Alaska/Pacific Coast

GOA Trawl Bycatch Back on NPFMC Agenda
Fishermen’s News – May 11, 2016
Federal fisheries managers meeting in Kodiak the week of June 6 will take up again the issue of a new management structure in the Gulf of Alaska groundfish trawl fisheries.
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is set to hear a discussion paper exploring details of proposed alternatives and to hear public testimony from local stakeholders, but no final action on the selection of a preferred alternative is expected at this meeting.

Summer work planned at Dillingham dock
Among the many projects on tap around Dillingham this spring and summer are a couple at the dock and harbor.
KDLG By Molly Dischner – May 9, 2016
Port Director Jean Barrett the city is planning to repair the dock to rectify an issue that cropped up a couple years ago.

East Coast Fishery

Changing Migration Patterns Upend East Coast Fishing Industry
Commercial fisheries on the eastern seaboard turn to new practices and hope for regulatory changes
Wall Street Journal by Heather Haddon – May 11, 2016
Summer flounder that once amassed in North Carolina have gradually shifted about 140 miles to New Jersey—one facet of the northward migration of fish species that is upending traditional fishing patterns.


Sustainable Seafood Surging, But Not Everywhere
Discovery News – May 11, 2016
Last year, 23 metric million tons of seafood certified as sustainable was sold worldwide to the tune of $11.5 billion, accounting for 14 percent of global production, according to a study published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).


Greenpeace files complaint about UW fishery professor
Greenpeace takes aim at high-profile UW fishery scientist in a complaint alleging he has not properly disclosed industry funding in his academic articles.
Seattle Times by Hal Bernton – May 11, 2016
Ray Hilborn, a prominent University of Washington fishery scientist, is under attack from Greenpeace for sometimes leaving out mention of industry funding he receives in articles published in academic journals and elsewhere.

Humpback whale sightings in bay thrill boaters, alarm biologists
SFGate by Peter Fimrite –  May 11, 2016
Humpback whales have been swimming into San Francisco Bay in unprecedented numbers over the past two weeks — even leaping out of the water near Alcatraz — in a sight that has thrilled boaters, alarmed marine biologists and harked back to a famous wayward whale three decades ago.

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May 12, 2016