Alaska/Pacific Coast

Tax Impact of 2016 Harvests Uncertain
Fishermen’s News – October 26, 2016
Fisheries landing and business taxes collected by the state of Alaska and then shared with coastal fisheries governments have brought millions of dollars to these communities over the past five years, but it’s uncertain what 2016 revenues will be.

Fall Dungeness season off to a slow start
KSTK by Aaron Bolton – October 26, 2016
The first month of the fall Dungeness crab season is off to a slow start in the Wrangell and Petersburg area. Adam Messmer is a shellfish biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

With poor pink salmon run, legislator seeks disaster aid for Southeast fishermen
Daily Sitka Sentinel – October 26, 2016
SITKA — Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins is asking Gov. Bill Walker to include Southeast Alaska in the regions for which the governor is seeking federal disaster funds related to the crash in the pink salmon run this year.


More Pacific Coast hatchery salmon could receive protections
Associated Press by Keith Ridler – October 26, 2016
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal authorities want to add more hatchery-raised fish to the 28 Pacific Coast salmon and steelhead stocks listed under the Endangered Species Act.

Dr. Jon Hare Named Science and Research Director for NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – October 27, 2016
NOAA has appointed Dr. Jon Hare as the new Science and Research Director for NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center.

Hare will lead NOAA Fisheries’ northeastern labs and field stations starting October 31. Dr. Hare will continue his work of planning, developing, and managing a multidisciplinary program of basic and applied research on the living marine resources of the Northeast Continental Shelf Ecosystem from the Gulf of Maine to Cape Hatteras, NC.

Hare has held various positions with NOAA Fisheries for more than two decades, winning multiple awards for his leadership and administrative capabilities, as well as for his research. Most recently, he served as Supervisory Research Oceanographer and Acting Ecosystems Processes Division Chief for the NEFSC Narragansett Laboratory. In this role he managed division research while also managing personnel and research resources for five different locations in the center.

Dr. Hare previously held the position of Supervisory Research Oceanographer and Oceanography Branch Chief for seven years, contributing to the center’s tactical and strategic planning while establishing and maintaining relationships both across the agency and externally. He was also responsible for overseeing biological and oceanographic survey programs for the Northeast U.S. Shelf, and provided NEFSC leadership guidance on climate change. His resume also includes serving as Director of the Narragansett Laboratory, as a Supervisory Research Marine Scientist and Plankton Investigation Chief, and as a Research Fishery Biologist.

Dr. Hare earned a Ph. D in Oceanography from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1994.

What’s killing Shell Lake’s sockeye salmon?
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – October 25, 2016
If any fish population in Upper Cook Inlet could be considered in trouble, Shell Lake’s sockeye could.

Labeling and Marketing

ASMI Pushes for Alaska Seafood in Food Aid
Fishermen’s News – October 26, 2016
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Association’s Global Food Aid Program is working to broaden the use of Alaska seafood both domestically and internationally in food aid programs. Bruce Schactler, who overseas the food aid program for ASMI, says they are moving to get more seafood included in all US Department of Agriculture programs and to align Alaska seafood with the priorities of domestic and international food air markets while anticipating future trends. The food aid market has been a reliable and very good customer for Alaska seafood, Schactler told participants this week in ASMI’s All Hands meeting in Anchorage.

Federal Register

North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 10/27/2016
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Groundfish Plan Team will meet in November in Seattle, WA.

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October 27, 2016