Alaska/Pacific Coast

Surveys find more pollock midwater, fewer near ocean bottom
KMXT by Kayla Desroches March 27, 2018
The current pollock stock is looking strong according to NOAA’s winter midwater surveys, but that’s not consistent with summer bottom trawl surveys.
http://kmxt.org/2018/03/surveys-find-pollock-midwater-fewer-near-ocean-bottom/

Fleet catches a quarter of herring quota in non-competitive fishery
KCAW by Emily Kwong –  March 28, 2018
The Sitka sac roe herring fishery stood down on Tuesday (03-27-18), as the Alaska Department of Fish & Game carried out aerial surveys of Sitka Sound.
https://www.kcaw.org/2018/03/28/fleet-catches-a-quarter-of-herring-quota-in-non-competitive-fishery/

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive Zone Off Alaska; Deep-Water Species Fishery by Vessels Using Trawl Gear in the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/28/2018
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for species that comprise the deep-water species fishery by vessels using trawl gear in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary because the first seasonal apportionment of the Pacific halibut bycatch allowance specified for the deep-water species fishery in the GOA will be reached.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/28/2018-06145/fisheries-of-the-economic-exclusive-zone-off-alaska-deep-water-species-fishery-by-vessels-using

North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/29/2018
The Center of Independent Experts will meet April 16 through April 18, 2018 to review the stock assessments for Bering Sea and Aleutian Island yellowfin sole, northern rock sole, and Alaska plaice.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/29/2018-06315/north-pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meeting

FYI’s

E-Stop Switch Helps Prevent Injury
Fishermen’s News – March 28, 2018
Emergency stop switches for hydraulic purse seine winches have been licensed for commercial use since 2007, but vessel owners have been slow to put them on board. While fatalities are rare, there have been a number of severe injuries, ranging from compound fractures and dislocations to amputations caused by individuals getting entangled in the winch.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2018/03/e-stop-switch-helps-prevent-injury.html

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March 29, 2018