Alaska/Pacific Coast

Southeast winter troll catch falls short of limit
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki – May 15, 2017
Commercial salmon trollers in Southeast Alaska fell short of their limit of king salmon for the winter season that closed in April.
https://www.kfsk.org/2017/05/15/southeast-winter-troll-catch-falls-short-limit/

Federal Register

Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/16/2017
The Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries, Greater Atlantic Region, NMFS, has made a preliminary determination that these Exempted Fishing Permit applications contain all of the required information and warrant further consideration. These Exempted Fishing Permits would authorize three commercial fishing vessels to conduct independent projects testing the economic viability of using hook gear to selectively target healthy pollock and haddock stocks in the Western Gulf of Maine and Cashes Ledge Closure Areas (excluding Cashes Ledge Habitat Closed Area), and to temporarily retain undersized catch for measurement and data collection.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/16/2017-09879/magnuson-stevens-act-provisions-general-provisions-for-domestic-fisheries-application-for-exempted

Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; 2017-2018 Biennial Specifications and Management Measures; Inseason Adjustments
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/16/2017
This final rule announces inseason changes to management measures in the Pacific Coast groundfish fisheries. This action, which is authorized by the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (PCGFMP), is intended to allow fisheries to access more abundant groundfish stocks while protecting overfished and depleted stocks.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/16/2017-09877/magnuson-stevens-act-provisions-fisheries-off-west-coast-states-pacific-coast-groundfish-fishery

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Deep-Water Species Fishery by Vessels Using Trawl Gear in the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/16/2017
NMFS is opening directed fishing for species that comprise the deep-water species fishery by vessels using trawl gear in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to fully use the 2017 groundfish total allowable catch specified for the species comprising the deep-water species category in the GOA.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/16/2017-09995/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-deep-water-species-fishery-by-vessels-using

Opinion

OPINION: Fishermen’s voices will not fall silent
Bristol Bay Times by Paul Hansen – May 13, 2017
As we look to the summer ahead, the Bristol Bay commercial fishing fleet again faces a season of uncertainty. To be sure, our fishermen face unknowns every year: be it the price per pound, strength of the run, or the possibility of dangerous weather.
http://www.thedutchharborfisherman.com/article/1719fishermens_voices_will_not_fall_silent

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May 16, 2017