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News with Fins: History of Fish Management
With the invention of the steam locomotive and the completion of the U.S. transcontinental railroad in 1869, timber and fisheries natural resources would encounter a sharp incline in consumption. Fisheries exploitations had always been a local industry, but the industrial revolution of the late 1800’s allowed for rapid expansion of exploitation in a growing market, thus providing a need for fisheries management.
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On March 20-23, 2012 the Alaska Board of Fisheries will hold the Statewide Dungeness Crab, Shrimp, and Miscellaneous Shellfish Meeting in Anchorage. In 2010, the state fisheries board passed a Prince William Sound commercial shrimping plan that allows a commercial harvest when the surplus estimate exceeds 110,000 pounds. Proposals 358-361 of this Alaska Board of Fisheries Meeting call for the closure of the commercial shrimp pot industry in Prince William Sound. Fewer PWS shrimp reportedly being harvested may lead to a necessary pot reduction for sport and recreational fishing as well.
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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has compiled its preliminary estimate of the ex-vessel value of the 2011 Alaska commercial salmon harvest at $603 million. Prince William Sound took third place regionally in Alaska with a harvest worth $101 million, mostly from pink and sockeye salmon.
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2012 Upper Cook Inlet Sockeye Salmon Forecast
Alaska Department of Fish and Game Division of Commercial Fisheries: News Release
In 2011 the harvest of sockeye salmon by all user groups in UCI was 6.1 million, while the pre-season forecast was 4.4-4.8 million. The higher than expected harvest in 2011 was largely due to an above forecast run of age-2.3 sockeye salmon to the Kenai River (actual run 2.9 million). In 2011, the total run was 5.9 million to the Kenai River; 860,000 to the Kasilof River; and 564,000 to the Susitna.
By compiling years of records ADF&G scientists can formulate equations that help them to predict the size of future salmon runs. This information is also used to study trends in salmon runs over a long-term period in effort to prevent fishing beyond the Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY).
The Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation Economic Impact Update for 2010 explains how PWSAC has a significant impact on Alaska commercial salmon fisheries in Prince William Sound and how PWSAC is developing sustainable salmon fisheries for Alaska and the world. PWSAC has also issued an economic impact analysis of the 2011 Main Bay/Coghill Hatchery enhanced sockeye return. The MBH was originally built in 1981 as a chum hatchery, operating at no cost to the state, before switching to become the first sockeye smolt producing hatchery in the world in 1986. Even though an IHNV (Infectious Hematopoietic Necrosis Virus) was found in production saltwater net pens of sockeye smolts at Main Bay Hatchery in Alaska in 1993, the PWSAC operation at this location has remained more successful at salmon enhancement and cost-recovery than other organizations in the state such as CIAA.
Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation
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Main Bay Hatchery:
Prince William Sound commercial salmon fishermen have benefited greatly from PWSAC hatchery operations since 1990. Favorable salmon prices and excellent hatchery returns have provided $196 million worth of salmon to common property fisheries since 2007. Since 1990, PWSAC has contributed $403 million to common property fisheries.
Fan O’ Fish Profile
About me: My name is Gavin Leif and I am a leafy sea dragon
Who I’d like to meet: I would like to meet a career-minded woman to compliment my desire to be a stay at home Dad.
General: You might call me lazy because sometimes I find a spot I like so much that I may not move for up to 68 hours.
Music: I like anything classical.
Movie: My favorite movie is, The amazing adventures of Gavin, a Leafy Seadragon.
Television: Bayou Billionaires is my favorite show because rednecks make me laugh uncontrollably.
Books: The Secret Life of Pi
Hero: My hero is South Australia for making me their official marine emblem.
I’m here for (select one)
- Serious Relationship
Marital Status: single, I had a wife but she was kidnapped and entered the illegal trade of sea horses for home aquariums.
Sexual Orientation: I like a female that lets me do the hard work.
Body Type: camouflage
Ethnicity: Phycodurus eques
Religion: My religion is based on the Leafy Sea Dragon Festival of South Australia.
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Children: Each attempt at reproduction I am working with about 250 eggs on my tail.
Education: Scripps Institution of Oceanography where I investigated the evolutionary relationships of the Syngnathidae and the DNA variation of the two seadragon species across their ranges.
Occupation: My job is to hold the eggs my wife made until they hatch.
Income: minimal, I distribute just enough seaweed for trade to get by because the plants grow wild in my neighborhood.
Smoke/Drink: I don’t smoke or drink but I like to suck up small crustaceans, such as amphipods and mysid shrimp, plankton and larval fish through my long, pipe-like snout