Alaska/Pacific Coast Adak based fish processor fears for future without restored cod allocations in 2020 KTUU by Hank Davis - September 24, 2019 In 2016, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council enacted amendment 113 as a way to give onshore fish processors in Western Aleutian communities like Adak and Atka a fighting chance. AM113 carves out a portion of 5,000 metric tons of Pacific cod to be delivered to these facilities as part of an effort to prevent fish factory "motherships" from taking in the bulk of the harvest for processing. https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Adak-based-processor-fears-hardship-without-restored-cod-allocations-in-2020-561183411.html BBNC nets two fishing companies in one deal Alaska Journal of Commerce by Elwood Brehmer - September 24, 2019 The Alaska Native corporation with a “fish first” principle is making its first foray back into the signature Alaska industry in roughly 40 years. https://www.alaskajournal.com/2019-09-24/bbnc-nets-two-fishing-companies-one-deal North Pacific Fishery Management Council meets next week in Homer Anchorage Daily News by Laine Welch - September 25, 2019 Federal stewards of Alaska’s fisheries will meet in Homer for the first time since 1983 as they continue their pursuit of involving more people in policy making. From Sept. 30 to Oct. 10, the Spit will be aswarm with entourages of the 15-member North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which oversees more than 25 stocks in waters from 3 to 200 miles offshore, the source of most of Alaska’s fish volumes. https://www.adn.com/business-economy/2019/09/24/north-pacific-fishery-management-council-meets-next-week-in-homer/ Federal Register Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; 2019-2020 Biennial Specifications and Management Measures; Correction A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 09/24/201 This action contains corrections to the final rules related to 2019-2020 Biennial Harvest Specifications and Management Measures for groundfish harvested in the U.S. exclusive economic zone off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California published on December 12, 2018, and May 10, 2019. These corrections are necessary so the regulations accurately implement the Pacific Fishery Management Council's intent. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/24/2019-20248/magnuson-stevens-act-provisions-fisheries-off-west-coast-states-pacific-coast-groundfish-fishery Opinion Commentary Support the Young Fishermen’s Development Act Cordova Times by Linda Behnken and Tara Racine, Guest Commentary - September 23, 2019 Young people in Alaska face mounting challenges to entering commercial fisheries. Limited entry programs have reduced the size of the commercial fishing fleet and raised the cost of entry. Increased pressure on natural resource has led to increased regulation, creating what can be a complicated maze of rules ready to ensnare the unprepared. Marketing fish offers new opportunities, but also complex logistics and expensive pitfalls. Finally, global warming and ocean acidification ensure that the oceans of the future will be even less predictable – and almost certainly less productive – than the present. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2019/09/23/commentary-support-the-young-fishermens-development-act/
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