Alaska/Pacific Coast

BOF considers change to proposal process
KDLG by Molly Dischner – May 5, 2016
Given the tight state budget, the Alaska Board of Fisheries is considering a change that could expedite consideration of some proposals a little.

Yukon, Kuskokwim king rules will remain cautious in ‘16
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – May 5, 2016
Along the states most heavily used subsistence waterways, Alaska’s lack of chinook salmon complicates food access in 2016.

Trawlers Plan Community Celebration for June NPFMC Meeting
KMXT by Jay Barrett – May 2, 2016
Kodiak’s trawl fishing sector, seeking a more generous deal on bycatch from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, plans a parade and a festival on Oscar’s Dock during the group’s June meeting here.

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Western Alaska Community Development Quota Program
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/04/2016
NMFS issues a final rule to implement Amendment 109 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI FMP). This final rule amends regulations governing the Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) Program to support increased participation in the groundfish CDQ fisheries (primarily Pacific cod) by catcher vessels less than or equal to 46 feet (ft) (14.0 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) using hook-and-line gear. Specifically, this final rule exempts operators of registered catcher vessels greater than 32 ft (9.8 m) LOA and less than or equal to 46 ft LOA using hook-and-line gear from the requirement to obtain and carry a License Limitation Program (LLP) license when groundfish CDQ fishing.


SEAFA Promotes Whale Avoidance
Fishermen’s News – May 4, 2016
Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance has announced a rebate program for whale pingers in Alaska salmon fisheries, funded through a grant from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, in an effort to reduce whale entanglements in fishing nets.

Juneau Maritime Festival to feature 300 lbs. of fish and so much more
The 7th annual event at Marine Park kicks off 11 a.m. Saturday
Juneau Empire by Lisa Phu – May 3, 2016
The Juneau Maritime Festival is a free, family event and a celebration of all things maritime, said coordinator Dana Herndon with the Juneau Economic Development Council.

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May 5, 2016