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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

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Bristol Bay community leaders lay out minimum protocol needed to allow salmon season KTUU by Grant Robinson - April 6, 2020 ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Leaders of several major community organizations in Bristol Bay have issued a list of minimum protocols they expect to be in place before the commercial salmon fishery can take place this summer. https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Bristol-Bay-community-leaders-lay-out-minimum-protocol-needed-to-allow-salmon-season--569427791.html Salmon shutdown? Alaska city requests Bristol Bay fishery closure National Fisherman by Jessica Hathaway - April 7, 2020 City officials in Dillingham, Alaska, have requested that the state consider closing the Bristol Bay salmon fishery to protect the region’s year-round residents from widespread infection of covid-19. https://www.nationalfisherman.com/alaska/salmon-shutdown-alaska-city-requests-bristol-bay-fishery-closure/ West Coast Salmon Fishing and Southern Residents: Part 1 West Coast salmon fisheries catch a small share, leaving prey for Southern Residents. NOAA Fisheries by April 1, 2020 Southern Resident killer whales have long pursued the biggest and most nourishing Chinook salmon from coastal Pacific waters. Chinook salmon fishing is also a mainstay of the West Coast economy, generating nearly $72 million in income last year. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/west-coast-salmon-fishing-and-southern-residents-part-1 Federal Register Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Northern Rockfish in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/07/2020 NMFS is opening directed fishing for northern rockfish in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI). This action is necessary to fully use the 2020 total allowable catch (TAC) of northern rockfish in the BSAI. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/04/07/2020-07306/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-northern-rockfish-in-the-bering-sea-and-aleutian Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permit A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/07/2020 The Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries, Greater Atlantic Region, NMFS, has made a preliminary determination that an Exempted Fishing Permit application submitted by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in support of the 2020 Study Fleet Program contains all of the required information and warrants further consideration. This Exempted Fishing Permit would exempt participating vessels from minimum fish sizes and possession limits for species of interest, for sampling purposes only. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/04/07/2020-07218/magnuson-stevens-act-provisions-general-provisions-for-domestic-fisheries-application-for-exempted FYI’s Alaska BOF delays proposal deadline to April 24 The Cordova Times - April 6, 2020 Alaska Board of Fisheries officials have postponed the deadline for the 2020/2021 call for proposals to April 24 because of complications associated with the pandemic of the novel coronavirus, as the number of cases in the state is increasing. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/04/06/alaska-bof-delays-proposal-deadline-to-april-24/

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