Alaska/Pacific Coast

P-Cod Fishery Underway in Southeast Alaska
Fishermen’s News – January 3, 2018
A directed Pacific cod fishery is underway in Southeast Alaska, with the established guideline harvest range of 750,000 to 1,250,000 pounds, in the wake of decreased participation and a lower harvest in the past year.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2018/01/p-cod-fishery-underway-in-southeast.html

National

Trump Administration Publishes Regulations for Offshore Safety
Fishermen’s News – January 3, 2018
The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has published in the Federal Register proposed revisions to production safety systems regulations for offshore drilling operations, to reduce what the Trump Administration says is undue burden on the industry.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2018/01/trump-administration-publishes.html

International

Russia Forecasts Significant Pollock Harvest Increase in Sea of Okhotsk This Year
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden – January 3, 2018
Russia forecasts a significant increase of pollock catch in the Sea of Okhotsk this year that will contribute to the overall increase of pollock production in the country in 2018, according to recent statements of leading Russian scientists in the field of fish production and experts of Rosrybolovstvo.

According to the latest Rosrybolovstvo forecasts, the current pollock reserves in the Sea of Okhotsk are significantly higher than their long term average, with a tendency for growth.

Total pollock stock in the Sea of Okhotsk is currently estimated at 10 million tons, while the spawning stock is estimated at 6 million tons. In this regard, scientists predict further growth of pollock catch in Russia in the coming years, which, they say, may reach 2 million tons in 2019, compared to the current 1.7 million tons.

Rosrybolovstvo predicts a growth of 15 to 20 percent for the current year in the Sea of Okhotsk, compared to 2017, mainly due to the 2011 generation of spawners entering into the commercial stock. This will form the basis of pollock catch in the northern part of the Sea of Okhotsk.

According to scientists, this generation of fish, which has already reached the age of 7 years, usuallyhas a fishing length of about 37-43 centimeters, which is good for its production and catch. Currently pollock accounts for 37 percent of the overall fish catch in Russia.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1087661/Russia-Forecasts-Significant-Pollock-Harvest-Increase-in-Sea-of-Okhotsk-This-Year

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels Using Hook-and-Line Gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/03/2018
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels using hook-and-line gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2018 Pacific cod total allowable catch apportioned to catcher vessels using hook-and-line gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/03/2017-28390/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-by-catcher-vessels-using

In Remembrance

Michelle Ridgway fatally injured in car crash
A lifelong Alaskan, her passion was in marine ecological research, consulting and education
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – January 3, 2018
Marine ecologist Michelle Ridgway, best known in the fisheries and environmental communities for her passion as an ocean conservationist, died in a Seattle hospital on Jan. 2 from injuries suffered in a vehicle accident near Juneau on New Year’s Eve.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2018/01/03/michelle-ridgway-fatally-injured-car-crash/

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January 4, 2018