National Fisherman

Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists say the next commercial opening of the Copper River District for wild salmon harvests is anticipated to be on Monday, May 27, with the time and area to be announced on Saturday, May 25.

Meanwhile, the Copper River District is to open for subsistence fishing at 7 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, for a 12-hour period with waters within the Chinook salmon inside closure area to be closed during this subsistence period.

The Miles Lake sonar project is currently operational on the north bank of the river, but the south bank sonar has not yet been deployed due to low water and ice conditions.

The cumulative sonar count to date is no fish, whereas the anticipated count for this date was 19,602 fish, state biologists said.

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Inside the Industry

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


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.

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