News and Notes

Kodiak Area commercial salmon fishing period will begin at NOON Thursday, June 1

13 May, 2006
The initial Westside fishery will be 57 hours, from NOON Thursday June 1 to 9:00 PM Saturday June 3, 2006 in the Central, North Cape, and Outer Karluk Sections of the Northwest Kodiak District. These are primary harvest areas for Karluk-bound early-run sockeye salmon. The forecast for early-run Karluk sockeye (mid point 314,000) is lower than the 2005 season (mid point projection 404,000). A 57-hour commercial fishery will provide a gauge of run strength without unduly jeopardizing escapement objectives, should this run prove weaker than forecast. Further extensions will depend on sockeye salmon buildup estimates and escapements into the Karluk River, as well as commercial fishing effort and catch levels. Commercial fisheries will not be allowed in the Inner Karulk Section unless the Karluk early-run sockeye escapement goal (100,000 to 210,000 through July 15) is exceeded.

The Foul Bay and Waterfall Bay Special Harvest Areas (SHAs), in the Afognak District, will open at NOON Thursday June 1, and will remain open until further notice. These areas will open to harvest supplemental production of sockeye salmon from ADF&G and Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association (KRAA) enhancement projects (mid point projections - 3,700 and 6,800 sockeye respectively).

Additional areas will open to commercial salmon fishing at NOON Monday, June 5.

SOURCE: State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Commercial Fisheries.

Norway: Krill may be used as salmon feed

5 May, 2006
Krill from the Norwegian Sea can become salmon food. A shortage of raw materials for fish feed is leading to increased research on new resources in the sea (

US: Senate panel debate flaws & merits of aquaculture bill

12 April, 2006
Sentate Commerce Committee members on Thursday expressed concern over key points of the Bush Administration's plan to expand aquaculture in federal waters five-fold over the next decade (

US: PFMC requests closure of Hawaiian swordfish fishery for turtle

21 March, 2006
In a bid to preserve critically endangered loggerhead sea turtles, the Western Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC) has requested that the United States Secretary of Commerce again close the Hawaiian Swordfish fishery. link text

Finland: Fish Consumption Helps Prevent Dementia

2 February, 2006
A series of surveys carried out by a team of Finnish scientists reveal that consumption of unsaturated fats, such as those present in Wild Salmon and other cold water ocean fish, reduce the risk of dementia. (

US: Hurricanes and Drought still Inflating Louisana Crawfish Prices

31 January, 2006
The American Gulf Crawfish industry is still feeling the effects of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and a longstanding drought as it struggles to meet high demand with a low supply of average quality shellfish. (

New Crab Fisheries Plan to Debut in Alaska

17 October, 2005
In a bid to foment resource sustainability, Alaska premiered Saturday a new Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) system for red king crab, bairidi (Tanner) crab and opilio (Bering Sea Snow Crab).

USDA to purchase up to USD 10 million worth of pink salmon for domestic food assistance programs

17 September, 2005
The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will spend up to USD 10 million to purchase pink salmon from this year's harvest for distribution.

Louisiana fisheries officials fear backlash of Hurricane Katrina

16 September, 2005
Officials at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries fear that Hurricane Katrina will have a one-year economic impact on the state's seafood industry estimated at around USD 1.6 billion.

Wild Alaska Salmon Harvest Tops 200 Million

13 September, 2005
As August faded, the Alaska salmon harvest topped 200 million fish, making it one of the best seasons ever. And, for the third year in a row, the fishery will show an increase in value. At Kodiak, the summer pink salmon harvest topped 28 million, making it the third highest on record. "Alaska Fisherman's Journal"

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