Wednesday, February 13, 2019

February 14, 2019

Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska herring quota up, but year class size may not make the grade
National Fisherman by Charlie Ess - February 12, 2019
Togiak, Alaska’s herring biomass remains healthy and ready for harvest this year. Meanwhile, the plight in Sitka will be whether the fleet can find fish of a size that the Japanese markets favor.
https://www.nationalfisherman.com/alaska/alaska-herring-quota-up-but-year-class-size-may-not-make-the-grade/#disqus_thread

Salmon groups concerned with overfishing of Fraser River sockeye in 2018
The Nelson Daily - February 12 2019
Fisheries and Oceans Canada was estimating there were 6 million late-summer run sockeye returning last August and September when it allowed 2.7 million fish to be harvested.
https://thenelsondaily.com/news/salmon-groups-concerned-overfishing-fraser-river-sockeye-2018


National
How The Trade War With China Is Threatening America's Largest Fishery
Forbes by Margot Wilsterman Contributor - February 12, 2019
Alaskan pollock is an incredibly versatile fish when it comes to cooking. The species is often referred to as a “cousin of cod” because the two species are classified in the same family, Gadidae. This means they have many shared characteristics, including how they taste. Their meat is a flaky blank slate, ready for nearly any preparation you could throw at it. Pollock’s affordability also makes it an attractive species for a variety of markets, from fast-casual to university and corporate dining.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/margotwilsterman/2019/02/12/how-the-trade-war-with-china-is-threatening-americas-largest-fishery/#3f680cb3e0c0


Federal Register
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels Less Than 50 Feet Length Overall Using Hook-and-Line Gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/12/2019
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels less than 50 feet length overall (LOA) using hook-and-line gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2019 Pacific cod total allowable catch apportioned to catcher vessels less than 50 feet LOA using hook-and-line gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/02/12/2019-02038/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-by-catcher-vessels-less-than-50-feet

Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Revisions to Catch Sharing Plan and Domestic Management Measures in Alaska
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/12/2019
This proposed action would apply the daily bag limits, possession limits, size restrictions, and carcass retention requirements for guided fishing to all Pacific halibut on board a fishing vessel when Pacific halibut caught and retained by anglers that were guided and by anglers that were not guided are on the same fishing vessel. Currently, sport fishing activities for halibut in International Pacific Halibut Commission Regulatory Areas 2C (Southeast Alaska) and 3A (Southcentral Alaska) are subject to different regulations, depending on whether those activities are guided or unguided. This proposed action is intended to aid the enforcement and to ensure the proper accounting of halibut taken when sport fishing in Areas 2C and 3A.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/02/12/2019-01912/pacific-halibut-fisheries-revisions-to-catch-sharing-plan-and-domestic-management-measures-in-alaska

 

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