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Friday, February 2, 2024

Alaska Kodiak trawlers to begin pollock A season KMXT by Brian Venua - January 31, 2024  The Alaska pollock A season opened Jan. 20 but the Kodiak fleet has been standing down to avoid bycatch, or the incidental harvest of non-targeted species. https://kmxt.org/2024/01/kodiak-trawlers-to-begin-pollock-a-season/ Alaska salmon 2024: Markets still flooded as next harvest forecasts come in National Fisherman by Charlie Ess - January 31, 2024 Even though the forecast for this year's salmon production in Alaska is down from last year the harvest, especially sockeye coming out of Bristol Bay, will be headed for markets still flooded with last year's product. https://www.nationalfisherman.com/alaska/alaska-salmon-2024-markets-still-flooded-as-next-harvest-forecasts-come-in OBI Seafoods to close Larsen Bay processing plant for 2024 season KMXT by Brian Venua - February 1, 2024 OBI Seafoods announced Wednesday, Jan. 31 it will not open its summer fish processing plant in Larsen Bay, on the west end of Kodiak Island. The company will still buy salmon from the area’s fishermen, but will rely on its facility in the city of Kodiak instead. KMXT’s Brian Venua reports it’s the latest plant to close in a tough year for Alaska fisheries: https://kmxt.org/2024/02/obi-seafoods-to-close-larsen-bay-processing-plant-for-2024-season/ Environment/Science Arctic Climate Report Shares Data on Salmon Troubles in Western Alaska Fishermen's News - February 1, 2024 Wild salmon in Western Alaska are engaged in constant battle with land and ocean heat waves, among other challenges, resulting in fewer fish returning to the Yukon River, according to the annual Arctic Report Card, a collaborative effort of NOAA Fisheries and other stakeholders. https://fishermensnews.com/article/arctic-climate-report-shares-data-on-salmon-troubles-in-western-alaska/ Federal Register Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska; Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Program A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/02/2024 NMFS publishes the standard ex-vessel prices and fee percentage for cost recovery under the Central Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Rockfish Program (Rockfish Program). This action is intended to provide participants in a rockfish cooperative with the standard prices and fee percentage for the 2023 fishing year, which was authorized from May 1 through November 15. The fee percentage is 3.00 percent. The fee payments are due from each rockfish cooperative on or before February 15, 2024. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2024/02/02/2024-02067/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-groundfish-of-the-gulf-of-alaska-central-gulf-of FYI’s Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley returns to Kodiak KMXT by Brian Venua - February 1, 2024 The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley is back in Kodiak after 45 days patrolling the Bering Sea. https://kmxt.org/2024/02/coast-guard-cutter-alex-haley-returns-to-kodiak/ Boat Maintenance Can Save Operators Big Money, Increase SafetyFishermen's News - February 1, 2024The importance of vessel maintenance and safety preparedness may be best driven home by federal data that show an average of 43 people die each year in commercial fishing incidents, half of which occur after a vessel disaster. https://fishermensnews.com/article/boat-maintenance-can-save-operators-big-money-increase-safety/ Pacific Seafood Processors Association

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