Alaska/Pacific Coast

Fishermen Test Experimental Cook Inlet Pollock Fishery
KBBI – Homer by Shady Grove Oliver – February 3, 2015
Since December, a few intrepid Cook Inlet fishermen have been trying something new. They’ve been fishing for pollock in state waters using seine gear. It’s an experiment to determine the viability of establishing a future fishery in the area. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver spent a day aboard the Sea Prince to see how the experiment is working so far.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2015/02/03/fishermen-test-experimental-cook-inlet-pollock-fishery/

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels Less Than 60 Feet (18.3 Meters) Length Overall Using Hook-and-Line or Pot Gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/04/2015
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) using hook-and-line or pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2015 Pacific cod total allowable catch allocated to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear in the BSAI.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/02/04/2015-02138/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-by-catcher-vessels-less-than-60-feet?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska; Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Program
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/04/2015
NMFS publishes the standard ex-vessel prices and fee percentage for cost recovery under the Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Program. This action is intended to provide participants in a rockfish cooperative with the standard prices and fee percentage for the 2014 fishing year, which was authorized from May 1 through November 15. The fee percentage is 3.0 percent. The fee liability payments are due from each rockfish cooperative by February 15, 2015.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/02/04/2015-02100/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-groundfish-of-the-gulf-of-alaska-central-gulf-of?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

FYI’s

Sperm whales target fishing boats for an easy meal
Scientists are puzzling over how to stop sperm whales stealing Alaskan fishermen’s catch
BBC.com by Zoe Gough – February 4, 2015
Deep beneath the surface of the Gulf of Alaska an extraordinary marine crime has been taking place.
http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150204-sperm-whales-target-fishing-boats-for-an-easy-meal

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February 4, 2015