Alaska has expanded its fish testing data and released new fish consumption guidelines. The new guidelines increase the number of fish species on the “unrestricted consumption” list.
The State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services released a report upgrading several species of fish to unrestricted status. Some of the new fish include halibut up to 40 pounds, lingcod measuring up to 35 inches, big skate, black rockfish, broad whitefish, Dolly Varden, dusky rockfish, grayling, humpback whitefish and rough eye rockfish.
The Bendix sonar equipment used at the Nushagak sonar site for more than 25 years printed estimate data on a ticker tape (upper left and right). The DIDSON technology the site now uses produces ultra sound-like video of fish (lower left and right).
One of the largest king salmon runs in Alaska is the run to the Nushagak River. As KDLG’s Mike Mason reports, escapement has picked up in recent days but is still short of the Department of Fish and Game’s management priority.
Last week, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services released a health advisory because of a bat that was found with rabies.
Biologists on the Prince of Wales Island trapped several Keen’s myotis bats. One appeared to be behaving strangely, and after testing, was found to have rabies. This is only the third case of bat rabies in the state of Alaska-- the first was in 1993 and the second in 2006. There are over 1000 different species of bats worldwide and only six species live in Alaska.
The National Park Service released a new report showing that 2.5 million visitors came to national parks in Alaska in 2013. Those millions of visitors brought with them money that supports some communities.
Alaska national parks brought in $1.1 billion in economic support to communities across the state. These parks employ 17,000 workers directly and thousands more indirectly. The three most visited parks in the state last year were Klondike Gold Rush at 928,000 visitors, Denali at 530,000 visitors and Glacier Bay at 500,000 visitors.
Bristol Bay’s massive sockeye run is basically over and the vast majority of fishermen have called it a season. However, there are still fishermen targeting the small sockeye run to the Togiak River. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this update.
The Department of Natural Resources is recommending that Bristol Bay setnet fishermen protect the right to fish their sites by getting a shore-fishery lease from the State of Alaska. KDLG’s Luke Brummer has more.
Last week saw the unsuccessful attempt to pass a reversal of the Supreme Court’s ruling that stated it was in fact constitutional for businesses to refuse certain kinds of birth control to its employees based on the religion of the owners. However, some Democrats are still pushing forward with a new bill to help employees understand their insurance.
The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for July 18 includes details of the 404 C determination rolled out on Friday by the EPA and reaction to the $1.20 base price for sockeye caught this season in Bristol Bay. The report also includes a story about a class at Dartmouth College that uses the Bristol Bay sockeye fishery as a case study to teach students about supply and demand.