Alaska Fisheries Report — Feb. 27, 2020 KMXT by Maggie Wall - February 27, 2020 Southeast crabbers are on the grounds fishing for Tanner crab, plus there’s a small golden king crab fishery taking place at the same time. Halibut catch limits are slashed in all but one region—the Western Gulf of Alaska. http://kmxt.org/2020/02/alaska-fisheries-report-feb-27-2020/ National NOAA: Secretary of Commerce allocates $65 million for fishery disasters Seafood Source - February 27, 2020 — The following was released by NOAA: Today, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the allocation of $65 million to communities in Alaska, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and the Yurok Tribe (California) that suffered fishery disasters between 2017 and 2019. https://www.savingseafood.org/news/management-regulation/noaa-secretary-of-commerce-allocates-65-million-for-fishery-disasters/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SavingSeafoodRss+%28Saving+Seafood%29 International Japan lifts last remaining ban on Fukushima fish UPI by Elizabeth Shim - February 26, 2020 Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Japan has lifted a ban against all Fukushima seafood shipments for the first time since the 2011 nuclear disaster, after restrictions against the last remaining species of fish, skate, were lifted on Tuesday. https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2020/02/26/Japan-lifts-last-remaining-ban-on-Fukushima-fish/8691582740933/ Environment/Science A History of Federal Marine Fisheries Research in Alaska NOAA Fisheries - February 25, 2020 An eBook presenting historical timelines and accounts highlighting many key events and subjects that have shaped the evolution of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center as well as fisheries research in Alaska. Learn more and download the eBook: A History of Federal Marine Fisheries Research in Alaska https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/history-federal-marine-fisheries-research-alaska Labeling and Marketing Welcome to Wild Alaska Pollock Week – February 28 – March 8 Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute - February 2020 The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI), in concert with Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) and the Alaska seafood industry, are excited to announce the first-ever Wild Alaska Pollock Week to be held in Seattle, Washington. From February 28 through March 8, some of the city’s best restaurants will offer unique dishes featuring one of Alaska’s unsung, delicious, sustainable seafood heroes – just in time for the Lenten season. To participate, simply visit one of the restaurants throughout the Puget Sound, order one of the exclusive wild Alaska pollock creations and share photos via social using #WildAlaskaPollockWeek https://www.wildalaskaseafood.com/alaskapollockweek/ Federal Register Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Modifying Seasonal Allocations of Pollock and Pacific Cod for Trawl Catcher Vessels in the Central and Western Gulf of Alaska A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/28/2020 NMFS issues a proposed rule to implement Amendment 109 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA FMP) and to implement a regulatory amendment to the regulations governing pollock fishing in the Gulf of Alaska. This proposed rule will reduce operational and management inefficiencies in the Central Gulf of Alaska and Western Gulf of Alaska trawl catcher vessel pollock and Pacific cod fisheries by reducing regulatory time gaps between the pollock seasons, and changing Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod seasonal apportionments to allow greater harvest opportunities earlier in the year. This action is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the GOA FMP, and other applicable laws. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/02/28/2020-03777/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-modifying-seasonal-allocations-of-pollock-and Press Release Press Release: Alaska Congressional Delegation Welcome Disaster Relief for Alaska Fisheries $34.7 Million for Fisherman & Stakeholders Affected by Fishery Disasters Murkowski.senate.gov - February 27, 2020 U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, (all R-Alaska), today welcomed an announcement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that the agency approved $24.4 million to restore losses for Alaska fisheries impacted by the 2018 Pacific cod fishery disaster and $10.3 million for the 2018 sockeye salmon failure in Chignik. The NOAA-approved funds will now be administered by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, the agency tasked with distributing the relief payments to fishermen and their deckhands, processors, and for fishery research in the affected regions. https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/press/release/02/27/2020/alaska-congressional-delegation-welcome-disaster-relief-for-alaska-fisheries-
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