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Alaska/Pacific Coast

Kodiak looks at doing economic impact report for cod
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – January 11, 2018
Kodiak is looking into commissioning an economic impact report for the Pacific cod fishery.
Recently, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council cut Pacific cod quota by 80 percent due to declines in stock. Fishermen are now gearing up for a thin season.

Board of Fisheries starts meeting off with crabs, shrimp, clams and squid regulations
KSTK by June Leffler – January 10, 2018
The Alaska Board of Fisheries will meet for the next two weeks to decide on fishing regulations for the Southeast and Yakutat regions.

Alaska Opilio Fishing Off to Slow Start; Most Expect Prices to Settle Lower than Last Year
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton – January 11, 2018
Fishing has started slowly on Alaska Opilio crab.  Some major packers and ICE (Intercooperative Fisheries Exchange) have agreed on a fishing price of $3.00.  The final price harvesters receive is determined by a formula applied to the wholesale price, which will be higher than the fishing price.

Reports from the grounds are that fishing is slow.  Boats are searching for crab, but preliminary indications are not encouraging.  This week there are strong tidal currents, and Opilio are known to go ‘off bite’, i.e. not enter traps, during times of strong currents.  Most say it is far to early to know if there is a general problem with finding crab.

Those harvesters who also fish pot cod are generally fishing their cod first, as they expect the season to be short.  Then they will turn to Opilio.

Bairdi is about 58% caught, and fishing has been very good.  But boats need different gear for Bairdi, and those that have not fished their quota will likely catch Opilio first, and then switch gear to clean up the Bairdi.

Sellers report no agreement on price, with pushback from US buyers over last year’s high prices, and no indications yet from Japan on purchase prices.  There is a general feeling among both harvesters and packers that the overall market price will be lower this year.


U.K. Enacts Ban On Plastic Microbeads In Rinse-Off Products
KUCB by Colin Dwyer – January 9, 2018
A ban on the manufacture of microbeads, those tiny bits of plastic used in some exfoliating cosmetic products, took effect Tuesday in the U.K. The move bars manufacturers from putting them in skin lotions, toothpastes or any other items intended to be rinsed off — and it presages a ban on the sale of such products that will take effect there in July.


Dramatic decline in genetic diversity of Northwest salmon charted
WSU News by Eric Sorensen – January 10, 2018
PULLMAN, Wash. – Columbia River Chinook salmon have lost as much as two-thirds of their genetic diversity, Washington State University researchers have found.

Scientists: Time’s Running Out to Avert Dangerous Ocean Oxygen Loss
As temperatures rise, oxygen levels in the ocean are falling, threatening marine life and coastal economies. But the only solution to deoxygenation is to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions – and it may already be too late.
News Deeply by Matthew O. Berger – January 9, 2018
The ocean is slowly losing its life-sustaining oxygen, according to a new study that analyzes years of existing research on deoxygenation and puts the problem in stark terms. The big question, now, is whether the trend can be reversed in time to avoid dramatic reductions in biodiversity that could ripple through the marine food web, affecting humans as well as ocean ecosystems.


Seven applicants vie for CFEC Commissioner seat
KHNS by Berett Wilber – January 11, 2018
Seven people are being considered to serve as Commissioners for CFEC — Alaska’s Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission.
While it may seem like stiff competition, getting the job may be the easy part.

The last Gillnetter: Magazine documented the life of fishermen
The end of an era on the river
The Daily Astorian by Katie Frankowicz – January 8, 2018
They cleaned out the office after Christmas.
Into the moving van went the old signs and the newspaper clippings documenting achievements and battles for river fisheries. Out went the boxes filled with index cards listing the names of past Columbia River Fishermen’s Protective Union members — and the dates they died. And the faded photographs and paintings of fishing boats that have sunk, sold or come to rest in museums. And boxes of old Columbia River Gillnetter magazines, a union publication founded in 1969.

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January 12, 2018