National Fisherman

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 recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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