Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Upper Cook Inlet salmon forecast released

The state is forecasting a commercial harvest of 1.9 million sockeye salmon next year in Upper Cook Inlet.

This past season tallied 1.8 million sockeye.

Silver Bay's new man

Deckboss just returned from Seattle, where he attended Pacific Marine Expo. It was a vibrant show this year with plenty of industry buzz.

One especially interesting note: John Lowrance is joining Silver Bay Seafoods to help smooth out problems at the company's Bristol Bay plant at Naknek.

Fishermen familiar with the move say Lowrance is taking an ownership stake in Silver Bay.

Lowrance is a respected name in Alaska's salmon industry, having founded Leader Creek Fisheries, a small but innovative Bristol Bay processor. He sold his interest in Leader Creek in 2010.

Trident's warning

A recent federal summary of enforcement actions for the first half of 2017 said a written warning was issued to Trident Seafoods.

Deckboss obtained a copy of the written warning through a Freedom of Information Act request. Read it here.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Southeast pink salmon outlook

Southeast Alaska can expect an "average" harvest of 23 million pink salmon in 2018, says this forecast just out from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.