Alaska/Pacific Coast

IPHC to Set 2017 Catch Limits Jan. 23-27 in Victoria, BC
Fishermen’s News – January 11, 2017
Halibut catch limits for 2017 will be set during the Jan. 23-27 annual meeting of the International Pacific Halibut Commission in Victoria, British Columbia.

NMFS Adjusts BSAI TAC, Seeks Comments by Jan. 25
Fishermen’s News – January 11, 2017
The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced a temporary rule to adjust the 2017 total allowable catch amounts for Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands pollock, Atka mackerel, and Pacific cod fisheries.


Trump’s rise may bring big changes to main US fishing law
Undercurrent News by Ola Wietecha – January 11, 2017
Previously unsuccessful efforts to reform the US’s main federal fishing law, the Magnuson-Stevens Act, are positioned to move ahead under a Donald Trump administration.

How Alaska had this Trump nominee shaking
Alaska Public Media by Liz Ruskin – January 9, 2017
Wilbur Ross, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Commerce secretary, meets with U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan. Photo: Sen. Sullivan’s office.
President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the Commerce Department, Wilbur Ross, is a billionaire investor, a specialist in distressed industries. If confirmed by the Senate, he’ll be the face of American business. But does this New Jersey–born Floridian know anything about Alaska?

Alaska Board of Fisheries Considers Stronger Habitat Protections
Fishermen’s News – January 11, 2017
The Alaska Board of Fisheries members meeting at Kodiak through Jan. 13 will consider asking Alaska legislators to revise Title 16 of the Alaska Statutes to put more teeth into regulations protecting fisheries habitat.

Cantwell, Herrera Beutler introduce bill to support stable Dungeness crab fisheries
Daily World by Dan Hammock – January 9, 2017
Members of Congress from Washington state Monday introduced bipartisan bills in the Senate and House to permanently extend a decades-long fishery management agreement that has been vital to Washington state’s Dungeness crab fishery.


Marine Harvest Will Resume Salmon Exports to China With Chinese, Norwegian Trade Relations Restored
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh – January 11, 2017
Marine Harvest said it will resume shipping salmon to the Chinese market this year now that political tensions between Norway and China have eased.

The announcement was made by Marine Harvest’s Chief Executive Alf Helge Aarskog. He said the company expects to resume shipments to the market sometime in the first or second quarter.

“It’s a market with great potential, so we have high hopes for China,” Aarskog said.

In mid December, diplomatic relations between Norway and China were normalized when the two countries signed a joint statement in Beijing. This eased tensions between the countries that dated back to 2010 when Norway gave a Nobel Prize to a Chinese dissident.

China responded by sanctioning Norwegian exports, including salmon. As a result, huge amounts of Norwegian salmon flowed into China via third parties, such as Vietnam.

But given the agreement signed in December and Marine Harvest’s decision to resume shipments, it’s possible for China’s market share for Norwegian salmon increase in 2017.

Federal Register

List of Fisheries for 2017
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/12/2017
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its final List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2017, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The LOF for 2017 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. NMFS must classify each commercial fishery on the LOF into one of three categories under the MMPA based upon the level of mortality and serious injury of marine mammals that occurs incidental to each fishery. The classification of a fishery on the LOF determines whether participants in that fishery are subject to certain provisions of the MMPA, such as registration, observer coverage, and take reduction plan (TRP) requirements.

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January 12, 2017