Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Board of Fisheries navigates ‘uncharted territory’ for Southeast’s king salmon
KTOO by Jacob Resneck – January 18, 2018
The Alaska Board of Fisheries faces some tough decisions this week.
One of those is how to conserve dwindling king salmon stocks in a way that won’t financially cripple Southeast salmon fishermen.
https://www.alaskapublic.org/2018/01/18/alaska-board-of-fisheries-navigates-uncharted-territory-for-southeasts-king-salmon/

Pollock A-Season Sees Increased TAC
KUCB by Zoe Sobel – January 18, 2018
Saturday at noon is the start of A-season for Pollock. Krista Milani of the National Marine Fisheries Services says the total allowable catch (TAC) this year is about 1 percent bigger than last year.
http://kucb.org/post/pollock-season-sees-increased-tac

Initiative sponsors turn in signatures as BBNC shifts to neutral
Alaska Journal of Commerce by Elwood Brehmer – January 17, 2018
Advocates of strengthening Alaska’s salmon habitat protection took a big step forward when they dumped roughly 49,500 signatures on the front desk of the Division of Elections Anchorage office Jan. 16.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2018-01-17/initiative-sponsors-turn-signatures-bbnc-shifts-neutral#.WmDCSktG2fU

Board of Fish seeks Bristol Bay proposals by April 10
KDLG by Dave Bendinger – January 19, 2018
Bristol Bay finfish convenes in Dillingham late next fall, but now is the time to work with staff and stakeholders to draft proposed changes to sport, subsistence, and commercial fishing regulations.
http://kdlg.org/post/board-fish-seeks-bristol-bay-proposals-april-10

National

Homer halibut fishermen facing more competition from the East Coast
KBBI by Aaron Bolton – January 17, 2018
The International Halibut Commission, or the IPHC, will kick off its annual meeting in Portland Monday.
http://kdll.org/post/homer-halibut-fishermen-facing-more-competition-east-coast#stream/0

Environment/Science
Senator Murkowski, worried for coastal communities, is trying to assess ocean acidification
KTUU by Peter Zampa – January 18, 2018
WASHINGTON (Gray DC) – Our coastlines could be in harm’s way. Not because of a storm or a tidal wave, but because of ocean acidification.
http://www.ktuu.com/content/news/470039033.html

Federal Register

North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/18/2018
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory committees will meet February 5, 2018 through February 12, 2018, in Seattle, WA.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/18/2018-00763/north-pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meetings

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Friday, January 19, 2018