Alaska/Pacific Coast

Declining Taku River chinook subject of Fish Board proposals
Juneau Empire by Kevin Gullufsen – November 29, 2017
Stricter regulations for Juneau fishermen, Southeast trollers put forth to conserve struggling stock
http://juneauempire.com/local/news/2017-11-28/declining-taku-river-chinook-subject-fish-board-proposals

Forecast predicts another below-average sockeye year
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – November 29, 2017
Next year’s sockeye salmon forecast for Upper Cook Inlet looks only slightly rosier than this year’s forecast.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2017-11-29/forecast-predicts-another-below-average-sockeye-year#.WiAw9ktryfU

Meshik Processing Center aims to be operational for the 2018 salmon season
Port Heiden anticipates its tribally owned processing center will handle up to 10,000 pounds of salmon per day from May to September, providing local fishermen an opportunity to fish shoulder seasons closer to home.
KDLG by Avery Lill – November 28, 2017
There are still stacks of construction materials inside the two-story industrial building that the Native Village of Port Heiden hopes will soon be an operational fish processing center. The village’s target to finish renovations and install freezers is summer 2018.
http://kdlg.org/post/meshik-processing-center-aims-be-operational-2018-salmon-season

Environment/Science

Study on Releasing Hatchery-Raised Crabs in Wild Nears End
An Alaska program is in its final year of an experiment to determine whether hatchery-raised red king crab can increase wild stock.
US News – November 29, 2017
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska program is in its final year of an experiment to determine whether hatchery-raised red king crab can increase wild stock.
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/alaska/articles/2017-11-29/study-on-releasing-hatchery-raised-crabs-in-wild-nears-end

U.S. and Canadian halibut numbers could see decline, scientists say
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki – November 29, 2017
Scientists monitoring halibut say there could be a decline in the bottom fish along the coast of the U.S. and Canada in upcoming years if the current level of fishing continues.
https://www.ktoo.org/2017/11/29/u-s-canadian-halibut-numbers-see-decline-scientists-say/

Federal Register

Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting (Webinar)
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 11/29/2017
The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Ad hoc Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) will hold a meeting via webinar to discuss the work associated with the Climate Change and Communities Initiative. The meeting is open to the public.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/29/2017-25765/pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meeting-webinar

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 11/30/2017
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 2017 is 0.71 percent for the Amendment 80 Program, 0.19 percent for the AFA inshore cooperatives, 0.21 percent for the AFA catcher/processor sector, 0.22 percent for the AFA mothership cooperative, 0 percent for the AIP program, and 0.55 percent for the CDQ groundfish and halibut Programs. This action is intended to provide the 2017 standard prices and fee percentages to calculate the required payment for cost recovery fees due by December 31, 2017.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/30/2017-25800/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-bering-sea-and-aleutian-islands-management-area

FYI’s

National Fisheries Institute: Member Reminder
2018 FUTURE LEADERS PROGRAM
The application process is now open for the 2018 Future Leaders program. The deadline for applications is Friday, January 12. For 2018, we are thrilled to announce four sessions in the following cities: Washington, D.C.; Houston, Texas; Seattle, Washington; and St. John, NB, Canada.  A NEW component to the program is an optional session in Brussels, Belgium.
Please review the application and  if you have any questions about the program, please contact Gerrie Thomas at 703.752.8888 or gthomas@nfi.org
The deadline for applications is Friday, January 12

2017 Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit
Dena’ina Center
Anchorage, Alaska
December 6–8, 2017
* Registration full *
Contact: Sunny Rice, sunny.rice@alaska.edu • 907-772-3381
The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program presents the seventh Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit. AYFS is designed to provide training, information and networking opportunities for commercial fishermen early in their careers.
https://seagrant.uaf.edu/map/workshops/2017/ayfs/

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November 30, 2017