Alaska/Pacific Coast

Fishing royalty bill not expected to move this session
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki – March 1, 2016
The sponsor of a bill to charge a royalty on all commercially caught seafood in Alaska says he doesn’t intend to try and move the bill and instead introduced it to start up a discussion.
http://www.kfsk.org/2016/03/01/fishing-royalty-bill-not-expected-to-move-this-session/

Alaska House Finance Subcommittee Cuts 14% from Preliminary ADF&G Budget
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker – March 1, 2016
Alaska’s Department of Fish & Game preliminary budget has left the House Finance Subcommittee with an overall 14 percent cut for fiscal year 2017, which starts July 1, 2016.

The preliminary budget now goes before the House Finance Committee.

In a memo from Rep. Mark Neuman, chair of the subcommittee, to the House Finance Committee, a comparison of savings over FY15’s budget was outline. FY15 started July 1, 2014. Since then, including the most recent preliminary cuts, ADF&G’s budget has been reduced by $23.4 million, a nearly 30 percent decrease over two years.  During that period, 74 positions have been eliminated within the department.

In this year’s budget cuts, moving the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission from independent status to within ADF&G will save $650,400, according to the memo. Six positions were eliminated by that move.

The subcommittee also included specific requests of the department, listed as “Intents of the Legislature”. The first one requests that the department evaluate the use of “unmanned aircraft” for aerial survey work, compared to using manned aircraft. That evaluation will be submitted to the Finance Committee co-chairs before the next legislative session.

Two other cost-savings “Intents” include cost-benefit analyses of transitioning to mail-in, electronic, or telephonic harvest reports for subsistence areas, and consolidation and reorganization of research and surveying staff between commercial and sport fisheries and wildlife conservation. Those reports are also due to the Finance Committee before the next legislative session.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1010046/Alaska-House-Finance-Subcommittee-Cuts-14-percent-from-Preliminary-ADFG-Budget

Dismal coho runs may shorten fishing seasons
The News Tribune by Jeffrey P. Mayor – March 1, 2016
Critically low returns of wild and hatchery coho salmon to Puget Sound rivers, including popular South Sound fisheries, could result in shortened fishing seasons, closures or reduced bag limits.
http://www.thenewstribune.com/outdoors/hunting-fishing/article63429647.html

Fish board rejects most Alaska Peninsula changes
KDLG by Molly Dischner – March 1, 2016
Few changes on the way for Alaska Peninsula salmon fisheries after triennial Board of Fish meeting.
http://kdlg.org/post/fish-board-rejects-most-alaska-peninsula-changes

Prowler Fisheries, Blue North Combine Management
Fishermen’s News – February 24, 2016
Prowler Fisheries LLC has announced a combined management agreement with Seattle-based Blue North Fisheries, to help streamline efficiencies and optimize day-to-day operations for both companies.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2016/02/prowler-fisheries-blue-north-combine.html

West Coast Groundfish Management is Disaster, Say Participants with only 20.2% Harvest Rate in 2015
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker – February 23, 2016
The Pacific Groundfish Quota Program Workshop brought together nearly 200 people who had been involved creating, implementing, or making a living under the program, to look at successes and failures in the past five years.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1009447/West-Coast-Groundfish-Management-is-Disaster-Say-Participants-with-only-20-point-2-percent-Harvest-Rate-in-2015

Environment/Science

NOAA: Oceanic acidity caused by climate change could affect Alaska crab numbers
KTUU by Kendall Bautista – March 1, 2016
Oceanic acidification caused by climate change could cause a decline in numbers of Alaska crab species, according to new studies from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, officials announced in a press release Tuesday.
http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/noaa-oceanic-acidity-caused-by-climate-change-could-affect-alaska-crab-numbers/38281388?utm_content=bufferafdc0&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

FYI’s

ASMI Board to meet
Juneau Empire – March 1, 2016
The board of directors for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute will meet March 31 in the Goldbelt Building on West 10th Street.

The meeting, which will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m., according to a draft agenda, will focus on discussion of the institute’s fiscal year 2017 budget, which the Alaska Legislature has proposed to significantly cut. The meeting will be available by teleconference; call 1-800-315-6338 and use access code 05684.
http://juneauempire.com/local/2016-03-01/asmi-board-meet

Please Comment on the NOAA Fisheries Draft National Bycatch Reduction Strategy
Saving Seafood – March 1, 2016 — The following was released by NOAA Fisheries:
Recently, we released a draft National Bycatch Reduction Strategy for your review and comment.
http://www.savingseafood.org/science/please-comment-on-the-noaa-fisheries-draft-national-bycatch-reduction-strategy/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SavingSeafoodRss+%28Saving+Seafood%29

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March 2, 2016