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Friday, December 8, 2023

Alaska Bristol Bay red king crab season brings small but welcome harvest amid lull in Alaska’s crab fisheries KUCB by Maggie Nelson - December 6, 2023  Thirty-one vessels participated in the fishery this year. That’s down from the five-year average of 56 boats. That drop is mainly due to this year’s low total catch, Nichols said. https://www.kucb.org/industry/2023-12-06/bristol-bay-red-king-crab-season-brings-small-but-welcome-harvest-amid-lull-in-alaskas-crab-fisheries Federal Register Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Gulf of Alaska; Proposed 2024 and 2025 Harvest Specifications for Groundfish A Proposed Rule by the Commerce Department and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 12/07/2023 NMFS proposes 2024 and 2025 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 2024 and 2025 fishing years and to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska. The 2024 harvest specifications supersede those previously set in the final 2023 and 2024 harvest specifications, and the 2025 harvest specifications will be superseded in early 2025 when the final 2025 and 2026 harvest specifications are published.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 (Magnuson-Stevens Act). https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2023/12/07/2023-26807/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-gulf-of-alaska-proposed-2024-and-2025-harvest FYI’s Founder Robin Samuelsen Steps Down as Chair of Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation SeafoodNews.com by Peggy Parker - December 6, 2023 The Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation announced early last month that its founding chairman H. Robin Samuelsen, Jr. was stepping down. He has held the position for 31 years according to BBEDC, including working as chief executive officer from 1997 to 2013.Samuelsen is also a Bristol Bay Native Corporation board director and a Curyung chief. Throughout his more than three decades as chairman, Pebble Mine has been in the background as the corporation has built programs to strengthen the economy through “sustainable use of the Bering Sea resources” with a focus on fishery-related programs for the approximately 6,000 people who reside year-round in the 17 communities that BBEDC serves.Samuelsen played a key role in building partnerships with fishing companies in the Bering Sea and helping develop in-region economic and education programs, and that under his leadership, it had grown to almost $400 million in assets.Gerda Kosbruk of Port Heiden, a long-time board member and previous Vice-Chair, has taken the position of new Chair. Samuelsen will stay active in the corporation as Vice Chair.The corporation said that Sameulsen wants to reduce his work-related travel and spend more time with his family.https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1267061/Founder-Robin-Samuelsen-Steps-Down-as-Chair-of-Bristol-Bay-Economic-Development-Corporation

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