Alaska Fisheries Report KMXT by Maggie Wall - March 14, 2019 The Food and Drug Administration drops the last hurtle to genetically modified salmon being produced in the United States. And at least one company is poised to ship engineered salmon eggs to a fish farm in Indiana. http://kmxt.org/2019/03/alaska-fisheries-report-march-14-2019/ West Coast Waters Grow More Productive with Shift Toward Cooler Conditions NOAA Fisheries - March 8, 2019 The ocean off the West Coast is shifting from several years of unusually warm conditions, toward a cooler and more productive regime that may boost salmon returns and populations of other ocean predators, according to a new NOAA Fisheries report. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/west-coast-waters-grow-more-productive-shift-toward-cooler-conditions Labeling and Marketing NOAA develops new tool to fight mislabelling Fis.com - March 15, 2019 NOAA Fisheries has formally rolled out a web-based screening tool that can flag potentially mislabeled finfish fillets before they hit the seafood aisle. https://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?monthyear=&day=15&id=101951&l=e&country=0&special=&ndb=1&df=0 Federal Register Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Gulf of Alaska; Final 2019 and 2020 Harvest Specifications for Groundfish A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/14/2019 NMFS announces final 2019 and 2020 harvest specifications, apportionments, and Pacific halibut prohibited species catch limits for the groundfish fishery of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to establish harvest limits for groundfish during the remainder of the 2019 and the start of the 2020 fishing years and to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska. The 2019 harvest specifications supersede those previously set in the 2018 and 2019 harvest specifications, and the 2020 harvest specifications will be superseded in early 2020 when the final 2020 and 2021 harvest specifications are published. The intended effect of this action is to conserve and manage the groundfish resources in the GOA in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/03/14/2019-04538/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-gulf-of-alaska-final-2019-and-2020-harvest Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Catch Sharing Plan A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/14/2019 The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), on behalf of the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC), publishes as regulations the 2019 annual management measures governing the Pacific halibut fishery that have been recommended by the IPHC and accepted by the Secretary of State. This action is intended to enhance the conservation of Pacific halibut and further the goals and objectives of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC). https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/03/14/2019-04714/pacific-halibut-fisheries-catch-sharing-plan FYI’s NORAD/Alaskan Command gearing up for NE19 Cordova Times - March 8, 2019 Military officials gearing up for Northern Edge 2019 military exercises May 13-24 say final details are still in the works, but that the maritime portion of war games will be in an area 80 nautical miles from Cordova in the Gulf of Alaska. https://thecordovatimes.com/2019/03/08/norad-alaskan-command-gearing-up-for-ne19/ Copper River salmon harvesters come together for a day Cordova Times by Kristin Carpenter - March 11, 2019 What happens when you get Copper River subsistence fish wheel operators, sportfishing guides, dipnetters and commercial drift gillnetters in one room together? https://thecordovatimes.com/2019/03/11/copper-river-salmon-harvesters-come-together-for-a-day/
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