Alaska/Pacific Coast

Chinook salmon harvest limit drops by large margin
Juneau Empire – April 14, 2017
The limit for harvesting Alaska’s state fish is dropping by quite a bit this year.
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G) announced this week that the preseason Chinook salmon harvest limit in Southeast Alaska is 209,700 fish. This total is 146,000 fish lower than the preseason limit in 2016.
http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2017-04-14/chinook-salmon-harvest-limit-drops-large-margin

Pot cod fishery closes
Bristol Bay Times by Jim Paulin – April 15, 2017
Small boat pot cod fishermen are generally happy with the results of the Dutch Harbor state waters Pacific cod fishery, which closed Saturday at 11:59 p.m., April 8, two months after it opened on Feb. 9.
http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1715pot_cod_fishery_closes

PWS humpy forecast of 67.16 million fish is largest on record
Copper River harvest projection: 889,000 sockeyes, 207,000 cohos, 4,000 kings
Cordova Time by Margaret Bauman – April 14, 2017
State fisheries biologists are forecasting what would be the largest pink salmon run on record into Prince William Sound, with liberal fishing time and area anticipated if the returns prove as strong as expected.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/04/14/pws-humpy-forecast-of-67-16-million-fish-is-largest-on-record/

Senate resolution supports Sea Grant
Murkowski: program plays a vital role in Alaska
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – April 14, 2017
A bipartisan Senate resolution expressing support for the National Sea Grant College by Senators Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, says the program is of vital importance to the economy and health of the nation.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/04/14/senate-resolution-supports-sea-grant/

Politics

Bill would support training for young fishermen
H.R. 2079 would offer grants of up to $200,000 through NOAA’s Sea Grant Program
Cordova Times – April 14, 2017
Bipartisan legislation proposing a national program to train and assist young commercial fishermen has been introduced in Congress by Rep. Don Young, R-AK and Rep. Seth Moulton, D-MA.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/04/14/bill-would-support-training-for-young-fishermen/

Resolution could save Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center
KMXT  by Kayla Desroches – April 12, 2017
Programs around the state have been under threat of closure due to budget issues, and in the City of Kodiak, the future of one seafood research and training center has also been uncertain. But that may change if a resolution to save the center passes.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2017/04/12/resolution-could-save-kodiak-seafood-and-marine-science-center/

Federal Register

North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/17/2017
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Bering Sea Fishery Ecosystem Plan Team (BS FEP) will meet in April, in Homer, AK.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/04/17/2017-07716/north-pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meeting

FYI’s

41st Annual Faculty Lecture encourages eating more fish to conserve the oceans
The Daily by Eilish McLean – April  13, 2017
Tuesday evening saw hundreds file into Kane Hall to see the 41st Annual Faculty Lecture, titled “Sustaining Food from the Seas” and presented by Professor Ray Hilborn of the school of aquatic and fishery sciences.
http://www.dailyuw.com/news/article_8ab4539e-1fe4-11e7-b34a-5b3e1f3103ec.html

Generation after generation, an Alaska family rooted in fishing
Alaska Dispatch News by Whitney Anderson – April 16, 2017
It was 1988, late spring in Togiak, with fishermen lining up and eagerly awaiting the start of herring season.
https://www.adn.com/alaska-life/we-alaskans/2017/04/16/generation-after-generation-an-alaska-family-rooted-in-fishing/

Ann Owens
Pacific Seafood Processors Association
Office Manager
1900 W Emerson Place Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98119
Phone: 206.281.1667
E-mail: pspafish@gmail.com; Website: www.pspafish.net
Our office days/hours are Monday-Friday
8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, any copyrighted work in this message is distributed under fair use without profit or payment to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving this information for non-profit research and educational purposes only. *Inclusion of a news article, report, or other document in this email does not imply PSPA support or endorsement of the information or opinion expressed in the document.

April 17, 2017