Thursday, February 6, 2020

February 7, 2020

Alaska/Pacific Coast

Council approves tighter halibut charter rules for 2020
Alaska Journal of Commerce by Elizabeth Earl - February 5, 2020
A tough season may be ahead for the halibut charter fleet in Southcentral and Southeast Alaska as managers look to reduce the overall catch of Pacific halibut.
https://www.alaskajournal.com/2020-02-05/council-approves-tighter-halibut-charter-rules-2020

King crab and closures: Alaska proposes $1 million in commercial fisheries cuts
National Fisherman by Laine Welch - February 4, 2020
Alaska’s commercial fisheries division operates on a nearly $67 million budget, of which $36 million comes from state general funds. Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget for FY2021 calls for a nearly $1 million reduction.
https://www.nationalfisherman.com/alaska/king-crab-and-closures-alaska-proposes-1-million-in-commercial-fisheries-cuts/


International
New survey shows little consumer preference between farmed and wild seafood
Seafood Source by Jason Holland - February 4, 2020
More than half of seafood consumers in key markets don’t have a preference between wild and farmed fish, but they do want products that take a responsible approach to protecting both planet and people, a new survey conducted on behalf of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) found.
https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/environment-sustainability/new-survey-shows-little-consumer-preference-between-farmed-and-wild-seafood


Environment/Science
NOAA Releases Ecosystem Status Reports
Fishermen's News - February 5, 2020
NOAA Fisheries has released its 2019 ecosystem status reports for the Gulf of Alaska and the Eastern Bering Sea, citing unusually warm conditions for the past year and predicting more of the same.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2020/02/noaa-releases-ecosystem-status-reports.html


Federal Register
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/05/2020
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Scallop Plan Team will meet on February 19, 2020, in Kodiak, AK.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/02/05/2020-02165/north-pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meeting

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Modifying Seasonal Allocations of Pollock and Pacific Cod for Trawl Catcher Vessels in the Central and Western Gulf of Alaska
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/06/2020
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council submitted Amendment 109 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA FMP) to the Secretary of Commerce for review. If approved, Amendment 109 would reduce operational and management inefficiencies in the Central Gulf of Alaska and Western Gulf of Alaska trawl catcher vessel Pacific cod fisheries by changing seasonal Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod apportionments to allow greater harvest opportunities earlier in the year. Amendment 109 is necessary to provide participants in the fisheries an opportunity to more fully harvest the total allowable catch of Pacific cod, increase management flexibility, and potentially decrease prohibited species catch while not redistributing fishing opportunities between management areas or harvesting sectors. Amendment 109 is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the GOA FMP, and other applicable laws.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/02/06/2020-02372/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-modifying-seasonal-allocations-of-pollock-and

Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Catch Sharing Plan
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/06/2020
NMFS proposes to approve changes to the Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan for the International Pacific Halibut Commission's regulatory Area 2A off Washington, Oregon, and California. In addition, NMFS proposes to implement the portions of the Plan and management measures that are not implemented through the International Pacific Halibut Commission. These measures include the recreational fishery seasons and allocations and management measures for Area 2A. These actions are intended to conserve Pacific halibut and provide angler opportunity where available.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/02/06/2020-02229/pacific-halibut-fisheries-catch-sharing-plan

 

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