Alaska/Pacific Coast

NOAA releases annual fisheries economic report
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – May 10, 2017
KENAI — The total value of commercial fisheries landings in Alaska didn’t change much between 2014 and 2015, but by species, salmon prices have been the millstone around the industry’s neck.

Another 1465 tons of herring landed in short Port Moller fishery
KDLG by Dave Bendinger – May 10, 2017
Two buyers and eight seiners left Togiak and fished two openers in Port Moller this week. A total of 1465 tons were landed, with an avg. roe reported around 12 percent and avg. weights above 450 grams.

Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Maggie Wall – May 11, 2017
Togiak herring is a done deal for seiners, but gillnetters are still on the grounds fishing.
Fishing kicks off in the Copper River area with restaurants in the Pacific Northwest ready to serve the year’s first salmon. And halibut quota share prices are skyrocketing.
All that and fish music coming up on this week’s edition of the Alaska Fisheries Report.


Omnibus Bill Includes Benefits for Alaska Fisheries
Fishermen’s News – May 10, 2017
The omnibus bill passed by the US Senate on May 5 to keep the federal government running through September includes components to help sustainably maintain Alaska’s world-class fisheries, says Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.


Decades Of Trawl Surveys Help Bering Sea Climate Change Research
KUCB by Zoe Sobel – May 8, 2017
There’s a new tool to help scientists and others interested in monitoring how Bering Sea fisheries respond to a changing climate.


Blessing honors those lost at sea
Juneau Empire by Kevin Gullufsen – May 8, 2017
‘It’s the worry that brings you back alive’
Juneau ranked 41st in the U.S. for seafood production by weight in 2016, with the town’s 396 commercial permit holders pulling down 16.7 million pounds of seafood worth $22.5 million, according to statistics from the Commercial Fishery Entry Commission.

Chris Oliver Was Offered and Accepted Top NMFS Position – Now Vetting Process Begins
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker – May 11, 2017
Chris Oliver, Executive Director director of the Alaska-based North Pacific Fisheries Managment Council, has been offered and has accepted the position of Assistant Administrator of National Marine Fisheries Service. A tentative start date is Monday, June 19, 2017.

Oliver notified members of the NPFMC and staff by email yesterday, explained that “this appointment is still subject to the White House vetting and approval process, which may take a few weeks, so it is NOT final yet.”

He said that recent industry rumors, plus the need for transition planning, led to his email.

Only the Commerce Department or the White House can make any official announcement on the position, and that cannot happen until the process is complete.

“I, and Commerce, would have preferred to keep this information close until the full appointment process is indeed finalized, but given the timing involved, and the necessary transitional aspects involved, I feel it is incumbent upon me to let everyone know the status of this,” Oliver wrote.

It is widely believed that Oliver’s appointment will give NMFS needed stability and deep experience at a time of significant budget and regulatory review.

There were two other contenders for the job — Robert Barham, who served as wildlife and fisheries secretary under former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R),  and LaDon Swann who heads up the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.

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May 11, 2017