Alaska/Pacific Coast

Study: New North Pacific fleet would cost $11.6B
Alaska Journal of Commerce by Elwood Brehmer – January 9, 2017
Rejuvenating Alaska’s large vessel fishing fleet could be nearly an $11 billion boon for Outside shipyards, according to a new McDowell Group report.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2017-01-09/study-new-north-pacific-fleet-would-cost-116b#.WHUCMJJOFA4

West Coast crabbers reach deal to end strike
Sfgate by Tara Duggan – January 7, 2017
A strike that has kept the entire West Coast Dungeness crab fleet out of the water for more than a week has ended after Oregon fishers reached a price settlement that everyone agreed to. The entire West Coast fleet will receive $2.87 per pound for their crab, which is a compromise between the price fishers wanted, $3, and what processors were offering, which was $2.75.
http://www.sfgate.com/food/article/West-Coast-crabbers-reach-deal-to-end-strike-10841338.php

Environment/Science

Warmer Oceans Could Boost The Toxins In Your Shellfish Dinner
NPR by Clare Leschin-Hoar – January 10, 2017
West Coast crab fishermen just ended an 11-day strike over a price dispute. But a more ominous and long-term threat to their livelihood may be on the horizon. A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found a link between warming ocean conditions and a dangerous neurotoxin that builds up in sea life: domoic acid.
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/01/10/509008803/warmer-oceans-could-boost-the-toxins-in-your-shellfish-dinner

Still no Fukushima radiation in Alaska fish
Juneau Empire – January 10, 2017
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has failed to find any Fukushima radiation in Alaska-caught fish, the department reported Monday.
http://juneauempire.com/state/2017-01-10/still-no-fukushima-radiation-alaska-fish

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Inseason Adjustment to the 2017 Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Pollock, Atka Mackerel, and Pacific Cod Total Allowable Catch Amounts
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/10/2017
NMFS is adjusting the 2017 total allowable catch (TAC) amounts for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) pollock, Atka mackerel, and Pacific cod fisheries. This action is necessary because NMFS has determined these TACs are incorrectly specified, and will ensure the BSAI pollock, Atka mackerel, and Pacific cod TACs are the appropriate amounts based on the best available scientific information. Also, NMFS is announcing the Aleutian Islands Catcher Vessel (CV) Harvest Set-Aside and Bering Sea Trawl CV A-Season Sector Limitation will not be in effect for 2017, and TACs in this inseason adjustment will apply for 2017. This action is consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/10/2017-00260/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-inseason-adjustment-to-the-2017-bering-sea-and

Nominations for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission Permanent Advisory Committee
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/10/2017
NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce, is seeking nominations for the advisory committee established under the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act (Act). The Permanent Advisory Committee, composed of individuals from groups concerned with the fisheries covered by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention (Convention), will be given the opportunity to provide input to the United States Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (Commission) regarding the deliberations and decisions of the Commission.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/10/2017-00259/nominations-for-the-western-and-central-pacific-fisheries-commission-permanent-advisory-committee

Opinion

Opinion: State, council fail to help Kodiak trawl fisheries
Alaska Dispatch News by Paddy O’Donnell, Mitch Kilborn – January 5, 2017
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has a record for successful fishery management, built on principles known as the Alaska Model. Recently, the council abandoned the Alaska Model and its solid reputation for progressive fishery management. In doing so, the council failed the Gulf of Alaska trawl groundfish fisheries and our community of Kodiak.
https://www.adn.com/opinions/2017/01/05/state-council-fail-to-help-kodiak-trawl-fisheries/

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January 10, 2017