Alaska/Pacific Coast

Salmon forecast: Copper River sockeye forecast is 26 million fish
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – January 23, 2016
Forecasts for the Copper River sockeye salmon run released on Jan. 22 by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Cordova office predict a run of 2,560,000 reds, the 11st largest forecast in the last 36 years.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1603salmon-forecast

Board of Fisheries Debates Gillnet Size, Passes All Arctic Proposals
KNOM by Emily Russell, January 21, 2016
The Board of Fisheries meeting wrapped up in Fairbanks last week, making changes to the Yukon, Kuskokwim, and Arctic fisheries. With more than 35 proposals for the Yukon and Kuskokwim, there were some that failed and others that passed by a tight margin of four to three.
http://www.knom.org/wp/blog/2016/01/21/board-of-fisheries-debates-gillnet-size-passes-all-arctic-proposals/

KIB Assembly Considers Extension to Contract with Fisheries Analyst and Consultant
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – January 22, 2016
The contract for the Kodiak Island Borough and City of Kodiak’s fisheries analyst and consultant was on the table at the Kodiak Island Borough assembly’s regular meeting last night, but not all assembly members could agree on whether to extend the contract or not. Part of the fisheries analyst’s job is to represent Kodiak’s interests at the North Pacific Fishery Management Council meetings and to interpret what happens within the industry’s governing bodies, especially with regard to fisheries policy.
http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7018&Itemid=2

Workshop focused on fostering local participation in Alaska’s fisheries
Bristol Bay Times Molly Dischner  – January 22, 2016
When the state of Alaska created the system that resulted in fishing permits, many went to residents of rural Alaska communities. In the decades since then, an increasing number have been sold to fishermen from out-of-state.
http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1603workshop_focused_on_fostering_local

Labeling and Marketing

Senate labor and commerce gets ASMI update
Cordova Times – January 22, 2016
Senators in the state Senate’s Labor and Commerce Committee got an update on the first day of the new legislative session Jan. 19 on the past year’s accomplishments of the state’s key seafood promoter, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1603senate-labor-and-commerce-gets-asmi-update

Federal rule gives Alaska an edge over Russia
FIS.COM – January 25, 2016
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its list of acceptable market names for seafood allowing only pollock caught in Alaskan waters to be marketed as “Alaska Pollock”.
http://www.fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?monthyear=&day=23&id=81825&l=e&special=&ndb=1%20target=

The name is ‘Pollock.’ Just ‘Pollock’
KCUB by Liz Ruskin – January 21, 2016
It’s official: The fish formerly known as “Alaska Pollock” now goes by a single name. It’s just called “pollock” now. That’s according to the FDA, which today updated its list of acceptable seafood marketing names.
http://kucb.org/post/name-pollock-just-pollock

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska; Application for an Exempted Fishing Permit
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/25/2016
This notice announces receipt of an exempted fishing permit (EFP) application from the Alaska Seafood Cooperative (AKSC) and co-applicants. If granted, this EFP would allow the applicants to remove halibut from a trawl codend on the deck, and release those fish back to the water in a timely manner to increase survivability. These halibut would be sampled by NMFS-trained observers for length and physical condition using standard International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) halibut mortality assessment methods.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/01/25/2016-01342/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-application-for-an-exempted-fishing-permit?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

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January 25, 2016