Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Governor Hosts Halibut Industry in Largest Reception at ‘the People’s House’ since 2014
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker – January 28, 2016
A record number of fishermen, processors, and other seafood industry members celebrated the work of the International Pacific Halibut Commission at a reception held at the Governor’s Residence last night.

“I want to thank you all for the work you do, the jobs you create, and the industry you’ve built,” remarked Governor Walker, after first welcoming “our friends from Canada” and “our sister states from the West Coast” and Alaskans from every corner of the state. The reception included Lt. Governor Byron Mallott, ADF&G Commissioner Sam Cotten, Commissioner of the Department of Transportation Marc Luiken, Juneau Mayor Mary Becker, and other dignitaries.

It was a seafood week in Juneau with the annual meeting of the International Pacific Halibut Commission for five days and the Young Fisherman’s Summit for three.

The event at the Governor’s Residence, referred to by Alaskans as “The People’s House”, was put on by the Halibut Association of North America to honor the IPHC, but this year there was a special event honoring outgoing executive director Bruce Leaman. Leaman will be leaving this summer after nearly 20 years at the Commission.

The governor and First Lady Donna Walker joined the crowd of nearly 200 for the more than two hour reception.

“This is the largest gathering in the house since the inaugural in December of 2014,” Walker said, as the group toasted Leaman in the historic Residence, built in 1912. Walker, who is from Valdez and Mallott, who is from Yakutat, shared many stories about their connection to the sea.

The Governor, who did some commercial halibut fishing as a young man, recounted a meeting he and Lt. Governor Mallott had with the state’s protocol and security team shortly after the election. “We were told we could never fly on the same plane,” Walker said. “After that briefing, we walked out of the room and said to each other ‘They didn’t say anything about boats.’ “

North Pacific council keeps up work on Gulf bycatch plan
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – January 27, 2016
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council will meet in Portland, Ore., Feb. 1-9 to discuss changes to Gulf of Alaska bycatch management, Bering Sea yellowfin sole management, and halibut management framework.

Halibut commission tackles catch limits in Juneau meeting
KFSK – January 27, 2016
The International Pacific Halibut Commission is deciding catch limits and other regulations for commercial, sport and subsistence fisheries this week in Juneau.


One Salmon Costs More Than Barrel of Oil as Slump Deepens: Chart
Bloomberg  Business by Mikael Holter – January 26, 2016
Western Europe’s biggest oil producer is suffering from the collapse in crude prices. But another top commodity export in Norway, salmon, is fetching record-high prices because of low supplies and a weak currency. As the seafood-industry news site reported this month, oil has fallen so low and salmon risen so high that one standard, 4.5 kilogram fish now costs more than a barrel of crude, measured in kroner.

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 630 in the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/27/2016
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 630 in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2016 total allowable catch of pollock for Statistical Area 630 in the GOA.


Symphony of Seafood Entries
Fishermen’s News – January 26, 2016
Entries in this year’s Alaska Symphony of Seafoods promise to liven your taste buds, enhance your attire, hold your money or keep your skin youthful.

Fishing for the Future: Video Shows Rare Insight into Life Aboard a Fishing Vessel
Fish Site – January 26,  2016
ANALYSIS – Today, the first of a series of short videos providing rare insight into the life and reality onboard a fishing trawl vessel has been launched.

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January 28, 2016