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AK fish test clean in ramped up radiation studies

Alaska seafood free from radiation!  Credit: wpclipart.com

Alaska seafood free from radiation!
Credit: wpclipart.com

Fish Radio

July 1, 2014                                   

 Seafood free of radiation, AK testing ramped up for salmon season

This is Fish radio. I’m Laine Welch – Alaska fish gets a clean bill of health. More on ramped up radiation testing after this —

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 You can now download ASMI’s quick guide to Alaska seafood on any mobile device. Cooking it, catching it, sustaining it – learn more at www.alaskaseafood.org

 

Ramped up testing this summer shows Alaska fish is free of all signs of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear meltdown three years ago. State veterinarian Bob Gerlach –

 The results of the testing of the Alaska fish that were just collected look very good. There is no detection of any radiation that would have originated from Fukushima. That was very good news. 

From the beginning State and federal agencies have partnered to test and track Alaska seafood for radiation. Concerns over contaminants that showed up recently in salmon and tuna caught off the Pacific coast prompted them to do more Alaska-specific testing ahead of and during salmon season.

 The state has worked with the state dept of health and DEC to develop a sampling plan and the idea was to select certain species of fish from the Aleutian islands and Bristol bay, gulf of Alaska  and Southeast and we will be collecting additional samples through the summer from other species of fish to try and get background information to see. But at this point we haven’t been able to detect anything at all – all the samples have come up as ‘non-detects.’ 4

Oceanographers predicted that radiation from Fukushima was expected to hit Alaska waters this year.

 When the radiation was released from Fukushima it should have hit this general area in 2014 and that’s why the collection was set for this year. Because fish come in at different time periods we were collecting early as possible when the fishery started and will continue to the end of the season.  

The good news follows similar reports to the Alaska legislature earlier this year.

 Thanks to the assist from KDLG, Dillingham. www.kdlg.org  

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All kinds of fishing going on across Alaska!

Fish Radio

June 30, 2014                            

Fishing regions of AK Credit: noaa.gov

Fishing regions of AK
Credit: noaa.gov

 This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Lots of all kinds of fishing is going on all across Alaska. Get updates after this –

 Northrim is an Alaskan bank that knows fishing is serious business. That’s why Northrim has commercial fisheries loan experts as part of their team. Northrim has superior service and money to loan to take your fishing business to the next level. Northrim Bank, Member FDIC, Equal Opportunity Lender. Visit www.northrim.com 

 You can now download ASMI’s quick guide to Alaska seafood on any mobile device. Cooking it, catching it, sustaining it – learn more at www.alaskaseafood.org

 

Salmon fisheries are in full swing across Alaska with more coming online every day. Big news last week was a revised downward forecast for the sockeye run expected anytime now Bristol Bay. The catch there is still projected at about 17 million reds. Elsewhere, the summer troll fishery kicks off in Southeast July first with a targets of just over 166-thousand treaty Chinook salmon.

 Lots of summer crab news: Dungeness fishing continues at Southeast where a harvest of 2.25 million pounds is expected; Southeast’s golden king crab fishery will close on July 10 with a catch of about 234 thousand pounds. The golden king crab fishery continues way out at the Aleutians; likewise, Tanners in the Bering Sea. Norton Sound’s red king crab fishery started on June 26 with a harvest set at 382-thousand pounds, down 23 percent.

 Trawlers were targeting pollock and cod in the Bering Sea; Pollock reopens in the Gulf in late August. The Gulf jig fleet continues to pull up lots of cod.

Halibut longliners had taken 53% of their 16 million pound catch limit with just seven million pounds to go. For sablefish, 62% of the nearly 24 million pound quota has been landed with nine million pounds remaining.

 Ling cod opens in Prince William sound on July one – as does Alaska’s scallop fishery which has a combined limit of 407-thousand pounds of shucked meats.

 In other fish news – Simon Kinneen of Nome has been named to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. He replaces outgoing Eric Olson. Also reappointed is Washington’s John Henderschedt. Both terms are for three years.

 Finally, United Fishermen of Alaska has endorsed two congressional candidates. UFA executive director Julianne Curry says they’re sticking to the status quo –

 The United Fishermen of Alaska board of directors, those that can endorse political candidates, have put our support behind Senator Mark Begich for another term in the United States Senate. And we have also voted endorsed Don Young for another go-around at the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

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