National Fisherman

High escapement projections for rivers surrounding Alaska are will mean a big increase in the king salmon catch this year.
The total number of Chinook available for harvest is more than double what it was last year, at 439,400, fish up from 176,000 in 2013 and 266,800 in 2012, the Juneau Empire reports, citing the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
For trolling, which catches the largest percentage commercially, that number is also striking, said Pattie Skannes, troll management biologist for the ADF&G.
The troll allocation is set at 325,411 chinook. Last year, it was 129,862.
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Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


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.

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