National Fisherman

SEATTLE — The first Copper River salmon from Alaska arrive in Seattle Friday where the flavorful fish is celebrated with an airport cook-off.

An Alaska Air Cargo plane from Cordova is delivering about 18,000 pounds of salmon that were caught Thursday when the commercial gillnet season opened in Prince William Sound.

Three Seattle chefs compete for best salmon recipe in the third annual Copper Chef Cook-off. The judges are Seattle Seahawks placekicker Steven Hauschka, Seattle Mariners hall of fame player Jay Buhner and Alaska Airlines Chief Operating Officer Ben Minicucci.

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Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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