National Fisherman


Wild salmon harvests were reaching toward 39 million fish by the second week of July, with harvests slowed in the Copper River and Bristol Bay, and retail prices remaining steady as salmon harvests elsewhere statewide continued to increase.

At Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle, whole fresh Copper River king salmon were still prices at $25.99 a pound and whole fresh Copper River sockeyes at $54.95 per fish,

Fresh Copper River king salmon fillets were fetching $39.99 a pound at Pike Place, and fresh Copper River sockeye fillets $20.99 a pound.

In the Copper River district drift fishery, the preliminary commercial harvest reported by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on July 9 stood at 1.5 million fish, including 9,000 kings, 11,000 chum, 1,000 silver, 12,000 pink and 1,443,000 red salmon.

In Bristol Bay, where the total run was edging toward 19 million fish, the cumulative harvest was 13,240,759 fish.

The 20-year average for the sockeye salmon commercial catch in Bristol Bay is 25,360,300, according to data provided by Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The biggest run for the 20-year period from 1992 through 2012 was 40,462,292 fish in 1993, and the poorest run was 10,035,582 fish in 1998. In 2012, the harvest in Bristol Bay came to 20,578,212 fish, ADFG records show.

The statewide harvest meanwhile, reached 38,804,000 salmon of all species, including 197,000 king, 7,825,000 chum, 97,000 silver, 9,666,000 pink and 21,019,000 sockeye.

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Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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