters Deliver First 10,900 Tons of 30,000 Ton Allowable Harvest

Harvesters working the Sitka Sound commercial herring fishery have so far brought in about 10,900 tons of herring, just a little over the 30,000-ton catch set for the season by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G). That preliminary harvest total was announced on Saturday, April 8, the latest date of a recorded harvest in the herring fishery in Southeast Alaska, with a note that1,600 tons of that total were harvested during the fishery that occurred on April 7. No herring were harvested on April 9 amid scattered showers with 20 knot southeast winds and skies cloudy, and the same weather pattern continued on April 10. ADF&G biologists said that herring mortality associated with test sets was likely minimal and there was no evidence that the small number of fish taken h...
ADF&G Sets 2023 Annual Harvest Allocation for Chinook Troll Fishery
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ADF&G Sets 2023 Annual Harvest Allocation for Chinook Troll Fishery

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) on March 30 set the 2023 all-gear allowable harvest limit for Southeast Alaska/Yakutat (SEAK) under Chinook salmon management provisions of the 2019-2028 Pacific Salmon Treaty Agreement at 201,900 treaty Chinook salmon. The 2% reduction from last year’s allocation is to serve as a buffer against exceeding the all-gear limit and payback provisions within the treaty. The resulting 2023 troll harvest allocation for this year will be 149,100 Chinooks, which is 44,100 fish less that the preseason limit that was available in 2022. ADF&G also said annual catch limits for the SEAK Chinook fishery would be established using measures of Chinook abundance, using the catch per unit effort from the winter power troll fishery in District 113 dur...
Update on Hatchery Fish Impact on Wild Salmon Due in 2023
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Update on Hatchery Fish Impact on Wild Salmon Due in 2023

Researchers with the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) in Vancouver, Canada, said they anticipate including the latest hatcheries related research in their upcoming 2023-2027 science plan, in hope the data would be used to improve management to support salmon stocks. “Scientists are focused on density dependent and carry capacity issues to understand how salmon growth and survival are affected by hatchery and wild salmon abundance and quantify the current limits to salmon production at each life stage,” NPAFC Executive Director Vladimir Radchenko said. “The ability of the Pacific Ocean to produce salmon is not constant, and for the most part, the limits are not known,” he explained. “A general concern is that competition among different salmon populations may lead to low...