Alaska/Pacific Coast

PODCAST: Oregon and Washington’s Dungeness Season Delayed and Alaska’s Pollock Biomass Reported
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – December 5, 2016
In our latest Seafood News Podcast, Seafoodnews.com Production Editor Michael Ramsingh discusses some of the last week’s top stories including an update to the Dungeness crab fishing season in Oregon and Washington and the start to Nova Scotia’s lobster season in LFAs 33 and 34. Plus, we note some sluggish market behavior for 26-30 count sized shrimp and Alaska’s pollock stocks in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska are discussed.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1043074/PODCAST-Oregon-and-Washingtons-Dungeness-Season-Delayed-and-Alaskas-Pollock-Biomass-Reported

In California, Squid Is Big Business. But Good Luck Eating Local Calamari
NPR by Clarissa Wei – December 1, 2016
A squid salad in Los Angeles. In California, squid is an economic driver of the seafood industry. But most of this squid is frozen and exported overseas to China to be processed and distributed across the globe.
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/12/01/503614175/in-california-squid-is-big-business-but-good-luck-eating-local-calamari

Politics

Federal judge tosses another fisheries management rule
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – December 5, 2016
Federal judges keep smacking down the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s decisions.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2016-12-05/federal-judge-tosses-another-fisheries-management-rule#.WEbg0ZJOFA4

International

Fishing ban in international Arctic waters remains elusive
Alaska Dispatch News by Yereth Rosen – December 4, 2016
More than a year ago, five Arctic nations signed a declaration pledging to keep their fishing fleets out of the international waters in the Arctic Ocean, an area increasingly ripe for exploitation as summer sea ice diminishes — and perhaps increasingly vulnerable with so little known about its ecology.
https://www.adn.com/arctic/2016/12/04/fishing-ban-in-international-arctic-waters-remains-elusive/

Environment/Science

Increase in humpback whales in B.C. waters results in record number of entanglements in fishing gear
Vancouver Sun by Larry Pynn – December 1, 2016
An unexpected increase in humpback whales in B.C.’s coastal waters this year has resulted in a record number of entanglements in nets, lines, traps and related commercial fishing gear.
http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/increase-in-humpback-whale-numbers-in-b-c-waters-results-in-record-entanglements-in-fishing-gear

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands; 2017 and 2018 Harvest Specifications for Groundfish
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 12/06/2016
NMFS proposes 2017 and 2018 harvest specifications, apportionments, and prohibited species catch allowances for the groundfish fisheries of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) management area. This action is necessary to establish harvest limits for groundfish during the 2017 and 2018 fishing years, and to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area. The intended effect of this action is to conserve and manage the groundfish resources in the BSAI in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/06/2016-29152/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-bering-sea-and-aleutian-islands-2017-and-2018

Fisheries Off West Coast States; Modifications of the West Coast Commercial and Recreational Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Actions #6 Through #21
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 12/06/2016
NMFS announces 16 inseason actions in the ocean salmon fisheries. These inseason actions modified the commercial and recreational salmon fisheries in the area from the U.S./Canada border to the U.S./Mexico border.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/06/2016-29135/fisheries-off-west-coast-states-modifications-of-the-west-coast-commercial-and-recreational-salmon

Press Release

Marine Conservation Alliance releases ‘Principles of Sustainability’ website
MCA – November 28, 2016
The Marine Conservation Alliance has announced the release of a new interactive website designed to highlight sustainable, ecosystem-based fisheries management in the North Pacific.  Titled ‘Conserving Alaska’s Oceans in the 21st Century,’ the site introduces seven ‘Principles of Sustainability’ that are vital to healthy fisheries and oceans and is available at  ebfm.marineconservationalliance.org.

Information on harvest strategies, forage fish protections, selective fishing techniques, Steller sea lion trends and more can be found under the following seven principles:
·      Do managers have the jurisdiction and data required to control fisheries that affect the ecosystem?
·      Do managers prevent overfishing on both target and non-target species?
·      Do managers protect habitats and life on the seafloor?
·      Do managers protect non-fish species from fishing impacts?
·      Do managers limit fishing effects on marine foodwebs?
·      Do managers adjust fishing rules when environmental change affects stocks?
·      Do managers consider social and economic needs?

The site also contains an interactive map that allows the user to view areas of the North Pacific that are closed to fishing with an explanation of when and why the closures were enacted.   All topics include references to background materials for those wanting more information.

The project was undertaken to help fisheries stakeholders, managers, communities, and the general public understand some of the complexities of how federal fisheries off Alaska are managed.

“There are a lot of misconceptions about commercial fisheries,” says MCA President Anne Vanderhoeven.  “In the North Pacific, there are tight regulations based on years of scientific findings. The website covers fish, mammals, habitat, communities and more.  It helps explain why there are no overfished groundfish species in this area, unlike other parts of the world.”

Lori Swanson, Executive Director of MCA, echoes Vanderhoeven’s comments.  “There is nothing else out there that provides this kind of comprehensive review of what makes North Pacific fisheries among the best managed in the world.”

A demonstration of the website will be available during the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council meeting at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel from December 6th to the 13th.

The project represents over a year of intensive work between MCA and Brad Warren and team at Warren & Co Publishing, with GIS mapping by Scott Smeltz of Alaska Pacific University and programming and design by Pol Stafford of CeltTech.

For more information, contact the Marine Conservation Alliance at (360) 626-1140, or visit the organization’s website at www.marineconservationalliance.org.

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December 6, 2016