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Monday, November 29, 2021

Alaska Bering Sea fishermen press North Pacific Council on halibut bycatch Alaska Journal of Commerce by Elizabeth Earl - November 24, 2021 After years of deliberations, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council is inching toward a decision on whether to tie halibut bycatch limits in the Bering Sea to abundance indices. https://www.alaskajournal.com/2021-11-24/bering-sea-fishermen-press-north-pacific-council-halibut-bycatch Seawatch: Historic sockeye run predicted for Bristol Bay ADF&G says 2022 run could break this year’s record Homer News by Cristy Fry - November 24, 2021 Bristol Bay is expecting a phenomenal, historic run of sockeye salmon next year to the tune of 75 million fish returning to the area, exceeding the already record-breaking return of 63.2 million fish this year. https://www.homernews.com/news/seawatch-historic-sockeye-run-predicted-for-bristol-bay/ Federal package holds millions for Cordova Koplin: Don’t expect money in hand until mid-2022 or later Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - November 26, 2021 Cordova expects to see big benefits from the $1.2-trillion federal infrastructure legislation signed into law by President Joe Biden. However, just how much of the funding will go toward local harbor improvements won’t be known for months, Cordova Mayor Clay Koplin said. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2021/11/26/federal-package-holds-millions-for-cordova/ Alaska Seafood COVID-19 Briefing Paper Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute - November 2021 Edition Prepared on behalf of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute by McKinley Research Group, this series of briefing papers is intended to provide information on the depth and breadth of the pandemic’s effects on Alaska’s seafood industry. https://www.alaskaseafood.org/wp-content/uploads/COVID-Alaska-Seafood-Impacts-November-2021_Final-1.pdf Federal Register Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Ocean Perch in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 11/29/2021 NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific ocean perch in the Central Aleutian district (CAI) of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) by vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access sector fishery. This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2021 total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific ocean perch in the CAI allocated to vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access sector fishery. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/11/29/2021-25960/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-ocean-perch-in-the-bering-sea-and Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Atka Mackerel in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 11/29/2021 NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Atka mackerel in the Central Aleutian district (CAI) of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) by vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access sector fishery. This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2021 total allowable catch (TAC) of Atka mackerel in the CAI allocated to vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access sector fishery. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/11/29/2021-25921/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-atka-mackerel-in-the-bering-sea-and-aleutian Opinion Opinions: Sharing facts about Alaska’s fisheries Anchorage Daily News by Stephanie Madsen - November 25, 2021 A persistent trickle of misinformation about our region’s fisheries has recently become a flood. ADN carried the most recent example, an uninformed op-ed comparing many of Alaska’s world-renowned fisheries to “foreign pirate” fleets. This is reminiscent of a campaign launched by Greenpeace against trawl fisheries earlier in my career. Like that campaign, the implication now is that because these are large vessels targeting huge fisheries, they are inherently bad. https://www.adn.com/opinions/2021/11/25/sharing-facts-about-alaskas-fisheries/ *requires subscription Pacific Seafood Processors Association 1900 W Emerson Place Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98119 Phone: 206.281.1667 E-mail: admin@pspafish.net; Website: www.pspafish.net Our office days/hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, any copyrighted work in this message is distributed under fair use without profit or payment to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving this information for non-profit research and educational purposes only. *Inclusion of a news article, report, or other document in this email does not imply PSPA support or endorsement of the information or opinion expressed in the document.

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