Alaska/Pacific Coast

Togiak purse seine fleet finishes just under 16,000 ton quota Saturday
With just over a hundred tons left to fish, ADF&G calls it a season for Togiak purse seine fleet. No price given yet. Around 15 gillnetters still fishing, with about 6,000 tons left in their quota.
KDLG by Dave Bendinger – May 8, 2017
The Department of Fish and Game closed the Togiak purse seine fishing Sunday morning, saying there “was not enough quota remaining to justify additional fishing.” That followed a Saturday harvest of 1,830 tons, which put the season total just under the 16,000 ton quota.
http://kdlg.org/post/togiak-purse-seine-fleet-finishes-just-under-16000-ton-quota-saturday

Salmon Work Group Reestablishing to Defend Possible Cook Inlet Claims on Sockeye
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – May 5, 2017
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly agreed to help fund the newly revitalized Salmon Work Group at its regular meeting Thursday night.
http://kmxt.org/2017/05/salmon-work-group-gears-defend-potential-cook-inlet-claims-sockeye/

Environment/Science

Ray Hilborn and Group of Fisheries Scientists to Hold Public Forum Prior to Seaweb Seafoood Summit
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton – May 8, 2017
Scientists who have participated in a wide-ranging overview of ocean fisheries will hold a public forum in Seattle prior to the start of the upcoming Sea Web Seafood Summit.

The meeting will provide a series of baseline scientific findings about the status of fishing in each of the major ocean regions.

Hilborn and the other collaborators will announce the formation of the International Fisheries Innovation Network.

The key ideas are to first, report on the actual outcomes where fisheries have been managed with scientific advice, and second, to develop strategies to bring more fisheries into this system that leads to fisheries rebuilding and sustainability.

The key point, which the group hopes will be heard by the NGO’s at the Seafood Summit, is that effective fishery management works, and that when the proper measures are applied, overfishing can be ended.  This means the oceans are not in a spiral of crisis, but that overfishing problems can be directly corrected.

The agenda for the open meeting includes the announcement of the International Fisheries Innovation Network, a report on stock status and management in Europe, Africa, Latin America, North America, Asia, Oceana, and the High Seas.

There will also be short presentations by nine scientists who are members of IFIN on the FAO status of the stocks, where there is fishing global upside, ecosystem transformation in Chinese Fisheries, the impact of bottom trawling, the impacts on forage fish, and the impact of fisheries improvement plans.

The meeting will be held at the Westin Hotel, 2-5 PM, on Saturday, June 3rd.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1060638/Ray-Hilborn-and-Group-of-Fisheries-Scientists-to-Hold-Public-Forum-Prior-to-Seaweb-Seafoood-Summit

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 05/08/2017
The Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries, Greater Atlantic Region, NMFS, has made a preliminary determination that an Exempted Fishing Permit application from the University of Rhode Island to conduct flatfish bycatch reduction in the limited access general category scallop fishery contains all of the required information and warrants further consideration.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/08/2017-09277/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; Annual Specifications and Management Measures for the 2017 Tribal and Non-Tribal Fisheries for Pacific Whiting
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/08/2017
NMFS issues this final rule for the 2017 Pacific whiting fishery under the authority of the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP), the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), and the Pacific Whiting Act of 2006. This final rule announces the 2017 U.S. Total Allowable Catch (TAC) of 441,433 metric tons (mt) of Pacific whiting, establishes a set-aside for research and bycatch of 1,500 mt, and announces Pacific whiting allocations shown in Table 1 (see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION) to the tribal and non-tribal fisheries for 2017. This rule will ensure that the 2017 Pacific whiting fishery is managed in accordance with the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the FMP, the Pacific Whiting Act of 2006, and other applicable laws.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/08/2017-09288/magnuson-stevens-act-provisions-fisheries-off-west-coast-states-pacific-coast-groundfish-fishery

FYI’s

Oil spill response training is a community event
Cordova Times – May 5, 2017
Oil spill response training is a critical event for coastal Alaska fishing communities and the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council is making its second annual effort to keep residents aware of how and why this exercise unfolds.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/05/05/oil-spill-response-training-community-event/

May 9: NOAA to announce annual U.S. fishing economic data, species information
NOAA – May 8, 2017
On Tuesday, NOAA Fisheries will announce findings from two new reports that measure the nation’s economic impact in commercial and recreational fishing, and the progress made in ending overfishing and rebuilding stocks.
http://www.noaa.gov/media-advisory/may-9-noaa-to-announce-annual-us-fishing-economic-data-species-information

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