Alaska/Pacific Coast

ADF&G forecasts average salmon runs in Prince William Sound
KBBI by Aaron Bolton – January 22, 2018
Salmon runs in Prince William Sound are predicted to be average or below average in 2018.
For seiners, wild pinks are expected to come in about 20 percent under the 10-year average for even years, but Alaska Department of Fish and Game Area Management Biologist Charlie Russell said hatchery fish are expected to pick up some of the slack.
http://kbbi.org/post/adfg-forecasts-average-salmon-runs-prince-william-sound

Despite frustration, observation plan yields new fish data
Some gillnetters were cited for refusing access to state observers
The Daily Astorian – January 22, 2018
Gillnet fishermen bristled at a requirement to carry state observers last fall, but what felt like a burden to the fleet may have turned out to be a blessing.
http://www.dailyastorian.com/Local_News/20180122/despite-frustration-observation-plan-yields-new-fish-data

Politics

Alaska legislators pursue federal funds to mitigate fishery disasters
KMXT by Mitch Borden – January 17, 2018
None of the communities, including Kodiak, affected by the 2016 pink salmon fishery disaster have received federal funding for it. This event was officially declared a Federal Disaster in 2017. Kodiak’s state representative Louise Stutes says the status of the aid is still up in the air.
http://kmxt.org/2018/01/alaska-legislators-pursue-federal-funds-mitigate-fishery-disasters/

Labeling and Marketing

3MMI – Further Delays to Dungeness Crab Fishery – Price Negotiations, Domoic Acid, Terrible Weather
TradexFoods – January 22, 2018
Price negotiations continue to delay commercial harvests of Dungeness crab in Oregon, even after the federal negotiation window has closed. The 2016-2017 Dungeness crab season landed 20.4 million pounds with the highest-ever record ex-vessel value of $63 million, averaging $3.08 per pound.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Mj5wLFUGrk

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska; Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Program
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/22/2018
NMFS publishes the standard ex-vessel prices and fee percentage for cost recovery under the Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Program. This action is intended to provide participants in a rockfish cooperative with the standard prices and fee percentage for the 2017 fishing year, which was authorized from May 1 through November 15. The fee percentage is 2.04 percent. The fee payments are due from each rockfish cooperative on or before February 15, 2018.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/22/2018-01009/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-groundfish-of-the-gulf-of-alaska-central-gulf-of

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January 23, 2018