Alaska/Pacific Coast

Port Moller Test Fishery adds boat to improve accuracy
The Port Moller Test Fishery got up and running Sunday, trying to predict how many sockeye salmon will return to each district of Bristol Bay. Now in its 51st year, the test fishery is adding a second boat for the first time to sample stations further offshore.
KDLG by Austin Fast – June 12, 2018
Scott Raborn, fisheries scientist for the Bristol Bay Science and Research Institute, hopes the new boat will lead to more accurate predictions.

Second salmon opening set for Kodiak Thursday

KMXT by Daysha Eaton – June 12, 2018
Kodiak’s commercial salmon season opened over the weekend. James Jackson, the Kodiak Commercial Salmon and Herring Area Management Biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, says that on Friday the fish started moving at Karluk.

Talk of the Rock: Fishing Families
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – June 12, 2018
A social scientist with NOAA recently held a workshop for fishing families in Kodiak. Marysia Szymkowiak is visiting communities to look at how fishing regulations and other factors have affected family-run fishing operations around the state.

NOAA law enforcement researches sexual harassment, assault among fishery observers
KMXT by Daysha Eaton – June 12, 2018
Women are harassed and fear for their safety much more than men when they work as fishery observers.

Arctic Storm Building ‘Largest and Most Advanced Fishing Vessel’ Ever Built in US
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – June 13, 2018
Rolls-Royce Marine and Arctic Storm announced the building of a new 100 meter factory trawler, that will be ‘the most advanced fishing vessel ever built in the US’ according to Doug Christensen, CEO of Arctic Storm.

The $20 million dollar contract with Rolls Royce Marine is also the largest fishing vessel contract taken by Rolls-Royce, and the first Rolls-Royce vessel concept to be built in the US.

The 100 meter-long vessel is to be built for Arctic Storm Management Group, LLC, of Seattle.

Rolls-Royce has worked with Arctic Storm in developing this latest design and the vessel will be equipped with a processing plant for fillet, surimi, fishmeal and fish oil. It will also be able to accommodate a crew of more than 150 people.

Doug Christensen, CEO of Arctic Storm Management Group, said: “This will be the largest and most advanced fishing vessel ever to be built in the US. The fact that both the design and the supply and integration of the comprehensive equipment package is provided from, and coordinated by, Rolls-Royce is a key enabler for us.”

The vessel is scheduled for delivery in 2021. The new trawler is a Rolls-Royce NVC 336 WP design arranged for pelagic trawl operation in the North Pacific waters catching Alaska Pollock and cod.  Rolls-Royce will also deliver an integrated package of advanced ship technology and equipment to the vessel.

Walter Thomassie, Managing Director of Thoma-Sea Marine Constructor, said: “We are very happy about this contract which could open possibilities within a new segment for us. Our Louisiana-based shipyard and Rolls-Royce have worked well together before, and we feel confident that this project will follow the same successful path.”

Commenting on the choice of Rolls-Royce as the ship’s developer, Doug Christensen added: “It is a critical factor to have a technology partner with a strong presence in the region who are able to support the construction of the vessel at the yard, in addition to having a strong service organisation to support us during operations. We strive towards continuous improvement in everything we do, however this investment will take us a giant step forward.”

Knut Eilert Røsvik, Rolls-Royce – Marine, SVP Ship Design & Systems, said: “Arctic Storm Management Group is a long-time customer of our products and services, and we are of course delighted that they have now chosen a complete Rolls-Royce design and integrated system solution for their newest vessel. Arctic Storm’s long experience in this type of fishery is of high value in our design development phase. We are not only creating a fishing vessel together, but also a fully equipped, floating fish processing plant.”

In addition to the design, Rolls-Royce will supply the propulsion system based around a Bergen B33:45 main engine in combination with Bergen generator sets. This arrangement is deigned to optimize and meet the requirements for low fuel consumption, reduced emissions and low noise and vibration levels. Included in the Rolls-Rolls supply is also the bow thruster, deck machinery systems, automation & control systems, power electrical system, steering gear and a flap rudder.


Scientists investigate invasive species
Bristol Bay Times by Jim Paulin – June 9, 2018
The European green crab, Japanese skeleton fish, and Mediterranean mussel haven’t yet invaded the Bering Sea, threatening the billion dollar commercial fishery. But it could happen here, according to scientists, and an invasive species monitoring project is getting underway in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor.

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Vessels Using Jig Gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 06/13/2018
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by vessels using jig gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2018 Pacific cod total allowable catch apportioned to vessels using jig gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA.


Gillnetters’ barbecue replaces kings with sockeye, adds event for fishermen and their families
KHNS by Henry Leasia – June 11, 2018
For over a decade, Lynn Canal gillnetters have hosted a king salmon barbecue each summer to celebrate local fishermen and the start of the fishing season. Since it started, the event has become a way to showcase Southeast Alaska’s local bounty. This year, however, a shortage of kings has pushed organizers to change the menu to sockeye and rockfish.

Opinion: We must act to protect the health and future of our oceans
The Hill by Reps. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) and Don Young (R-Alaska), Opinion Contributors – June 8, 2018
The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill
Oceans cover more than 70 percent of our planet and are home to more than a thousand species of marine life. Oceans generate the oxygen that we breathe. They regulate our climate and provide healthy meals for people daily. Coastal communities rely on healthy oceans—as do shellfish, fish, marine mammals, birds, and ecosystems around the world. June 8 is World Oceans Day which serves a reminder that regardless of where we live or our political party, we must remain committed to protect, conserve, maintain, and rebuild our ocean resources.

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June 13, 2018