National Fisherman


SEAFOODNEWS.COM (by John Sackton) — May 21, 2014 — The Bristol Bay sockeye salmon run this year is forecast to be around 26.58 million fish, with a commercial harvest pegged at 16.86 million fish.

Last year's harvest was around 15.5 million fish, slightly below the forecast. The reduction in supply led to a major price spike, with the base price to harvesters around $1.50, the highest level it had been in many years.

This year the run may be coming in early. Packers report that tenders will be on the ground by June 9th.

This year, the commercial Togiak herring fishery began on April 27th, compared to May 11th in 2013 and May 14th in 2012.

In 2013, the date where Bristol Bay harvests first passed 1 million fish per day - which normally indicates the peak of the run is arriving, was June 23rd. That was the second earliest date since 1993, according to ADF&G.

This year the peak run may be even earlier, coming between June 22 and June 29th, according to some observers.

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Inside the Industry

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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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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