Alaska/Pacific Coast

Borough Backs Local Fisheries Grant Proposal
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – November 29, 2016
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly will back a grant proposal that aims to improve bycatch estimates for Chinook salmon through better dock sampling.
http://kmxt.org/2016/11/borough-backs-local-fisheries-grant-proposal/

Pollock power in the Bering Sea
Deckboss – November 28, 2016
The quota for Bering Sea pollock is likely to remain high next year based on the new stock assessment.
Government scientists are recommending an ABC (acceptable biological catch) of 2,800,000 metric tons, the highest level ever and well above this year’s 2,090,000 tons.
http://deckboss.blogspot.com/2016/11/pollock-power-in-bering-sea.html

California Crabbers and Processors Settle for $3 Per Pound; Season Opens to Rough Weather
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – November 29, 2016
California Dungeness crab fishermen in District 6, North Jetty Humboldt Bay to Oregon Border, started setting gear Tuesday, but many local fishermen may stay tied up, according to a press release from the Humboldt Fishermen’s Marketing Association.

Rough ocean conditions and a very large northwesterly swell forecast by the National Weather Service is expected to produce unsafe conditions on the ocean and Humboldt Bay Bar.

Meanwhile, boats out of Trinidad and Crescent City also begia setting pots. Dungeness crab in District 6 have tested free of domoic acid and are reported to be of exceptional quality with high meat recovery. District 6 is the only area north of Point Reyes, near San Francisco, open to crab fishing in California. Oregon and Washington could open as soon as December 15, as soon as some Oregon crab test free of the toxin.

Because of limited fishing area and high crab quality, the three local fishermen’s associations — Humboldt, Trinidad, and Crescent City —  discussed the possibility of waiting to begin fishing in order to negotiate with crab buyers for a higher price. Unable to achieve consensus on the issue of price, the crab fleet will start fishing with an ex-vessel price of $3 per pound.

The first local crab of the season will be delivered to northern California ports on Thursday, Dec. 1
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1042415/California-Crabbers-and-Processors-Settle-for-3-Per-Pound-Season-Opens-to-Rough-Weather

Board of Fish to consider winter king changes
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – November 28, 2016
In the winter, those looking for a shot at some fresh king salmon can head south to Kachemak Bay and out onto the saltwater to drop a line.
http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2016-11-28/board-of-fish-to-consider-winter-king-changes

Environment/Science

Ocean acidification threatens Alaska waters, workshop to be screened in Sitka
KCAW – November 29, 2016
The world’s oceans are becoming more acidic and, like climate change, it’s happening at a faster rate in the far north waters of Alaska.  A workshop held in Anchorage Wednesday (11-30-16) aims to bring together scientists and stakeholders to better understand the threat ocean acidification poses to the state. As KCAW’s Emily Russell reports, the workshop is being streamed in nine other communities around the state, including Sitka.
http://www.kcaw.org/2016/11/29/ocean-acidification-threatens-alaska-waters-workshop-screened-sitka/

Cook Inletkeeper installs temperature monitoring station
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – November 28, 2016
An early-run sockeye attempts to scale the Russian River falls in this 2014 photo. The local conservation group Cook Inletkeeper recently installed temperature monitoring equipment on the popular salmon fishing river. (Photo by Elwood Brehmer / AJOC)
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2016-11-28/real-time-data-russian-river#.WD2oyZJOFA5

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Several Groundfish Species in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 11/30/2016
NMFS apportions amounts of the non-specified reserve to the total allowable catch (TAC) of Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) Alaska plaice, Kamchatka flounder, northern rockfish, skates, sculpins, sharks, and octopus in the BSAI management area. This action is necessary to allow the fisheries to continue operating. It is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the fishery management plan for the BSAI management area.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/30/2016-28814/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-several-groundfish-species-in-the-bering-sea-and

Opinion

Opinion: With America’s fisheries rebounding, we can’t turn back
The Oregonian by Jane Lubchenco and Brad Pettinger – November 28, 2016
In the last 20 years, one of the country’s most valuable natural resources has transformed from a national disaster to a great American recovery story. But unless you’re a fishery scientist or a fisherman who suffered through the near collapse of a fishery, you’ve probably never heard the story.
http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/11/with_americas_fisheries_reboun.html

Voices of Alaska: Alaskans must unite to protect salmon
Peninsula Clarion by Willow King, Heidi Wild and Mike Wood – November 24, 2016
As commercial, sport and personal use fishermen, we often have passionate disagreements about decisions that must be made regarding the management of our salmon. But today we are uniting as residents of our Nation’s last great salmon state by asking the Alaska Board of Fisheries to take action to protect the fish that is so intimately tied to our identity, culture and economy.
http://peninsulaclarion.com/opinion/2016-11-24/voices-of-alaska-alaskans-must-unite-to-protect-salmon

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November 30, 2016