Alaska/Pacific Coast

Fishermen prep for 2016 reg changes
No more free week, a loophole closed in Togiak, and a change for d-boats are among the 2016 changes
KDLG by Molly Dischner – May 25, 2016
The Bristol Bay salmon fishery will see some changes this year, from when fishermen have to declare a district and how tenders accept deliveries from d-boats, to when the Wood River Special Harvest Area can be used.
http://kdlg.org/post/fishermen-prep-2016-reg-changes

Copper River Yields 78,600 Reds, 3,100 Chinook
Fishermen’s News – May 25, 2016
Harvesters in Alaska’s Copper River salmon fishery delivered a total of 78,600 sockeyes and 3,100 Chinook salmon from their first two openers and began a 48-hour opener on May 23, with harvest reports anticipated by May 25.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2016/05/copper-river-yields-78600-reds-3100.html

Researchers study economics of permit ownership, loss
An economics research project is looking at what happened to the Bristol Bay salmon fishing permits initially issued to watershed residents.
KDLG by Molly Dischner – May 25 , 2016
When the Bristol Bay salmon fishery was limited, about half the permits were issued to watershed residents. In the decades since, some have stayed in with residents, and others have left.
http://kdlg.org/post/researchers-study-economics-permit-ownership-loss

Environment/Science

Four NOAA Fisheries Surveys Planned for Summer to Collect Data Crucial to Sustainable Alaska Fisheries
AFSC News – March 28, 2016
Scientists from NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center will embark from Dutch Harbor May 28 on another busy survey season, off Alaska’s coast, collecting data needed for fisheries managers to determine sustainable fishery harvest levels.
http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/News/four_surveys_planned.htm?utm_source=AFSC+groundfish+and+crab+surveys+2016&utm_campaign=2016+groundfish+and+crab+surveys&utm_medium=email

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Chinook Salmon Bycatch Management in the Gulf of Alaska Trawl Fisheries; Amendment 103
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/26/2016
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has submitted Amendment 103 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP). If approved, Amendment 103 would allow NMFS to reapportion unused Chinook salmon prohibited species catch (PSC) within and among specific trawl sectors in the Central and Western Gulf of Alaska (GOA), based on specific criteria and within specified limits. Amendment 103 would not increase the current combined annual PSC limit of 32,500 Chinook salmon that applies to Central and Western GOA trawl sectors under the FMP.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/05/26/2016-12467/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-chinook-salmon-bycatch-management-in-the-gulf-of?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

FYI’s

Could Alaska Be The New Center For Global Trade?
Seeker Daily –  May 23, 2016
With melting ice caps, the Bering Strait may become a new passage for global trade routes. So how will this new trade route impact Alaska?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biZvs5KApIw

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May 26, 2016