National Fisherman

The 2013 Alaska commercial salmon catch is a record total of 260 million as of Aug. 27.

Commercial fishermen landed about 24 million salmon in the last week of August, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's bluesheet estimate.

Much of the catch is coming from Southeast Alaska, where fishermen landed about 13 million pinks from Aug. 20 to Aug. 27, for a total of 85 million pinks and 98.4 million salmon total.

Statewide, the harvest of 209.5 million pinks nearly doubled the state's pink forecast of 117.8 million fish, and also exceeded ADFG's forecast of 178 million for all salmon species in 2013. The salmon fisheries have also exceeded the 2005 harvest record of 221 million salmon.

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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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