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First Copper River Commercial Salmon Opener Harvest Yields Nearly 43,000 Sockeyes
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First Copper River Commercial Salmon Opener Harvest Yields Nearly 43,000 Sockeyes

Commercial harvesters in the first Copper River salmon opener delivered nearly 43,000 sockeye salmon, 1,108 Chinook, 247 chum and two coho salmon to processors. The estimated harvest was compiled from 376 deliveries by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Cordova office. The second 12-hour opener of the season was underway May 20 under partly cloudy skies, with temperatures in the low 50s. ADF&G biologist Jeremy Botz in Cordova said the sockeye salmon harvest in that first fishing period exceeded expectations. Botz noted that there’s still a lot of ice in the river system, that the water levels are low for the date, and that there has been only limited sonar deployment on the north bank so far, with no fish observed. Botz estimated between 325 and 350 drift gillnetter ...
Alaska’s Copper River Wild Salmon Fishery Opens May 16: ADF&G
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Alaska’s Copper River Wild Salmon Fishery Opens May 16: ADF&G

Alaska’s celebrated Copper River wild salmon fishery opens on Thursday, May 16 for a 12-hour commercial drift gillnet fishing period, while waters within the expanded Chinook salmon inside closure area closed for that same period. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the opener May 1, noting that subsistence harvest will also be allowed in the Copper River District during commercial fishing periods, until the season ends. ADF&G biologists said their Miles Lake sonar camp was scheduled to open May 7, but that the banks of the river are still covered with shore ice in the vicinity of the sonar sites. Commercial fishing in the Bering River District also are scheduled to open May 16 for a 12-hour commercial drift gillnet fishing period. The next announcement fro...
Tribal Councilmember Appointed to Salmon Recovery Board
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Tribal Councilmember Appointed to Salmon Recovery Board

Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians council member and Northwest Indian Fisheries Commissioner Kadi Bizyayeva has been appointed to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Her term runs through July 15, 2027. The governor called Bizyayeva a strong advocate for protecting and restoring salmon and their habitat throughout the Salish Sea. Serving on this board allows her to continue this work while also bringing a tribal perspective and traditional ecological knowledge into the board’s decision-making, Inslee said. Bizyayeva is the fisheries director for the tribe’s natural resources department, where she has worked since 2013. She co-manages treaty resources with state, federal and tribal governments, working with them to recover species of concern in the Stilla...
New UAF Analysis Offers Insight Into Salmon at Sea
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New UAF Analysis Offers Insight Into Salmon at Sea

A new analysis of multiple international high seas salmon surveys, led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), is building on an extensive body of work on the marine component of the salmon life cycle, the university announced April 15. According to Joe Langan, who led the study as a post-graduate fellow at UAF, the research is establishing a new quantitative, baseline understanding of salmon distributions and temperature preferences that will allow other researchers to have a better foundation from which to build and answer more detailed questions. “The goal was to generate a baseline, quantitative understanding of the broad-scale, average distribution patterns of salmon species across the North Pacific,” Langan said. “While past efforts have produced schematic representati...
Salmon Fishery Disasters Declared by Commerce Secretary
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Salmon Fishery Disasters Declared by Commerce Secretary

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on April 19 announced the determination of two 2021 and 2022 salmon fishery disasters in Alaska and one in Puget Sound. They include: the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe’s 2021 Puget Sound fall chum and coho salmon fisheries, the 2022 Kuskokwim River salmon fishery and the 2021 and 2022 Upper Cook Inlet East Side setnet salmon fishery. The determination came in response to requests from the late Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe Chairman Jeromy Sullivan and Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Raimondo’s office evaluates fishery resource disaster requests based primarily on data submitted by the requesting official. Each request must meet specific requirements under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. For example, there must be ec...
NPAFC Schedules Salmon Abundance Workshop
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NPAFC Schedules Salmon Abundance Workshop

A workshop on salmon abundance and distribution trends has been scheduled by the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) for June 4-5 in Richmond, B.C., with both in-person and virtual accessibility. The tentative program and abstracts, which were announced April 12, are available on the NPAFC’s website, https://workshop.npafc.org/. While the workshop is free, space is limited, and registrations are being accepted on a first come, first served basis. Details on how to register and make hotel reservations by the cut-off date, May 9 are available on the workshop’s website. NPAFC officials identified as research objectives of the organization’s science plan as improving knowledge of the relative biomass, distribution, migration and fitness of Pacific salmon in the ocean ...
NPFMC Approves Revisions of Salmon Bycatch Proposals for Another Staff Analysis
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NPFMC Approves Revisions of Salmon Bycatch Proposals for Another Staff Analysis

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) on April 8 approved a lengthy revised list of alternatives for staff to analyze as part of a process where final action is still a year away. As council member Andy Mezirow noted during the meeting, the analyzed document is expected to come back before the council in the fall and final action is expected in April 2025. “This is not an action we are taking that will change anything,” said Mezirow, a charter vessel operator from Homer whose last council meeting before leaving office is set for June in Kodiak. “When the Board of Fisheries meets, they make a decision, but here it takes more time. “How can we do a better job of communicating that?” Mezirow asked fellow council members.  “Is there a better way of communicating we ...
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...
Federal Aid Sought in Wake of 2023 California Salmon Season Closure
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Federal Aid Sought in Wake of 2023 California Salmon Season Closure

Three major California fisheries organizations are urging the U.S. Department of Commerce to support more than $30 million in disaster assistance in the wake of closure of the 2023 salmon season in California to protect and preserve the fishery. The organizations are the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), the Golden Gate Fishermen’s Association (GGFA) and the Northern California Guides and Sportsmen’s Association (NCGASA). The leaders of each noted that while the state of California and California Department of Fish and Wildlife requested a total of $30,784,670 to be shared across commercial, processor, bait and charter industries that the Department of Commerce in late January announced that the state would receive only $20,605,103. The three organi...
Tens of Thousands of Chinook Salmon Discarded as Bycatch in Canadian Trawl Fishery: DFO Report
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Tens of Thousands of Chinook Salmon Discarded as Bycatch in Canadian Trawl Fishery: DFO Report

A new report from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) confirms that an estimated 28,117 salmon were caught and discarded as bycatch in the groundfish trawl fishery off the coast of British Columbia in the 2022-2023 fishing season, including some 26,273 Chinook salmon. The DFO report, released Jan. 22, said that over 20,000 Chinook salmon were likely thrown overboard, while 3,700 were landed and subsequently discarded as waste. The discard of the Chinooks, a major food source for a remaining 75 endangered Southern Resident killer whales, comes as the Canadian government is investing millions of dollars into protecting Southern Resident orca whales, plus millions of dollars to support wild salmon. “The is an appalling waste for not just a salmon species that is listed as threatene...