Alaska/Pacific Coast

Chinook action plan a ‘question mark’ for conservation and economics
KCAW by Robert Woolsey – January 24, 2018
There will be a lot less fishing for king salmon in Southeast in the coming season, after the Alaska Board of Fisheries took dramatic steps to protect dwindling chinook returns to the region’s major river systems.
https://www.kcaw.org/2018/01/24/chinook-action-plan-question-mark-conservation-economics/

Outcome of Board of Fish decisions on Southeast salmon, herring
KCAW by Emily Kwong and Robert Woolsey – January 24, 2018
Southeast Alaska’s marathon Board of Fish meeting came to a close in Sitka Tuesday night (01-23-17). A handful of regulations for fishing have changed, while others did not pass muster.
https://www.kcaw.org/2018/01/24/outcome-board-fish-decisions-southeast-salmon-herring/

Environment/Science

Alaska Sea Grant awards over $1 million for research
UAF by Paula Dobbyn – January 23, 2018
A recreational angler holds a rockfish. UAF associate professor Anne Beaudreau and her research team will interview Alaska fishermen about their knowledge of long-term changes in rockfish abundance.
https://news.uaf.edu/alaska-sea-grant-awards-over-1-million-for-research-projects/

Federal Register

Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; 2018 Tribal Fishery for Pacific Whiting
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/24/2018
NMFS issues this proposed rule for the 2018 Pacific whiting fishery under the authority of the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP), the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), and the Pacific Whiting Act of 2006. This proposed rule would allocate 17.5 percent of the U.S. Total Allowable Catch (TAC) of Pacific whiting for 2018 to Pacific Coast Indian tribes that have a Treaty right to harvest groundfish.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/24/2018-01182/magnuson-stevens-act-provisions-fisheries-off-west-coast-states-pacific-coast-groundfish-fishery

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January 25, 2018