Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Board of Fisheries adds Pacific cod meeting
Cordova Times – June 7, 2018
The Alaska Board of Fisheries has rescheduled its October work session and added a new meeting to address Pacific cod proposals, in order to take up the matter on Oct. 3, prior to the fishing season.

NPFMC panel solicits public comment on IFQ program
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – June 6, 2018
Easing entry into the fishing industry is one strand of conversation that’s been continuing after hours while the North Pacific Fishery Management Council is in town.

Constitutional fight over fish tax heads to court
KTOO by Jacob Resneck – June 7, 2018
A fishing company filed an appeal in its ongoing tax dispute. At stake is the state’s fish landing tax, a major revenue source for Alaska fishing communities.

With New Kuskokwim King Salmon Data Released, Bering Sea Bycatch Restrictions Come Under Review
KYUK by Anna Rose MacArthur – June 7, 2018
New state data reveals that the number of king salmon returning to the Kuskokwim River has been inflated for decades. Now, the state is recommending that the body governing the Bering Sea pollock fishery adopt this new information.  If it does, restrictions on the fleet’s bycatch of king salmon could tighten, and a long-voiced demand from Kuskokwim residents could be met.


World Oceans Day 2018 is today! What is the theme this year and how is the date marked?
Plastic pollution has never played such a big role in our daily lives. Here’s how to look sharp for the annual celebration of the seas
The Sun by Phoebe Cooke – June 8, 2018
THE wonder and woes of the world’s oceans might be washing right over you.
But whether you’re a tote-carrying anti-plastic warrior or you’re not quite sure where to start, here’s what you need to know about the annual day of the oceans.


Fishermen call for defense of science-based fishery management
Seafood Source by Steve Bittenbender – June 7, 2018
Fishermen from across the United States have set up shop in Washington this week for Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2018, and the message they’re sending to lawmakers is: Defend science-based fishery management policies.


Interactive Map Provides Real-Time Whale Detection to Aid in Protection of Right Whales
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – June 7, 2018
As part of the continued effort to protect endangered North Atlantic Right Whales, an interactive mapping tool that displays known locations of the whales has been made available on the Fisheries and Ocean’s (DFO) Canada website.

The interactive map, called The WhaleMap, was developed by Dalhousie University Oceanography PhD student Hansen Johnson. The map allows users to view recent right whale detections, as well as surveillance efforts and protection measures. The map works in real-time with information that is provided by partners who “contribute airborne, vessel and acoustic glider detections” of the right whales.

“Our government is committed to the protection of endangered species, and will continue to take all appropriate actions to reduce threats to the iconic North Atlantic right whale and help ensure the survival of the species,” the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, said in a press release. “Protecting Canada’s endangered whales from further harm is a shared responsibility and working with partners like Dalhousie University adds more tools to strengthen these efforts.”

The WhaleMap project as supported by $57,500 in funding from the Oceans Protection Plan, which works to address threats to marine mammals in Canadian waters. In 2017 17 North Atlantic right whales died. There are only about 450 of the endangered whales left in the world.

Find the interactive map here

In Memoriam
My Fishing Life: Remembering crabbing icon Wilburn Hall
Pilothouse Guide – July 2018
With the passing of Wilburn Hall on March 7, 2018, the fishing industry lost an icon. He left an indelible footprint in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska fishing industry. Hall grew up in meager circumstances, and went on to develop a considerable fishing business — a total of 15 fishing boats, a shore-based plant (the Star of Kodiak, later sold to Tyson Seafoods) and three floating crab processors, including the 600-foot king crab processor Rybak Chichuski (part of a successful Russian joint venture).
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Thank you to Margaret Hall and Arni Thomson for the suggestion.

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June 8, 2018