Alaska's total salmon catch for 2014 is projected to be down by 47 percent from last year's record 283 million fish. State fishery managers are calling for an all-species harvest of just under 133 million salmon this year.
A pink catch of 95 million drove the record last year, and it is pinks that will bring down the numbers this summer. Pink salmon run in even/odd-year cycles. This year the catch is pegged at about 75 million, a 67 percent decrease from last summer's 226 million humpy haul.
Alaska’s total salmon catch for this year is projected to be down by almost half of the 2013 haul. State fishery managers are calling for an all species harvest of just under 133 million salmon, down about 47% from last year’s record haul of 283 million fish. Pink salmon drove the record last year and it’s pinks that will bring down the numbers. This year the pink catch is pegged at about 75 million, a 67% decrease from last summer’s take of 226 million humpies.
Rio Tinto Group (RIO), the world’s second-largest mining company, donated its 19 percent stake in an Alaskan copper project that’s faced criticism from environmental groups to two charities.
Rio’s holding in the project will be divided equally between the Alaska Community Foundation and the Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation, the London-based company said today in a statement. Rio said in December it was reviewing a sale of its stake in Northern Dynasty.
Nine names are vying for three seats on the state Board of Fisheries, including six newcomers. That gives Gov. Sean Parnell the unique opportunity to replace a majority of the seven-member Fish Board, should he choose to do so, and should the Alaska Legislature go along with it – an unlikely scenario.
Nine names are vying for three seats on the state Board of Fisheries, including six newcomers. That gives Governor Parnell the unique opportunity to replace a majority of the seven-member Fish Board, should he choose to do so, and should the Alaska legislature go along with it - an unlikely scenario.
Too many fish in the sea? Surging pink salmon stocks in the Pacific Ocean pose a risk to other wildlife, suggests a seabird study released on Monday that points to climate change as a culprit.
Tied to rising ocean temperatures in the Bering Sea and North Pacific that spurred the growth of the prey of salmon and seabirds alike, the "much larger than previously known" impact of pink salmon is reported in a new Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences report.
A comprehensive guide has been released that outlines many of the available jobs in the Bristol Bay region in the fisheries, seafood processing and maritime trades. The new career guide was prepared by the Bristol Bay Native Association. It was released during the recent economic summit of the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference.
Much of guide was written by Pennelope Goforth from Anchorage. She says the guide was created with input and consultation of many of the large seafood processors that operate in the Bristol Bay region including Icicle and Trident Seafood’s.
The Alaska Independent Fishermen’s Marketing Association (AIFMA) applauds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its Watershed Assessment of impacts of potential large scale mining in the Bristol Bay drainages of Alaska. The Assessment is thorough, peer-reviewed, and comprehensive. It describes the risks of unavoidable, adverse, cumulative effects of potential large mines, including Pebble mine, on fish, wildlife, and subsistence, commercial and recreational fisheries in the region.
Robert Heyano, President of the Board of Directors of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association, announced today that the board has accepted the resignation of its executive director, Bob Waldrop, who has served in that capacity since inception of the association. The board wishes Bob well in his next endeavors.
House Republicans are calling for an investigation into whether the Environmental Protection Agency planned to kill a controversial Alaska copper-and-gold mine from its inception, according to documents obtained by the Washington Examiner.
The EPA last month moved toward issuing a preemptive veto of a key mining permit for the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The agency said the mine would destroy salmon runs that are home to nearly half the world's sockeye salmon, and would disrupt the lives of native tribes.
A federal agency is providing more time for the state and the group behind the proposed Pebble Mine to provide information showing development at the site would not result in "unacceptable" environmental impacts.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has initiated a process that could lead to it prohibiting or restricting development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect in the Bristol Bay region.
A new report shows that Bristol Bay produced 31-percent of the world’s commercially caught sockeye salmon last year. That’s down significantly from previous years. The new “Sockeye Market Analysis” report was prepared by the McDowell Group for the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has started a process that could block the world’s largest open-pit copper mine ever proposed and protect the Pacific Ocean’s most productive source of wild salmon.
A rarely used section of the Clean Water Act allows the EPA to prohibit or restrict activities that deposit fill material into wetlands or waterways, if such activities harm fisheries. The agency has more than sufficient cause to intervene in a proposed mining operation in southwest Alaska.
Dubbed “The Silencing Alaskans Act” by an environmental lobby which has accused the state administration of trying to subvert the public comment process for permit approval, and slammed by some Native groups as undermining traditional rights to water use, the bill would allow the administration to issue general permits for some resource development activities, would make some changes to the law relating to appeals over agency permitting decisions and would also change the law relating to the reservation or sale of water in the state.