Alaska/Pacific Coast

Pacific Council Works Out West Coast Salmon Seasons Except in Puget Sound
SeafoodNews –  April 18, 2016
The Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory bodies finalized ocean quotas and season structures for most West Coast salmon fisheries last week.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLesIt7MVoTPqBXJyfHTSKzb09u2ekM5AB&v=HqkhBaQZ__M

Council Announces 2016 Salmon Seasons
WEST COAST SALMON SEASON DATES SET
Pacific Fishery Management Council – April 14, 2016
VANCOUVER, Wa. – The Pacific Fishery Management Council today adopted ocean salmon seasons that provide recreational and commercial opportunities coastwide. The adopted salmon fisheries off the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington achieve conservation goals for a multitude of individual salmon stocks and provide for freshwater fisheries.
http://www.pcouncil.org/2016/04/41860/council-announces-2016-salmon-seasons/

Pacific salmon may be scarce, pricy in stores this summer
The Associated Press – April 16, 2016
FRESNO, Calif. — Salmon caught off the Pacific Coast may be harder to find in stores this summer and cost more with tight restrictions imposed on fishermen who anticipate pulling fewer of the prized catch into their boats, officials said Friday.
http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/pacific-salmon-may-be-scarce-pricy-in-stores-this-summer

Politics

Thompson eyes further work on tax bill package
Associated Press – April 16, 2016
A bill that included versions of three of Gov. Bill Walker’s tax bills is being set aside for further work in the House Finance Committee.
http://www.ktoo.org/2016/04/16/thompson-eyes-further-work-on-tax-bill-package/

Hopkins stays on AGDC, barely; Fish board members confirmed unanimously
Alaska Journal of Commerce by Elwood Brehmer and DJ Summers – April 15, 2016
Former Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins narrowly escaped the Legislature’s joint confirmation process and kept his seat on the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. board of directors.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2016-04-15/hopkins-stays-agdc-barely-fish-board-members-confirmed-unanimously#.VxTyIz9OFA4

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April 19, 2016