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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Alaska Yukon subsistence users go to new lengths for food after chums don’t return KYUK by Olivia Ebertz - August 19, 2021 This has been the worst salmon fishing season on record for the Yukon River. King salmon, a regional favorite, have returned in low numbers for years. But now a typically stable species, chum salmon, has also collapsed this year. Subsistence fishing on the lower Yukon River for both species is now closed. Residents, like Jason Lamont, who usually depend heavily on the fish are pivoting toward other ways to get protein. https://www.alaskapublic.org/2021/08/19/yukon-subsistence-users-go-to-new-lengths-for-food-after-chums-dont-return/ Federal Register Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Catch Sharing Plan; Inseason Action A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 08/24/2021 This document announces two additional season dates of August 27 and September 24 for the Washington South Coast and Columbia River subareas for Pacific halibut recreational fisheries in the International Pacific Halibut Commission's regulatory Area 2A off Washington, Oregon, and California. This action is intended to conserve Pacific halibut and provide angler opportunity where available. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/08/24/2021-18211/pacific-halibut-fisheries-catch-sharing-plan-inseason-action Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 08/24/2021 NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amount of Pacific cod from vessels using jig gear and catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) using hook-and-line gear to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to allow the 2021 total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific cod to be harvested. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/08/24/2021-18096/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-reallocation-of-pacific-cod-in-the-bering-sea FYI’s PFMC September 2021 Briefing Book online Pacific Fishery Management Council - August 20, 2021 The following was released by the Pacific Fishery Management Council: The Briefing Book for the September 8-11 and 13-15, 2021 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “September 2021 briefing book” webpage. https://www.savingseafood.org/news/council-actions/pfmc-september-2021-briefing-book-online/

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