Alaska/Pacific Coast

Fishermen aspire to enter world of seafood processing
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – February 16, 2018
For some fishermen, moving into the processing world is one way to build their prospects.
But before that can happen, they need to get the required certification. A few seafood processors and would-be processors are doing that right now in the City of Kodiak.

Cod caught quickly
Bristol Bay Times by Jim Paulin – February 16, 2018
The Bering Sea federal trawl cod fishery closed in what may be record time on Feb. 11, just 22 days after the Jan. 20 opener, according to National Marine Fisheries Service Biologist Krista Milani in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor.

PWS P-cod state-waters fishery has 992,080 GHL
The Cordova Times – February 16, 2018
The Prince William Sound Pacific cod fishery has opened with a 992,080-pound guideline harvest level, of which 85 percent, or 843,268 pounds is earmarked for longline gear and 15 percent, or 148,812 pounds is allocated to vessels using pot or jig gear.

Alaska cod quotas light up a loophole
National Fishermen by Jessica Hathaway – February 15, 2018
The fallout of shifts in Alaska cod quotas has sparked another scramble among the region’s cod fishermen. Overall P-cod quota is down, but the Aleutian Islands saw a small uptick, which led more boats to target the area in the A-season this year. The allocations, however, have had some unintended consequences.

Seafood transport, budget issues coming before SWAMC
The Cordova Times – February 17, 2018
Seafood issues, from transport to budgets to legislation, are front and center on the agenda for the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference’s 2018 summit, set for March 1-2 in at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage.


Seafood group wants next Magnuson-Stevens Act to do away with “overfishing”
Seafood Source by Steve Bittenbender – February 16, 2018
A consortium of groups with ties to the seafood industry is calling for the U.S. Congress to pass a Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization bill that gives the Regional Fishery Management Councils greater flexibility to achieve their objectives, but they also looking for federal officials to change how a couple of items are termed.

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 630 in the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/20/2018
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 630 in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2018 total allowable catch of pollock for Statistical Area 630 in the GOA.

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February 20, 2018