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January 7, 2020

Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska's 2019 fisheries bring new records, continued concern
KTUU by Grant Robinson - January 1, 2020
ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Alaska'S fisheries in 2019 had several bright spots, yet many areas of concern will return into the next year.

Seafood seasons get underway in dead of winter
The Arctic Sounder by Laine Welch - January 3, 2020
Cod will begin it all in the Bering Sea
Alaska's seafood industry will be "open for business" starting Jan. 1 when some of the biggest fisheries get underway long before the start of the first salmon runs in mid-May?

Alaska bans rockfish from commercial and personal fishing
Associated Press - January 3rd 2020
SITKA, Alaska - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced a full-year closure of both commercial and personal fishing of two varieties of rockfish.

Ocean Acidification Threatens the U.S. Economy
A new federal report points to major potential losses in key fisheries and protective coral reefs
E&E News by Thomas Frank - January 3, 2020
Ocean acidification threatens to cause billions of dollars in damage to the U.S. economy, harming everything from crabs in Alaska to coral reefs in Florida and the Caribbean, NOAA researchers said in a new report.

Labeling and Marketing
3MMI - New Year’s Buyer Update: Cod, Haddock, Pollock, Halibut, Flounder, Sole
TradexFoods - January 6, 2020
--- Our sources have informed us that Russian boats started raising their prices. Atlantic Cod pricing has remained steady since last year. In Flounder and Sole, we're seeing tariffs being taken off gradually. Rock Sole continues to be very short. Haddock raw materials pricing is softening. With Halibut in Russia levels are still low. Pollock Raw material pricing will be available in about 2 weeks.

Federal Register
Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; 2019-2020 Biennial Specifications and Management Measures; Inseason Adjustments
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/03/2020
This final rule announces routine inseason adjustments to management measures in commercial groundfish fisheries. This action is intended to allow commercial fishing vessels to access more abundant groundfish stocks while protecting overfished and depleted stocks.

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Inseason Adjustment to the 2020 Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Pollock, Atka Mackerel, and Pacific Cod Total Allowable Catch Amounts
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/02/2020
NMFS is adjusting the 2020 total allowable catch (TAC) amounts for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) pollock, Atka mackerel, and Pacific cod fisheries. This action is necessary because NMFS has determined these TACs are incorrectly specified, and will ensure the BSAI pollock, Atka mackerel, and Pacific cod TACs are the appropriate amounts based on the best available scientific information. This action is consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area.


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