National Fisherman

Predictions for a robust king salmon haul buoyed California fishermen assembled Wednesday for a preseason meeting with state and federal regulators, even if forecasts fell short of last year’s projection.
The National Marine Fisheries Service has forecast 634,650 king salmon out in the ocean from the Sacramento River system’s fall run, an index used each year to shape the season ahead.
That’s more than 200,000 lower than the projection issued last year. But it’s still good news for those who suffered through 2008 and ’09, when stocks bottomed out and there was no commercial fishing at all.
The forecast was not affected by drought conditions that have stranded some spawning salmon in rivers and streams brought low by lack of rainfall because those impacts will likely be felt later, said marine fisheries biologist Michael O’Farrell.
“The long and short of it is we’ll get a season, but it’s not as good as last year,” said John McManus, executive director of the Golden Gate Salmon Association.
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Inside the Industry

Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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