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Friday, November 10, 2023

Alaska Alaska Fisheries: Separating fact from fiction Fishermen's News by Benjamin Hayden - November 9, 2023 The Pacific Marine Expo kicked off its second day with an educational session, “Alaska Fisheries: Separating fact from fiction.” The panel was moderated by Kate Naughten, Director of Communications at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Panelists included Janet Coit, Assistant Administrator at NOAA, Robert Foy, Ph.D., Director of AK Fisheries Science Center (NOAA), and Jon Kurland, Alaska Regional Administrator (NOAA). Alaska Economic Trends November Fishing jobs show a small decline. West Coast Biden announces USD 60 million for Columbia River basin salmon hatcheries Seafood Source by Nathan Strout - November 10, 2023 The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden has announced USD 60 million (EUR 56 million) in government funding is now available to upgrade Columbia River Basin salmon hatcheries as part of an ongoing efforts to restore the population. International US lawmakers create 'seafood caucus' to combat imports from China, Russia 'America needs a national strategy to respond and protect our domestic fishermen.' Intrafish by Rachel Sapin - November 9, 2023 Alaska lawmaker Mary Peltola is joining with other US lawmakers across the country in forming the "American Seafood Caucus" to intensify the government's effort to curtail imports of seafood from Russia and China. *Requires Subscription Federal Register North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 11/09/2023 The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Pacific Northwest Crab Industry Advisory Committee (PNCIAC) will hold a meeting. Monitoring Requirements for Pot Catcher/Processors Participating in Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands Groundfish Fisheries A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 11/09/2023 NMFS issues this final rule to revise the monitoring requirements for pot gear catcher/processors (CPs) participating in Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands (BSAI) groundfish fisheries. This action is needed to address management challenges created by observer data collection errors that have impacted catch estimates. This action improves observer data collection by requiring participating CPs to carry a Level 2 observer and comply with pre-cruise meeting notifications and by requiring certification and testing standards for participants choosing any of the following voluntary monitoring options: providing observer sampling stations, installing motion-compensated platform and flow scales, and carrying additional observers on the vessel. Additionally, this action changes the location of existing monitoring regulations for longline CPs and halibut deck sorting by moving them under a single, new subpart within the regulations. This action promotes the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Groundfish of the BSAI Management Area (BSAI FMP), and other applicable laws. Fisheries Off West Coast States; Modification of the West Coast Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Actions #27-#31 A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 11/13/2023 NMFS announces five inseason actions for the 2023–2024 ocean salmon fishing season. These inseason actions modify the recreational and commercial salmon fisheries in the area from the U.S./Canada border to Humbug Mountain, Oregon. FYI’s National Fisherman’s 2023 Highliners award ceremony National Fisherman by Kirk Moore - November 8, 2023 National Fisherman’s five 2023 Highliner award honorees took the stage Wednesday at the Pacific Marine Expo to applause from a packed house – and urging everyone in the audience to stay involved in the future of their fisheries. Fall Hybrid Fishermen’s Expo set for Nov. 15 in Sitka Cordova Times -November 8, 2023 A Fall Hybrid Fishermen’s EXPO, set for Nov. 15 in Sitka, will offer free educational workshops and training for new and experienced fishermen, plus others with interest in the commercial fishing sector. Halibut Commission marks 100th birthday Cordova Times - November 9, 2023 Members of the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) will gather at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage Jan. 22-26 for the 100th session of the IPHC annual meeting, to be chaired by Jon Kurland, regional director for Alaska for NOAA Fisheries. 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