Alaska/Pacific Coast

Halibut Harvesters See Higher Prices
Fishermen’s News – March 23, 2016
Halibut fresh from the opener that began March 19 in Alaska were fetching prices ranging from $6.25 to $6.75 a pound in Southeast Alaska this week, a little better than prices that also were pretty strong at the start of last year’s opener.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2016/03/halibut-harvesters-see-higher-prices.html

Borough Assembly opposes fishing royalty bill
KSTK by Katarina Sostaric – March 23, 2016
The Wrangell Borough Assembly passed a resolution Tuesday to oppose a royalty tax on Alaska’s seafood industry.
Assembly Member Julie Decker asked the assembly to consider the resolution, which mirrors a resolution passed by the Southeast Conference.
http://www.kstk.org/2016/03/23/borough-assembly-opposes-fishing-royalty-bill/

Bristol Bay fishermen prepare for quality mandates
KDLG by Molly Dischner – March 24, 2016
The coming mandate for higher quality fish deliveries in Bristol Bay could be particularly difficult for watershed residents, but some have said it could also be good news in the long-term.
http://kdlg.org/post/bristol-bay-fishermen-prepare-quality-mandates

Environment/Science

NOAA Seeks Comment on Draft Acoustic Guidelines
Fishermen’s News – March 23, 2016
NOAA Fisheries is asking for a third round of public comment through March 30 on its draft guidelines that will be used to determine the effects of human-made sounds on marine mammals.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2016/03/noaa-seeks-comment-on-draft-acoustic.html

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/24/2016
NMFS is opening directed fishing for Pacific cod by vessels using jig gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to fully use the A season allowance of the 2016 total allowable catch of Pacific cod apportioned to vessels using jig gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/03/24/2016-06688/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-in-the-central-regulatory-area-of?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pacific Cod in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/24/2016
NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amount of Pacific cod from catcher vessels less than 50 ft. length overall (LOA) using hook-and line gear and catcher vessels greater than or equal to 50 ft. LOA using hook-and-line gear to vessels using pot gear and vessels using jig gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to allow the A season apportionment of the 2016 total allowable catch of Pacific cod to be harvested.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/03/24/2016-06686/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-reallocation-of-pacific-cod-in-the-central?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

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March 24, 2016