Alaska/Pacific Coast

Southeast Alaska Opens for Tanner Crab on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – January 4, 2017
Petersburg- The five-year average catch in Southeast Alaska for tanner crab is 1.2 million pounds or just under half a million individual crab.

Season length of the Tanner crab fishery will be determined by guidelines set forth in the Registration Area A Tanner crab harvest strategy. The initial period of the commercial Tanner crab fishing season in the core areas and non-core areas will be a minimum of five days.

Additional fishing time may be allowed based on the number of registered pots at the start of the fishery. A news release will be issued on February 17, 2017 announcing the total number of pots registered in the fishery for the 2016/2017 season and whether the initial fishing period will be extended.

Catch-survey modeling of 2016/2017 commercial fishery harvest and October 2016 survey data show a regional biomass estimate of 4.91 million pounds of mature male Tanner crab, a decrease from a biomass estimate of 5.69 million pounds from the previous year.

This assessment includes Tanner crab biomass estimates for all locales surveyed in the 2016 red king crab and Tanner crab stock assessment surveys. To obtain this Tanner crab stock assessment information contact Tessa Bergmann (772-5236) or Kellii Wood (772-5222) in Petersburg, or Adam Messmer (465-4853) in Douglas.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1046305/Southeast-Alaska-Opens-for-Tanner-Crab-on-Friday-Feb-17-2017

Alaska Faces Up to $5.5 Billion in Climate Damage by 2100
Spending money to adapt will likely be a good investment in Alaska and other states facing sea-level rise and shifting precipitation patterns
Science American by Erika Bolstad – January 4, 2017
Climate change will cause billions of dollars in damage to roads, buildings, airports, railroads and pipeline infrastructure in Alaska, particularly if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated, a new study found.
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/alaska-faces-up-to-5-5-billion-in-climate-damage-by-2100/

BC, West Coast Chinooks Dominate King Salmon Harvest in Western Alaska
Fishermen’s News – January 4, 2017
A new study shows that the king salmon harvest in Western Region of Alaska commercial fisheries and Kodiak area sport fisheries from 2014 through 2016 was comprised mainly of British Columbia and West Coast U.S. stocks.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2017/01/bc-west-coast-chinooks-dominate-king.html

Washington State’s New Report Shows Salmon Still Declining, But Progress is Being Made
DailyFly – January 4, 2017
OLYMPIA, WA – A new report released by the Washington State Salmon Recovery Office says salmon throughout most of the state are in trouble, and will need continued investment by state, federal and local organizations if they are to be saved.  Snake River spring and summer chinook, as well as steelhead, are showing signs of progress, while Snake River fall chinook recovery efforts are nearing goal.
http://lcvalley.dailyfly.com/Home/ArtMID/1352/ArticleID/45563/Washington-State%E2%80%99s-New-Report-Shows-Salmon-Still-Declining-But-Progress-is-Being-Made

Politics

Legislation helps protect fisheries
Homer News by Cristy Fry – January 4, 2017 – 12:05pm
President Barak Obama took the time in the waning days of his administration to sign a bill that consolidates a number of treaties that protect fisheries in the North Pacific and other areas.
http://homernews.com/homer-features/seawatch/2017-01-04/legislation-helps-protect-fisheries

International

Cod, pollock now included in EU discard ban
Seafood Source by Jason Holland – January 3, 2017
The latest stage of the landing obligation, or “discard ban,” took effect on New Year’s Day, confirmed U.K. Fisheries Minister George Eustice, with the country’s fishermen now required to land cod and pollock.
http://www.seafoodsource.com/news/environment-sustainability/cod-pollock-now-included-in-eu-discard-ban

FYI’s

NOAA plan: set aside more salmon for belugas
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – January 4, 2017
Cook Inlet could have a new group of salmon users joining recreational, commercial, subsistence and personal use fishermen: endangered beluga whales.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2017-01-04/noaa-plan-set-aside-more-salmon-belugas#.WG50tJJOFA4

BOF meets at Kodiak Jan. 10-13
Cordova Times – January 5, 2017
Commercial tanner crab, groundfish and salmon are on the agenda for the Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting in Kodiak Jan. 10-13.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/01/05/bof-meets-at-kodiak-jan-10-13/

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