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At Sea Diary

Matt MarinkovichMatt Marinkovich’s weekly At Sea Diary entry is a popular feature of the National Fisherman Web site, and now you can post your own reflections on Matt’s experiences fishing in the Pacific Northwest and North Pacific.

Thursday, July 14 — After sitting on the beach since our last opening on Monday, July 11, we finally got an opening in both the Naknek and Kvichak districts. We have been listening to Fish and Game updates, hoping for an opening, but being disappointed every time because the escapement in the Naknek and Kvichak Rivers have not met their escapement goals. Egegik, which hasn't fished for days on end was finally given an opening for today.

There have been many long faces on the dock, belonging to fishermen who are wondering where the second half of their season has gone. It seems to me the run managers just took the escapement later in the season instead of at the beginning, as they usually do. Either way it slices up to less fish than expected.

We're heading out tonight to fish tomorrow. Hopefully we will be getting regular openings again, and won't be coming back to land until this run is totally in the can.


Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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