Tag Archives: central Gulf of Alaska

Bad weather keeping halibut boats tied to dock, and various other fish news reports

alaska-halibut__frontTen days into the 2015 halibut season, prices are beginning to fall slightly, but production is nearly nonexistent, at least in the central Gulf of Alaska, Area 3A. Stormy weather and big tides have conspired to make a slow start to the season in Area 3A, with the weather continuing to keep boats in port this week. Boats in the area delivered only 146,000 pounds from 26 deliveries during the first 10 days, although deliveries in Southeast Alaska, Area 2C, topped out at 420,000 pounds from 62 deliveries. Read the rest here 13:58

Pacific halibut fisheries in Southeast Alaska and the Central Gulf of Alaska – NOAA seeks public input on proposed halibut catch sharing plan

The public comment period on the proposed rule is open for 45 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register. Address comments to Glenn Merrill, Assistant Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region NMFS, Attn: Ellen Sebastian, and identified by FDMS Docket Number NOAA-NMFS-2011-0180. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Submission: via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal – Mail: P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802-1668 – Fax: 907-586-7557  readproposedrule  news release

Big skate retention prohibited for Prince William Sound, Cook Inlet, central Gulf of Alaska

Fishermen in Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound targeting halibut and  groundfish may not retain incidentally-caught big skates as of noon today. Skates cannot be retained for the rest of the year. Instead, they must be  released with minimum injury. continued