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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

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Alaska Nushagak king salmon are now a stock of concern, which could mean big changes for the fishery KDLG by Isabelle Ross - November 22, 2022 The state has designated king salmon as a stock of concern in one of Bristol Bay’s commercial fishing districts. That could have widespread implications for the district and the rest of the fishery. https://www.kdlg.org/fisheries/2022-11-22/nushagak-king-salmon-are-now-a-stock-of-concern-which-could-mean-big-changes-for-the-fishery National Looming railroad strike, barge back-up straining US supply chains Seafood Source by Christine Blank - November 22, 2022 An impending rail strike in the U.S. could further entangle supply chains and drive up inflation. Four major railroad labor unions have rejected a tentative agreement with freight railroad companies brokered by the administration of U.S. Joe Biden over the summer. Even though eight of the 12 major railroad worker unions have ratified the agreement, several have pledged solidarity with those that have not. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/rail-water-routes-threatened-for-seafood-shipments Federal Register Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Amendment 124 to the BSAI FMP for Groundfish and Amendment 112 to the GOA FMP for Groundfish To Revise IFQ Program Regulations A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 11/23/2022 NMFS issues a proposed rule to implement Amendment 124 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI FMP) and Amendment 112 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA FMP). First, this proposed rule would amend regulations for the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) and Community Development Quota (CDQ) Programs for pot gear configurations, pot gear tending and retrieval requirements, pot limits, and associated recordkeeping and reporting requirements. These changes would increase operational efficiency and flexibility for IFQ holders and CDQ groups. Second, this proposed rule would authorize jig gear as a legal gear type for harvesting sablefish IFQ and CDQ, increasing opportunities for entry-level participants. Third, this proposed rule would temporarily remove the Adak community quota entity (CQE) residency requirement for a period of five years. These actions are intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 1982, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the BSAI FMP, GOA FMP, and other applicable laws. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/11/23/2022-25296/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-amendment-124-to-the-bsai-fmp-for-groundfish-and FYI’s Virtual EVOSTC meeting set for Nov. 30 Cordova Times - November 22, 2022 Data management funding for the killer whale monitoring project is up for action when the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council meets virtually on Nov. 30, the day after the council’s public advisory committee meets. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2022/11/22/virtual-evostc-meeting-set-for-nov-30/ Alaska Board of Fisheries to meet in Anchorage for Bristol Bay Finfish November 29-December 3, 2022 ADF&G - November 16, 2022 The Alaska Board of Fisheries (board) will meet in Anchorage, regarding Bristol Bay Finfish, November 29–December 3, 2022, at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center located at 600 West 7th Avenue. During this 5-day public meeting, the board will consider 52 proposals regarding finfish issues for the Bristol Bay Area. Proposals have been submitted by the general public, fishing organizations, local Fish and Game Advisory Committees, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The board will also consider an Action Plan to address Nushagak River Chinook salmon being designated as a stock of concern https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/regulations/regprocess/fisheriesboard/pdfs/2022-2023/Press%20release%20BB%20meeting%20NovDec2022.pdf Pacific Seafood Processors Association 1900 W Emerson Place Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98119 Phone: 206.281.1667 E-mail: admin@pspafish.net; 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.

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