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.
With the prospect that this year’s Yukon River king salmon run will be even worse than last year’s dismal return, which was the worst on record in more than 30 years, some Interior subsistence fishermen who rely on the fish to feed their families are calling for a moratorium on king salmon fishing this summer.
Under provisions of the Pacific Salmon Treaty, the abundance index for Southeast Alaska is 2.57, which is in an all-gear harvest quota of 439,400 treaty chinook, non-Alaska-hatchery produced.
ADF&G said that the all-gear abundance-based quota represents an increase of 263,400 fish when compared with last year’s preseason quota of 176,000 fish, at an AI of 1.20. This year’s preseason troll treaty harvest allocation is 325,411 chinook, an increase of 195,549 fish when compared with last year’s 129,862 fish.
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 couple of U.S. Senators have introduced legislation that would limit the ability of the EPA to preemptively veto the issuance of permits under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. If approved it might impact the EPA’s actions in regards to the proposed Pebble Mine.
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.
Alaska’s salmon catch of 273 million salmon set a record last year– and so did the number of salmon returning home to state hatcheries. The 2013 Fisheries Enhancement Report by the AK Dept. of Fish and Game shows that a return of 112 million hatchery reared salmon contributed 36 percent to the state’s total salmon harvest. The breakdown by species was 63% for chum salmon, 38% for pinks, 23% for Chinook salmon, 22% for cohos and 5% of Alaska’s sockeye salmon catch can be credited to hatchery returns.
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.
Alaska’s salmon catch set a record last year– and so did the salmon returns to Alaska hatcheries. The 2013 Alaska salmon catch was an all time high of 283 million fish and hatchery returns topped 110 million. The state’s annual Fisheries Enhancement report shows that those salmon contributed 36% to Alaska’s total salmon catch, valued at $182 million at the docks. That compares to 28% and $149 million in 2012.
The Response to Public Comments documents for the May 2012 and April 2013 Drafts of An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts On Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska are now available on the EPA website: www2.epa.gov/bristolbay
The State of Alaska and the Pebble Partnership say an Environmental Protection Agency review of the proposed project is unprecedented, and could be a harbinger for dangerous action by the federal government. The EPA has embarked on a one-year review of whether it should take action to protect the Bristol Bay fishery from the Pebble mine. After a request from the state and the Pebble Partnership, it announced it would give them a 45-day extension to make their case against regulation in the first part of the review, under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act.
EPA has extended the early consultation period with the State of Alaska and the Pebble Partnership from March 14 until April 29, 2014. This time period provides an opportunity for the landowner and mining company to meet with EPA to provide information relevant to the 404(c) process and to demonstrate to EPA that no unacceptable adverse effects to aquatic resources would result from mining the Pebble deposit or that actions could be taken to prevent unacceptable adverse effects to waters from such mining.
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.