Alaska/Pacific Coast

Processors working with harvesters on budget plan
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – October 27, 2016
Fish harvesters and processors might not agree on much, but everyone hates taxes.
Commercial fishing stakeholders took turns in 2016 tearing apart a commercial fisheries tax plan from Gov. Bill Walker that the Legislature batted around during the marathon session but eventually dropped.

Alaska leads the nation again in commercial fisheries volume, value
Alaska Dispatch News by Annie Zak – October 27, 2016
Alaska was the leading state in both the volume and value of fishery landings once again in 2015.

Bottom Line at State House Debate: It’s All About the Budget
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – October 26, 2016
Candidates for the Alaska House of Representatives District 32 shared their views and suggested budget solutions at the State House Debate in Kodiak Tuesday night. Independent Duncan Fields, Republican incumbent Louise Stutes, and Democrat Brent Watkins sat side by side for the event, which the Chamber of Commerce produced alongside KMXT Public Radio.

The Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Jay Barrett – October 27, 2016
From KMXT in Kodiak, the second biggest fishing port in the nation, this is the Alaska Fisheries Report. Speaking of which, the National Marine Fisheries Service has released its annual list of where America’s fish were landed and how much they were worth; we hear how crabbing is going on different ends of the state, and will the governor’s pink salmon disaster declaration extend to Southeast. We had help from KSTK’s Aaron Bolton in Wrangell, KDLG’s Dave Bendinger in Dillingham, KFSK’s Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg and KCAW’s Emily Kwong in Sitka.

Red King Crab Fishery Starts Strong Despite Low Stock Assessment
KUCB by Laura Kraegel – October 28, 2015
The red king crab fishery is off to a booming start in Bristol Bay, despite predictions of a down season.


Americans Are Eating More Fish, But Dutch Harbor Remains Nation’s Top Port
KUCB by Zoe Sobel –  October 26, 2016
On dinner tables across the country, Americans are eating more fish. The United States is responsible for more fish consumption than all other countries, except for China.

Labeling and Marketing

Thousands enjoy Bristol Bay salmon in Colorado during Sockeye Restaurant Week
KDLG by Avery Lill – October 27, 2016
Bristol Bay Sockeye Restaurant Week in Boulder, Colorado is raising the national visibility of Bristol Bay’s salmon fisheries.

Federal Register

Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; 2017-2018 Biennial Specifications and Management Measures; Amendment 27
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 10/28/2016
This proposed rule would establish the 2017-2018 harvest specifications and management measures for groundfish taken in the U.S. exclusive economic zone off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California, consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) and the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (PCGFMP). This proposed rule would also revise the management measures that are intended to keep the total catch of each groundfish species or species complex within the harvest specifications. This action also includes regulations to implement Amendment 27 to the PCGFMP, which adds deacon rockfish to the PCGFMP, reclassifies big skate as an actively managed stock, add a new inseason management process for commercial and recreational in California, and makes several clarifications.


AMSEA to Offer Safety Instructor Training
Fishermen’s News – October 26, 2016
The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association in Sitka has scheduled a six-day Marine Safety Instructor Training course for Seward, Alaska next spring, and for qualifying commercial fishermen there will be no charge.

Press Release: New Law Raises Alaska Fishing- and Hunting-Related Fees Beginning in 2017
ADF&G  – October 26, 2016
(Juneau) — Fees for Alaska sport fishing, hunting, and trapping licenses and tags will increase beginning January 1, 2017. The Alaska State Legislature raised the fees last session through the passage of House Bill 137, which received broad support from user groups. The new rates mark the first time in 24 years that hunting license and tag fees have increased, while sport fishing licenses last increased about 10 years ago.

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October 28, 2016