Petersburg. . . The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is soliciting bids to generate $30,000 for the Southeast Alaska aerial survey program.
Bidding for this test fishery will be done in pounds of salmon. Contracts will be awarded to the bidder who bids the lowest total pounds, once Alaska Bidders Preference is considered. Successful bidders agree to pay the State of Alaska $30,000 for the fish and provide the boat(s), gear, and crew to harvest and process the fish. If harvest exceeds the poundage bid, then all overages will be paid to the State at fair market value.
Test fishermen will fish only during times and in area determined by the department in cooperation with the successful bidder. In addition, the department may limit harvest in certain areas. Read more...
As of July 21, estimated statewide salmon harvest is 85.6 million fish, inlcuding 43.5 million sockeyes, 34.6 million humpies, 6.6 million chums, 518,000 silvers, and 464,000 chinook. Bristol Bay has delivered 33.6 million sockeye. Prince William Sound has harvested over 33 million salmon, 28 million are humpies. Cook Inlet fishermen have caught 1.4 million salmon. Kodiak processors have received 3.3 milllion salmon. The Alaska Peninsula has caught 3.3 million salmon in the South Peninsula and 2.5 million in the North Peninsula. Southeast fisheries have caught 5.8 million salmon, including 2.6 million pinks, 2.3 million chums, 307,000 kings, 219,000 silvers, and 201,000 reds.
The draft Comprehensive Plan and Waterfront Plan for Petersburg are out. Comments are welcome until July 31. It is highly likely that this deadline will be extended a few weeks. The final draft is scheduled to be completed in October.
Comments and questions on these plans can be submitted to:
Attn: Petersburg Plans
441 West Fifth Avenue Suite 202
Anchorage, AK 99501 Read more...
To date the department estimates 2,411,359 Dungeness Crab have been harvested by 192 permits and 3,306 landings. The average weight this season is 2.1 pounds. The department thinks the catch will be a little lower than last season, but over the 5 year average. The fishing efforts are also well above the 5 year average. Landings for July are 40% down from 2014.
Decades ago the US and Russia agreed to closing fishing in the “donut hole” of the Bering Sea between the two countries in order to manage and sustain the Pollock fishery. On Thursday, five nations signed a similar declaration creating another “donut hole” 1.1 sq miles in size in the Central Arctic. The countries are hoping to protect the viability of the ecosystem in the Central Arctic as it grows in size due to retreating ice. One of the species being protected by this act is Arctic Cod, which are often targeted for fishmeal. All five countries bordering the Arctic Ocean, the US, Russia, Canada, Norway, and Denmark/Greenland signed.
Lisa Murkowski is urging all genetically Read more...
The statewide commercial salmon harvest as of June 14 totals 53.5 million fish. This includes 30.6 million sockeye, 17.3 million humpies, 4.9 million chums, 388,000 chinooks, and 293,000 silvers. Bristol Bay has now harvested 23.4 million salmon with 1,664 permits participating in the fishery. Cook Inlet’s harvest is up to 790,000 fish. Prince William Sound has harvested 19 million salmon, 14.3 million are pinks. The Alaska Peninsula has harvested 4.4 million salmon. Southeast has harvest 2.8 million salmon including 1.3 million chums and over 1 million humpies.
As of July 7, the estimated commercial salmon harvest in Alaska is 23 million fish including 15.5 million sockeye, 4 million humpies, 3.2 million chums, 142,000 silvers, and 133,000 chinook salmon.