Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – January 25, 2018
Coming up this week’s Alaska Fisheries Report, the tanner crab fishery opened in the Kodiak management area for the first time since 2013. Fishermen geared up to try their luck last week.
http://kmxt.org/2018/01/alaska-fisheries-report-january-25-2018/

Low silver returns to Seward in 2016 mean fewer to stock in 2018
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – January 25, 2018
The coho salmon returns to Seward may be slow next year, though Homer may see a boost in returns to the fishing lagoon on the Homer Spit.
http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/local/2018-01-25/low-silver-returns-seward-2016-mean-fewer-stock-2018

Five crab fisheries meet stringent criteria
Cordova Times – January 25, 2018
Five crab fisheries in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands have met the stringent requirements for certification under the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management program, two of them for the first time.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2018/01/25/five-crab-fisheries-meet-stringent-criteria/

International

U.S., Russia propose new Bering Sea routes
Workboat by Kirk Moore – January 25, 2018
Increased shipping traffic in the Arctic has led the United States and Russian Federation to jointly propose a new system of two-way routes for vessels to follow in the Bering Strait and Bering Sea, Coast Guard officials said Thursday.
https://www.workboat.com/news/government/u-s-russia-propose-new-bering-sea-routes/?utm_source=informz&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_content=newsletter

Environment/Science

Oregon’s ocean acidification panel to meet for first time in Newport
The Oregonian by Andrew Theen – January 25, 10:50
An Oregon panel tasked with finding ways to address the rising carbon dioxide levels in the ocean meets for the first time Thursday.
http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2018/01/oregon_ocean_acidification_pan.html

Federal Register

Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/26/2018
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will hold a webinar meeting to review the 2018 update stock assessment for Pacific sardine. This webinar is open to the public.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/26/2018-01422/pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meeting

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels Less Than 60 Feet (18.3 Meters) Length Overall Using Hook-and-Line or Pot Gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/26/2018
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) using hook-and-line or pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2018 Pacific cod total allowable catch allocated to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear in the BSAI.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/26/2018-01384/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-by-catcher-vessels-less-than-60-feet

Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting (Webinar)
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/24/2018
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) is sponsoring a series of four webinars presenting information relevant to the Fishery Ecosystem Plan Initiative on Climate and Communities. The webinars are open to the public.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/24/2018-01289/pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meeting-webinar

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January 26, 2018