Annual Report 2008

   

    
 

  Contents  Introduction  EECM  Enforcement Workshop  |  RPCM  17th Annual MeetingPeople & Events  |  Appendices 
 

     

 
 
  17th Annual Meeting
 
 
1. Time and Place of the Meeting
2. Participants
3. Agenda
4. Opening Remarks
5. Consideration of Enforcement
6. Consideration of Scientific     Research & Statistics
   (1) Salmon Catches
        1.1 Canada
        1.2 Japan
        1.3 Korea
        1.4 Russia
        1.5 United States
   (2) Salmon Enhancement
   (3) Coordination of Activities
   (4) Sample and Data          Exchanges
   (5) Project Proposals for         External Fundraising
   (6) 2010 Work Plan
   (7) Proposed Vessel Cruises
   (8) Cooperation
   (9) Publications
   (10) Future Meetings
7. Administrative & Fiscal Matters
8. News Release
9. Closing Remarks
 
  
  
  

CSRS in session, 2009
Photo by NPAFC Secretariat

  
 6 Consideration of Scientific Research and Statistics 
   
Document 1152, Rev. 1 lists the titles of all documents submitted to the Commission from the adjournment of the 2008 Annual Meeting to November 2009.  A total of 41 documents (3 from Canada, 14 from Japan, 5 from Korea, 8 from Russia, 7 from the United States, and 4 from the CSRS) were submitted for the consideration of scientific research and statistics.  Abstracts for the documents were compiled by the Secretariat (Doc. 1207).  Each Party made presentations of the selected documents for significant scientific discussions.

 

(1)  Salmon Catches

The total preliminary salmon catch in 2008 was 347 million fish or 769,339 tonnes.

 

 
Table 1. 

Preliminary 2008 commercial salmon catches in Canada, Japan, Korea, Russia, and the United StatesCommercial catches by foreign fleets in the Russian EEZ are not included.
 

(a) Preliminary 2007 commercial catch in millions of fish.

 

Sockeye

 Pink

   Chum

Coho

Chinook

Cherry

      Total

 

Canada

  0.0760

0.230  

0.460  

0.080

0.160

-

1.690

Japan

NA*1

7.587  

49.040  

NA

NA

NA

56.627

Korea

     -

  -

0.083   - -

-

0.083

Russia

    9.875

109.678  

19.989  

1.292

0.121

   0.011  

140.926

USA

  39.160

84.091  

19.341  

4.915

0.668

-

148.175

   Alaska

  39.098

84.090  

18.322  

4.462

0.351

-

146.323

   WOC*2

    0.062

0.001  

1.019  

0.453

0.317

-

1.852

Total

  49.795

201.586  

88.913  

6.287

0.949

   0.011

347.541

 
*1 NA: Not Available
*2 WOC: Washington, Oregon, and California.

 

(b) Preliminary 2008 commercial catch in tonnes (round weight).

   

Sockeye

Pink

Chum

Coho

Chinook

Cherry

  Total

Canada

1,860

390

2,210

330

1,050

-

5,840

Japan

NA*1

11,611

161,031

NA

NA

1,266

173,908

Korea

-

-

217

-

-

-

217

Russia

29,996

165,024

63,703

3,652

930

20

260,325

USA*1

102,626

132,958

71,453

17,680

4,332

-

329,049

   Alaska

102,460

132,957

67,051

16,052

2,408

-

320,928

   WOC

166

1

4,402

1,628

1,924

-

8,121

Total

131,482

309,983

298,614

21,662

6,312

1,286

769,339

*1 NA: Not Available

 

1.1    Canada

Canadian commercial salmon fisheries experienced the lowest catches on record in 2008. Although estimates are still preliminary, it is currently estimated that only 1.7 million salmon (5840 metric tonnes) were caught and retained.  Estimates by species (millions of fish, thousands of metric tonnes) were: chum salmon (0.46, 2.21); pink salmon (0.23, 0.39); sockeye salmon (0.76, 1.86); coho salmon (0.08, 0.33); and Chinook salmon (0.16, 1.05).

NPAFC Doc. 1199 (Rev. 1) provides estimates for retained commercial catch in Canada (numbers and total weight) from 1925 to 2008.  As a result of a recent review, many estimates after 1995 were revised from those previously reported. Revised estimates for 1996-2004 are not expected to change although estimates after 2004 probably will change as some are incomplete. Revised estimates were generated using log books, interview and observer information, as well as sale slips while estimates previously reported were based strictly on sale slips. The review found that sale slip based estimates have tended to become increasingly biased low due to non-compliance and misreporting.

 

 
1.2    Japan (Doc. 1183)

Japan reported total commercial catches of Pacific salmon by coastal and offshore areas in 2008 by number and weight Total catches in coastal and offshore areas of Japan was 172.1 thousand tonnes.

 

 
1.3    Korea (Doc. 1175)

Total catch of chum salmon was 82,553 fish or 217.0 metric tonnes (MT) in 2008.  Among these, 64,948 fish or 170.8 metric tonnes were caught from the coastal areas for the commercial purpose (i.e., mostly set-net fishery) and 17,605 fish and 46.2 metric tonnes from the river for artificial propagation in hatchery.  Most of chum salmon were caught in the coasts (78.7%) and rivers (20.8%) in Gangwon Province.  Average weight of chum salmon in 2008 was 2.63kg, while 2.61kg in 2007.

 

 
1.4    Russia

The coastal catches of Pacific salmon in the Russian Far East totaled 260,325 tonnes, or 140.9 million fish in 2008.  The main species caught were pink salmon (165,024 tonnes), followed by chum (63,730 tonnes), sockeye (26,996 tonnes), coho (3,652 tonnes), Chinook (930 tonnes), and masu salmon (20 tonnes).

 

 
1.5    United States 
 
(i)    Alaska (Doc. 1198)

The Alaska salmon harvest of all species combined for 2008 totaled 146.3 million fish, which was about 9.3 million fish greater than the preseason forecast of 137 million and the 16th largest salmon harvest since 1960.  In 2008, the overall catch of pink salmon was 84 million compared to the preseason projection of 66 millionPrince William Sound harvested 42 million fish, almost twice the 22 million forecast for that area, however the catch of 15.9 million in Southeast Alaska was below the 20.7 million forecastCombined chum harvests of 18.3 million approached the projection of 18.7 million. Coho catches were right on forecast at 4.4 million.  The biggest shortfall was sockeye salmon, where the harvest of 39 million fish was well below the expected yield of 47 million fish.  The Chinook catch of 351,000 was about half the forecast of 672,000.  The preliminary estimate for the total value of Alaskas 2008 salmon harvest is $452 million, well above the $417 million in 2007.  While this is below record highs, it is the greatest since $487 million in 1995.

 
(ii)    Washington, Oregon, California, and Idaho

Ocean salmon fisheries conducted off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California are directed toward, and harvest primarily Chinook and coho salmonSmall numbers of pink salmon are harvested in odd numbered years.  West Coast fisheries in the Pacific Fishery Management Council-managed waters occur from 0 to 200 nautical miles offshore between the United States/Canada border and the United States /Mexico border.
 

 

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