Low salmon projections cancel popular Southeast Spring King Derby

first_imgThe Golden North Salmon Derby has three official stations, Douglas, Auke Bay and Amalga Harbor. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)A popular Southeast spring fishing derby won’t happen this year, because there aren’t enough fish.Listen nowThe Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska has organized the Spring King Salmon Derby for two decades.The Juneau-area contest has raised $475,000 for scholarships to more than 1,500 students.But this year, the state Fish and Game Department announced it was shutting down the king salmon sport fishery in the area, because too few fish were expected to return to the Taku River, near derby grounds.Central Council Higher Education Manager Laird Jones said it had no other choice.“They closed the fishery from mid-April to mid-June. And the derby is typically the month of May,” Jones said. “So, no hooks in the water for king salmon.”He said the council, a regional tribal government, considered moving the derby dates back, but decided it wouldn’t work.Fish and Game officials aren’t sure why Taku River returns are down.Juneau Area Management Biologist Daniel Teske said the problem is in the ocean, not the rivers where kings spawn and hatch.“Something’s happening out there, whether it be less prey available or more predators and we are seeing it throughout a bunch of different systems here in Southeast,” Teske said.The department on Monday also restricted chinook fishing near the Chilkat, Stikine and Unuk rivers:Haines-Skagway area: The waters of Chilkat Inlet, north of Seduction Point, are closed April 15-July 15. In waters of Lynn Canal north of Sherman Rock the retention of king salmon is prohibited. Those caught must be released immediately and returned to the water unharmed from April 15-Dec. 31.Ketchikan area: Fishing is closed April 1-Aug. 14 in Behm Canal and the contiguous bays enclosed to the north by a line from Point Lees to Elsie Point and a line from Elsie Point to the longitude of the outlet of Long Lake and to the south by a line from the western entrance of Bailey Bay to the northern tip of Hassler Island. In West Behm Canal, the bag and possession limit is one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length for all anglers.Petersburg-Wrangell area: In the waters of District 8, for May 1-July 15, the bag and possession limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length for all anglers.Teske said the low runs are part of a trend.“We’ve been in a period of low productivity for the last several years and our projected return for 2017 is well below our escapement goal,” Teske said. “Therefore, we’ve had to implement some conservative regulations in order to limit harvest.”David Turner Jr. won 2016’s Spring King Salmon Derby with a 29.25-pound salmon. (Image courtesy Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska)The Central Council supports the closure in hopes of building back fish populations.And Jones said Fish and Game provided plenty of notice.“They called our specialists here … around the end of December … and kind of said, ‘Here’s what we’re thinking, statisticians are still crunching the numbers and it’s looking bad,’” Jones said.Juneau has another large fishing contest, the Golden North Salmon Derby. It’s organized by the group Territorial Sportsmen.Board member Matt Robus said it happens after Taku kings peak.“A very large majority of the fish poundage caught in that August derby is coho,” Robus said. “There are a few king salmon and a few other individuals of other salmon species that are caught. But by and large the whole salmon derby at that time of year is focused and based on the silver salmon run.”That derby also raises funds for scholarships. It’s brought in more than $1.7 million for more than 300 students since the program began in 1953. Its grants are larger than the central council’s, but go to fewer people.Robus’ group understands how the council’s cancellation affects anglers and students, he said.“We are very sympathetic with the spring derby situation and we don’t wish that situation on anybody,” Robus said. “It’s unfortunate, but obviously, conservation of those fish stocks is the first thing … and I think everybody agrees with that.”That’s the situation now, but salmon returns change from year to year.Central Council’s Jones said his organization is concerned a closure could happen again in 2018.“We’re hoping that taking some of these measures might be enough,” Jones said. “But if it happens again, we’ll have to cross that bridge and see how well our fundraising goes this year.”The council still plans to help students with college costs, he said, and is considering other methods of raising the money.last_img read more

Nissan Adds Precautions Following Formula E Mexico Mistake

first_img Let’s See The New Formula E Gen 2 Battery: Video The pair were running third and fourth during the race at Mexico City when they ran out of energy on the final lap and were forced to stop, which Buemi explained afterwards was down to a strategy software mistake.More Formula E News When asked how the team had reacted to the problem ahead of this weekend’s race in Hong Kong, Rowland told Motorsport.com that: “They were disappointed, obviously, and they’ve put precautions in place to make sure it doesn’t happen again.“From my side it was all done and dusted within an hour of the race and you just have to look forward to the next one. I’m trying not to think about that too much.“We weren’t 100% sure [about the energy level] and there was other calculations going on and unfortunately the back-up failed as well.“It’s just one of those things – I don’t think it will ever happen again so I’m not too worried.”Buemi explained that the miscalculation occurred just after the race’s red flag period –  caused by the accident between Nelson Piquet Jr and Jean-Eric Vergne – was called.“The data from the lap after the red flag was wrong, which offset the whole timing until the end,” he told Motorsport.com.“But then because of that we had the wrong values and we ended up driving for a lap less.“We were quite close to [the race being] one more or one less lap – we crossed the line within nine seconds – so the mistake was around 20-seconds.”Team radio released after the Mexican event revealed the shock both Nissan drivers experienced when they released they would not make the finish of the race.Buemi said that his words were a reflection of his “emotions directly” in the cockpit and compared the situation to the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours, which he was on-course to win when his Toyota teammate Kazuki Nakajima stopped on the penultimate lap.“Apparently they saw one lap before that there was a mistake,” he said.“I didn’t get it on the radio that they knew before we crossed the line that it was going to happen, so it happened to me as a shock.“I was ashamed because the work that comes into place – simulator work, the qualifying, the superpole and then when you do 99% of the job to finally score big points, it’s quite hard to accept.“But we are a team – that was emotions directly – when I got to the garage I said ‘guys, we move on and we understand what happened and we come back and we’re going to do better’.“It’s just hard to accept when it happens on the last lap – a bit like Le Mans in 2016 when I stopped on the last lap. [It was] quite similar – it’s hard to swallow.” Angry Vergne Says Recent Formula E Shunts “Not Motorsport” Source: Electric Vehicle Newscenter_img Buemi “Speechless” At Nissan’s Formula E Energy Miscalculation Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 9, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Nissan e.dams has added “precautions” to its energy management software following the miscalculation that ruined its ABB FIA Formula E race in Mexico, according to Oliver Rowland and Sebastien Buemilast_img read more