Alaska Independent Fishermen’s Marketing Association
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News and Updates
EPA moves to protect Bristol Bay fishery from Pebble Mine
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is initiating a process under the Clean Water Act to identify appropriate options to protect the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery in Bristol Bay, Alaska from the potentially destructive impacts of the proposed Pebble Mine. The Pebble Mine has the potential to be one of the largest open pit copper mines ever developed and could threaten a salmon resource rare in its quality and productivity. During this process, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cannot approve a permit for the mine.
AIFMA Applauds EPA's Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment
ADG&G 2014 Outlook for Bristol Bay
Nearly 17 million sockeye are expected to be harvested in 2014 in Bristol Bay.
2013 Bristol Bay Season Summary from ADF&G
2014 ADF&G Bristol Bay Sockeye Prediction
Buyers Scrambling for Sockeye at $5.75
Seafood Business Report, September 2013
With Alaska sockeye salmon not meeting projections, buyers are scrambling to find product and keep their best customers happy. Not all are having success, with some having to tell customers they don't have any fish for them....
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Success: Senate Rejects Amendment to Re-Open Bristol Bay
Alaska Marine Conservation Council: The U.S. Senate voted on an amendment to the federal transportation bill that
would have reinstated the 5-Year OCS Program developed by the Bush
Administration, including two sales in the North Aleutian Basin Planning Area
(Bristol Bay and southeast Bering Sea). This amendment (called the “Vitter
amendment”) would have reversed the ban on leasing in the region until 2017
established by the current administration.
Not only did the Senate overall reject the amendment. Senator Begich and
Senator Murkowski from Alaska, Senator Cantwell and Senator Murray from
Washington, and Senator Wyden and Senator Merkley from Oregaon all voted against
it. Alaskans and fishermen here is how you can thank your Senators.
YOUR CALLS AND EMAILS MADE A DIFFERENCE
Bristol Bay: World’s Largest Sockeye Salmon Run
Bristol Bay is home to the largest sockeye salmon run in the world. Over the last 20 years the sockeye salmon run has averaged an impressive 36 million fish each year. The sockeye harvest value in 2013 was $140 million to fishermen who harvested nearly 15.5 million sockeye. Wild sockeye salmon from Bristol Bay is enjoyed by consumers worldwide. Its firm, red flesh and delicate flavor make it one of the finest fresh, frozen and canned salmon on the market today.
Bristol Bay is located in the Southeast corner of the Bering Sea in Alaska. Bristol Bay sockeye salmon begin their lives in the pristine tributaries and lakes of the region. Here the fingerling salmon spend the first year of their five-year life cycle before migrating out to sea. The sockeye salmon spend four years in the cold and clean waters of the Bering Sea and North Pacific. The sockeye salmon thrive on a plankton diet, and attain one of the highest levels of health-promoting omega-3 fatty acids found in any seafood. Completing their life cycle, the sockeye salmon migrate back to the rivers of their origin.