Alaska/Pacific Coast

Small Tanner Crab Fishery Closed For Conservation In Eastern Aleutians
KUCB by Laura Kraegel – November 15, 2016
More bad news for commercial crabbers: The Eastern Aleutian District won’t open for tanner crab fishing in 2017.
http://kucb.org/post/small-tanner-crab-fishery-closed-conservation-eastern-aleutians

ADF&G 2017 Bristol Bay Forecast: 27.5 Million Red Salmon Harvest, Down 26% from 2016
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker – November 16, 2016
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game predicts next year’s Bristol Bay red salmon harvest will be 27.5 million fish, about ten million less than this year’s 37.3 million sockeye.

The total run projected for 2017 in the Bay is 39.93 million sockeye in the nine river systems. That compares to the 2016 season of a 51.4 million fish return.

In addition to Bristol Bay, the South Peninsula’s run is expected to reach 1.53 million red salmon. This year, the fleet caught just over 2.4 million reds in an unexpectedly strong return.

Yesterday’s announcement describes the run as “virtually identical to the most recent 10-year average of Bristol Bay total runs (41.39) and 27% greater than the long-term mean of 32.76 million fish.”

The prediction of return to each of the nine river systems follow.

Naknek-Kvichak District: 16.07 million, including 7.76 million to the Kvichak River, 4.04 million to the Alagnak River and 4.27 million to the Naknek River.

Egegik District: 10.65 million

Ugashik District: 5.46 million

Nushagak District: 8.62 million, including 5.50 million to the Wood River; 1.87 million to the Nushagak River and 1.25 million to the Igushik River

Togiak District: 0.66 million

The Bristol Bay total run has averaged 32.76 million from 1963 through 2016 and has averaged 41.39 million fish during the most recent 10-year period.

Since 2001 forecasts have, on average, under-forecast the run by 10% and have ranged from 44% below actual run in 2014 to 19% above actual run in 2011.

Individual river forecasts have greater uncertainty compared to Bay-wide forecasts. Since 2001, on average, forecasts have under-estimated the returns to the Alagnak (-48%), Togiak (-20%), Kvichak (-22%), Wood (-9%), Nushagak (-10%) and Naknek (-5%) rivers and over-forecasted returns to Igushik (15%), Egegik (18%), and Ugashik rivers (2%).
Over-forecasting returns to some rivers while under-forecasting returns to other rivers means that the overall Bristol Bay forecast is generally more accurate than the forecast to any individual river.

A number of industry groups contributed support towards management of the 2016 Bristol Bay fisheries. The department acknolwedged the groups in the announcement “for funding assistance and operating fishery monitoring programs: Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA), Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation (BBEDC), Bristol Bay Regional Science and Research Institute (BBSRI), Trident, Choggiung Limited, Peter Pan, Manokotak Village Council, Bristol Bay Native Association (BBNA), Dylan Braund, Togiak Traditional Council, Twin Hills Village Council, North Pacific Seafoods, American President Line, and Copper River Seafoods.”

They also noted BBRSDA’s contribution of $225,000 towards management of 2016 Bristol Bay commercial fisheries.

“Without this contribution operational funds to manage the fishery would have been obtained through cost recovery test fishing. The Bristol Bay management program budget has been reduced 17% over the last two years and the department anticipates additional cuts in 2017. A Memorandum of Agreement has been signed by the department and BBSRI to explore alternative future funding strategies,” the announcement concluded.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1041205/ADFG-2017-Bristol-Bay-Forecast-27-point-5-Million-Red-Salmon-Harvest-Down-26-percent-from-2016

ADFG predicts lowest sockeye salmon harvest in 15 years
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – November 15, 2016
Forecasts for Upper Cook Inlet sockeye salmon have dropped precipitously, just in time for the state’s fishermen to have another beef with Alaska’s fisheries managers in a few months.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2016-11-15/adfg-predicts-lowest-sockeye-salmon-harvest-15-years#.WCx_uNxOFA4

Environment/Science

Bioengineers look to Alaska Pollock to help save lives
Frontiersman by Mary Lockman – November 13, 2016
WASILLA — When researchers at the University of Tsukuba in Japan were looking for biomaterials that could improve the performance of surgical sealants, they turned to a familiar cold-water fish: Alaska Pollock.
http://www.frontiersman.com/news/bioengineers-look-to-alaska-pollock-to-help-save-lives/article_b8fa64f8-a9da-11e6-93fa-077180579b44.html

Labeling and Marketing

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Marketing Update
ASMI – November 2016
NOAA Reports an Increase in Seafood Consumption for the First Time in 20 Years, Join Us for the Expo Town Hall Meeting!, RFM: Moving Forward & Making Progress,
Alaska Snow Crab Featured at White House “Oceans Champions of Change” Event …
http://us2.campaign-archive.com/?u=bcd6d5bec392f12ce703f7e00&id=989612a8fe

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 11/16/2016
NMFS is opening directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher/processors using pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI). This action is necessary to fully use the 2016 total allowable catch of Pacific cod allocated to catcher/processors using pot gear in the BSAI.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/16/2016-27523/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-in-the-bering-sea-and-aleutian

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 11/15/2016
NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amount of Pacific cod from catcher vessels using trawl gear and catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) using pot gear to catcher processors (C/Ps) using hook-and-line gear and C/Ps using pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) management area. This action is necessary to allow the 2016 total allowable catch of Pacific cod to be harvested.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/15/2016-27419/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-reallocation-of-pacific-cod-in-the-bering-sea

FYI’s

BBRSDA’s Mike Friccero on 2016’s season, and what’s ahead
KDLG by Dave Bendinger –  November 11, 2016
This interview originally aired on Bristol Bay and Beyond on Oct. 28.
Mike Friccero, Bristol Bay skipper and board president for the BBRSDA, spoke with KDLG’s Dave Bendinger about last season, and the issues to address before next year.
http://kdlg.org/post/bbrsdas-mike-friccero-2016s-season-and-whats-ahead

 

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