Alaska/Pacific Coast

Fishermen’s network creates map of ocean floor to reduce bycatch
KCAW by Emily Kwong – March 7, 2018
They say a rising tide lifts all boats, but what about a rising data set? The Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association is nearing completion of a bathymetric map to help local fishermen catch more efficiently. The map was made possible through a network of small boat fishermen that have spent the past decade gathering data on the bottom of the sea floor.
https://www.kcaw.org/2018/03/07/fishermens-network-creates-map-ocean-floor-reduce-bycatch/

Press Release: 2017 Alaska Fisheries Enhancement Report
ADF&G Press Release – March 7, 2018
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announces release of the 2017 Alaska Fisheries Enhancement Report, which documents salmon hatchery production in the state.
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=pressreleases.pr&release=2018_03_07

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

International

Millions of Tons Southeast Asia Fish Diverted to Fishmeal Production
Fishermen’s News – March 7, 2018
A study by Canadian researchers shows that four countries in Southeast Asia have diverted almost 40 million tons of fish to fishmeal production over the past six decades, rather than make all that seafood available for human consumption.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2018/03/millions-of-tons-southeast-asia-fish.html

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels Using Trawl Gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/07/2018
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels using trawl gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season apportionment of the 2018 Pacific cod total allowable catch allocated to catcher vessels using trawl gear in the BSAI.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/07/2018-04623/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-by-catcher-vessels-using-trawl-gear

Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Catch Sharing Plan
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/09/2018
The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), on behalf of the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC), publishes as regulations the 2018 annual management measures governing the Pacific halibut fishery that have been recommended by the IPHC and accepted by the Secretary of State. This action is intended to enhance the conservation of Pacific halibut and further the goals and objectives of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC or Council).
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/09/2018-04818/pacific-halibut-fisheries-catch-sharing-plan

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Hook-and-Line Catcher/Processors in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/09/2018
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by hook-and-line catcher/processors 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 hook-and-line catcher/processors in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/09/2018-04826/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-by-hook-and-line-catcherprocessors

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March 9, 2018