Alaska/Pacific Coast

Chum, sockeye abundance up for harvest season ahead
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – April 6, 2018
Wild stocks of chum salmon are expected in a run 83.6 percent above average in Prince William Sound for the 2018 commercial fishing season, in contrast to an anticipated run on pink salmon 20.7 percent below average, say biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

SE Alaska king all gear harvest limit is 130,000 fish
Cordova Times – April 6, 2018
State fisheries biologists, guided by provisions of the Pacific Salmon Treaty, have set the 2018 preseason Chinook salmon all-gear harvest limit for Southeast Alaska at 130,000 treaty fish.

All harvesters will share burden of restoring kings
Cordova Times – April 5, 2018
In the face of escapement objectives not being met, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is imposing restrictions on all harvesters of Chinook salmon in Southeast Alaska.

NPFMC plans final action on halibut sport fishing limits, permits
Initial review set on PSC Chinook salmon for non-Pollock CV groundfish trawlers
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – April 4, 2018
Federal fisheries managers plan final action in April on proposals that would require annual renewal of charter halibut permits and for new restrictions to limit guided sport halibut harvests.


ISSF Releases Interactive “Status of the Stocks Tool”
International Seafood Sustainability Foundation
Saving Seafood – April 5, 2018
WASHINGTON — The following was released by the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation:
The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has developed a new data-visualization tool based on its long-running and widely followed Status of the Stocks report. The “Status of the Stocks Tool” is located on the ISSF website and accessible through the Status of the Stocks overview page; users can easily toggle through tuna stock health indicators and filter by location, species and other key stock health and catch factors.


Are cod stocks starved from the 2015 blob or just moving north?
National Fisherman by Charlie Ess – April 5, 2018
As the calendar rolled over to 2018, Alaska’s cod fleet braced itself for brutal reductions in TACs throughout the Gulf of Alaska. After reviewing trawl surveys, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council cut the overall from 64,442 metric tons in 2017 to 13,096 metric tons for this year. Though TACs for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands didn’t drop as precipitously, harvesters will fish for 188,136 metric tons, which is a 16 percent drop from the 223,704 metric tons last season.


Cain seeks reappointment to Board of Fisheries
Cordova Times – April 5, 2018
Incumbent Alaska Board of Fisheries member Alan Cain, of Anchorage, has been nominated by Gov. Bill Walker to fill a vacancy on the board, in the wake of a decision by Duncan Fields, of Kodiak, to withdraw his name from nomination.

AMSEA offers marine safety course
Cordova Times – April 5, 2018
A six-day Marine Safety Instructor Training course will be offered by the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association from April 24 to April 29 at AVTEC, Alaska’s Institute of Technology in Seward.

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April 6, 2018