Thursday, October 1, 2020

October 1, 2020

Alaska

The Alaska Fisheries Report — Oct. 1, 2020
KMXT by Maggie Wall - October 1, 2020
It’s the beginning of a new quarter and that means a number of fisheries are coming open around the state. We look at upcoming seasons as well as a review of how salmon went this year.
https://kmxt.org/2020/10/the-alaska-fisheries-report-oct-1-2020/

Federal Fisheries Council Takes Up Crab, Groundfish Issues
Fishermen's News - September 30, 2020
The fall meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council got underway this week, with meetings of the council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee. The only final action on the agenda is over removing processing restrictions for squid and sculpins in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2020/09/federal-fisheries-council-takes-up-crab.html

IPHC Says 2020 Setline Survey is Most Data Rich in the Commission’s History
Fishermen's News - September 30, 2020
Officials with the International Pacific Halibut Commission have completed their 2020 survey designed to collect standardized fishery-independent data for use in their annual Pacific halibut stock assessment. The data is used also to study various aspects of the Pacific halibut resource, including growth, distribution, biomass, age composition, sexual maturity and relative abundance of other species.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2020/09/iphc-says-2020-setline-survey-is-most.html


Environment/Science
Washington senator says Congress should block Pebble’s permit
Alaska Public Media by Liz Ruskin - September 29, 2020
U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell says she’ll support a bill to block a permit for the proposed Pebble Mine in southwest Alaska. The Washington state Democrat is also calling for an investigation into whether Pebble’s CEO lied to Congress about the project.
https://www.alaskapublic.org/2020/09/29/washington-senator-says-congress-should-block-pebbles-permit/


Federal Register
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Exchange of Flatfish in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 10/01/2020
NMFS is exchanging allocations of Amendment 80 cooperative quota (CQ) for Amendment 80 acceptable biological catch (ABC) reserves. This action is necessary to allow the 2020 total allowable catch (TAC) of flathead sole, rock sole, and yellowfin sole in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) to be harvested.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/10/01/2020-21751/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-exchange-of-flatfish-in-the-bering-sea-and

Fisheries Off West Coast States; West Coast Salmon Fisheries; Rebuilding Coho Salmon Stocks
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 10/01/2020
NMFS proposes to approve and implement rebuilding plans recommended by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) for three overfished stocks: Juan de Fuca, Queets, and Snohomish natural coho salmon (collectively, the overfished coho stocks). NMFS determined in June 2018 that these stocks were overfished. NMFS also announces the availability for public review and comment of a draft environmental assessment (EA) analyzing the environmental impacts of implementing these rebuilding plans.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/10/01/2020-19884/fisheries-off-west-coast-states-west-coast-salmon-fisheries-rebuilding-coho-salmon-stocks


FYI’s
BOF votes to hold PWS, Southeast Alaska sessions in spring
Two-day work session now set for October 15-16 via Zoom
Cordova Times - September 30, 2020
Board of Fisheries members have voted to postpone until spring deliberations on Prince William Sound finfish and shellfish issues that were to be decided in December, a precautionary move because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/09/30/bof-votes-to-hold-pws-southeast-alaska-sessions-in-spring/
 

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