Alaska/Pacific Coast

ADFG Searching for Ways to Cut Costs
KSRM by Catie Quinn – April 26, 2016
In the face of budget shortfalls, Alaska legislators are putting the onus on fishermen to cover the costs of  going fishing.
http://www.radiokenai.us/adfg-searching-for-ways-to-cut-costs/

Herring fishery continues as some prep for halibut
KDLG by Molly Dischner – April 27, 2016
A week into a challenging Togiak herring fishery, some fishermen are ready for halibut season.
Herring opened April 17 this year, a record early start for the fishery. But it’s been a tough go of it – by April 25, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said 7,741 tons of herring had been harvested by the seine fleet, well below their quota of about 20,000 tons.
http://kdlg.org/post/herring-fishery-continues-some-prep-halibut

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area; American Fisheries Act; Amendment 111
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/27/2016
NMFS issues this final rule to implement Amendment 111 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP). This final rule reduces bycatch limits, also known as prohibited species catch (PSC) limits, for Pacific halibut in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) groundfish fisheries by specific amounts in four groundfish sectors: The Amendment 80 sector (non-pollock trawl catcher/processors); the BSAI trawl limited access sector (all non-Amendment 80 trawl fishery participants); the non-trawl sector (primarily hook-and-line catcher/processors); and the Western Alaska Community Development Quota Program (CDQ Program).
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/04/27/2016-09680/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-bering-sea-and-aleutian-islands-management-area?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

FYI’s

Hydropower brought to Bristol Bay village of Igiugig
KNOM by Emily Russell – April 26, 2016
An effort to bring renewable energy to western Alaska was recognized Tuesday by the federal government. The Ocean Renewable Power Company was named the 2016 Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters for its ability to bring hydropower to the Bristol Bay village of Igiugig.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2016/04/26/hydropower-brought-to-bristol-bay-village-of-igiugig/

Community-supported fish program based out of Sitka expands to Fairbanks
News Miner by Gary Black – April 26, 2016
FAIRBANKS — A community-supported fishery program based in Sitka is expanding to Interior Alaska, hoping to sell shares to Fairbanksans who want to eat fresh Alaska seafood caught and harvested by Alaska fishermen.
http://www.newsminer.com/features/food/community-supported-fish-program-based-out-of-sitka-expands-to/article_da9b21ec-0c23-11e6-8790-1b8aac7ed67b.html

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April 27, 2016