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

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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