Alaska/Pacific Coast

What is behind the sockeye salmon collapse?
Better management needed say local conservationists
Squamish Chief by Alan Forsythe – October 10, 2017
The sockeye salmon run this year, is, according to  Fisheries and Oceans Canada and other reputable sources, down considerably.

Snow crab TAC is 18.9 M pounds; bairdi at 2.5 M pounds
The Cordova Times – October 11, 2017
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has set the Bering Sea snow crab harvest limit at 18.961,000 pounds, with 17,064,900 pounds for community development quota entities.

The disturbing news about Washington’s salmon population
NUOW by Bill Radke & Amina Al-Sadi – October 10, 2017
Bill Radke talks to Lynda Mapes, The Seattle Times environment reporter, about Washington’s disappearing salmon population and what it says about the health of our coast and Puget Sound.

Federal Register

Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting (Webinar)
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 10/11/2017
The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Ad hoc Community Advisory Board (CAB) will hold a two-day meeting in Portland, OR. The meeting is open to the public.

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 10/11/2017
NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amount of Pacific cod from catcher vessels equal to or greater than 60 feet (18.3 meters) length overall (LOA) using pot gear to catcher/processors using pot gear and catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area. This action is necessary to allow the 2017 total allowable catch of Pacific cod to be harvested.


Public asked to weigh in on 2018 halibut season
WDFW to host meeting on options for 2018 halibut season
Chinook Observer – October 10, 2017
OLYMPIA — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is hosting a public meeting Oct. 12 9 a.m. to noon at Montesano City Hall, 112 N. Main St., to discuss management options for the 2018 halibut season.

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October 12, 2017