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Friday, March 15, 2024

Alaska Pacific cod fishery closes for fishermen using pot gear KMXT by Brian Venua - March 13, 2024 Kodiak’s Pacific cod season closed last week for fishermen using pot gear in state-managed waters. The guideline harvest level for those gear users was about 2.84 million pounds and the season lasted a bit longer than usual, lasting from Feb. 16 until early March. https://kmxt.org/2024/03/pacific-cod-fishery-closes-for-fishermen-using-pot-gear/ Potential legislative seafood industry task force gets support from Kodiak Island Borough Mayor, OBI Seafoods, and others KMXT by Davis Hovey - March 14, 2024  The Alaska Legislature is planning to create a seafood industry task force that will give recommendations to help sustain the state’s seafood industry. A joint legislative resolution forming the task force, SCR 10 which is sponsored by Republican Senator Gary Stevens of Kodiak, had its first hearing on March 7 in the Senate Finance Committee. https://kmxt.org/2024/03/potential-legislative-seafood-industry-task-force-gets-support-from-kodiak-island-borough-mayor-obi-seafoods-and-others/ Board approves commercial dipnetting in Cook Inlet National Fisherman by Carli Stewart - March 13, 2024 As soon as this summer, Cook Inlet commercial fishermen may be allowed to fish using dipnets to catch sockeye salmon. According to the Peninsula Clarion, the State Board of Fisheries added the gear type to fishing regulations. https://www.nationalfisherman.com/alaska/board-approves-commercial-dipnetting-in-cook-inlet Board of Fisheries passes new Kenai king salmon plan Anchorage Daily News by Elizabeth Earl - March 10, 2024 New management policies for Kenai River king salmon mean that sockeye bag limits in the river are up, and commercial setnet fishing is likely to be closed for the foreseeable future. https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2024/03/10/board-of-fisheries-passes-new-kenai-king-salmon-plan/ Federal Register Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Sablefish Managed Under the Individual Fishing Quota Program A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/15/2024 NMFS is opening directed fishing for sablefish with fixed gear managed under the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program and the Community Development Quota (CDQ) Program. The season will open 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), March 15, 2024, and will close 1200 hours, A.l.t., December 7, 2024. This period is the same as the 2024 commercial halibut fishery opening dates adopted by the International Pacific Halibut Commission, except the hours are not the same. The IFQ and CDQ halibut season dates are the same as specified by a separate publication in the Federal Register of annual management measures, which should be referenced for the halibut specific open and closure times. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2024/03/15/2024-05680/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-sablefish-managed-under-the-individual-fishing Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Gulf of Alaska; Final 2024 and 2025 Harvest Specifications for Groundfish A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/15/2024 In rule document 2024–04516 beginning on page 15484 in the issue of Monday, March 4, 2024, make the following correction:On page 15489, in Table 1 the three final entries should read:https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2024/03/15/C1-2024-04516/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-gulf-of-alaska-final-2024-and-2025-harvest Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pollock in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/15/2024 NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amounts of the Aleut Corporation and the Community Development Quota (CDQ) pollock directed fishing allowance (DFA) from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the Bering Sea subarea. This action is necessary to provide the opportunity for the harvest of the 2024 total allowable catch (TAC) of pollock, consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI). https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2024/03/15/2024-05598/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-reallocation-of-pollock-in-the-bering-sea-and

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