Alaska/Pacific Coast

Pacific halibut fishery begins March 11
Longline pot gear authorized in IFQ sablefish fishery, with halibut retention required
Cordova Time by Margaret Bauman – March 9, 2017
Commercial fishing for Pacific cod opens on March 11 for the 31.4 million pound halibut catch recommended in January by the International Pacific Halibut Commission, a boost of 5 percent over last year.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/03/09/pacific-halibut-fishery-begins-march-11/

Legislature considering bills to advance state mariculture
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – March 8, 2017
Alaska is getting closer to having a more robust seafood farming industry, potentially adding another billion dollars to the state’s economy over the next few decades.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2017-03-08/legislature-considering-bills-advance-state-mariculture#.WMLMYhBOFA4

Environment/Science

Proposed NOAA cuts would disarm our coasts in the face of rising seas, scientists say
Washington Post by Chelsea Harvey and Chris Mooney – March 10, 2017
A proposed White House budget for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration could put coastal communities throughout the nation at a major disadvantage as they struggle to adapt to threats from sea-level rise, severe storms and other climate-related events, scientists and other experts said.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/pb/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/03/10/proposed-noaa-cuts-would-disarm-our-coasts-in-the-face-of-rising-seas-scientists-say/?outputType=accessibility&nid=menu_nav_accessibilityforscreenreader

NOAA tests camera systems to monitor fish catch
Software applications help automate the process of identifying fish species
Cordova Times by Steve Ignell – March 10, 2017
When we think of technological innovators, most picture daring entrepreneurs and venture capitalists who make clever devices for their investors. However, in the Bering Sea and other waters off the coast of Alaska, NOAA Fisheries scientists are testing innovative technologies, tools and methods to keep U.S. fisheries strong and profitable.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/nsf-nan030817.php

NSF announces new long-term ecological research sites off Alaska, New England coasts
Scientists will expand research on ocean food webs in ecosystems that include recreational and commercial fisheries
Eurekalert by National Science Foundation – March 8, 2017
National Science Foundation (NSF) grants will support two new Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites. Scientists will conduct research along the Northeast U.S. continental shelf and in the northern Gulf of Alaska, regions known for productive fisheries and abundant marine resources.

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/nsf-nan030817.php

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Integrating Electronic Monitoring Into the North Pacific Observer Program
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/10/2017
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council submitted Amendment 114 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area and Amendment 104 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (collectively referred to as the FMPs) to the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) for review. If approved, Amendments 114/104 would integrate electronic monitoring into the North Pacific Observer Program. This action is necessary to improve the collection of data necessary for the conservation, management, and scientific understanding of managed fisheries. Amendments 114/104 are intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the FMPs, and other applicable laws.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/10/2017-04716/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-integrating-electronic-monitoring-into-the-north

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Sablefish Managed Under the Individual Fishing Quota Program
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/10/2017
NMFS is opening directed fishing for sablefish with fixed gear managed under the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program and the Community Development Quota (CDQ) Program. The season will open 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), March 11, 2017, and will close 1200 hours, A.l.t., November 7, 2017. This period is the same as the 2017 commercial halibut fishery opening dates adopted by the International Pacific Halibut Commission. The IFQ and CDQ halibut season is specified by a separate publication in the Federal Register of annual management measures.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/10/2017-04702/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-sablefish-managed-under-the-individual-fishing

FYI’s

Pollock schools up for fish sticks
National Fishermen by Samuel Hill – March 8, 2017
The U.S. Department of Agriculture featured for the first time a whole grain-breaded fish stick made with Alaska pollock in its latest catalogue. It is the first processed pollock offering in the national school lunch system.
https://www.nationalfisherman.com/alaska/pollock-schools-fish-sticks/

Northern Exposure
Vogue by Nathan Heller – March 3, 2017
“We grew up in a very remote place, on the Aleutian Islands,” explains Emma Teal Laukitis, who founded Alaskan nautical wear company Salmon Sisters with her sister, Claire Neaton. “You would have to take a boat to the little village”: a place that, at its most populated, had around fifty residents. They learned to fish in summer, at their father’s elbow, and they passed their high-school breaks on and around boats. Since coming back to Alaska after college, they’ve spent all the warm months fishing on the water — catching salmon through June and July, hauling up cod and halibut in late summer. “It’s engrained,” Neaton says. “We can’t quite get away from it.” Laukitis adds, “We both feel like we both need to be doing it forever.”
http://www.vogue.com/projects/13528081/american-women-female-alaska-fisherman-salmon-sisters-emma-teal-laukitis-claire-neaton/

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March 10, 2017