Alaska/Pacific Coast

Year in Review: Fisheries
Board shakeup, drifters win, sockeyes up as pinks, crab crash
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers December 21, 2106
After a hectic fisheries year in 2015 involving felony charges, forced retirements and resignations, the 2016 Board of Fisheries confirmation cycle was mild, with few of last year’s inflamed arguments.

$1 million Available from AYK SSI for Northwestern Alaska Chinook Salmon Research

SEAFOODNEWS.COM – December 22, 2016
Alaska’s Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim Sustainable Salmon Initiative (AYK SSI) announced yesterday new funding to the tune of a million dollars for the 2017 Invitation for research proposals aimed at addressing the region’s vulnerable Chinook salmon stocks.

In response to salmon declines, Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association and regional Native organizations (Association of Village Council Presidents, Kawerak, Inc., and Tanana Chiefs Conference) joined with state and federal agencies to create the AYK SSI, a proactive science-based program working cooperatively to identify and address the critical salmon research needs facing this region.

Funding for this Invitation is provided to the AYK SSI Program through NOAA’s Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund and NOAA federal fisheries disaster funds administered by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission.

Informed by expert peer reviews and review by a science panel, the AYK SSI Steering Committee will select projects for funding at its spring 2017 meeting. Contracting is expected to be completed in time for the 2017 field season. The 2017 Invitation includes two components: the proposal itself and the budget.

“An important goal of our program is to build the capacity of local and regional entities to participate in fisheries research,” said Karen Gillis, executive director of the Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association.

As described in the submission instructions, projects should include appropriate partners and contribute, to the maximum degree possible, to the capacities of agencies, local communities, and residents of the region to participate in fishery research.

Interested applicants may contact AYK SSI staff regarding program priorities, linkages to previously funded works, project collaboration and capacity building, at (907) 299-8635. Joseph Spaeder is the Research Coordinator.

For questions regarding the Excel budget form, formatting or submission issues, please contact  (907) 279-6519 (toll free 888-927-2732) ext. 2 for AYK SSI Program Manager: Katie Williams.

The AYK SSI is the largest example of co-management of research-funding addressing salmon within the Pacific Rim and one of the largest, most successful programs of its kind in North America. Its mission is to collaboratively develop and implement a comprehensive research plan to understand the causes of the declines and recoveries of AYK salmon.

In federal fiscal year 2002, Congress appropriated $5 million to support this interagency, multi-disciplinary research effort to determine the cause of the decline of salmon in the region.

ADF&G Announces Openings
Fishermen’s News – December 21, 2016
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has new announcements this week regarding Pacific cod and Pollock fisheries in Prince William Sound.

IFQs for cod, pollock trawl fishery on hold
Homer News December 21, 2016
In a battle that dates back to at least the Gov. Frank Murkowski administration, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council put on hold indefinitely any movement toward an IFQ program for the Gulf of Alaska trawl fishery for cod and pollock.


Pacific Fisheries Act Signed Into Law
Fishermen’s News – December 21, 2016
President Obama has signed into law H.R. 6452, the Ensuring Access to Pacific Fisheries Act. The bill implements the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fisheries Resources in the North Pacific Ocean, the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacific Ocean, and amendments to the Convention on Future Multilateral Cooperation in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries.


US cracks down on a global crime: Illegal fishing
The Hill by Chris Zhang – December 19, 2016
There’s a good chance that the tuna sushi you ordered last week wasn’t actually tuna – or that it was caught under illegal circumstances. To help bring down those chances, last week, the Obama administration passed a final rule to combat illegal fishing and seafood fraud.


Scientists name new fish species in Hawaii’s Papahanaumokuakea after Obama
Washington Post by Brittany Lyte and Juliet Eilperin – December 21 at 5:00 AM
HONOLULU — While scuba diving among the Pacific’s deep-sea corals in June, marine biologist Richard Pyle spied a tiny fish the size of a toy race car. Googly-eyed and blush pink, the creature wore a prominent splotch of bluish red on the rear of its dorsal fin.

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December 22, 2016