National Fisherman


This year’s sockeye run to Bristol Bay has exceeded the preseason forecast and 2 of the organizations that follow the run are projecting that there are several million fish still to come.


Catches spiked again at the Port Moller Test Fishery on Tuesday. Another 265-sockeye were caught. That’s the largest daily catch since the first peak was detected on June 23rd. The catch at station 2 was just 23-fish but the catch at station 4 was 35-sockeye. The catch at station 6 was 60-sockeye and the catch at station 8 was 98 fish. The catch at station 10 was 49. Tuesday’s fishing effort produced a daily replacement index number of 52. That’s the highest daily number since the 52 recorded back on June 23rd. The daily traditional index number was 106. Fisheries scientist Scott Raborn works for the Bristol Bay Science and Research Institute, which runs the Port Moller Test Fishery. He’s leaving the previous in-season run projection in place with the note that the next 2 days will inform how to interpret the remaining catches at the test fishery. The BBSRI in-season run forecast is 38.3-million. The pre-season forecast was 26.58. The sockeye run has already topped that mark.

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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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