Alaska/Pacific Coast

Hatchery prepares millions of fish for summer season
KTVA by Heather Hintze – January 4, 2016
ANCHORAGE –The William Jack Hernandez Hatchery is a busy place in the winter. Manager Andrea Tesch says it’s a year-round effort to keep all the lakes in Alaska well stocked.
http://www.ktva.com/hatchery-prepares-millions-of-fish-for-summer-season-366/

Environment/Science

How satellite technology is helping to fight illegal fishing
A new initiative is arming coastguards with satellite intelligence that allows them to target their search for pirate fishing vessels in remote marine areas
The Guardian by Karl Mathiesen – January 4, 2016
Pirate fishing vessels plundering fish from the world’s marine reserves, such as the one around Ascension Island announced on the weekend, can now be watched, tracked and brought to justice using satellite technology.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/04/how-satellite-technology-is-helping-to-fight-illegal-fishing

Labeling and Marketing

US Congress Changes Market Name of the Nation’s Largest Fishery
Fish Site – January 4, 2016
US – Seafood consumers in the US gained more certainty about the source of the seafood they buy as part of a bill that the US Congress passed and President Obama signed on Friday 18 December.
http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/26960/us-congress-changes-market-name-of-the-nations-largest-fishery/

Federal Register


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Inseason Adjustment to the 2016 Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Pollock, Atka Mackerel, and Pacific Cod Total Allowable Catch Amounts
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/05/2016
NMFS is adjusting the 2016 total allowable catch (TAC) amounts for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) pollock, Atka mackerel, and Pacific cod fisheries. This action is necessary because NMFS has determined these TACs are incorrectly specified, and will ensure the BSAI pollock, Atka mackerel, and Pacific cod TACs are the appropriate amounts based on the best available scientific information. This action is consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/01/05/2015-33145/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-inseason-adjustment-to-the-2016-bering-sea-and?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

Fisheries Off West Coast States; Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 1; Amendments to the Fishery Management Plans for Coastal Pelagic Species, Pacific Coast Groundfish, U.S. West Coast Highly Migratory Species, and Pacific Coast Salmon
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/05/2016
NMFS proposes regulations to implement Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 1 (CEBA 1), which includes amendments to the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council’s) four fishery management plans (FMPs): The Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) FMP, the Pacific Coast Groundfish FMP, the FMP for U.S. West Coast Highly Migratory Species (HMS), and the Pacific Coast Salmon FMP. If approved, CEBA 1 would amend the Council’s FMPs to bring new ecosystem component species (collectively, “Shared EC Species”) into each of those FMPs, and would prohibit directed commercial fisheries for Shared EC Species within the U.S. West Coast Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Implementing regulations for CEBA 1 would define and prohibit directed commercial fishing for Shared EC Species, and would prohibit, with limited exceptions, at-sea processing of Shared EC Species.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/01/05/2015-33106/fisheries-off-west-coast-states-comprehensive-ecosystem-based-amendment-1-amendments-to-the-fishery?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

FYI’s

Coast Guard keeps watch over crab fleet
The Daily Astorian by Edward Stratton – January 4, 2016
Wildlife officers got a bird’s eye view of the commercial Dungeness crab fishery opening, courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard.
http://www.dailyastorian.com/Coast_Guard/20160104/coast-guard-keeps-watch-over-crab-fleet

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