Alaska/Pacific Coast

Halibut fishery poised to open as NMFS works on 2018 catch limits
Alaska Journal of Commerce by Molly Dischner – March 14, 2018
Alaska’s halibut fishery is set to open this month, but the final quota was still not completely set as of March 14, even as fishermen began to receive permits in the mail.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2018-03-14/halibut-fishery-poised-open-nmfs-works-2018-catch-limits#.WqqISIJG2fU

Cook Inlet salmon plan back in front of federal council in April
Alaska Journal of Commerce by Molly Dischner – March 14, 2018
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council will continue its discussion of who should manage Cook Inlet salmon fisheries, and how, at its April meeting in Anchorage.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2018-03-14/cook-inlet-salmon-plan-back-front-federal-council-april#.WqqJEYJG2fU

Alaska Board of Fisheries Meeting Heads to Central Peninsula
The Board of Fisheries meeting in 2020 will be held in the central peninsula area for the first time in 20 years.
US News by Associated Press – March 13, 2018
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — The state board that sets seasons and take limits for Alaska commercial, sport and personal use salmon fisheries will meet in the central Kenai Peninsula in 2020 for the first time in 20 years.
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/alaska/articles/2018-03-13/2020-board-of-fisheries-meeting-headed-to-central-peninsula

Fish board takes on hatchery issues
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – March 14, 2018
After a number of people voiced concerns about the state’s salmon hatcheries, the Board of Fisheries has decided to dedicate a committee to learn more about them.
http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/local/state/2018-03-14/fish-board-takes-hatchery-issues

Federal Register

Fisheries Off West Coast States; Highly Migratory Fisheries; California Drift Gillnet Fishery; Implementation of a Federal Limited Entry Drift Gillnet Permit
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/14/2018
NMFS is issuing regulations under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) to implement a March 2017 recommendation by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) to amend the Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species (HMS FMP). The rule implements Amendment 5 to the HMS FMP and establishes a Federal limited entry (LE) permit system for the California/Oregon large-mesh drift gillnet (DGN) fishery using standards that are very similar to those used in the existing State of California LE permit program for the DGN fishery.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/14/2018-05186/fisheries-off-west-coast-states-highly-migratory-fisheries-california-drift-gillnet-fishery

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March 15, 2018