Alaska/Pacific Coast

Council moves forward with rate hikes for processors
KRBD by Leila Kheiry –  April 6, 2017
It appears Ketchikan seafood processors will be paying more for water – 35 percent more a year for three years – following a Thursday vote by the Ketchikan City Council.
https://www.krbd.org/2017/04/06/council-moves-forward-rate-hikes-processors/

Southeast troll harvest cut by 100,000 kings in 2017

KCAW by Robert Woolsey – April 11, 2017
King salmon fishermen in Southeast Alaska will see a significant reduction in their harvest this season.
https://www.kcaw.org/2017/04/11/southeast-troll-harvest-cut-100000-kings-2017/

Board Of Fish Revisits Tanner Crab Strategy After Fishery’s Controversial Closure
KUCB by Laura Kraegel – April 13, 2017
The Alaska Board of Fisheries has scheduled a special meeting in May to consider changing the harvest strategy for Bering Sea tanner crab.
http://kucb.org/post/board-fish-revisits-tanner-crab-strategy-after-fisherys-controversial-closure

Sardines off the menu again for West Coast fishers
Daily Breeze by Sandy Mazza – April, 11, 2017
Fishing for Pacific sardines in California has been banned for the third year in a row.
http://www.presstelegram.com/business/20170410/sardines-off-the-menu-again-for-west-coast-fishers

Press Release: ADF&G Announces 2017 Southeast Alaska Chinook Salmon All Gear Harvest Limit
ADF&G Press Release – April 10, 2017
(Juneau) — Under provisions of the Pacific Salmon Treaty, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announces that the preseason Chinook salmon all-gear harvest limit for Southeast Alaska in 2017 is 209,700 fish. This year’s all-gear harvest limit is 146,000 fish lower than the preseason limit available in 2016.
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=pressreleases.pr04102017

Fish and Game, industry, still predicting “normal” timing for Togiak herring
KDLG by Dave Bendinger – April 13, 2017
As temperatures climb into the fifties and the ice goes, how soon will the herring get there? ADF&G watching sea surface temps, still predicting early May fishery.
http://kdlg.org/post/fish-and-game-industry-still-predicting-normal-timing-togiak-herring

Fish and Game predicts more Chinook fishing openings this summer
KYUK by Anna Rose MacArthur – April 11, 2017
Kuskokwim river subsistence fishermen should receive more fishing openings for Chinook salmon this summer than they had last year.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2017/04/11/fish-and-game-predicts-more-chinook-fishing-openings-this-summer/

Salmon fishing in southern Oregon closed for 2017
Chinook and coho salmon
The Associated Press – April 12, 2017
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Oregon officials say there will be no salmon fishing at the southern Oregon coast this year.
http://koin.com/2017/04/12/salmon-fishing-in-southern-oregon-closed-for-2016/

Politics

Tougher sea lion control law introduced in Congress
Chinook Observer –  April 11, 2017
PORTLAND — The Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act, introduced April 8 by U.S. Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR), aims to “clear up inefficiencies and red tape to allow more effective management of alarming predation levels by California sea lions on Columbia River spring Chinook and other species.”
http://www.chinookobserver.com/co/fishing-aquaculture/20170411/tougher-sea-lion-control-law-introduced-in-congress

HB 199 gets hearing, won’t pass this year
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – April 13, 2017
The push a group of fisheries activists made to get a section of Alaska law overhauled is making its way through the Legislature, but won’t pass this year.
http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/local/2017-04-13/hb-199-gets-hearing-won-t-pass-year

Federal Register

Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/14/2017
The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) Subcommittee of the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold a meeting via webinar to review the 2017 Pacific mackerel biomass projection estimate. The meeting is open to the public.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/04/14/2017-07584/pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meeting

Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/14/2017
The Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries, Greater Atlantic Region, NMFS, has made a preliminary determination that an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) application submitted by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) contains all of the required information and warrants further consideration. This EFP would allow participants to use electronic monitoring systems in lieu of at-sea monitors in support of a study to develop electronic monitoring for the purposes of catch monitoring in the groundfish fishery. Regulations under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act require publication of this notification to provide interested parties the opportunity to comment on applications for proposed EFPs.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/04/14/2017-07581/magnuson-stevens-act-provisions-general-provisions-for-domestic-fisheries-application-for-exempted

FYI’s

Climate Change a Character in Discovery’s ‘Deadliest Catch’
Rapid warming of the sea is major focus of new season for Discovery’s ‘Deadliest Catch.’.
USA News by DAVID BAUDER, AP – April 11, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) — Climate change is one of the main characters in the new season of “Deadliest Catch,” with the crab fishermen in one of Discovery’s most enduring and popular shows forced to deal with a sudden warming of the Bering Sea that chases their prey into deeper, more dangerous water.
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/alaska/articles/2017-04-11/climate-change-a-character-in-discoverys-deadliest-catch

Unalaska Receives Surprise Visitor From The Deep
KUCB by Zoe Sobel – April12, 2017
Carlin Enlow has lived in Unalaska her entire life, all 22 years. This is the first time she’s seen a squid washed up on the beach.
http://kucb.org/post/unalaska-receives-surprise-visitor-deep

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April 14, 2017