ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME, DIVISION OF COMMERCIAL FISHERIES NEWS RELEASE
Sam Cotten, Commissioner – Scott Kelley, Director
Contact: Lisa Fox, Area Biologist, Charles Russell, Assistant Area Biologist
Sand Point Area Office – PO Box 129 – Sand Point, AK 99661
Phone: (907) 383-2066 – Fax: (907) 383-2606
Date Issued: May 17, 2016 Time: 2:30pm
SAND POINT COMMERCIAL SALMON FISHERY ANNOUNCEMENT # 01
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be conducting a preseason fishery stakeholder’s meeting at the Aleutians East Borough building in Sand Point at 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 27. We will teleconference with both King Cove at the Harbor House and False Pass. The purpose of this meeting is to provide all interested parties an opportunity to discuss the upcoming salmon season with ADF&G staff.
Topics covered will include:
2016 salmon outlook
2016 management strategy
2016 department test fisheries
Other topics as time permits
To obtain further information, please contact the Sand Point Fish and Game office at (907) 383-2066.
A marine science technician from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, Alaska, inspects a vessel during a commercial fishing vessel safety exam in Dillingham, June 13, 2015. Coast Guard personnel conducted 412 dockside exams prior to the Bristol Bay Salmon Fishery. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
The U.S. Coast Guard will be in Sand Point doing dockside vessel inspections in Sand Point – May 30th to June 4th, 2016.
Sign up at the Sand Point Harbor House to schedule your dockside vessel exam.
We apologize for not being able to broadcast this live. KDLG in Dillingham had the same problem during their broadcast, but essentially the audio stream is a high quality stream making it impossible to keep a consistent connection with our internet.
We will try to download the archive and broadcast it tonight, update on times will come.
Here is the link so you can give it a try yourself, you may need to restart your stream rather frequently but it may be worth it.
Jillian: Recently the FDA has approved the first genetically modified fish for human consumption in the U.S. We asked Alaskans for their thoughts on the AquAdvantage salmon.
Jillian: Benjamin Mobeck, a Sand Point village elder responds to the question “Would you eat AquAdvantage Salmon?” (audio) _______________________
Chloe: I interviewed Glen Gardner, the mayor of Sand Point. He said he thinks that AquAdvantage will affect Alaska fisheries because people are looking for Alaskan salmon. He also insists that Alaska has to get on the bandwagon to promote Alaska wild salmon.
Jillian: Dick Jacobsen, Chairman of the Aleut Corporation and Captain of F/V Miss Ingrid, says…..(audio) _______________________
Chloe: I also interviewed my gram, Ivy Gardner, who I think is the smartest person I know. She said that she thinks genetically modified salmon is a bunch of bull, that we don’t need altered salmon when we have wild salmon.
Jillian: For a teenager’s perspective, we spoke to Colten Mack, a junior at Sand Point school who commercial fishes. When asked if he would eat AquAdvantage Salmon, Colten said, “No, because I’ve been around salmon my whole life and I would not want them to be any different”
Evan: I emailed Sam Cotton, the current director of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and asked if he thought genetically editing animals is a good or bad thing. He responded by saying: “Purely as an Alaskan [who] has been involved with Wild salmon fisheries and stocks since I was about your age, any threat, perceived or real, that might have a slight chance of impacting Alaskan Salmon either biologically or the markets that support the Commercial and Sport fishing industries is cause for concern. The genetic manipulations and combining selected genes from three different species is fascinating from a science perspective, but troubling from a biological perspective.”
Jillian: For the past few weeks as a senior english class we have been researching GMO salmon and have reached out to many Alaskans for their opinions, which have helped us to form ours:
Evan: We wouldn’t eat or buy genetically modified salmon.
Chloe: Because we feel that genetically modified fish could affect our way of life in Sand Point, Alaska,
Jillian: and AquAdvantage salmon could potentially hurt our fishing industry in the future.
Reporting from 830 am KSDP this is Jillian, Chloe, and Evan. Thanks for listening.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has completed analysis of 2015 Tanner crab survey
results from the Kodiak, Chignik, and South Peninsula districts. Commercial Tanner crab
fisheries in these districts may occur when the estimated abundance of mature male Tanner crab
meets or exceeds stock size thresholds established in regulation (5 AAC 35.507 Kodiak, Chignik,
and South Peninsula Districts C. bairdi Tanner crab harvest strategies). (more…)
Another large salmon run is forecasted this upcoming salmon season for the Bristol Bay fishery. The forecast calls for a harvest of roughly 31 million sockeye with another 15 million escaping for a cumulative run of 46 million fish!