News Summary July 18, 2016
Today's Main Story: Bristol Bay Run Reaches Pre-Season Forecast of 40 Million with Catch at 30 Million Sockeye
Today’s news begins reporting that last Friday marked a peak in the daily sockeye landings in Bristol Bay with 2.4 million sockeye caught in 24 hours. That was followed by 1.7 million landed on Saturday. By Saturday evening, cumulative catches had reached 29.3 million sockeye with escapement exceeding 9.5 million throughout the Bay. The total run has by now reached 40 million as fishing is ongoing in several districts. Escapements are in the mid- to upper-end of the preseason forecast ranges in all districts except Togiak.
In other news, Massachusetts will conduct its first summer season cod stock survey in the Gulf of Maine. The Miss Emily made her first of two scheduled tows last week about seven miles off this South Shore port. The 55-foot gillnetter, skippered by owner Capt. Kevin Norton, has the primary mission of of assisting the state agency with its ongoing industry-based trawl survey, which aims to help determine the true status
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