Alaska/Pacific Coast

Humpy harvest in PWS grows to near 36 M
Statewide catch through Aug. 15 climbed to nearly 160 M
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – August 18, 2017
Commercial harvests of pink salmon in Prince William Sound rose to 35.8 million fish through Aug. 15, up from 28 million a week earlier, while the statewide preliminary catch reached 86.4 million humpies.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/08/18/humpy-harvest-pws-grows-near-36-m/

Alaska Fisheries Report: Aug 17 – 19 2017
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – August 17, 2017
Coming up this week, the Dungeness crab season closed three weeks early in Southeast this summer. We find out why.
http://kmxt.org/2017/08/alaska-fisheries-report-aug-17-19-2017/

Like a conveyor belt of salmon: A Southeast fishing run to remember
Alaska Dispatch News by  Brendan Jones – August 12, 2017
SITKA — A few weeks ago, I began receiving satellite text messages from Eric Jordan aboard the troller IGotta, with detailed reports on daily chum poundages. Could I break free from obligations in Sitka and fly down to deckhand for a bit, catch some fish?
https://www.adn.com/alaska-life/we-alaskans/2017/08/11/conveyor-belt-of-salmon-a-southeast-fishing-run-to-remember/

Environment/Science

Diving for answers: Will blue king crab come back in the Pribilofs?
KTOO by Laura Kraegel – August 16, 2017
In the Pribilof Islands, no one’s gotten an accurate count of blue king crab since the population crashed hard in the 1980s. This summer, a marine biologist is trying to change that, with the species’ first in-depth study in more than 30 years. His ultimate goal: Determine if blue crab can make a comeback — or if it’s gone for good.
http://www.ktoo.org/2017/08/16/diving-answers-will-blue-king-crab-come-back-pribilofs/

West Coast Scientists, Industry Collaborate on Sardine Survey
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Susan Chambers – August 18,2017
Each spring and early summer, scientists set out along the West Coast aboard NOAA vessel Reuben Lasker to survey coastal pelagic species, which includes small schooling fish such as northern anchovy, Pacific sardine, and jack and Pacific mackerels.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1072758/West-Coast-Scientists-Industry-Collaborate-on-Sardine-Survey

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pollock in the Bering Sea Subarea
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 08/18/2017
NMFS is reallocating projected unused amounts of Bering Sea subarea (BS) pollock from the incidental catch allowance to the directed fisheries. This action is necessary to allow the 2017 total allowable catch (TAC) of pollock to be harvested.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/18/2017-17501/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-reallocation-of-pollock-in-the-bering-sea

Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Approval of Modifications to a Regulatory Exemption for Groundfish Sectors
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 08/18/2017
Through this action, NMFS approves a change to a regulatory exemption for sector vessels in the Northeast multispecies fishery for fishing years 2017 and 2018. This action is necessary to respond to a request from sectors to change a previously approved exemption. The change is intended to increase the use of the sector exemption, which allows sector vessels to combine small-mesh exempted fishing trips and
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/18/2017-17522/magnuson-stevens-act-provisions-fisheries-of-the-northeastern-united-states-northeast-multispecies

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August 18, 2017