This year’s cod crash in the Gulf of Alaska merits disaster relief, wrote Governor Walker in a letter to the federal government last week.
Gulf stocks were down by 80 percent and fish scientists believe it will be several years before the cod rebuilds. If the disaster declaration is approved, eligible industry members would receive funds to offset their losses.
Barbara Blake is a senior advisor to the governor –
“We do know that the numbers based on the closure that have already been enacted, that the closures are going to equate our catch to as to Pacific cod to the 80 percent threshold which is a requirement for a disaster declaration at the federal level.”
The decision and timeline now lies with the Secretary of Commerce.
On a brighter front: The dozen major salmon buyers at Bristol Bay will take all the sockeye they can get this summer. That’s according to the annual processing capacity survey done by the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game that got a 100 percent response rate.
The buyers said they peg their total intended purchases at nearly 42 million red salmon, 10 percent higher than the forecasted harvest of 37.6 million fish.
The processors said they can handle more than 2.4 million sockeyes per day for about 20 days.
Growing salmon on the world’s largest sailboats is the latest trend towards environmentally friendly fish farming.
Undercurrent News reports that a German engineering company called Next Generation Cargo plans to build five sailboats, each nearly 600 feet long, by 2023. Each ship will rely on solar and wind power to produce 5.5 million pounds of Atlantic salmon.
The sailboats will have maximum flexibility to choose routes best suited to fish growing.
They floating fish farms also are being hailed as the “first of the Econoliner class” and will include exclusive passenger cabins.