Alaska/Pacific Coast

Federal council forced back into Cook Inlet salmon fray
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – March 29, 2017
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council will open up a process next week that will likely take years to redesign the Cook Inlet salmon fishery management plan.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2017-03-29/federal-council-forced-back-cook-inlet-salmon-fray#.WN5tuY61s_U

BOF approves PWS tanner crab harvest strategy
CDFU proposal noted that PWS Tanner crab abundance has been increasing
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – March 30, 2017
Harvest strategies for tanner crab fisheries in Prince William Sound have been approved by the Alaska Board of Fisheries, clearing the way for commercial, sport and subsistence harvests when the crab meet abundance thresholds.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/03/30/bof-approves-pws-tanner-crab-harvest-strategy/

Sitka Sound herring sac roe fishery underway
Cordova Times – March 30, 2017
Harvests continued in the Sitka Sound herring sac roe fishery in late March, with the cumulative harvest as of March 26 at 13,543 tons, of a guideline harvest level of 14,649 tons, down slightly from 14,941 tons in 2016.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/03/30/sitka-sound-herring-sac-roe-fishery-underway/

NOAA Fisheries delists canary rockfish in Puget Sound based on new findings
NOAA – March 27, 2017
NOAA Fisheries last week removed Puget Sound canary rockfish from the federal list of threatened and endangered species after a recent collaborative study found those fish are not genetically distinct from other canary rockfish on the West Coast.
http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/newsroom/2017/28_noaa_fisheries_delists_canary_rockfish_in_puget_sound_based_on_new_findings.html

Politics

Commercial fisheries loan limits bill moves to House Rules
Cordova Times – March 30, 2017
House Bill 56, regarding commercial fisheries loan limits made by the state, and sponsored by Rep. Dan Ortiz, I- Ketchikan, has passed from the House Finance committee to be heard by the Rules Committee.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/03/30/commercial-fisheries-loan-limits-bill-moves-to-house-rules/

Bill would add state fish, wildlife habitat protections
HB 199 would establish anadromous fish habitat permits for certain activities
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – March 30, 2017
Bipartisan legislation introduced by Rep. Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, calls for new permits for the protection of fish and game habitat.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/03/30/bill-would-add-state-fish-wildlife-habitat-protections/

Legislators, fishermen discuss future of state fisheries
Times-Standard by Will Houston – March 29, 2017
Speaking at California’s 44th annual “state of the fisheries” forum at the State Capitol on Wednesday, North Coast Sen. Mike McGuire and other state officials conveyed a dire future as the state experiences its lowest forecast salmon return on record and continuing poor ocean conditions.
http://www.times-standard.com/general-news/20170329/legislators-fishermen-discuss-future-of-state-fisheries

FYI’s

Dock Renovation Approved at $39 Million, While Council Debates Matson Contract
KUCB by Laura Kraegel – March 29, 2017
Unalaska’s city dock is about to get a major makeover.
The City Council approved a $39 million renovation Tuesday night, authorizing top bidder Turnagain Marine Construction to replace two aging docks at the Unalaska Marine Center.
http://kucb.org/post/dock-renovation-approved-39-million-while-council-debates-matson-contract

Drill conductor workshop for commercial harvesters offered April 15
Cordova Times – March 30, 2017
Space is still open for a 10-hour fishing vessel drill conductor workshop is scheduled for April 15 in Cordova, offered by the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/03/30/drill-conductor-workshop-for-commercial-harvesters-offered-april-15/

AMSEA Safety Courses Coming Up in April and May
Fishermen’s News – March 29, 2017
Spaces are still available for a variety of fishing vessel and cold water safety courses from mid- April and through May, offered by the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association in Sitka.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2017/03/amea-safety-courses-coming-up-in-april.html

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March 31, 2017