Bill aims to change fish habitat permitting
Bristol Bay Times by Molly Dischner – March 31, 2017
Alaska lawmakers are considering a change to the process for permitting projects with possible fish habitat impacts that proponents say could better protect the state’s waterways.
Predators may be less affected by catch of small fish than previously thought, new study says
Saving Seafood – April 3, 2017
The following was released by the National Coalition for Fishing Communities and IFFO:
New research published today in the journal Fisheries Research finds that fishing of forage species likely has a lower impact on predators than previously thought, challenging previous studies that argued forage fish are more valuable left in the ocean.
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/03/2017
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting of its Archipelagic Fishery Ecosystem Plan Team (FEP) and the Fishery Data Collection and Research Committee—Technical Committee (FDCRC-TC). The Archipelagic FEP Team will review the fishery performance, ecosystem consideration, and data integration chapter of the Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) Report for the Western Pacific region, conduct the evaluation of the 2016 catches to the 2016 Annual Catch Limits (ACL) for the coral reef, crustacean, and Territory bottomfish fisheries, review of the ecosystem component analysis, monument expansion area regulations, aquaculture, and essential fish habitat. The FDCRC-TC will review the status of the data collection improvement efforts in the Western Pacific region, identify gaps in the non-commercial data collection and conduct a writing workshop to develop the Marine Recreational Information Program—Pacific Islands Regional Implementation Plan.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pacific Cod in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/04/2017
NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amount of Pacific cod from catcher vessels using trawl gear to vessels using pot gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to allow the A season apportionment of the 2017 total allowable catch of Pacific cod to be harvested.
Regulations liberalized in the Craig spawn-on-kelp fishery
KFSK by Angela Denning – March 31, 2017
It’s looking like it could be a good year for herring near Craig. About 16 miles of herring spawn was observed in the area this week. But that doesn’t mean it’s a good year for commercial fishermen in the spawn-on-kelp pound fishery. KFSK’s Angela Denning has more.
Pacific Seafood Hires Jon Gonzalez as Fisheries Policy Analyst
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – April 3, 2017
Pacific Seafood Group has hired former Ventura County Commercial Fishermen’s Association President, Jon Gonzalez, to handle national fisheries policy advocacy for the company.
Gonzalez, a former graphic designer, found himself drawn into federal fish policy a decade ago when serving as assistant director of the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center.
“I signed up to help stranded sea lions,” Gonzalez said in a statement, “and next thing I knew I was in the middle of a controversy between environmentalists and fishermen.”
Jon’s time as volunteer shaped his view of industry, he said in the press release. “I discovered that there is a lot of misinformation out there and that America’s fishing industry is filled with people who care deeply about the environment but also want to protect coastal jobs and communities.”
Gonzalez became a leading voice for commercial fishermen in California, advocating for them at the Pacific Fishery Management Council, the state legislature, and in dozens of government and community forums. He launched the website and blog eatUSseafood.com dedicated to protecting and promoting U.S. fisheries, and consulted with the Santa Barbara Sustainable Seafood Program to promote markets for domestically harvested seafood.
“We spotted Jon’s passion,” Pacific Seafood General Counsel Dan Occhipinti said in the release. “His talent and his dedication to promoting sustainably managed American fisheries — that’s what we’re all about.”
“I’m absolutely thrilled to represent Pacific Seafood,” Gonzalez added. “And marine mammals all across the globe should be thrilled too because when you support U.S. fishermen, you are inherently saving marine mammals since U.S. fisheries are arguably the most responsibly managed fisheries in the world.”
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