Daily Archives: January 15, 2013

Alaska Fish Factor: Stall in Salmon Catch Shares

Catch share crunch – It will cost a fisherman more than that to get his hands on 100,000 pounds of halibut in prime Alaska fishing regions.  Not surprisingly, that side of the broker business is slow and there’s not much to sell, especially for halibut where catches have been slashed by 70% over three years and more cuts are coming.  Read more

Fishing aid package eliminated by U.S. House panel

The decision, made Monday night, was expected by many, but it leaves Gloucester, New Bedford and lesser groundfishing ports without the hope or expectation of short-term financial aid even as the commercial fleets continue to consolidate in the face of reduced catch limits and potentially catastrophic constrictions in opportunity looming in the 2013 fishing year. Read more

Cook Inlet salmon management plan implications discussed

“I was really bothered by the last two years when people in the community suffered — both the sport fish and the commercial end — then after the fact the department came out with memorandums … upping the final escapement numbers which would have allowed enough harvest for people to have been able to participate fully.” Read more

Salmon Runs Boom, Go Bust Over Centuries – ScienceDaily

Scientists in the past 20 years have recognized that salmon stocks vary not only year to year, but also on decades-long time cycles. One example is the 30-year to 80-year booms and busts in salmon runs in Alaska and on the West Coast driven by the climate pattern known as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation. Read more

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service issues new call for nominations for International Pacific Halibut Commission seats

In Spring 2012, NOAA Fisheries publicly solicited nominations for two presidential appointments to serve as U.S. commissioners to the IPHC. It was the first time ever that nominees for IPHC commissioner seats were sought through an open, public nomination process. Read more

Reminder — Gillnet Bycatch Workshop in Ocean City, Maryland — on January 22 and 23 — You can join via webinar!

NOAA Fisheries (NMFS) and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission are hosting a workshop  to discuss protected species bycatch in mid-Atlantic gillnet fisheries. While gillnet fisheries interact with several species protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act  and the Endangered Species Act, this workshop will focus specifically on sea turtles and Atlantic sturgeon. The objective of the workshop is to generate ideas for technological solutions through a collaborative process that involves the fishing industry, conservation community, species experts/researchers, managers, and other interested parties.
 Those unable to attend the workshop in person will be able to listen to the discussions via webinar.
 Click here to view the agenda
 For more information, contact Ellen Keane at [email protected]
 This Webinar is held on the following dates:
Jan 22, 2013 12:30 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Jan 23, 2013 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM EST
Register Now at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/127363126

Potential harvest of most fish stocks largely unrelated to abundance – University of Washington-led study by Hilborn/Vert/Jensen/Amoroso

Fisheries managers should sharpen their ability to spot environmental conditions that hamper or help fish stocks, rather than assuming that having a certain abundance of fish assures how much can be sustainably harvested. Read more

Read the full study here    The story  at  savingseafood.com

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New Quotas Announced for Mackerel and Butterfish Fisheries – National Marine Fisheries Service,

 Through this action, the butterfish mortality cap will also be increased by 1,299 mt (141 percent increase over the 2012 butterfish mortality cap).  The increased butterfish mortality cap will allow the longfin squid fishery to fish longer and obtain their full longfin squid allocation. The Atlantic mackerel quota is unchanged from 2012 and is being implemented for 3 years, from 2013 through 2015
 Effective Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2013  Read the Bulletin

Expert Finds Individual Catch Shares Hurt Communities – kmxt 100.1FM – (thank you, Alaska Gal!)

All eyes and ears were on visiting fisheries professor Seth Macinko Tuesday night during the joint session of the Kodiak Island Borough and the City Council. Macinko, who teaches at the University of Rhode Island  has worked closely with catch share management programs thought the world and offered hi take on the growing issue in Alaska. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is working toward a catch shares in the Gulf of Alaska to help address bycatch issues. Macinko said the rationalization of groundfish mirrors steps taken in other fisheries around the world. Listen here.

US orders Arctic drilling assessment after rig mishap. Is this the future for the East Coast?

The Interior Department on Tuesday ordered “an expedited, high-level assessment” of oil and gas activities in Alaska’s Arctic waters following a violent storm that drove Shell’s drilling rig, the Kulluk, aground last week and revivedstooge debate over the company’s plans to explore for oil in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. “Developing America’s domestic energy sources is essential for reducing our dependence on foreign oil and creating jobs here at home, and the Administration is fully committed to exploring for potential energy resources in frontier areas such as the Arctic,” Salazar said in a statement. But, he added, “we also recognize that the unique challenges posed by the Arctic environment demand an even higher level of scrutiny.” Read more

Winter tough on many levels for local fishing fleet – Eric Anderson

Those committed to the profession still contribute greatly to this local economy with their spending, which make them an integral and longstanding participant in this community. Regardless of how fast changes are taking place, communities need to be careful not to lose their founding industries that add so much to the local identity. I hope that most might agree the fishing industry presents a positive component of our community that needs attention and elevated exposure, considering the variety of challenges that it endures. Read more

Dives show no sign of Foxy Lady II crew Foxy Lady II wreckage covers wide area, Coast Guard says

The U.S. Coast Guard is examining underwater photographs of what has been described as widespread wreckage of the 45-foot long, Gloucester-based fishing vessel Foxy Lady II, which vanished in mid-December with a crew of two scmanatthewheelallopers who lived in Maine. Read more