Alaska/Pacific Coast

Governor calls for federal disaster declaration for Pacific cod fishery
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – March 12, 2018
Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott signed a letter last week asking the federal government to declare the 2018 Pacific cod fishery in the Gulf of Alaska a disaster.
https://www.ktoo.org/2018/03/12/governor-calls-for-federal-disaster-declaration-for-pacific-cod-fishery/

Politics

Proposed capital budget includes money for hatchery near Petersburg
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki – March 12, 2018
Governor Bill Walker’s proposed capital budget would fund one and half million dollars of upgrades at the state-owned king and coho salmon hatchery at Crystal Lake, about 17 miles south of Petersburg.
https://www.kfsk.org/2018/03/12/proposed-capital-budget-includes-money-for-hatchery-near-petersburg/

International

Russian Fish Industry Posts First Revenue Decline in 4 Years
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden – March 13, 2018
The revenue of the Russian fish industry in 2017 fell for the first time in four years, despite its ongoing recovery from the financial crisis and planned implementation of new investment projects, according to Russian leading fish producers and processors and senior officials from the local government.

According to data of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture, 2017 total revenue of the domestic fish industry fell by 18%, compared to 2016. State analysts said that was mainly due to the ongoing strengthening of the ruble, low global fish prices and low purchasing power of the domestic market.

Last year total revenue of the Russian fishing industry fell to RUB 70 billion (US$ 1.22 billion) and, according to analysts’ predictions, this year the decline will continue.

Russian leading fish producers and processors said the current decline is due mainly to low global prices for pollock, which accounts for about 30% of the industry’s total revenue.

The situation was also negatively affected by a poor catch of salmon in Russia. Low landings force local consumers to switch to cheaper products, buying trout instead of the Far Eastern salmon.

The decline of the financial performance of the industry, according to some local experts, may result in a decrease of investments in the second half of the current year. This is predicted by German Zverev, head of the Russian Pollock Association.

An additional negative factor for fish producers may be related to the planned abolition of the single agricultural tax for the fishing industry and its replacement by an individual tax scheme, which will result in an increased tax burden on the industry.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1095256/Russian-Fish-Industry-Posts-First-Revenue-Decline-in-4-Years

Environment/Science

Japanese Tsunami Litters North American Shores With 10 times The Trash
KUCB by Zoe Sobel – March 12, 2018
Seven years ago this week, a magnitude 9.1 earthquake stuck off the coast of Japan, triggering a tsunami with waves up to 30 feet high. The event ravaged communities, and its after effects have been felt across the Pacific.
http://kucb.org/post/japanese-tsunami-litters-north-american-shores-10-times-trash

Federal Register

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 03/13/2018
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 24, 2018, and will close 1200 hours, A.l.t., November 7, 2018. This period is the same as the 2018 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/2018/03/13/2018-05059/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-sablefish-managed-under-the-individual-fishing

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 630 in the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/14/2018
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 630 in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the B season allowance of the 2018 total allowable catch of pollock for Statistical Area 630 in the GOA.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/14/2018-05167/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pollock-in-statistical-area-630-in-the-gulf-of

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 610 in the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/14/2018
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 610 in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2018 total allowable catch of pollock for Statistical Area 610 in the GOA.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/14/2018-05133/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pollock-in-statistical-area-610-in-the-gulf-of

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March 14, 2018