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

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.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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