Trump pitches tsunami of cuts to NOAA
Cuts to earth sciences agency could hit Sea Grant program, tsunami prep
Seattle-Pi by Joel Connelly – March 7, 2017
The Trump administration is planning a tsunami of budget cuts to the federal government’s chief climate science agency, gutting Northwest programs from Pacific Coast salmon recovery to ocean weather buoys, to preparation for tsunamis.

Trump’s draft budget proposes billion dollar cut to Coast Guard
CNN by Ryan Browne – March 7, 2017
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump’s budget proposal includes a $1.3 billion cut to the US Coast Guard, congressional sources told CNN Tuesday.

Commercial Fishing Loans Bill Awaits Action in Alaska Legislature
Fishermen’s News – March 8, 2017
Legislation currently awaiting action in the Alaska House Finance Committee would raise the total aggregate amount a borrower may hold unpaid from $300,000 to $400,000 on certain commercial fishing loans made by the state.


Path forward after Kodiak sockeye genetic study unclear
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – March 8, 2017
A revelation that a large portion of sockeye harvested by Kodiak commercial seine fishermen originate in Cook Inlet may change the way the fisheries are managed, but no one’s quite sure how yet.

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Trawl Catcher Vessels in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/09/2017
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels using trawl gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2017 Pacific cod total allowable catch apportioned to trawl catcher vessels in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA.


NPFMC Meets in Anchorage April 3-11
Fishermen’s News – March 8, 2017
Federal fisheries managers will take final action during their spring meeting in Anchorage on community development quota ownership caps.

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March 9, 2017