Alaska/Pacific Coast

Commercial salmon harvest expected to be leaner in Alaska this summer
KTUU by Paula Dobbyn – April 12, 2016
State biologists are forecasting a much leaner commercial salmon fishing season in Alaska this summer.
http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/commercial-salmon-harvest-expected-to-be-leaner-in-alaska-this-summer/38992918

Spring spawn-on-kelp herring fishery complete
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki – April 12, 2016
The one spawn-on-kelp herring fishery in Southeast this spring is all wrapped up.
The fishery opened near Craig and Klawock on western Prince of Wales Island on March 17. Fishermen catch herring and deposit them into floating net pounds. Herring lay their eggs on kelp blades suspended in the pounds and are released after spawning. It’s the herring roe that is sold to Asian markets.
http://www.kfsk.org/2016/04/12/spring-spawn-on-kelp-herring-fishery-complete/

Labeling and Marketing

BBRSDA plans to develop Bristol Bay sockeye brand
KDLG by Molly Dischner – April 12, 2016
Coming soon, although maybe not to a grocery store near you quite yet, a Bristol Bay salmon brand.
http://kdlg.org/post/bbrsda-plans-develop-bristol-bay-sockeye-brand

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea Subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/13/2016
NMFS is opening directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels using trawl gear in the Bering Sea subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI). This action is necessary to fully use the B season apportionment of the 2016 total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific cod allocated to trawl catcher vessels in the BSAI.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/04/13/2016-08487/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-in-the-bering-sea-subarea-of-the?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

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April 13, 2016