Alaska/Pacific Coast

Scaling back hatchery salmon could mean huge losses for fleet
KCAW News – October 24, 2017
Salmon hatcheries play a huge role in Alaska’s fishing industry. But what effect are all those hatchery salmon having on Alaska’s wild stocks, which are even more valuable?

Norton Sounds Harvesters Get Record Payout
Fishermen’s News – October 25, 2017
Norton Sound Seafood Products (NSSP), a subsidiary of Norton Sound Economic Development Corp. in Nome, Alaska, has paid a record $6.05 million to 172 harvesters who delivered crab, salmon and halibut during the 2017 fishing season. Another $2.5 million went to 258 seasonal employees of NSSP who worked in processing plants, at buying stations and on fishing tenders.

Some crabbers not excited about the red king crab opening
KFSK by Angela Denning – October 23, 2017
On November 1st, commercial crabbers in Southeast will have their first opening for red king crab in six years. But as Angela Denning reports, not all fishermen are happy about the details.

Atlantic salmon swim far and wide after fish farm collapse
KUOW by John Ryan – October 23, 2017
Atlantic salmon have spread far and wide in Pacific Northwest waters since 160,000 of them escaped from a collapsed fish farm near Anacortes in August. The fishy fugitives have swum 130 miles south past Tacoma, 250 miles northwest past Tofino (most of the way up Vancouver Island) and up a half-dozen rivers around the region, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.


Relocating fish farms a possible fix for standoff, B.C. minister says
Aquaculture company open to discussing ‘if there’s a better way of doing business’
CBC News – October 25, 2017
British Columbia’s Agriculture Minister says changes are needed to protect wild salmon stocks on the West Coast —  changes that may involve the relocation of fish farms from the Broughton Archipelago, where an occupation by Indigenous protesters nears its third month.

Genetics key to long-term study of Alaska’s hatchery salmon
KCAW News – October 24, 2017
In a season that saw the first ever closure of all king salmon fishing in Southeast Alaska, scientists and fisheries managers are looking for answers: What helps Alaska’s wild salmon stocks? And what hurts them?

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 10/26/2017
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.


MSC’s Science and Standards Director Named New CCAMLR’s Executive Secretary
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – October 26, 2017
Dr. David Agnew will be leaving his role as the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) Science and Standards Director to accept a position as executive secretary with the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Living Resources (CCALMR). MSC confirmed Dr. Agnew’s CCALMR appointment in a statement released on Thursday.

“It has been a great pleasure working with David since he joined the organization as Science and Standards Director in 2010,” said MSC CEO Rupert Howes. “He has made an invaluable contribution to the MSC’s organizational and strategic development and will be greatly missed as a friend and colleague. He leaves a highly motivated and capable team with a clearly articulated work plan for our latest strategic plan (2017-2020) and I am delighted that the MSC will continue to engage with David in his new role.”

While at MSC, Dr. Agnew led revisions of the Fishery and Chain of Custody Standards, as well as the development of impacts research and the publication of the Global Impacts Reports series.

“I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of the MSC and its development, and to see it become a key tool in global efforts to secure healthy oceans and well-managed fisheries,” Dr. Agnew said in a statement.

Dr. Agnew has a background in Antarctic fisheries, “having previously worked for more than 20 years in Antarctic research.” He was also a Chairman of the CCAMLR Scientific Committee.

Dr. Agnew will continue in his role as MSC’s Science and Standards Director through the end of February 2018. MSC is currently putting together a “transition process” to find a successor.

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October 26, 2017