Alaska/Pacific Coast

The Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Jay Barrett  – April 22, 2016
Coming up this week, those sneaky herring showed up unexpectedly in Togiak on Sunday, taking everyone by surprise, the spring king season is underway in Southeast, and taking an overview of fisheries management classes on the road. We had help from KDLG’s Dave Bendinger in Dillingham, KCAW’s Brielle Schaeffer in Sitka, KUCB’s Greta Mart in Unalaska and KYUK’s Charles Enoch in Bethel.
http://kmxt.org/2016/04/alaska-fisheries-report-21-april-2016/

Better sockeye salmon season forecast in Alaska
Fis.com – April 26, 2016
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) forecast a total run of Copper River natural and enhanced sockeye salmon of 2.56 million and a total run estimate of 64,000 chinook salmon for the 2016 mid-May season. These expectations deem this year’s season in terms of fish abundance in the 10th ranking for sockeye salmon and in the 12th for the chinook one, considering the last 20 years.
http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=83881&ndb=1&df=0

Strong King Return Projected for 2016
KSRM by Catie Quinn – April 25, 2016
With a relatively strong run of red and king salmon projected in the Cook Inlet this year, management biologist Pat Shields with the Department of Fish & Game says sports and commercial fishermen should see a “normal” start to the season.
http://www.radiokenai.us/strong-king-return-projected-for-2016/

Environment/Science

Warm water Blob may be sending salmon forecasts awry
KTOO by Matt Miller – April 25, 2016
Fisheries researchers say the appearance of a warm water anomaly in the northeast Pacific Ocean likely added a new wrinkle into recent predictions of Alaska salmon runs that are used by commercial fishing industry for the upcoming season’s planning. Because of the variability of West Coast salmon populations, a simple cause and effect may be impossible to pin down.
http://www.ktoo.org/2016/04/25/warm-water-blob-may-have-sent-salmon-forecasts-awry/

Globe takes part in Fishackahton 2016Manila Bulletin – April 22, 2016
Leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom joins the US Embassy Manila, US Agency for International Development (USAID), and mobile content marketing firm Tone in staging the first Fishackathon Philippines, an effort to develop usable technology solutions that will address the worldwide problem of overfishing.
http://www.mb.com.ph/globe-takes-part-in-fishackahton-2016/

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Crab Rationalization Program
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/26/2016
NMFS issues a rule that modifies regulations governing the Crab Rationalization (CR) Program. This final rule is comprised of three actions. Under the first action, this final rule modifies regulations to create an exemption for participants in the Western Aleutian Islands golden king crab (WAG) fishery from the prohibition against resuming fishing before all CR Program crab have been fully offloaded from a vessel. The first action is intended to allow participants in the WAG fishery to offload live crab to remote ports near the fishing grounds to supply live crab markets.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/04/26/2016-09678/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-bering-sea-and-aleutian-islands-crab?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

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April 26, 2016