Alaska/Pacific Coast

The Alaska Fisheries Report – The Thanksgiving Day Edition
KMXT by Jay Barrett – November 23, 2016
Coming up this week, with Donald Trump soon to take office, is the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay now a fait accompli? The people of the Mat-Su discuss their dwindling salmon runs, and there’s a new man at the helm of the Bering Sea Crabbers. We had help from KUCB’s Laura Kraegel in Unalaska, KSKA’s Ellen Lockyer in Anchorage, KDLG’s Avery Lill in Dillingham and APRN’s Liz Ruskin in Washington DC.

Kodiak Fisheries Work Group Considers Role in Gulf of Alaska
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – November 23, 2016
At its regular meeting this week, the Kodiak Fisheries Work Group consulted its fisheries analyst, Heather McCarty, about what effect it could have in the North Pacific Fishery Management Council process.

Pace of modernizing North Pacific fleet accelerates
Analysis says effort needed to maintain safety, economic viability and competitive edge
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – November 25, 2016
Modernizing the North Pacific commercial fishing fleet, which plays a critical role in Alaska fisheries, is an increasingly important issue for Washington’s maritime industry, one that also represents significant economic opportunity for the Puget Sound area.

After 2 years of big returns, Bristol Bay sockeyes forecast in line with recent average
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – November 27, 2016
Bristol Bay can look forward to a regular season in 2017 after two years of hard work, if the forecast is to be believed.

State considers water reservations for creek
Bristol Bay Times by Molly Dischner – November 25, 2016
The State of Alaska is considering protections for a popular Bristol Bay sport fishing stream.

King crab fishery wraps up
The Bristol Bay Times by Jim Paulin – November 25, 2016
The Bristol Bay red king crab fishery was nearly all wrapped up on Monday, with 99 percent of the quota harvested, adding up to 8.37 million pounds landed, and with just two boats still registered, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Unalaska. When the season opened Oct. 15, there were 64 boats signed up.


Study proposes new steps to curb illegal harvests
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – November 25, 2016
A new study of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing proposes 10 steps policy makers should consider to improve the effectiveness of multilateral and unilateral catch documentation schemes to end the persistent global problem of IUU fishing


Study: Southeast rivers are economic gold mine
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – November 23, 2016
An economic study commissioned by Salmon Beyond Borders concludes that transboundary watersheds facing potential adverse impact from British Columbia mines are valued at just under $1 million, when considering a 30-year horizon.

Study: Transboundary Salmon Rivers Worth Millions to Southeast Alaska
Fishermen’s News – November 23, 2016
A new economic study concludes that three transboundary watersheds that could be adversely impacted by mining in British Columbia have a value of just under $1 billion to the economy of Southeast Alaska.

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area; Cost Recovery Programs
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 11/28/2016
NMFS publishes standard prices and fee percentages for cost recovery for the Amendment 80 Program, the American Fisheries Act (AFA) Program, the Aleutian Islands Pollock (AIP) Program, and the Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) groundfish and halibut Programs. The fee percentage for 2016 is 0.37 percent for the Amendment 80 Program, 0.10 percent for the AFA inshore cooperatives, 0.10 percent for the AFA catcher/processor sector, 0.17 percent for the AFA mothership cooperative, 0 percent for the AIP program, and 0.29 percent for the CDQ groundfish and halibut Programs. This action is intended to provide the 2016 standard prices and fee percentages to calculate the required payment for cost recovery fees due by December 31, 2016.


Annexation meetings scheduled for Dillingham, Manokotak
Bristol Bay Times by Molly Dischner – November 26, 2016
After a years of discussion, a final decision on the effort to annex part or all of the Nushagak commercial fishing district could finally be near.



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November 28, 2016