This Week's Fish News

July 20, 2023

The Homer City Council is holding a work session on the harbor expansion on Monday, July 24. If you're in the area and you care about the harbor project, join us! 

The USDA bought over $100 million in Alaska seafood this week, with OBI, Trident, and Peter Pan getting large purchase awards.

Senator Murkowski is touting big wins for Alaska's fisheries this week, after securing hundreds of millions of dollars in fisheries and ocean research funding in FY24 appropriations, which were approved by the Appropriations Committee. The bills are now headed to the full Senate for consideration. 

In Bristol Bay, BBRSDA is working with harvesters, processors and CQ Foods, a Texas firm, to monitor and improve the quality of salmon using an electronic device known as CQR 3.0. 

After two monster seasons, managers are facing renewed pressure to protect the Kodiak Tanner crab fishery. Crabbers are (once again) asking the NPFMC to increase monitoring requirements in an area known as the "sandbox," a hot spot for Tanners and groundfish alike. The Council is set to take on the issue at its December meeting, just before the Kodiak Tanner season opens in January.

The NPFMC is requesting input on 2024 research priorities which will help guide federal fisheries management in upcoming years. If you have thoughts, share them by October 31

This week's Alaska Fisheries Report: an overabundance of sockeye in a Sitka lake; a slow start for Kodiak seiners; and a discussion on how to manage and protect Kodiak Tanners.