Friday, November 8, 2019

Here's your 2020 Bristol Bay forecast

The state is forecasting a harvest of 34.56 million sockeye salmon next season at Bristol Bay.

That would be a strong haul, though well short of this year's harvest of nearly 43 million sockeye.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Silver Bay Seafoods penalized $82,500

Silver Bay Seafoods paid an $82,500 penalty as part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency.

The case involved Clean Water Act violations at the company's Sitka processing plant, the EPA says.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Salmon tally

The state has released preliminary harvest and value figures for the 2019 commercial salmon season.

The all-species harvest of 206.9 million fish generated an ex-vessel value of $657.6 million, a 10 percent increase from last year, the department said.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Wanted: observers

A report to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council notes "current difficulties in recruiting and retaining observers."

The report says "conversations are underway" about solutions, including "options for allowing providers to hire foreign nationals to be observers in the Alaska fisheries."

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

BBRSDA, BBEDC sue EPA over proposed Pebble mine

Here are the lawsuit and a press release.

Blockbuster pollock sale

Alaska processing giant Trident Seafoods recently secured an enormous sale of pollock products to the federal government.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Sept. 25 it had purchased nearly 16.8 million pounds of pollock goods — frozen fish sticks and fillets — for $38.8 million.

The fish will go into child nutrition and other domestic food assistance programs, the USDA said.

Trident underbid two East Coast companies, Channel Fish Processing and High Liner Foods.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Slim pickings for king crab

Fishery managers today announced a total allowable catch of 3.8 million pounds for the Bristol Bay red king crab fishery, which opens at noon Oct. 15. That's a 12 percent cut from last season.

Managers also announced a TAC of 34 million pounds for the Bering Sea snow crab fishery, a 23 percent increase.

The Bering Sea Tanner crab fishery will remain closed, as the estimated mature male biomass is too low, managers said. Last season's Tanner crab TAC was 2.4 million pounds.