Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Maggie Wall – June 6, 2018
Salmon season gets off to a slow start.
We go inside a cannery to learn more about halibut bycatch. The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council is addressing at this week’s meeting in Kodiak.

No commercial opener for Copper River salmon fishery
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – June 6, 2018
Faced with a sonar count that is the ninth lowest on record since 1978, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said the Copper River district of Prince William Sound would remain closed to commercial fishing.

NOAA Releases New Stock Assessment Improvement Plan in 2018
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – June 7, 2018
Earlier this week NOAA Fisheries released a new Stock Assessment Improvement Plan. The original Stock Assessment Plan was published in 2001, but due to legal mandates and research and development, NOAA has issued an update, titled “Implementing a Next Generation Stock Assessment Enterprise” (NGSA).

The latest document “describes the many challenges currently facing NOAA’s stock assessment enterprise, and some of the innovation research and operations that will meet these challenges.” The goal is for the next generation framework to act as a “road map” for addressing the challenges.

The NGSA has three focuses:

– Advocating for the expansion of the stock assessment paradigm to be more holistic and ecosystem-linked.
– Continuing the use of innovative science for data collection and analysis to reliably and efficiently provide data for maximizing use of advanced modeling methods.
– Providing a method for objectively determining stock-specific goals that create a stock assessment process that is more timely, efficient and effective at optimizing available resources and delivering results to fishery managers and the public.

Find more information on the new Stock Assessment Improvement Plan here.


Cantwell Offers Input on Proposed Pebble Mine
Fishermen’s News – June 6, 2018
Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-WA, is calling for expansion of the latest public comment period to the proposed Pebble mine to include Washington state fishermen, shipbuilders, sportsmen, small businesses and other stakeholders.

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Yellowfin Sole Management in the Groundfish Fisheries of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 06/06/2018
NMFS proposes regulations to implement Amendment 116 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI FMP).

Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 06/07/2018
The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Salmon Technical Team (STT) will hold a series of meetings to initiate the development of salmon rebuilding plans for Klamath River fall Chinook, Sacramento River fall Chinook, Strait of Juan de Fuca natural coho, Queets River natural coho, and Snohomish River natural coho. These meetings are open to the public.


Second Annual Bristol Bay Fish Expo Kicks Off June 8
Fishermen’s News – June 6, 2018
The second annual Bristol Bay Fish Expo begins June 8 in Naknek, Alaska, complete with a trade show, fashion show, auction, speed-hiring and an Alaska gubernatorial debate focused on rural issues, including the state’s fisheries.

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June 7, 2018