Alaska/Pacific Coast

An Alaska fishing commission has worked itself out of a job. But its commissioners still make more than $130,000 a year
Alaska Dispatch News by Nathaniel Herz – July 9, 2017
At an obscure state agency in Juneau, two commissioners each earn more than $130,000 a year to oversee fewer than two dozen employees — about the same amount paid to the corrections, health and transportation commissioners, who supervise thousands.

Crab season ends with encouraging results in California – July 8, 2017
The Dungeness crab season that has just ended in California has proved the most important one in catch volume and value since the 2012-13 season, according to the State Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Southeast gillnetters set a one-week record
Season starts strong with high returns and healthy price
Juneau Empire by Kevin Gullufsen – July 10, 2017
Commercial fishermen caught a historic amount of fish this week in a district south of Juneau.


How to Attach a Video Camera to a Humpback Whale
New York Times by Joanna Klein – July 7, 2017
This is how you put a video camera on a whale.
Hop into an inflatable boat and head out to where they’re feeding. Stand in a pulpit with a 20-some-foot pole in your hands. Then watch and wait until you spot a whale. Plan your angle of approach with the driver of the boat. (Never approach directly from behind). Get close. Get closer. Get within 16 feet of this sea giant — which is more than twice the size of your boat if it’s a humpback — and as soon as it surfaces, tap the whale on its wet tire of a back with the pole. If you’re lucky, the detachable suction-cup on the end of the pole — which has a camera and sensors — will stick.

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pollock in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 07/11/2017
NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amounts of the Aleut Corporation pollock directed fishing allowance from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the Bering Sea subarea. Also, NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in the Aleutian Islands subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to provide opportunity for harvest of the 2017 total allowable catch of pollock, consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish (FMP) of the BSAI.


It’s not all about cod and crab: What else is good to eat in the ocean?
Whelk, toad crab, monkfish among species that are bringing new revenue into N.L.’s seafood industry
CBC News by Sarah Smellie – July 9, 2017
There are plenty of fish in the sea … but can we make a buck fishing them?

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July 11, 2017