Fisheries

Relief funds for 2016 pink season slowly moving forward

The distribution of federal fund for fishermen who got walloped by the disastrous 2016 pink salmon season inched another step forward yesterday. Tuesday was the final day to comment on the proposed distribution plan.  Once the funds are finally released they will be administered by the Pacific States Marine Commission, which is based out of Portland. The relief funds will …

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Alaska Fisheries Report – Sept. 13, 2018

Are floating fish farms a possibility off Alaska? A Trump administration proposal threatens Alaska’s ban on fish farming. It’s not official until it signed, but it appears the U.S. and Canada have reached a tentative agreement on salmon. Despite needing to destroy two creeks, Donlin Gold now has the fish habitat permits it needs to build its controversial pit mine …

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Fishermen get more time to comment on salmon relief funds

Pink Salmon. Photo courtesy ADF&G website. Deadline to Comment on Pink Salmon Relief Funds extended to 5 p.m. Tues. Sept. 18. Fishermen and interested Alaskans have another week to comment on a proposal to distribute the money for the 2016 Pink Salmon Disaster Relief appropriation. The 2016 Gulf of Alaska pink salmon fishery was declared a disaster by the secretary …

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ASMI says fish meal included in tariff changes, calls for comments

Rock Fish on the Trident Seafoods plant assembly line in Kodiak, Alaska on Saturday May 27, 2018. (Photo/Daysha Eaton) By Daysha Eaton/KMXT A spokesperson for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, or ASMI, says the organization recently received clarification about tariff changes that went into effect on July 6, for Alaska seafood products going into the Chinese domestic market. “We previously …

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2018 Kodiak salmon season: a mixed bag, but weak overall

Sockeye salmon schooling in Hidden Lake. (Photo by USFWS/Katrina Mueller) Managers expect Kodiak pink salmon to meet escapement goals although the harvest remains weak. The situation for sockeye salmon is much more dire. Some Kodiak-area river systems are performing better than others. Kodiak had its lowest sockeye harvest in 38 years this season. That’s according to ADF&G Research Biologist Kevin Schaberg. “It …

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