Alaska/Pacific Coast

The Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT.org – March 26, 2015
Coming up this week, Sitka Sound herring wraps with more of a whimper than bang, you can now print your own fishing license in the privacy of your own home, Copper River driftnetters vote to continue their support of marketing efforts, and is that an environmental watchdog I see nominated to the Board of Fish? We had help from KCAW’s Robert Woolsey and Rachel Waldholz in Sitka and KFSK’s Angela Denning in Petersburg.
http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6434&Itemid=2

Crabbers Want In on Federal Plan to Trace Illegal Seafood
KUCB.org by Annie Ropeik – March 26 2015
A new federal plan to combat illegal seafood harvesting includes a program to trace at-risk species from harvest to market. It means regulators will have to decide what species are suffering the most from illegal activity. And as KUCB’s Annie Ropeik reports, fishermen in Alaska are hoping crab will make the list.
http://kucb.org/news/article/crabbers-want-in-on-federal-plan-to-trace-illegal-seafood/

Survey of Bristol Bay processors released
Combined, Bristol Bay’s 14 major processors say they want to buy 2.1 million fish less than the anticipated harvest of 37.6 million. Restrictions?
KDLG.org by Dave Bendinger – March 26, 2015
The Department of Fish and Game produced a processor capacity survey for Bristol Bay’s fishery this year. The Department did so as they’re anticipating a difference between the large forecasted harvest and the amount of fish the Bay’s processors say they can, or want, to buy in 2015.
http://kdlg.org/post/survey-bristol-bay-processors-released

Sac roe fishery closes after slow and steady week
KCAW by Rachel Waldholz – March 25, 2015
The fleet reached its quota of about 8700 tons of herring on Wednesday evening (3-25-15), after a full week of slow and steady cooperative fishing.
http://www.kcaw.org/2015/03/25/sac-roe-fishery-closes-after-slow-and-steady-week/

Strong king catch means early closure for Southeast trollers
KFSK.org by Joe Viechnicki – March 26, 2015
Southeast Alaska’s commercial salmon trollers are heading back into port after the winter season closed this week. Thanks to strong catches of king salmon on the outer coast near Sitka, it’s the earliest closure on record for the winter fishery.
http://www.kfsk.org/2015/03/26/strong-king-catch-means-early-closure-for-southeast-trollers/

Politics

Senate passes resolution opposing Aleutians marine sanctuary
KTUU.com – March 26, 2015
JUNEAU – The Alaska Legislature has passed a resolution opposing a new marine sanctuary in the Aleutian Islands.Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility in December petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service to create a sanctuary of 554,000 square nautical miles in waters near the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Islands. The federal fisheries agency rejected the petition but told proponents they could resubmit their request.
http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/senate-passes-resolution-opposing-aleutians-marine-sanctuary/32026826

Bill to ax Alaska fish commission passes out of committee
Alaska Dispatch News by Zaz Hollander – March 26, 2015
The House Fisheries Committee on Thursday passed a bill that would eliminate the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission and move its duties to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
http://www.adn.com/article/20150326/bill-ax-alaska-fish-commission-passes-out-committee

Environment/Science

Ocean fish pathological changes may be caused by human pollution
FIS.com – March 27, 2015
A team of researchers has found certain deep-water marine fish in the Bay of Biscay west of France may develop pathological issues as a result of human-caused pollution.
http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?monthyear=&day=27&id=75438&l=e&country=0&special=&ndb=1&df=0

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March 27, 2015