Alaska/Pacific Coast

Unalaska joins emergency petition on tanner crab
KUCB by Laura Kraegel – September 13, 2016
This season, the unpredictable tanner crab population isn’t looking so good for Aleutian fishermen.

The Poor Pink Salmon Run and Possible Solutions
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – September 12, 2016
The pink salmon run was a bad one this year, not just for Kodiak, but for the entire Gulf of Alaska.

NOAA Issues Rule For Comments to Correct Processing Cap Problem with Bairdi Crab

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton – September 14, 2016
NOAA has published in the Federal Register its proposed rule, adopted by the N. Pacific Fishery Management Council, that would exempt Bairdi crab from processing caps.

Currently Bairdi Tanner Crab  is fished under an Eastern quota (EBT) and a Western quota (WBT) and under previous rules, both quotas were subject to processing caps, that limit any single processor to 30% of the total harvest, even if they are doing custom processing.

There are currently 3 processors – Trident, Unisea, and Westward/Peter Pan – each under a 30% use cap.  When the fishery was first rationalized, there were 5 processors available to handle bairdi crab.  The current consolidation meant that without an exemption, not all of the harvest quota could be taken as it has to match with processing quota under the crab program.

The cap meant that some crab was stranded as the available processor could not do custom processing for another IPQ holder without violating his cap.

NMFS has requested comments for the next 60 days, and then will issue a final rule that should be in effect for the January 2017 start of the main part of the Bairdi season.

The Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game will announce in early October whether there will be a Bairdi Season this year and the harvest quota levels, based on their latest stock assessment models.


Will Obama fence off more of the ocean? US fishermen are fearful
FoxNews by George Russell – September 13, 2016
American fishermen are deeply fearful that the Obama White House could cut them off as early as this week from major fishing areas of the U.S. continental shelf on both coasts, further restricting one of the most highly regulated fishing industries in the world.


With Saildrones, researchers learn more about St. Paul’s fur seals
KTOO by Zoë Sobel – September 13, 2016
The northern fur seals on St. Paul Island are one of the most-studied marine mammals on the planet, but there’s still a lot scientists don’t know.

Collection of studies examines climate change effect on fish
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – September 13, 2016
Alaskans know the climate is changing, ushering in warmer winters and summers and possibly changing the behaviors of fish and wildlife.

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September 14, 2016