Alaska/Pacific Coast

Cod numbers in the Gulf of Alaska fall dramatically
KBBI by Aaron Bolton –  November 1, 2017
Last month, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which regulates groundfish in Alaska and other federal fisheries, received some shocking news. Pacific cod stocks in the Gulf of Alaska may have declined as much as 70 percent over the past two years. That estimate is a preliminary figure, but it leaves plenty of questions about the future of cod fishing in Gulf of Alaska.
http://kbbi.org/post/cod-numbers-gulf-alaska-fall-dramatically

Reassessment of Alaska cod fishery underway
Cordova Times – November 2, 2017
Comment is being sought through Nov. 30 from registered stakeholders on the Alaska RFM certification draft assessment report for re-certification of the Alaska cod fishery through the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/11/02/reassessment-alaska-cod-fishery-underway/

Dutch Harbor Ranks As Nation’s Top Port For 20th Consecutive Year
KUCB by Laura Kraegel – November 2, 2017
For the 20th year in a row, Dutch Harbor has been recognized as the largest fishing port in America.
http://kucb.org/post/dutch-harbor-ranks-nations-top-port-20th-consecutive-year

Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – November 2, 2017
Coming up this week, halibut sizes appear to be shrinking and the International Pacific Halibut Commission is considering a change to the minimum size limit for commercial fisheries. Also, we take a look at salmon numbers across the state.
http://kmxt.org/2017/11/alaska-fisheries-report-nov-02-2017/

Local fisherman says raising Kodiak’s sales tax cap will hurt its economy
KMXT by Mitch Borden – November 2, 2017
For months, the Kodiak city council has been working on how to balance its budget when it has a deficit close to $3 million. One of the ways it’s looking at generating revenue is raising the city sales tax cap from $750 to $3000.
http://kmxt.org/2017/11/local-fisherman-says-raising-kodiaks-sales-tax-cap-will-hurt-economy/

Comment Now on Recertification of Alaska Cod Fishery
Fishermen’s News – November 1, 2017
The Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management certification draft assessment report for recertification of the Alaska cod fishery is open for registered stakeholder comment through November 30, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) announced today.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2017/11/comment-now-on-recertification-of.html

Alaska still No. 1 for commercial fisheries landings, but value dropped last year
Alaska Dispatch News by Annie Zak – November 2, 2017
Alaska easily led the country in commercial fisheries landings again in 2016, according to an annual report released Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
https://www.adn.com/business-economy/2017/11/01/alaska-still-no-1-for-commercial-fisheries-landings-but-value-dropped-last-year/

National

Keeping up with the Jones Act
Proposed waiver for America’s Finest sparks controversy
National Fisherman by Bruce Buls – November 2017
As summer turns to fall, shipyard workers at Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes, Wash., are installing the final parts and pieces of a sparkling new boat: a $75 million factory trawler, America’s Finest. The contracted delivery date to Fishermen’s Finest, the buyer, is November, but a knowledgeable source says the 264-footer probably won’t be finished until closer to the end of the year. Such a delay, of course, in the context of many such projects, is nothing.
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Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Exchange of Flatfish in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 11/03/2017
NMFS is exchanging unused flathead sole and rock sole Community Development Quota (CDQ) for yellowfin sole CDQ acceptable biological catch (ABC) reserves in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area. This action is necessary to allow the 2017 total allowable catch of yellowfin sole in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area to be harvested by the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Community Development Association (APICDA).
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/03/2017-24015/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-exchange-of-flatfish-in-the-bering-sea-and

Fisheries Off West Coast States; Modifications of the West Coast Commercial and Recreational Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Actions #12 Through #18
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 11/03/2017
NMFS announces seven inseason actions in the ocean salmon fisheries. These inseason actions modified the commercial and recreational salmon fisheries in the area from the U.S./Canada border to Humbug Mountain, OR.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/03/2017-24019/fisheries-off-west-coast-states-modifications-of-the-west-coast-commercial-and-recreational-salmon

 

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