Alaska/Pacific Coast

Another Important West Coast Groundfish Stock is Rebuilt
Saving Seafoood – December 12, 2017
PORTLAND, Ore. — The following was released by the Pacific Fishery Management Council: An important West Coast groundfish stock that was formerly overfished has now been rebuilt.


Bill Would Extend Vessel Discharge Protections for Harvesters
Fishermen’s News – December 13, 2017
Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-WA. has introduced the Fishing and Small Vessel Relief Act (S.2194) that would extend a current moratorium exempting fishing vessels and vessels under 79 feet from costly incidental discharge permitting requirements mandated by the US Environmental Protection Agency. These vessels have been continuously exempt since 2008 under a temporary moratorium, as they do not pose a serious environmental risk, Cantwell said.

House Natural Resources Committee Passes Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization
Saving Seafood – December 13, 2017
WASHINGTON — The following was released by the House Committee on Natural Resources:
Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 200, the “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act.” Introduced by Chairman Emeritus Don Young (R-AK), the bill reauthorizes and modernizes the Magnuson-Stevens Act by implementing regional flexibility, tailored management practices and improved data collection for America’s federal fisheries.

Federal bill would offer harvesters small vessel relief
Cordova Times – December 12, 2017
Legislation introduced by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., would extend a moratorium exempting fishing vessels and vessels under 79 feet from incidental discharge permitting requirements mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.



Fish, game boards plan joint meeting Dec. 21
Cordova Times – December 13, 2017
The Alaska Boards of Fisheries and Game will convene a teleconference of the Joint Board Committee at 11 a.m. on Dec. 21 to review and recommend to both board the necessity of holding a full Joint Board meeting during the 2018-2019 meeting cycle.

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December 14, 2017