Alaska/Pacific Coast

The Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Joel Marshall – March 23, 2017
Coming up this week, Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishermen scoop up nearly half the year’s quota in two short openers.
Alaska salmon permit holders are wondering how proposed Navy training in the Gulf of Alaska will affect salmon. If you’re a permit holder, expect a letter in the mail asking for your help to change the date of the training which may have long term repercussions for future fisheries.
http://kmxt.org/2017/03/alaska-fisheries-report-march-23-2017-2/

Crabbers Report Abundant Bairdi After Fishery’s Controversial Closure
KUCB by Zoe Sobel – March 23, 2017
The Bering Sea bairdi crab fishery stayed closed this year for the first time in four seasons.
State biologists decided there were too few crab to harvest safely, but fishermen are questioning that call. They say they saw plentiful bairdi while crabbing for other species.
http://kucb.org/post/crabbers-report-abundant-bairdi-after-fisherys-controversial-closure

CRWP helps make salmon in the city possible
Cordova Times by Kristin S. Carpenter – March 21, 2017
Salmon and people are living side by side throughout Alaska communities, and properly designed culverts are key pieces of the infrastructure that make “salmon in the city” possible.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/03/21/crwp-helps-make-salmon-in-the-city-possible/

Federal Register

Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; 2017 Tribal Fishery for Pacific Whiting
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/23/2017
NMFS issues this proposed rule for the 2017 Pacific whiting fishery under the authority of the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP), the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), and the Pacific Whiting Act of 2006, as amended. This proposed rule would allocate 17.5 percent of the U.S. Total Allowable Catch (TAC) of Pacific whiting for 2017 to Pacific Coast Indian tribes that have a treaty right to harvest groundfish.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/23/2017-05758/magnuson-stevens-act-provisions-fisheries-off-west-coast-states-pacific-coast-groundfish-fishery

FYI’s

Course offers preventive controls for human food
Cordova Times – March 22, 2017
Registration is open for the preventive controls for human foods class scheduled for April 12-14 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center in Kodiak.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/03/22/course-offers-preventive-controls-for-human-food/

Petersburg looks at another rate increase for harbors
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki –  March 22, 2017
Some harbor users could be paying a little more to tie up in Petersburg this year while an across-the-board rate hike could be on the way next year. Petersburg’s borough assembly Monday took the first step to bring in more money to the local harbors.
https://www.kfsk.org/2017/03/22/petersburg-looks-another-rate-increase-harbors/

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March 24, 2017