Salmon and other news topics

2 Oct

Transboundary. A new effort to get the International Joint Commission involved in investigating the potential adverse impacts of hard rock mines in British Columbia on salmon-rich transboundary rivers is contained in a petition to U.S. Secretary of Commerce from a coalition of Alaska Native and conservation entities.

This group above, The Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission, just received an $80k grant from actor Leonardo DiCaprio! Here’s more.

SSRAA. Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association’s election nominations are due Oct 17 for gear seats (you should have received a post card) and one is gillnet. Also…Oct 27, the SSRAA Board will meet in Petersburg!

Salmon. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced September 20 that the winter troll season will open October 11th. It could remain open through the end of December.

A strong chum salmon run is helping pay for upgrades to a Sitka hatchery.

In the final weeks of Alaska’s summer salmon fishing season, with the yield estimated at 216.5 million fish, the harvest just keeps on coming. In the second week of September alone, fishermen delivered 2.4 million salmon, mostly coho and late running keta, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute said in a September 18 market update report produced by the McDowell Group in Juneau.

Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott has denied a proposed ballot initiative designed to offer greater protections for salmon habitat from mining or other development –he said he acted on advice given to him by the Dept of Law.

Marketing. Salmon production in Russia will decline by 30 percent this year, compared to 2016, according to latest predictions of the Russian Agency of Fisheries.
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Safety. The Coast Guard has recently received a safety bulletin from Cruise Lines International Association that reported problems with lifejacket lights. The bulletin relates to Alcares water activated flashing lifejacket lights models Jack A1-ALK and Jack ARH-ALK.

Marine Mammals. A male California sea lion spotted lounging on the dock at Auke Bay over the weekend has gently been encouraged to haul out elsewhere.

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-Cynthia Wallesz

Executive Director
United Southeast Alaska Gillnetters
PO Box 2196
Petersburg, AK 99833
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