Alaska/Pacific Coast

Electronic monitoring rolling out in 2018 after years of work
Alaska Journal of Commerce by Molly Dischner – October 18, 2017
Alaska fishermen will see changes to the mandatory observer program next year.
After years of requests, testing and prepping, the National Marine Fisheries Service is rolling out a more-complete electronic monitoring program for small boat fishermen who are directed to have partial observer coverage as part of the 2018 observer program.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2017-10-18/electronic-monitoring-rolling-out-2018-after-years-work#.Wei-5IZrw_U

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak Now Open at Cold Bay
Fishermen’s News – October 18, 2017
Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrews have come to Cold Bay in advance of the winter fishing season, there once again to reduce search and rescue response times around Bristol Bay, the Bering Sea and the Aleutian Islands.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2017/10/coast-guard-air-station-kodiak-now-open.htm

National

Now for the Main Event: National Seafood Month
A Message from Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries Chris Oliver
NOAA Fisheries – October 1, 2017
I love October for two reasons—the weather and because it’s National Seafood Month. So even though every day means seafood at NOAA, I feel like we have special license this month to highlight seafood and all of the people who help make the United States a global leader in sustainability.
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2017/10/26_leadership_message_seafood_month.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Federal Register

Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 10/19/2017
The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS) will hold a webinar meeting that is open to the public.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/10/19/2017-22641/pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meeting
Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; 2017-2018 Biennial Specifications and Management Measures; Inseason Adjustments
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 10/19/2017
This final rule announces inseason changes to management measures in the Pacific Coast groundfish fisheries. This action, which is authorized by the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (PCGFMP), is intended to allow fisheries to access more abundant groundfish stocks while protecting overfished and depleted stocks.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/10/19/2017-22695/magnuson-stevens-act-provisions-fisheries-off-west-coast-states-pacific-coast-groundfish-fishery

FYI’s

Hladick tapped for EPA Region 10
KDLG by Dave Bendinger & Elizabeth Harball –  October 17, 2017
Former Dillingham, Unalaska city manager picked by Trump administration to lead agency’s work in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
http://kdlg.org/post/hladick-tapped-epa-region-10#stream/0

Coast Guard Issues Vessel Documentation Fraud Alert
Fishermen’s News – October 18, 2017
The US Coast Guard says a new scam is targeting boat owners looking to save a little time online.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2017/10/coast-guard-issues-vessel-documentation.html

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October 19, 2017