National Fisherman


Alaska’s salmon catch of 273 million salmon set a record last year; so did the number of salmon returning home to state hatcheries.
 
The 2013 Fisheries Enhancement Report by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game shows a return of 112 million hatchery-reared salmon contributed 36 percent to the state’s total salmon harvest.
 
The breakdown by species was 63 percent for chum salmon, 38 percent pinks, 23 percent Chinook salmon, 22 percent cohos and 5 percent of Alaska’s sockeye salmon catch can be credited to hatchery returns.
 
Unlike farmed fish — which are crammed into nets or pens until they’re ready for market — Alaska salmon begin their lives in one of 35 state and/or privately run hatcheries and are released as fingerlings to the sea.
 
Prince William Sound has the greatest amount of hatchery action. Last year, 80 percent of the Sound’s salmon catch was hatchery-produced, including 88 percent of chums and 80 percent of pinks. Some 45 percent of sockeye were hatchery-produced. The hatchery catch was worth $113 million to PWS salmon fishermen; 68 percent of the total value. 
 
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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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