Alaska/Pacific Coast

Study Finds Widespread Economic Benefits of Alaska Ferry System & Impacts of Reduced Service
The Site News by Mary Kaufman –  February 7, 2016
Ketchikan, Alaska – The Alaska Department of Transportation released a report Thursday on the positive economic impacts of the Alaska Marine Highway System and the impacts of reduced services.The report, prepared by the Juneau-based McDowell Group, found that the state-run ferry system generates a return of more than $2 to the state for every $1 invested.
http://www.sitnews.us/0216News/020716/020716_study_ak_ferrys.html

Bristol Bay backlash after Walker taps Ruffner to replace Johnson on Fish Board
KDLG by Molly Dischner – February 3, 2016
For 40 years, someone from Bristol Bay has sat on the state Board of Fisheries. Next fall, that might not be the case.
http://kdlg.org/post/bristol-bay-backlash-after-walker-taps-ruffner-replace-johnson-fish-board

National

Feds announce tracking requirements for seafood imports
KDLG by Molly Dischner – February 5, 2016
The National Marine Fisheries Service on Thursday announced that it is implementing a new tracking program for seafood imports, meant to help combat illegal fishing and seafood fraud. Importers will have to track where fish was caught, the type of gear that was used and where it was landed.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2016/02/05/feds-announce-tracking-requirements-for-seafood-imports/

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Directed Fishing With Trawl Gear by Fisheries Act Catcher Processors in Bycatch Limitation Zone 1 of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/08/2016
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing with trawl gear, other than pelagic trawl gear for walleye pollock, by American Fisheries Act (AFA) trawl catcher processors in Bycatch Limitation Zone 1 of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the sideboard limit of the 2016 bycatch allowance of red king crab in Zone 1 specified for AFA trawl catcher processors in the BSAI.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/02/08/2016-02391/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-directed-fishing-with-trawl-gear-by-fisheries?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher/Processors Using Trawl Gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/08/2016
NMFS is opening directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher/processors using trawl gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to fully use the A season allowance of the 2016 total allowable catch apportioned to catcher/processors using trawl gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/02/08/2016-02394/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-by-catcherprocessors-using-trawl?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

FYI’s

Photo contest reflects the diversity of NOAA jobs and environments
NOAA Fisheries – February 2016
We asked NOAA Fisheries employees, contractors, and other associates to show us their work, and more than 200 responded with captivating shots of a day in the life of NOAA Fisheries.
http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/stories/2016/12_01182016_2015_photo_contest.html

Fish consumtion may reduce dementia in elderly people
Fis.com – February 4, 2016
A new study in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that the benefits of eating fish outweigh any potential damage from its mercury content in old people.
http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=82086&ndb=1&df=0

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February 8, 2016