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Friday, February 12, 2021

Alaska Alaska Fisheries Report February 11 KMXT - February 11, 2021 This week on the Alaska Fisheries Report with Terry Haines: Hallway Halibut Excluders: Do They Work? A Side By Side Study Aims to Find Out https://kmxt.org/2021/02/alaska-fisheries-report-february-11/ State expands vaccines to fisheries, oil, mining industry workers Nonresident employees who meet criteria also eligible for vaccination Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - February 11, 2021 Alaska’s COVID-19 vaccination program has been expanded to include nonresidents working as frontline essential workers employed by fisheries, mining and oil companies, state officials announced on Wednesday, Feb. 10. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2021/02/11/state-expands-vaccines-to-fisheries-oil-mining-industry-workers/ International Six ways to accelerate seafood sustainability Fish Site by Rob Fletcher - February 11 2021 Six ways of helping to ensure that the global seafood industry – covering both fisheries and aquaculture – become more sustainable were outlined in a new report which has been published by the United Nations this week. https://thefishsite.com/articles/six-ways-to-accelerate-seafood-sustainability Glenn Cooke, Ian Smith offer timeline for COVID-19 foodservice recovery Seafood Source by Chris Chase - February 9, 2021 The global COVID-19 pandemic has been a mixed bag for the seafood industry, with retailers notching record seafood sales and the category as a whole seeing gains, even as the foodservice industry virtually collapsed. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/foodservice-retail/seafood-execs-bullish-on-post-covid-19-foodservice-recovery Federal Register Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Catch Sharing Plan A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/12/2021 NMFS proposes to approve changes to the Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan for the International Pacific Halibut Commission's regulatory Area 2A off of Washington, Oregon, and California. In addition, NMFS proposes to implement management measures governing the 2021 recreational fisheries that are not implemented through the International Pacific Halibut Commission. These measures include the recreational fishery seasons, allocations, and management measures for Area 2A. These actions are intended to conserve Pacific halibut and provide angler opportunity where available. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/02/12/2021-02831/pacific-halibut-fisheries-catch-sharing-plan Fisheries Off West Coast States; West Coast Salmon Fisheries; Rebuilding Coho Salmon Stocks A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/12/2021 NMFS issues this final rule under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) to approve and implement rebuilding plans recommended by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) for three overfished salmon stocks: Juan de Fuca, Queets, and Snohomish natural coho salmon. NMFS determined in 2018 that these stocks were overfished under the MSA, due to spawning escapement falling below the required level for the 3-year period 2014-2016. The MSA requires overfished stocks to be rebuilt, generally within 10 years. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/02/12/2021-02834/fisheries-off-west-coast-states-west-coast-salmon-fisheries-rebuilding-coho-salmon-stocks FYI’s ALFA will host virtual midwinter Fishermen’s EXPO Cordova Times - February 11, 2021 Educational workshops and training for new and experienced fishermen will be on offer at a virtual midwinter Fishermen’s EXPO, hosted by the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association and the Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2021/02/11/alfa-will-host-virtual-midwinter-fishermens-expo/ Sam’s Garage: A History of Fishery Enhancement in Southeast Alaska Alaska Department of Fish & Game by Amy Carroll - February 2021 In November of 2015, while working in my cubicle at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game headquarters in Juneau, Alaska, I got a call from Sam Bertoni, a retired fishery biologist. He had three large boxes of hatchery slides, prints, and negatives from the 1970s and 1980s he fished out of the garbage and took with him when he retired. They had been in his garage for decades and he heard from someone who knows someone that I was scanning old Fish and Game slides for the ADF&G Image Library. Yes, I tell him, I am, and yes, I am interested in his haul. We made a plan to meet, and he arrived at my cubicle the next day with a small stack of three ring binders filled with prints of the Snettisham Hatchery construction, meticulously documented. We agree I’ll scan the best images. https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=wildlifenews.view_article&articles_id=980

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