Courtesy of the ADF&G

Alaska Department of Fish & Game biologists are predicting an early herring harvest for the Togiak sac roe herring fishery.

Temperatures in the waters of the Gulf of Alaska have been as high as five degrees Fahrenheit above average.  Although fluctuation does occur naturally with the seasons, this particular increase is attributed to other factors. 

El Nino is characterized by unusually warm temperatures in the equatorial Pacific.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts there’s a 65 percent chance of El Nino emerging in fall and early winter. 

Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Plan and the University of Alaska

The state of Alaska, the University of Alaska and representatives from Alaskan fisheries, seafood and marine industries created a plan to increase the number of in state residents working in maritime careers.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced this week the approval of the first grant application to assist fishermen affected by the 2012 commercial fisheries failure in the Yukon Chinook, Kuskokwim Chinook and Cook Inlet fisheries.  

Commercial Fishing for coho salmon in the Nushagak district is set to open at 9 a.m. Thursday and Togiak Seafoods will be buying. General Manager Voita Novak says one tender, the Sea Trek II left Togiak at about 4 a.m Wednesday, headed to the Nushagak. Novak is asking fisherman to contact the tender Thursday morning on Channel 72.     

"They need to first call the tender, let them know they're fishing.  We need to know how many boats will fish so we know we can manage the fishery and everyone will be happy," said Novak.

Ben Matheson

A flatbed truck stacked high with frozen Bristol Bay sockeye salmon filets left the Peter Pan processing plant Monday. Fisherman and Peter Pan Seafood donated 6 thousand pounds of local fish that will be enjoyed in school lunchrooms in Southwest Alaska in the coming months. KDLG’s Ben Matheson has the story.