Alaska/Pacific Coast

Another record high harvest of Yukon coho
KIYU by Tim Bodony – September 6, 2016
For the third year in a row, a record high number of coho salmon have been caught in the lower Yukon commercial fishery.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2016/09/06/another-record-high-harvest-of-yukon-coho/

Seattle company debuts high-tech, sustainable fishing vessel

KOMO News by Kara Kostanich – September 6, 2016
SEATTLE (KOMO) — A new commercial fishing vessel, built in Washington, is charting new territory for sustainability and crew safety.
http://komonews.com/news/local/seattle-fishing-vessel-offers-new-safety-and-sustainability-features

Electronic monitoring may expand for West Coast catch share fleets
NOAA – September 1, 2016
Video camera systems may soon take the place of human observers in tracking the catch on more West Coast fishing vessels, under new regulations proposed by NOAA Fisheries and the Pacific Fishery Management Council.
http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/stories/2016/01_09012016_electronic_monitoring.html

California’s native salmon struggling after 5 years of drough
AP- September 4, 2016
STINSON BEACH, Calif. – The sleek, flapping salmon that fishermen hauled aboard the rolling Salty Lady charter boat near the Golden Gate Bridge were the survivors of the survivors.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/californias-native-salmon-struggling-after-5-years-of-drought/

Environment/Science

NOAA: Humpback whale populations showing recovery thanks to conservation efforts
AP by KTVA – September 6, 2016
ANCHORAGE –The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) took most humpback whales off the endangered species list Tuesday.
http://www.ktva.com/noaa-humpback-whale-populations-showing-recovery-thanks-to-conservation-efforts-744/?utm_content=buffer4a8a1&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Federal Register

Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Electronic Monitoring Program
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 09/06/2016
NMFS proposes approval of, and regulations to implement, measures in a regulatory amendment to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The regulatory amendment was developed by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) to implement an electronic monitoring (EM) program for two sectors of the limited entry trawl fishery. The regulatory amendment proposes to allow catcher vessels in the Pacific whiting fishery and fixed gear vessels in the shorebased Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) fishery to use EM in place of observers to meet the requirements of the Trawl Rationalization Program for 100-percent at-sea observer coverage. This action is intended to increase operational flexibility and reduce monitoring costs for vessels in the trawl fishery by providing an alternative to observers.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/09/06/2016-21058/fisheries-off-west-coast-states-pacific-coast-groundfish-fishery-electronic-monitoring-program?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

FYI’s

NPFMC October 2016 Agenda
September 2, 2016 — The following was released by NOAA:
The Council meets the week of October 3, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska.
The AGENDA and SCHEDULE are now available. Alaska Airlines offers Travel Discounts to the meetings. Documents will be posted through the links on the Agenda. The deadline for public comments is 5:00 PM (AST) Tuesday, September 27, 2016.
Submit comments to npfmc.comments@noaa.gov
http://www.savingseafood.org/news/council-actions/npfmc-october-2016-agenda/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SavingSeafoodRss+%28Saving+Seafood%29

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September 7, 2016