Alaska Fishing council ties bycatch limits on Bering Sea trawlers to halibut abundance KDLL by Sabine Poux - December 15, 2021 The council that manages fishing in federal waters voted this week to link groundfish trawl fishing in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands to halibut abundance. The action caps — at least for now — a six-year debate about curbing halibut bycatch in Alaska. https://www.ktoo.org/2021/12/15/fishing-council-ties-bycatch-limits-on-bering-sea-trawlers-to-halibut-abundance/?utm_campaign=share-button West Coast Crab season starts strong, canneries waver under workforce shortages Chinook Observer by Luke Whittaker - December 14, 2021 PACIFIC COUNTY — The 2021-22 Washington commercial crab season is off to a strong start, bolstering the coastal economy as it heads into the holiday season. https://www.chinookobserver.com/news/crab-season-starts-strong-canneries-waver-under-workforce-shortages/article_bf92a516-5d10-11ec-a2f7-6ff7644dfb5c.html Gov. Inslee unveils new $187 million plan for Washington salmon recovery The Olympian by Ysabelle Kempe - December 14, 2021 Gov. Jay Inslee wants to invest $187 million in salmon recovery as part of his 2022 budget and policy proposals. The governor unveiled his salmon proposals on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community reservation’s Swadabs Park. Inslee announced proposed legislation that would set new standards for salmon habitat protection and conservation efforts. It is called the Lorraine Loomis Act, in honor of the prominent Swinomish tribal elder and salmon advocate who died this summer. https://www.theolympian.com/news/state/washington/article256594836.html Environment/Science NOAA Fisheries Presents New Modeling Approach to Evaluate Changing Fish Productivity Fishermen's News - December 15, 2021 NOAA Fisheries scientists say they have developed a new modeling approach to evaluate the changing productivity of fish populations as ocean temperatures continue to warm. https://fishermensnews.com/noaa-fisheries-presents-new-modeling-approach-to-evaluate-changing-fish-productivity/ 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 12/15/2021 NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific ocean perch in the Eastern Aleutian district (EAI) 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 EAI allocated to vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access sector fishery. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/12/15/2021-27131/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-ocean-perch-in-the-bering-sea-and Pacific Seafood Processors Association 1900 W Emerson Place Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98119 Phone: 206.281.1667 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.