Alaska/Pacific Coast

Committee holds first meeting on bill to protect Bristol Bay
Bristol Bay Times by Molly Dischner –  February 5, 2017
As the new administration indicates a willingness to consider a major mine in Bristol Bay, and backers acquire new funding sources, Alaska residents are increasing the effort to get the state government to prevent such a project.
http://www.thedutchharborfisherman.com/article/1705committee_holds_first_meeting_on_bill_to

Proposals would change dipnet fishery area, season
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – February 7, 2017
Like most fisheries issues in Upper Cook Inlet, there’s a lot of disagreement about what to do with the Kenai River personal-use dipnet fishery.
http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/local/2017-02-07/proposals-would-change-dipnet-fishery-area-season

Alaska Board of Fisheries takes up finfish issues
Cordova Times – February 3, 2017
Alaska’s Board of Fisheries will consider 174 Upper Cook Inlet finfish proposals Feb. 23 –March 8 during its board meeting in Anchorage, including those related to the Kenai, Kasilof and Susitna rivers, for commercial, sport and personal use.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/02/03/alaska-board-of-fisheries-takes-up-finfish-issues/

Board of Fisheries news
Deckboss – February 6, 2017
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has reappointed John Jensen, of Petersburg, and Reed Morisky, of Fairbanks, to the state Board of Fisheries.
http://deckboss.blogspot.com/2017/02/board-of-fisheries-news.html

Environment/Science

US Arctic officials: Big policy changes unlikely
Alaska Dispatch News by Yereth Rosen – February 5, 2017
Federal agencies that manage Arctic and climate matters were in turmoil Thursday, as Department of State websites that formerly distributed climate-science information went dark and news circulated that senior department officials had submitted their resignations, less than a week after President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
http://www.thearcticsounder.com/article/1705us_arctic_officials_big_policy_changes

Labeling and Marketing

Legislators question ASMI on its budget
Senate Finance Committee wants answers by Feb. 15.
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – February 3, 2017
Alaska legislators are asking the  key marketing agency for the state’s seafood industry to dig deeper into its own reserves to help out in a budget crisis that continues to drain monetary reserves.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/02/03/legislators-question-asmi-on-its-budget/

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 02/07/2017
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 2017 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/documents/2017/02/07/2017-02486/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-by-catcher-vessels-less-than-60-feet

FYI’s

ALFA plans documentary on fishing families
Cordova Times – February 3, 2017
A documentary film on the connection between small boat fishing fleets and coastal communities is in the works by the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/02/03/alfa-plans-documentary-on-fishing-families/

Alaska’s Female Fishermen (Yes, That’s Really a Thing) On Gender Labels, Finding Zen and Weathering Life’s Storms
Parade by Rachel Weingarten – February 6, 2017
There’s a hashtag going around twitter to #DressLikeAWoman. It’s pretty much an invitation to challenge the ideas of how women dress, and how what they wear does or does not define them in life. To that end, I spoke with two Alaskan female fishermen (yes, that’s the correct terminology!) to find out about the challenges of being a woman in an almost exclusively male-run industry.
http://parade.com/544561/rachelweingarten/alaskas-female-fishermen-yes-thats-really-a-thing-on-gender-labels-finding-zen-and-weathering-lifes-storms/#.WJjSFW5zcgw.twitter

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February 8, 2017