Alaska/Pacific Coast

Bering Sea snow crab fishing underway
Bristol Bay Times by Jim Paulin – January 12, 2018
Bering Sea snow crab fishing was just getting underway, and the first deliveries were expected later this week, according to Ethan Nichols of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor when the snow crab quota was cut back again this year by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. There is a reduced Bering Sea Tanner crab season, thanks to new rules allowing fishing when fewer female crustaceans are present. And small boats in the Unalaska Island area have a Tanner fishery for the first time in two years.
http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1802bering_sea_snow_crab_fishing_underway

Board of Fisheries weighs proposals protecting Chinook stocks in Southeast
Juneau Empire by Kevin Gullufsen – January 14, 2018
The future of king salmon fishing in Southeast will change this week as the Board of Fisheries considers proposals to boost struggling Chinook stocks on the Chilkat and Taku rivers. The board convened in Sitka Thursday for a 13-day meeting that will resume Monday morning.
http://juneauempire.com/local/news/2018-01-12/board-fisheries-weighs-proposals-protecting-chinook-stocks-southeast

Salmon Fellows program seeks to broaden fish conversations
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – January 14, 2018
The Alaska Humanities Forum is trying to cool some of the heated tension between salmon fishermen in the state.
http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/local/2018-01-14/salmon-fellows-program-seeks-broaden-fish-conversations

Politics

2017 Legislative bill summaries
Juneau Empire by James Brooks – January 15, 2018
There’s no way to tell what bills will gain traction and which won’t in the coming year, but it’s a sure bet that at least some will be among the legislation introduced during the first year of the 30th Alaska Legislature. The following list contains all bills and resolutions introduced by the Legislature last year. Bills are ordered by number and include the author, a one-sentence summary of what the bill does, and where the bill sits at the end of the fourth special session. Summaries were compiled from past reporting, sponsor statements, transmission letters, and press releases. Status and sponsor information is from BASIS, with the exception of a handful of bills that were amended into other legislation and passed that way.
http://juneauempire.com/news/state/2018-01-15/2017-legislative-bill-summaries

FYI’s

Alaska Business Forum: Washington’s stake in Alaska’s North Pacific Fisheries
Fisheries, Seafood and Maritime Development
Date: Thu, Feb. 15 | Time: 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Alaska’s seafood industry is the third largest overall job-creator in the state generating approximately $5.2 billion in annual labor income and Washington-based fishermen bring home more than $904 million. This resource is valued by consumers around the world and demand is increasing faster than production from wild fisheries.

Hear from experts in the field as they discuss the state of fisheries in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska and how we can expand employment in the economy while also maintaining resource value.
https://www.seattlechamber.com/home/events/events-detail/2018/02/15/default-calendar/alaska-business-forum-fisheries-seafood-and-maritime-development

Southeast fishermen seek relief from expanding sea otter population
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki – January 15, 2018
Crabbers and dive fishermen returned to Alaska’s Board of Fisheries this month seeking changes to commercial fishing regulations in Southeast Alaska for crab and other shellfish impacted by a growing population of sea otters in the region.
https://www.ktoo.org/2018/01/15/southeast-fishermen-seek-relief-expanding-sea-otter-population/

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January 16, 2018