Alaska/Pacific Coast

Bycatch spike, meeting spur trawl stand down
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – February 3, 2016
Gulf of Alaska trawlers are flocking to a meeting in Portland, leaving behind a halibut bycatch situation the North Pacific Fishery Management Council is attempting to fix.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2016-02-03/bycatchspikemeeting-spur-trawl-stand-down#.VrNnpSlOH5c

Halibut Quotas Increase
Fishermen’s News – February 3, 2016
Halibut quotas are up overall by 2.3 percent in the poundage announced by the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) at the conclusion of its meeting in Juneau early this week.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2016/02/halibut-quotas-increase.html

GOA Trawlers Stand Down for Bycatch
Fishermen’s News – February 3, 2016
Representatives of trawl fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska and processors say they will voice their concerns at the federal fisheries meeting that opens today in Portland, Oregon, regarding a proposal to restructure bycatch management in the Gulf.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2016/02/goa-trawlers-stand-down-for-bycatch.html

International

Russia Plans to Catch 41,500 Tons of Snow Crab This Year, (24,500 of Opilio)
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden –  February 3, 2016
The Russian Federal Agency of Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo) has approved the planned volume of catch of snow crab in the Russian Far East for 2016, according to an official spokesman of Ilya Shestakov, head of Rosrybolovstvo.

According to Shestakov’s spokesman, this year these figures are set at the level of 41,500 tonnes, that is based on the recommendations of some leading Russian research institutions in the field of fisheries. This is slightly higher the limits of 2015 that were set at the level of 39,500 tonnes.

Among the main objects of the Russian crab fishery are currently four species of snow crab, and in particular opilio, Baird, red and angulyatus. Of these, the
majority of catch (up to 59.2%) is accounted for by opilio.

According to plans of Rosrybolovstvo, a particular attention during the next several years should be to the increase of the production of deepwater red and angulyatus crabs, which stock has significantly increased in recent years.

In addition to setting the limits, as part of the plans of Rosrybolovstvo is the design a package of measures, aimed at the increasing of the supplis of crab to the
domestic market. Despite the fact that the volume of crab poaching in Russia in recent years has significantly declined, the majority of crab caught is still exported.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1007825/Russia-Plans-to-Catch-41500-Tons-of-Snow-Crab-This-Year-24500-of-Opilio

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 02/03/2016
NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amount of Pacific cod from vessels using jig gear to 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. This action is necessary to allow the A season apportionment of the 2016 total allowable catch of Pacific cod to be harvested.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/02/03/2016-01992/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

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 610 in the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/03/2016
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 610 in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2016 total allowable catch of pollock for Statistical Area 610 in the GOA.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/02/03/2016-01991/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pollock-in-statistical-area-610-in-the-gulf-of?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

FYI’s

WDFW to Hear Commercial Fish Priorities
Fishermen’s News – February 3, 2016
Washington State fish and wildlife managers are asking people in coastal communities to attend a public forum tomorrow to share their views on the values and priorities that should guide the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2016/02/wdfw-to-hear-commercial-fish-priorities.html

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February 4, 2016