Alaska The Pacific halibut fishery opened on Saturday! Fis.com - March 9, 2021 The Pacific halibut fishery opened on Saturday and increased catches combined with a cautiously optimistic outlook for the near future have fanned interest in buying shares of the fish. https://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=111862&ndb=1&df=0 IB 21-13: NMFS Announces the March 6, 2021 Season Opening of the Sablefish Fixed Gear Fisheries NOAA Fisheries - March 3, 2021 Notice of a fishery management action The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces the March 6, 2021, season opening of the sablefish fixed gear fisheries managed under the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program and the Community Development Quota (CDQ) Program. The season will open at 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), March 6, 2021, and will close 1200 hours, A.l.t., December 7, 2021. This period is the same as the IFQ and CDQ season for Pacific halibut adopted by the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC). https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/bulletin/ib-21-13-nmfs-announces-march-6-2021-season-opening-sablefish-fixed-gear-fisheries West Coast Forecast for Spring Chinook up From Last Year, but Still Low Forecasts for this year’s salmon runs show a doubling of spring chinook in the Nooksack River. US News by Associated Press - March 8, 2021 BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Forecasts for this year’s salmon runs show a doubling of spring chinook in the Nooksack River, giving room for hope even though the species remains threatened across the Puget Sound region, according to fisheries managers and environmental officials. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/washington/articles/2021-03-08/forecast-for-spring-chinook-up-from-last-year-but-still-low Environment/Science Corps of Engineers allows Pebble appeal for critical permit State ruled ineligible to participate in appeals process Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - March 6, 2021 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials have accepted a request from the Pebble Limited Partnership to appeal the Corps’ denial of a key environmental permit needed to develop the copper, gold and molybdenum mine in Southwest Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2021/03/06/corps-of-engineers-allows-pebble-appeal-for-critical-permit/ FYI’s ASMI Launches Two Surveys to Measure COVID Impacts to Alaska Seafood Industry ASMI - March 2021 The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) is looking for help from the broader Alaska seafood industry to help quantify the effects of the pandemic for both seafood harvesters and processors. https://www.alaskaseafood.org/asmi-launches-two-surveys-to-measure-covid-impacts-to-alaska-seafood-industry/ Op-Ed Northern Lights: The women behind our seafood National Fisherman by Julie Kuchepatov, Guest Author - March 5, 2021 Fifty percent of people involved in global seafood production are women. But you may not know it because few women occupy leadership positions in the sector and seldom participate in critical discussions and decision-making about precious fisheries resources. https://www.nationalfisherman.com/national-international/northern-lights-the-women-behind-our-seafood
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