Alaska/Pacific Coast

Bairdi Quota Could Increase Again, As Busy Season Winds Down
KUCB.org by Annie Ropeik – March 23 2015
Bering Sea crab fishermen are trying to get through as much Bairdi tanner quota as they can before the season ends next week.
http://kucb.org/news/article/bairdi-quota-could-increase-again-as-busy-season-winds-down/

Politics

Prince William Sound drift fleet votes to continue tax
Associated Press by MOLLY DISCHNER – March 20, 2015
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Copper River/Prince William Sound Marketing Association will continue to receive funding from the region’s drift fishermen.
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AK_FISH_MARKETING_AKOL-?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

East Coast Fishery

Cod stocks off Newfoundland improving but recovery still years away: researchers
The Canadian Press by Sue Bailey – March 23, 2015
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Scientists tracking northern cod stocks off Newfoundland say there are hopeful signs of recovery but that any lifting of an almost 23-year-old commercial fishing moratorium is likely a decade away.
http://www.timescolonist.com/cod-stocks-off-newfoundland-improving-but-recovery-still-years-away-researchers-1.1801499

Environment/Science

What Makes A Sustainable Fishery? (Ray Hilborn)
Youtube.com by AbundantOceans – March 23, 2015
Ray Hilborn is recognized around the world for his Sustainable Fisheries Research. In this video, he discusses the attributes of sustainable fisheries; and the importance of the underlying management systems.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ds39edIWKNM

Hydropower project seen as danger to salmon
American Fisheries Society wants state FERC to consider environmental consequences of proposed Susitna dam
The Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – March 24, 2015
A study of the proposed Susitna hydropower dam project by the American Fisheries Society has prompted concerns that the project would cause adverse changes to habitat critical to all five species of wild Alaska salmon.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1513hydropower-project-seen-as-danger-to-salmon

Labeling and Marketing

Farmed seafood misunderstood by US consumers
World Fishing – March 24,  2015
A large number of US seafood consumers have a negative perception of farmed seafood, according to the preliminary results of Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA)-The Fishin’ Company joint survey.
http://www.worldfishing.net/news101/industry-news/farmed-seafood-misunderstood-by-us-consumers

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pollock in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/25/2015
NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amounts of the Aleut Corporation pollock directed fishing allowance from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the Bering Sea subarea. This action is necessary to provide opportunity for harvest of the 2015 total allowable catch of pollock, consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/03/25/2015-06851/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-reallocation-of-pollock-in-the-bering-sea-and?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

FYI’s

ComFish 2015 Forums
ComFish – March 19, 2015

FINAL COMFISH 2015 FLYER

We are excited to announce the 2015 ComFish Forums.
On Thursday we have several special guests: Lieutenant Governor of Alaska – Byron Mallott, Representative Louise Stutes, ADF&G Director of Commercial Fisheries – Jeff Regnart and Commissioner Sam Cotten.
http://comfishalaska.com/comfish-2015-forums/

Weekly Overview: Marine Harvest Investigates Using Coniferous Trees for Fish Feed
The Fish Site – March 25, 2015
ANALYSIS – Norwegian salmon farming company, Marine Harvest, is investigating the potential to use coniferous trees as a fish feed.
http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/25360/weekly-overview-marine-harvest-investigates-using-coniferous-trees-for-fish-feed

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March 25, 2015