National Fisherman

BOISE - Fisheries managers with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game are assessing damage to summer Chinook stocks after severe rainstorms flooded the South Fork of the Salmon River fish trap and killed hundreds of adult salmon needed for broodstock.

The storms developed rapidly over the nearby mountains Aug. 6 and sent a torrent downstream, choking the stream with sediment within minutes.

The sediment flowed into holding ponds at the Fish and Game's trapping facility and suffocated the fish.

Fish and Game and Nez Perce Tribe workers rushed tanker trucks to the trapping facility to save as many broodstock chinook as they could.

They reported saving about 200 adults, while an estimated 1,200 were lost. A few more fish were expected to return, but the peak of the run is over.

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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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