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Friday, April 12, 2024

Alaska Alaska fisheries managers inch closer to action on Bering Sea chum salmon bycatch The North Pacific Fishery Management Council's latest action comes after days of testimony from hundreds of people over bycatch in the Bering Sea commercial pollock fishery Undercurrents News by Kirsten Dobroth - April 11, 2024 The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) has moved forward with another review of an amended suite of options aimed at curbing the number of chum salmon taken as bycatch by the Bering Sea pollock fleet... https://www.undercurrentnews.com/2024/04/11/alaska-fisheries-managers-inch-closer-to-action-on-bering-sea-chum-salmon-bycatch/ Fishery council votes to study tighter limit on Bering Sea pollock fleet’s chum salmon bycatch Anchorage Daily News by Hal Bernton - April 11, 2024 After a marathon of testimony dominated by Western Alaskans’ anguish over declining salmon runs, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted this week to consider tighter restrictions on chum salmon accidentally taken by Bering Sea pollock trawlers. https://www.adn.com/business-economy/2024/04/10/fishery-council-votes-to-study-tighter-limit-on-bering-sea-pollock-fleets-chum-salmon-bycatch/ Shuttered Dillingham and Port Moller salmon facilities to reopen this season KUCB by Theo Greenly - April 9, 2024 Silver Bay Seafoods is poised to take over Peter Pan Seafoods’ processing operations this year, according to a joint press release on Thursday. Silver Bay will acquire Peter Pan’s Valdez facility, as well as operate Peter Pan’s facilities in Dillingham and Port Moller during the 2024 salmon season. https://alaskapublic.org/2024/04/09/shuttered-dillingham-and-port-moller-salmon-facilities-to-reopen-this-season/ National USDA updates SNAP rules to include more seafood Seafood Source by Christine Blank - April 11, 2024 The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program updated its rules to include more seafood. The program, which provides nutritious foods to more than six million women, infants, and children who are at risk of not getting enough nutritious food, will add six ounces of canned fish to food packages for all children up to fou https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/food-safety-health/usda-updates-snap-rules-to-include-more-seafood *Requires Subscription International Pollock A season winds down in US, Russia For the 2024 A season, Alaskan harvesters have taken 94% of the quotas in the Bering Sea, while major fishing zones in the Sea of Okhotsk, Russia finished on April 9 Undercurrents by Masahiko Takeuchi - April 11, 2024  The pollock fishery for the 2024 A season is winding down in the Bering Sea in the US and Russia’s Far East... https://www.undercurrentnews.com/2024/04/11/pollock-a-season-winds-down-in-us-russia/ *Requires Subscription Federal Register Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska; Cook Inlet; Proposed 2024 Harvest Specifications for Salmon A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/12/2024 NMFS proposes 2024 harvest specifications for the salmon fishery of the Cook Inlet exclusive economic zone (EEZ) Area. This action is necessary to establish harvest limits for salmon during the 2024 fishing year and to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Salmon Fisheries in the EEZ off Alaska (Salmon FMP). The intended effect of this action is to conserve and manage the salmon resources in Cook Inlet EEZ Area in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2024/04/12/2024-07763/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-cook-inlet-proposed-2024-harvest-specifications Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska; Cook Inlet; Proposed 2024 Harvest Specifications for Salmon A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/12/2024 NMFS proposes 2024 harvest specifications for the salmon fishery of the Cook Inlet exclusive economic zone (EEZ) Area. This action is necessary to establish harvest limits for salmon during the 2024 fishing year and to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Salmon Fisheries in the EEZ off Alaska (Salmon FMP). The intended effect of this action is to conserve and manage the salmon resources in Cook Inlet EEZ Area in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2024/04/12/2024-07763/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-cook-inlet-proposed-2024-harvest-specifications Opinion Op-ed: Research papers misrepresent impacts of marine protected areas Seafood Source by Ray Hilborn - April 10, 2024 Ray Hilborn is a professor at the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Washington State Academy of Sciences. He has been awarded the Volvo Environmental Prize and the International Fisheries Science Prize and has published over 300 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/environment-sustainability/op-ed-research-papers-misrepresent-impacts-of-marine-protected-areas

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