Alaska/Pacific Coast

Salmon stalemate may cancel season
KING 8 by Alison Morrow – April 28, 2016
For the first time in 31 years, state and tribal fishery managers are at an unprecedented salmon stalemate. In the worst case scenario, recreational and commercial fishing may miss an entire season on Puget Sound.

California to Finally Open Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishing in Most Northern Waters
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Susan Chambers – May 3, 2016
Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Will Finally Open on California’s North Coast on May 12
California Fish and Game Commission, working with the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and the California Department of Public Health on Monday recommended opening the areas but that consumers should not eat the crab viscera.

The recreational Dungeness crab fishery is open north of 41° 17.6’ N latitude at the southern boundary line of Reading Rock State Marine Conservation Area (near Redwood Creek), Humboldt County, to the California/Oregon border. The commercial fishery will open in the same area at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, May 12.

Both fisheries remain closed between 40° 46.15′ N latitude (a line extending due west from the west end of the north jetty at the entrance of Humboldt Bay) and 41° 17.6’ N latitude.

The presoak period for commercial fishermen to set their gear will begin at 8:01 a.m. Monday, May 9. Fair start rules will apply, so crabbers who have fished in other areas or other states must wait 30 days to fish in the recently opened areas.

Fishermen have reported increasing numbers of soft or molting crab in areas of the West Coast, which is typical for this time of year, so it’s unclear just how much legal crab may be landed from those areas this late in the season.

It’s also unknown how the openings will affect the status of California’s request to the U.S. Department of Commerce to declare the fishery a failure. The department has not announced a decision yet. Consequently, a bill in Congress to appropriate funds for disaster relief also has not progressed.

Report: Faster response needed to minimize salmon die-offs
Associated Press by Keith Ridler – May 3, 2016
Northwest fisheries managers must respond faster to reduce fish kills of sockeye salmon in the Columbia River Basin if warm-water conditions return, a draft report taking a hard look at last summer’s massive die-off says.

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Stock Assessment of Eastern Bering Sea Pollock; Peer Review Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/04/2016
NMFS has requested the Center for Independent Experts (CIE) to conduct a peer review of the agency’s stock assessment of Eastern Bering Sea walleye pollock (Theragra chalcogramma). The CIE is a group affiliated with the University of Miami that provides independent peer reviews of NMFS science nationwide, including reviews of stock assessments for fish and marine mammals.

Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive 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 05/04/2016
NMFS is prohibiting 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 because the second seasonal apportionment of the Pacific halibut bycatch allowance specified for the deep-water species fishery in the GOA has been reached.


Roe Workshop Participants Scan Skeins for Tears and Worms
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – May 2, 2016
A workshop about roe, or fish eggs, last week covered everything from the market for roe to how to judge its quality. Almost 30 students took the course Thursday and Friday at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center.

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May 4, 2016