Alaska/Pacific Coast

The Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Jay Barrett –  March 31, 2016
Coming up this week, Sitka herring wraps up without reaching its harvest targets – again; we get a preview of the next big fishery for the little fish; and preserving the history of our state’s canneries. We had help from KCAW’s Robert Woolsey in Sitka, KDLG’s Molly Dischner in Dillingham, Coast Alaska’s Ed Schoenfeld in Juneau and KMXT’s Kayla Desroches in Kodiak.
http://kmxt.org/2016/03/16274/

Alaska Legislature is considering fish-related bills
Bristol Bay Times by  Molly Dischner – April 1, 2016
The budget isn’t the only topic up for discussion in Juneau this spring. Lawmakers are also considering several fisheries-related bills, from efforts to address who has the authority to provide certain water protections, to attempts to increase revenue.
http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1613alaska_legislature_is_considering

Environment/Science

New databases track marine fish diets and more
Cordova Times – April 1, 2016
Federal fisheries officials say their two new databases will make it easy to access comprehensive, long-term diet data for key Alaska marine fish species and to track ecosystem trends for four large marine ecosystems surrounding Alaska.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1613new-databases-track-marine-fish-diets-and

Rights-Based Management Could Double Fish Biomass
Fish Site – March 31, 2016
US – New groundbreaking research shows that with improved fishing approaches, compared to business as usual, the majority of the world’s wild fisheries could be at healthy levels in just 10 years and global fish populations could double by 2050.
http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/27403/rightsbased-management-could-double-fish-biomass/

Labeling and Marketing

What’s Selling at ComFish 2016
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – April 1, 2016
Many members of the fishing industry attend the ComFish fishery trade show to network and shop for gear, and on Thursday, one booth in particular drew attendees’ business.
http://kmxt.org/2016/04/whats-selling-comfish-2016/

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Vessels Using Pot Gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/04/2016
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by vessels using pot gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2016 Pacific cod total allowable catch apportioned to vessels using pot gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/04/04/2016-07599/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-by-vessels-using-pot-gear-in-the?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Catch Sharing Plan
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/01/2016
This final rule announces the approval of the Catch Sharing Plan (Plan) for halibut fishing in Area 2A (waters off the U.S. West Coast) with modifications recommended by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), and establishes implementing regulations for 2016. These actions are intended to conserve Pacific halibut, provide angler opportunity where available, and minimize bycatch of overfished groundfish species. The sport fishing management measures in this rule are an additional subsection of the regulations for the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) published on March 16, 2016.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/04/01/2016-07438/pacific-halibut-fisheries-catch-sharing-plan?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

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April 4, 2016