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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Alaska Disaster Declaration Announced for 2019 Norton Sound Red King Crab Fishery KNOM by Catherine Rubano - July 27, 2021 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, announced a disaster declaration for the 2019 Norton Sound red king crab season. https://www.knom.org/wp/blog/2021/07/27/disaster-declaration-announced-for-2019-norton-sound-red-king-crab-fishery/ Alaska Salmon Harvest Updates Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute - July 2021 Weekly Alaska Salmon Harvest Updates are produced for ASMI by the McKinley Research Group (formerly the McDowell Group). https://www.alaskaseafood.org/harvest-updates/ After Three Openers, Area 2A Halibut Season Allocation is Almost All Caught SeafoodNews.com by Susan Chambers - July 29, 2021 That's all, folks: The 2021 halibut season's over for fishermen in Washington, Oregon and California. The International Pacific Halibut Commission said the Area 2A Pacific halibut non-treaty directed commercial fishery attained enough landings to close the fishery for the rest of 2021. The 2021 total allocation for the directed fishery was 116.17 metric tons, or 256,122 pounds. The IPHC estimates 104.97 mt, or 231,423 pounds were landed during the three 3-day openers in June and July this year. "Given this estimate, its preliminary status, and that updates are still being received for each fishing period, the IPHC has closed this fishery for the remainder of 2021 effective immediately," the IPHC said in a press release. As of July 15, the latest landing statistics available from the IPHC for Area 2A treaty Indian commercial halibut landings stood at 98 percent of their total allocation. Of the 225.12 mt limit, or 496,300 pounds, tribal fishermen had landed 220.27 mt, or 485,612 pounds. Non-treaty incidental landings in the salmon troll and sablefish directed fisheries in Area 2A were unavailable at the time. https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1204481/After-Three-Openers-Area-2A-Halibut-Season-Allocation-is-Almost-All-Caught National US fresh, frozen seafood sales hold gains through first half of 2021 Seafood Source by Christine Blank - July 28, 2021 U.S. retailers continued to experience strong sales of fresh and frozen seafood in the first half of 2021, 210 Analytics Principal Anne-Marie Roerink said she expects continued strong growth through the rest of the year. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/foodservice-retail/us-fresh-frozen-seafood-sales-hold-gains-through-first-half-of-2021 Environment/Science DNR keeps ‘quiet period’ with water rights revisions pending Alaska Journal of Commerce by Elwood Brehmer - July 27, 2021 Mum’s the word from Department of Natural Resources officials regarding their plan to fundamentally change the state’s water rights system. https://www.alaskajournal.com/2021-07-27/dnr-keeps-%E2%80%98quiet-period%E2%80%99-water-rights-revisions-pending Federal Register Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reapportionment of the 2021 Gulf of Alaska Pacific Halibut Prohibited Species Catch Limits for the Trawl Deep-Water and Shallow-Water Fishery Categories A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 07/29/2021 NMFS is reapportioning the seasonal apportionments of the 2021 Pacific halibut prohibited species catch (PSC) limits for the trawl deep-water and shallow-water species fishery categories in the Gulf of Alaska. This action is necessary to account for the actual halibut PSC use by the trawl deep-water and shallow-water species fishery categories from May 15, 2021 through June 30, 2021. This action is consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/07/29/2021-16183/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-reapportionment-of-the-2021-gulf-of-alaska

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