Alaska/Pacific Coast

BOF accepting proposed changes through April 11
Cordova Times – December 1, 2016
Proposals for change in regulations for consideration by the Alaska Board of Fisheries  in its 2017-2018 meeting cycle are being accepted through April 17, via email, mail or fax.

The Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Jay Barrett – December 1, 2016
Coming up this week, how a small Southeast town is trying to stay viable after its cannery closed, the UAS fisheries program has been given a gift to sustain it for years to come, and it looks like mariners may soon have a new option for tying up when they sail into Sitka.  We had help from KCAW’s News volunteer Carole Knuth reporting from Pelican, KRBD’s Maria Dudzak in Ketchikan, and KCAW’s Robert Woolsey in Sitka.

Unalaska Committee Supports Tanner Crab Opening By Narrow Margin
KUCB by Laura Kraegel – December 1, 2016
Unalaska’s Fish and Game Advisory Committee will support a proposal to allow a limited tanner crab fishery in the Bering Sea this season.

Halibut stock stable, flat harvest likely
Bycatch at lowest level since 1960
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – December 1, 2106
Stocks have stabilized and bycatch is as low as it’s been since 1960, however the halibut quota for next year will edge down after being raised for the first time in years in 2016.

Bristol Bay ’17 salmon forecast looks about average
Homer News by Cristy Fry – November 30, 2016
As salmon forecasts for 2017 continue to come in statewide, Bristol Bay is looking right on track for the most recent 10-year average, and 27 percent above the long-term mean which saw some poor returns in years as recent as 2011.

Fish board asks state to beef up salmon protection
Homer Tribune by Carey Restino – December 1, 2016
A joint committee of the Alaska Board of Fish met in Homer on Tuesday and moved to draft a letter asking lawmakers to make more specific rules and protections for salmon by strengthening laws governing permits for those wishing to disturb salmon streams and habitat.


Russian King Crab Enters MSC Assessment After Passing Preliminary Review
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden – December 2, 2016
Russian king crab production is going to be certified to the MSC standard.

The Russian crab producers have started preparations for the certification in accordance with the standards of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), in a move, that should provide an opportunity for more regular supplies of Russian king crab to ship to Western markets.

This year the Russian Association of Crab Producers of Far East has successfully passed a procedure of preliminary assessment of crab fishing, which applied to three crab species on the West Kamchatka, and in particular king crab, blue, and southern tanner crab.  There is the possibility that next year it will apply to other crab species.

According to Alexander Dyplyakov, head of the Association of Crab Producers of Far East, the final assessment of the three above-mentioned species is expected to be completed in the second half of 2017.   At that time Russia will begin the process of certification of other crab species, such as Opilio snow crab from the North Okhotsk subzone, as well as some crab species of the eastern coast of Kamchatka.

Dyplyakov has also added that certification of Russian crab production is an acute need that will ensure stable supplies of Russian crab not only to the markets of Western countries but also to Asian nations. According to Dyplyakov, despite the fact that currently the governments of the majority of Asian nations do not require certificates from Russian crab producers, that situation may change in the near future.

Alexander Dyplyakov comments “Markets are changing very quickly, and we need to be prepared for such changes. We believe that the consumption of Russian crab will significantly increase in Europe in the coming years, while domestic crab producers should be ready to meet the increased demand”.

According to the Association of Crab Producers of Far East,  the situation in the Russian crab market has stabilized, which has resulted in a steady increase in the total allowable crab catch in Russia. For 2017 the catch for the Far Eastern and Northern basins is set at 83,600 tons, which is the highest figure since the collapse of the USSR. In comparison, in 2015 the limit was 76,500 tons, in 2014 66,000 tons, while in 2013  61,500 tons.


Genetic research may help trace chum salmon to home rivers
SitNews by Lauren Frisch – December 1, 2016
Fisheries and Ocean Sciences researchers have uncovered genetic markers that can help trace chum salmon to the rivers in which they hatched, according to a new paper published in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

Oceanographer chronicles change in warming Pacific
Times Colonist by Amy Smart – November 27, 2016
Oceanographer Ken Denman, who has studied the North Pacific for more than 40 years, will give a free talk Monday about how environmental changes are affecting our coast and what we can expect in the future. The lecture will be at The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea in Sidney.   Photograph By Debra Brash, Victoria Times Colonist

Labeling and Marketing

Accord on eco-labelling boosts sustainable fishing
Regulators, agencies, retailers and suppliers are finding common ground
Financial Times by Emiko Terazono – November 29, 2016
Finding ethically-sourced fish is about to become easier for leading retailers and restaurants that have pledged to offer customers sustainable seafood.

Federal Register

Fishing Capacity Reduction Program for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) King and Tanner Crab Fisheries
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 12/02/2016
NMFS issues this notice to inform interested parties that the Aleutian Island Golden (Brown) King crab (a/k/a WAG and EAG) sub-loan in the fishing capacity reduction program for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) King and Tanner Crab Fisheries has been repaid. Therefore, buyback fee collections on Aleutian Island Golden (Brown) King crab will cease for all landings after October 31, 2016.


Christianson to chair Federal Subsistence Board
Cordova Times – December 1, 2016
Hydaburg Mayor Anthony Christianson has been appointed by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to chair the Federal Subsistence Board, which oversees management of fish and wildlife resources on federal lands and waters for subsistence uses.

Snagging Savings: Energy audit aims to cut costs for fishermen
KCAW by Emily Russell – December 1, 2016
Commercial fishermen are largely at the whim of the seafood market. Prices can vary wildly, while operation costs stays the same — That is, until now. An energy audit aims to help Sitka’s fishermen increase their profit margins.

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