National Fisherman

The value of Alaska salmon permits are soaring in many fisheries. At Bristol Bay, drift gillnet permits are being offered for $140,000, compared to $90,000 at the same time last year.
 
A scan of listings by four brokers shows that Prince William Sound seine cards are more than $200,000; they were about $140,000 a year ago. Sound driftnet permits also are selling at more than $200,000.
 
Cook Inlet drift permits are being offered at $85,000 or higher, which is $10,000 more than a year ago. Cook Inlet seine cards are listed for $65,000, and setnets at $16,000.
 
Southeast Alaska seine permits are the priciest at $320,000, up from $250,000 last January. Kodiak seine values continued an upward creep to $50,000, compared to $36,000 on average.
 
Chignik permits are listed around $225,000.
 
At Area M on the Alaska Peninsula, drift cards were $90,000 and seine cards $65,000, which is down slightly.
 
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Inside the Industry

NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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