Alaska/Pacific Coast

The Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT- December 24, 2015
Coming on this Solstice-Festivus-Saturnalia-Christmas-Boxing Day-Kwanzaa edition of the Alaska Fisheries Report, a harbor so clean you could probably fish out of it, the art of packing salmon, and if you want to know what people in Sand Point think about genetically-modified salmon, our high school correspondents from KSDP have you covered. All that and more, coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KSDP’s Jillian Bjornstad, Chloe Gardner and Evan Wilson in Sand Point, KYUK’s Charles Enoch in Bethel, KRBD’s Maria Dudzak in Ketchikan, and KCAW’s Emily Kwong in Sitka.
http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6967&Itemid=2

Kitsap nets $1.5 million for salmon projects
Kitsap Sun by Tristan Baurick – December 24, 2015
The creeks of Seabeck fared well in the annual round of grants handed out by the state Salmon Recovery Funding Board, which this week awarded $44 million to dozens of projects that improve salmon habitat.
http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/local/kitsap-nets-15-million-for-salmon-projects-279af2b6-b5b8-5efa-e053-0100007f5a64-363501451.html

At the Anchorage fish hatchery, Christmas is just another day at the office
Alaska Dispatch News by Nathaniel Herz – December 25, 2015
Megan McClaren was looking forward to her Christmas dinner on Friday — tenderloin and backstrap from a moose she shot herself in the Matanuska Valley.
http://www.adn.com/article/20151225/anchorage-fish-hatchery-christmas-just-another-day-office

SE tanner, gold king crab seasons open Feb. 17
Cordova Times – December 25, 2015
Seasons for the 2015/2016 commercial tanner and golden king crab fisheries in Southeast Alaska will open by regulation on Feb. 17, 2016, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Dec. 18.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1552se-tanner-gold-king-crab-seasons-open-feb-17

Environment/Science

10TH ANNIVERSARY
State lab marks decade of testing shellfish meats
Cordova Times – December 25, 2015
Patryce McKinney, chief of the state’s Environmental Health Lab, leads a 10th anniversary tour of the facility, with Steven Crupi, quality systems manager, to her left, and Robert Gerlach, state veterinarian.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/155210th-anniversary

Coastal erosion could change commercial fishing boundaries
Bristol Bay Times by Molly Dischner – December 26, 2015
Changes to Alaska’s coastline and creeks could affect fishing boundaries, but the state Board of Fisheries is waiting to weigh in on possible fixes until a new committee can delve into the issue.
http://www.adn.com/article/20151226/coastal-erosion-could-change-alaska-commercial-fishing-boundaries

Federal Register

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 12/24/2015
NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amounts of Pacific cod from catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) using pot gear and catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear to catcher/processors (C/Ps) using hook-and-line gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area. This action is necessary to allow the 2015 total allowable catch of Pacific cod to be harvested.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/12/24/2015-32444/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

FYI’s

Mudhole gets a new look
USFS and Alaska Airlines partner to give local airport a wild and scenic transformation
Cordova Times by Jennifer Gibbins – December 25, 2015
Travelers arriving at Cordova’s Merle Mudhole Smith Airport will begin their Copper River Delta experience upon entering the airport. A new photo montage mural depicts a gillnetter on the flats, fish, glaciers, geese, swans and more. http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1552mudhole-gets-a-new-look

Pacific Seafood Helps Raise CA$100,000 on Christmas Eve for Families of Crew from Sunken Caledonian
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker – December 24, 2015
Vancouver Island, Canada— Pacific Seafood Group, the parent company of Vancouver Island-based S&S Seafood and Ucluelet Harbor Seafood, announced yesterday that a fundraiser for the families of the crew lost on the F/V Caledonian has raised over $100,000 Canadian dollars.

The 33-metre trawler sank on September 5, 2015 resulting in the deaths of skipper Wesley Hagglund, engineer Keith Standing, and deckhand Doug White. Standing and White were both from Port Alberni. Hagglund was from Duncan. A fourth crew member survived.

“This tragedy has deeply affected the entire community and our company, and everyone is still grieving the loss,” said Steve Spencer, president of S&S Seafood.

“Over 140 individuals, companies and other fishing vessels donated to the fundraiser,” he said, “the outpouring of support is incredible.”

Shortly after the tragedy Pacific Seafood set up an online fundraising platform using the website YouCaring.com. Within months the site generated $36,667 US dollars.

Pacific Seafood’s match brings the total raised to $73,334 US dollars, or $101,934 Canadian dollars. In addition, Pacific Seafood is making a further contribution in the amount of $37,456 Canadian dollars to the families in recognition of the estimated value of the load of fish on board when the vessel sank.  Pacific Seafood will distribute the funds to the families by December 24.

“At Pacific Seafood, we are family” said Frank Dulcich. “Our Pacific Seafood family stands with the entire Vancouver Island community in mourning the Caledonian tragedy, especially now during the holidays, and we hope this fundraiser is at least one small way we are all able to show support to the families in this difficult time.”

The sinking, which occurred about 55 km west of Estevan Point north of Tofino, happened as the crew was hauling in the net. It is currently under investigation by the Canadian Transportation Safety Board. All of the crew were experienced fishermen and the vessel was well known up and down the west coast.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1003192/Pacific-Seafood-Helps-Raise-CA100000-on-Christmas-Eve-for-Families-of-Crew-from-Sunken-Caledonian

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December 28, 2015