Alaska/Pacific Coast

Low pink salmon return confounds experts from Alaska
Fis.com – August 23, 2016
Pink salmon run in the Southeast area is slowing just when the fishing season was expected to reach its peak in Alaska. This situation, added to poor harvests that have been recorded so far has led many commercial fishermen to wrap up the season early, a similar situation to 2015.
http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=86510&ndb=1&df=0

Wrangell’s marine service center, 10 years of success
KSTK News by Aaron Bolton – August 18, 2016
Wrangell has been reinventing itself as a maritime community since the collapse of the timber industry in the early ‘90s. In November 2006, the community’s marine service center lifted its first boat out of the water. Now, 10 years later, more than 2,000 boats have been hauled out, and Wrangell’s boatyard keeps piling on the reasons for its success.
http://www.kstk.org/2016/08/18/wrangells-marine-service-center-10-years-of-success/

International

Russia and China to sign deal on fisheries
Fis.com – August 22, 2016
Russian Far Eastern Auction Fish House and China’s Liaoning Runzeng Industrial (Group) Co., Ltd. will sign an agreement on exchange transactions in fisheries sphere at the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok, press service of Primorsky Region’s administration said on Thursday.
http://www.fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?monthyear=8-2016&day=20&id=86469&l=e&country=&special=&ndb=1&df=1

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 08/23/2016
NMFS is opening directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters) length overall (LOA) using hook-and-line or pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI). This action is necessary to fully use the 2016 total allowable catch of Pacific cod allocated to catcher vessels less than 60 feet LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear in the BSAI.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/08/23/2016-20106/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-in-the-bering-sea-and-aleutian?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 08/23/2016
NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amount of Pacific cod from vessels using jig gear and catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 meters) length overall (LOA) using hook-and-line gear to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area. This action is necessary to allow the 2016 total allowable catch of Pacific cod to be harvested.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/08/23/2016-20105/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-reallocation-of-pacific-cod-in-the-bering-sea?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 08/22/2016
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Groundfish Plan Teams will meet September 13 through September 16, 2016.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/08/22/2016-19951/north-pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meeting?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

FYI’s

Global warming: Good for big whales
The Washington Post by Adam Popescu – August 22, 2016
BARROW – About 23,600 square miles of Arctic sea ice melted every day in May, a record-high amount.
That is good news for one group: bowhead whales, the Arctic’s largest marine mammal.
http://www.adn.com/arctic/2016/08/22/global-warming-good-for-big-whales/

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