Alaska/Pacific Coast

Strong King Salmon Catch Means Early Closure For Southeast Trollers
Alaska Public Media by Joe Viechnicki – March 30, 2015
Southeast Alaska’s commercial salmon trollers are heading back into port now that the winter season has closed. Thanks to strong catches of king salmon on the outer coast near Sitka.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2015/03/30/strong-king-salmon-catch-means-early-closure-for-southeast-trollers/

With fish spotting, aviation’s relationship with fishing turned contentious
Alaska Dispatch News by Colleen Mondor – March 27, 2015
Of all the ways in which Alaska’s aviation and fishing industries have been associated over the years, the use of aircraft to spot fish for commercial fishing operators has by far been the most controversial.
http://www.adn.com/article/20150327/fish-spotting-aviations-relationship-fishing-turned-contentious

NOAA says Cook Inlet beluga numbers increased slightly in 2014
Alaska Dispatch News by Dan Joling March 30, 2015
The federal estimate of the number of beluga whales in Alaska’s Cook Inlet increased slightly in 2014, but researchers conclude the population remains in danger of extinction.
http://www.adn.com/article/20150330/noaa-says-cook-inlet-beluga-numbers-increased-slightly-2014

International

Russia Considering Setting Up State-Owned Atlantic Salmon Hatcheries
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [AK&M] – March 31, 2015
Government-financed Atlantic salmon hatcheries may be created in Russia. According to a statement of Russia’s Federal Agency for Fishery, Ilya Shestakov, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, Head of the Federal Agency for Fishery, instructed fishery research institutions to prepare and present proposals on the possible creation of fish hatcheries at the subordinated scientific research institutions or fish breeding companies.

Such hatcheries are meant for the formation, maintenance and breeding of Atlantic salmon to provide commercial fish rearing companies with fish seed.

Today, commercial fish rearing accounts for about 3.5% of the total fish catch.

To support Russian fish breeding companies, the Federal Agency for Fishery together with the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia developed a mechanism of subsidies applying to commercial aquaculture (fish rearing) including commercial sturgeon rearing.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/969958/Russia-Considering-Setting-Up-State-Owned-Atlantic-Salmon-Hatcheries

Federal Register

Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/30/2015
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold meetings of its Joint Hawaii, Marianas and American Samoa Archipelago Plan Team (Joint PT) and the Council’s Fishery Data Collection and Research Committee—Technical Committee (FDCRC-TC). The Joint PT will review the status of the nearshore fisheries, data collection and research issues and improvements, evaluation of the 2014 catch and Annual Catch Limit (ACL) specifications, developing a Cooperative Research framework and review the essential fish habitat (EFH) and habitat area of particular concern criteria for the Western Pacific Region. The FDCRC-TC will review the status of the data collection projects, determine priority tasks, schedule, and assignments as well as develop an omnibus FDCRC proposal.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/03/30/2015-07156/western-pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meetings?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Inseason Adjustment to the 2015 Gulf of Alaska Pollock Seasonal Apportionments
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/31/2015
NMFS is adjusting the 2015 seasonal apportionments of the total allowable catch (TAC) for pollock in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) by re-apportioning unharvested pollock TAC in Statistical Areas 610, 620, and 630 of the GOA. This action is necessary to provide opportunity for harvest of the 2015 pollock TAC, consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/03/31/2015-07312/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-inseason-adjustment-to-the-2015-gulf-of-alaska?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

FYI’s

Boom times on the Columbia for California sea lions
Seattle Times by Hal Bernton – March 30, 2015
Record numbers of sea lions are gathering in the Lower Columbia river this spring, intensifying the long-running challenge to protect salmon runs.
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http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/boom-times-on-the-columbia-for-california-sea-lions/

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March 31, 2015