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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Environment/Science Kodiak featured in new Alaska podcast on climate change KMXT by Dylan Simard - October 25, 2021 Kodiak had a prominent role in a new podcast discussing climate change and ocean acidification. The Future Ocean podcast is produced by Dorothy Childers and hosted by KMXT veteran Maggie Wall. It tells the story of climate change and its impact on Alaska’s marine health. In the most recent episode, Kodiak was featured as a model for renewable energy in Alaska. What Scientists Say About Decline of Pollock Stocks in Sea of Okhotsk by Eugene Gerden - October 25, 2021 The population of pollock in the Sea of Okhotsk, one of the centers of Russia's catch, have substantially decreased this year, compared to 2019, according to recent statements of the press service of the All-Russian Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO), one of Russia’s leading research institutions in the field of fisheries. According to an official spokesman of VNIRO, the results of calculations based on the use of two methods for assessing pollock stocks (ichthyoplankton and trawl) showed a decrease in the number of fish compared to the previous year. At present, the approximate commercial stock of pollock in the Sea of Okhotsk is currently about 15 million tons. At the same time, the number of generations of this fish for the period from 2014 to 2016, (which now forms the basis of the fishery), is at the level of long-run annual average. According to scientists, a possible reason for the decline in the number of pollock may be the low yield of generations born in 2017-2020. The researchers point out that this factor could lead to negative consequences for the fish population in the Sea of Okhotsk. Due to this, scientists have not ruled out the possibility that commercial pollock stocks in Russia may significantly decrease by 2024. This, according to the forecasts of the researchers, will also reduce the volume of fish caught during this period. Federal Register Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Pink Shrimp and Midwater Trawl Exemptions to Vessel Monitoring System Requirements for the West Coast Groundfish Fishery A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 10/26/2021 NMFS proposes revisions to monitoring provisions that specify exemptions for non-groundfish trawl vessels participating in the Pacific coast pink shrimp fishery and for groundfish midwater trawl vessels. In a final rule on vessel movement, monitoring, and declaration management for the Pacific coast groundfish fishery published on June 11, 2020, vessels in the pink shrimp trawl fishery were incorrectly included with other open access non-groundfish trawl vessels that became subject to a higher position transmission rate on their NMFS type-approved vessel monitoring system (VMS) units. This proposed rule would correct the error and return the required transmission rate for vessels in the pink shrimp trawl fishery to once every 60 minutes, as recommended by the Pacific Fishery Management Council. This proposed rule would also correct a citation error in the VMS regulations with regards to exemptions for midwater trawl vessels, as well as a typographical error in the trawl fishery prohibitions. FYI’s Pacific Marine Expo is back, here's what to expect National Fisherman by Jeremiah Karpowicz - October 21, 2021 As hard as it is to believe, it’s been two years since the commercial fishing industry has gotten together in Seattle for the Pacific Marine Expo. During that time, and the National Fisherman Magazine have increased their coverage and utilized new video and webinar formats to keep the industry up to date with the latest trends in technology, federal regulations, accidents and overall commercial fishing market statistics, but nothing takes the place of face-to-face interaction at a live event. Board of Fish plans for in-person meetings in Cordova, Ketchikan KFSK by Joe Viechnicki - October 25, 2021 The board that makes changes to Alaska’s commercial, sport, subsistence and personal use fisheries is preparing for in-person meetings later this year in Cordova and early next year in Ketchikan. Those meetings were postponed from earlier this year because of the pandemic.

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