Alaska/Pacific Coast

Klamath River salmon season faces closure due to ‘unprecedented’ forecast
Times-Standard by Will Houston – March 23, 2017
Both sport and commercial salmon fishing near the Klamath River could be completely closed this year as a result of what the Pacific Fishery Management Council is projecting to be the lowest return of spawning Chinook salmon on record.
http://www.times-standard.com/general-news/20170323/klamath-river-salmon-season-faces-closure-due-to-unprecedented-forecast

AK: Fishing for herring from the sky
KCAW by Emily Kwong – March 24, 201
The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is in full swing. In less than a week, the fleet has caught over half of its quota. And while most crew members work on the water, spotter pilots fish for herring from the sky.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2017/03/24/ak-fishing-for-herring-from-the-sky/

With nearly 60% of quota caught, herring fleet stands down until Saturday
KCAW – March 23, 2017
Seafood processors are estimating that 5,000 tons of herring were harvested Wednesday (03-22-17). The fleet caught it all in a 15-minute window in Krestof Sound.
https://www.kcaw.org/2017/03/23/nearly-60-quota-caught-herring-fleet-stands-saturday/

Fish and Game says crab counts were low this season, fishermen disagree
Alaska Public Media by Zoë Sobel – March 23, 2017
The Bering Sea Bairdi (or Tanner) crab fishery stayed closed this year, for the first time in four years. State biologists decided there were too few crab to safely harvest. But fishermen are questioning that decision. They say there were plentiful Bairdi when they were fishing for other species.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2017/03/23/fish-and-game-says-crab-counts-were-low-this-season-fishermen-disagree/

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 610 in the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/27/2017
NMFS is opening directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 610 of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to fully use the B season allowance of the 2017 total allowable catch of pollock in Statistical Area 610 of the GOA.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/27/2017-05978/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pollock-in-statistical-area-610-in-the-gulf-of

FYI’s

Back from Boston; Alaska Salmon Season Forecast and Stolen Scallops Reach New England Market
Seafoodnews – March 24, 2017
Urner Barry and Seafood News are back from the Seafood Expo North America with a bunch of news to report from the show. Plus Alaska issued a favorable forecast for the summer salmon season, stolen scallops were sold in the New England market and in Canada, contaminated oysters are sickening consumers and shutting down oyster farms in British Colombia.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xozp78pbMY

Northern Edge 2017 begins May 1
Military training exercises will be some 80 nautical miles from Cordova in the Gulf of Alaska
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – March 24, 2017
On the eve of war games in early May in the Gulf of Alaska, officials at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage are preparing for the arrival of several thousand military personnel in an area some 80 nautical miles from Cordova.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/03/24/northern-edge-2017-begins-may-1/

Preservation Group Says Coastal Military Training May Harm Salmon Habitat
KMXT by Joel Marshall – March 23, 2017
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly is being asked to sign on with a number of other coastal communities in opposing the proposed Navy and Military training known as Northern Edge.
http://kmxt.org/2017/03/preservation-group-opposes-navy-military-training/

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March 27, 2017