Alaska/Pacific Coast

Graying of Alaska’s Fishing Fleet Puts Key Industry in Peril
With the average age of commercial fishers now over 50, the state is trying to figure out ways to break down barriers that are increasingly keeping young people from working the sea.
News Deeply by Yereth Rosen – March 6, 2018
KODIAK, Alaska – In this port town on a mountainous island in the Gulf of Alaska, fishing culture reigns supreme.
https://www.newsdeeply.com/oceans/articles/2018/03/06/graying-of-alaskas-fishing-fleet-puts-key-industry-in-peril

Forecast shows both Kenai king runs within escapement goals
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – March 5, 2018
The early and late runs of Kenai River king salmon are projected to be within the escapement goals for 2018, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s forecasts.
http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/local/2018-03-05/forecast-shows-both-kenai-king-runs-within-escapement-goals

Environment/Science

Older king salmon are shrinking along the West Coast
KBBI by Aaron Bolton – March 5, 2018
Every good fish story seems to be based in the past, and as most fishermen will tell you, the fish were bigger way back when. But in the case of chinook, or king salmon, that actually seems to be the case. At the turn of the twentieth century, you can find photographs of fishermen holding up massive king salmon, now, not so much. But a recent study published in Wiley Online Library may have an idea as to why kings up and down the West Coast are shrinking.
http://kbbi.org/post/older-king-salmon-are-shrinking-along-west-coast

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels Less Than 50 Feet Length Overall Using Hook-and-Line Gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/05/2018
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels less than 50 feet length overall (LOA) using hook-and-line gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2018 Pacific cod total allowable catch apportioned to catcher vessels less than 50 feet LOA using hook-and-line gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/05/2018-04388/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-by-catcher-vessels-less-than-50-feet

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Essential Fish Habitat Amendments
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/05/2018
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) submitted Amendment 115 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, Amendment 105 to the FMP for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska, Amendment 49 to the FMP for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs, Amendment 13 to the FMP for the Salmon Fisheries in the EEZ Off Alaska, and Amendment 2 to the FMP for Fish Resources of the Arctic Management Area, (collectively Amendments) to the Secretary of Commerce for review.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/05/2018-04351/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-essential-fish-habitat-amendments

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March 6, 2018