Alaska/Pacific Coast

Pollock gets a 30,000 mt raise, flats take cut with halibut bycatch in mind
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – December 11, 2015
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council raised pollock quota for 2016, but only by half the requested amount, locked in by the two million metric ton cap for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands groundfish fishery.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2015-12-11/pollock-gets-30000-mt-raise-flats-take-cut-halibut-bycatch-mind#.Vm5Wx3vwM9J

Finding Refuge for Salmon, Cold Water Preferred
New York Time by Kirk Johnson –  December 11, 2015
PORTLAND, Ore. — When Lewis and Clark first encountered the Columbia River in 1805, they wrote about nearby streams so thick with salmon that you could all but walk across on their backs.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/12/us/finding-refuge-for-salmon-cold-water-preferred.html?emc=edit_tnt_20151212&nlid=60894292&tntemail0=y

Monster Bering Sea storm lashes at Aleutians, Western Alaska
Alaska Dispatch News by Chris Klint  – December 13, 2015
One of the most intense storms ever recorded in the Bering Sea built to its strongest levels yet Sunday morning after moving north from the Pacific Ocean, prompting a series of warnings in the Aleutians and Southwest Alaska from the National Weather Service.
https://www.adn.com/article/20151213/monster-bering-sea-storm-lashes-aleutians-western-alaska

Alaska Fish Board backs Anchorage salmon meeting despite governor’s appeal
Alaska Dispatch News by Zaz Hollander – December 11, 2015
Rebuffing requests from Gov. Bill Walker and local officials, the Alaska Board of Fisheries this week rejected a bid to move a contentious salmon regulation meeting to the Kenai Peninsula.
http://www.adn.com/article/20151211/alaska-fish-board-backs-anchorage-salmon-meeting-despite-governors-appeal

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pacific Cod in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 12/14/2015
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 management area (GOA). This action is necessary to allow the 2015 total allowable catch of Pacific cod in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA to be harvested.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/12/14/2015-31386/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-reallocation-of-pacific-cod-in-the-central?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

FYI’s

DIPAC thanks community volunteers
Juneau Empire – December 13, 2015
DIPAC would like to thank the special volunteers this last summer and fall who contributed greatly in helping us promote our public education community outreach programs.
http://juneauempire.com/neighbors/2015-12-13/dipac-thanks-community-volunteers

FOSTERING COEXISTENCE
Arctic Encounter symposium set for January
Cordova Times – December 11, 2015
The Arctic Encounter Symposium in Seattle, founded by Cordova native Rachel Kallander, will be held Jan. 15-16 in Seattle on the campus of the University of Washington’s School of Law.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1550fostering-coexistence

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December 14, 2015