The deadline is July 28 on bids for the Southeast Alaska purse seine test fishery, to be done in pounds of salmon.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game said in an announcement July 24 that contracts for the aerial survey will be awarded to the bidder who bids the lowest total pounds, once Alaska bidders preference is considered.
The process is an effort to generate $30,000 for the aerial survey.
A robust forecast, followed by what first appeared to be a season gone bust in Bristol Bay, culminated with a run of wild sockeyes exceeding 50 million reds, and the price to fishermen sank.
"Everybody's concerned with the price," said Dave Harsila, president of the Alaska Independent Fishermen's Marketing Association, and a veteran Bristol Bay harvester. "I don't think anybody expected it to be that low, but that's what it is.
Two seafood industry trade associations have come to an agreement to transfer, effective for the 2016 season and beyond, ownership of the Marine Stewardship Council sustainability certificate for Alaska salmon.
The transfer announced July 21 by the Pacific Seafood Processors Association and the Alaska Salmon Processors Association is to be completed by Oct. 1.
The agreement will have no impact on sales for 2015.
The Chinook have reached Canada, and Alaska Fish and Game biologists say they’ve now met nearly all escapement goals along the Yukon and are confident they’ll see enough of the prized king salmon cross the border.
“Passage estimates at the sonar project near Eagle indicate that the first and second pulse of Chinook have migrated across the border and are on their way to the spawning grounds in Canada,” fisheries biologist Holly Carol said during the weekly Yukon fisheries teleconference organized by the nonprofit Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association.
Tough restrictions that shut down fishing at the start of this year’s king salmon run on the Kuskokwim River may have made a difference.
A state research biologist told a Kuskokwim River advisory group Wednesday that goals for salmon escapement -- fish that swim past nets, hooks and predators to spawn -- have been met on several of the big river’s key tributaries.
July 17 - About a month after the purse seine season started, pink salmon started to appear in Southeast Alaska and an excellent harvest of 58 million fish is expected.
“It is early, typically by, we’re in statistical week 29 and typically we’ve only seen about on average still only about five per cent of the harvest in Southern Southeast Alaska and maybe eight or nine per cent in northern Southeast,” stated Andy Piston, pink and chum salmon project leader for Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) in the region.
Coming up this week, Bristol Bay sockeye strategically held back from hitting the nets until everyone doubted they'd show at all; Manakotak says “we can annex, too,” and getting to know our friends, the cannery workers. We had help KDLG's Molly Dischner and Dave Bendinger in Dillingham, and KFSK's Joe Sykes in Petersburg.
This year’s return of pink salmon in Southeast Alaska has started off slower than 2013’s record-setting harvest, the parents of this year’s pinks. About a month into the purse seine season but still weeks before the peak, some pink salmon are starting to show up in the commercial seine catches.
The 2015 fishery summed up? Odd, confusing, unique, strange. Or that's what fishermen and managers are telling us. Their take on 2015, fish numbers and other news, plus - how do you survive a Bristol Bay romance?
Statewide catches of wild Alaska salmon jumped from an estimated total of 20.3 million fish on July 7 to 53.5 million fish on July 14, lifting the spirits of harvesters in what has been a disconcerting season.
Biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game noted that the late run of the run into Bristol Bay was showing strength, along with an increase in the average size of the sockeyes.
"The fishery has picked up substantially," said David Harsila, of Seattle, president of the Alaska Independent Fishermen's Marketing Association.
Bristol Bay lived up to its reputation for unpredictability as a bizarre late rush of sockeyes has surged into fishermen’s nets nearly a week past the historical peak, with enough still coming to potentially surpass the 20-year average harvest by several million fish.
“Things change,” said Chuck Brazil, assistant area biologist for Bristol Bay. “That’s why we manage the fishery day to day.”
Five weeks into the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery, with a preseason harvest forecast of 40.5 million fish, the estimated catch was climbing ever so slowly, as fishermen and processors waited it out.
As of July 6, biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game were estimating the total Bristol Bay harvest to date at 9.1 million salmon, and the statewide catch of salmon at 20 million fish.