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Proposal to Extend Marine National Monument Would Impact Western Pacific Fisheries
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Proposal to Extend Marine National Monument Would Impact Western Pacific Fisheries

Fishing community advisors attending the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (Wespac) meeting in Honolulu expressed concern over U.S. plans to extend the Papahanamokuakea Marine National Monument and potentially the Pacific Remote Islands with sanctuary regulations. They told the Fishery Management Council last week that such a move would result in fishing area closures and destabilization of foreign seafood imports on market dynamics. “The tuna industry is the only industry we have, the government relies on the canneries,” Gene Pan, an American Samoa Advisory Panel member, said. “You are stopping us from fishing, but not the Chinese. Without the people, there is no Samoa.” “Without the StarKist cannery, we cannot continue to sustain our cultural heritage and k...
NOAA Fisheries Requests $1.1B Budget for 2025
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NOAA Fisheries Requests $1.1B Budget for 2025

NOAA Fisheries is seeking $1.1 billion to cover operations, research and facilities in 2025, down slightly from the $1.3 billion allocated to the agency by Congress for fiscal 2023, and roughly equal to the fiscal 2024 funds that Congress agreed to earlier in March. One of those budget priorities, the online publication SeafoodSource notes, is funding for Mitchell Act hatcheries in the Columbia River Basin, to help restore fish to that water body and protect biodiversity from offshore wind. The budget request notes that the additional funds are “part of the (Biden) administration’s commitment to prioritize the restoration of healthy and abundant wild salmon, steelhead, and other native fish populations to the Columbia River Basin, and honor the United States’ obligations to triba...
NOAA Fisheries Slates Virtual Listening Sessions on Aquaculture
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NOAA Fisheries Slates Virtual Listening Sessions on Aquaculture

NOAA Fisheries has announced virtual listing sessions for the West Coast and Alaska in March to help the agency plan better for the future of its aquaculture program and the potential impact of constraints on achieving its aquaculture goals. The West Coast virtual session is to be held from 10 a.m. to noon Pacific Standard Time on March 1 and the Alaska session from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Alaska standard time. The link to register for the West Coast session is http://tinyurl.com/2c569p3c. For the Alaska virtual session, visit http://tinyurl.com/5b9hswns. A date for the Pacific Islands virtual session is still to be determined, according to NOAA Fisheries.
Alaska Board of Fisheries Plans Final Action on Hatchery Production Issue
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Alaska Board of Fisheries Plans Final Action on Hatchery Production Issue

Final action on a proposal to reduce hatchery production of pink salmon is scheduled to be heard at the next meeting of the Alaska Board of Fisheries, which is scheduled for Feb. 23-March 5. The board took testimony on Proposal 43 during its meeting in Homer, Alaska from Nov. 28 through Dec. 1, and received additional written testimony in advance of the Anchorage meeting, which is being held at the Egan Convention Center. According to Board of Fisheries Executive Director Art Nelson, Proposition 43 is slated for discussion by Group 6 of the board’s committee on March 2, with final action set for after further deliberations on March 3. Proposition 43, proposed by the Fairbanks Fish and Game Advisory Committee, calls for reduction of overall hatchery production of pink salmon to...
SPRFMO Adopts New Monitoring Standards
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SPRFMO Adopts New Monitoring Standards

Members of the New Zealand-based South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO), while meeting in Manta, Ecuador from Jan. 29-Feb. 2, adopted U.S. proposals to boost observer coverage and combat labor abuse in South Pacific fisheries. NOAA Fisheries said that the U.S. delegation, including members of the State Department, offered proposals to continue strengthening management and monitoring of the squid fishery in the South Pacific. According to NOAA Fisheries, the fishery has been the focus of claims of rampant illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in recent years. U.S. efforts led to adoption of a comprehensive high seas boarding and inspection program last year, a program that has increased opportunities for monitoring the fleet. NOAA Fisherie...
9th World Fisheries Congress Convenes in Seattle March 3-7
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9th World Fisheries Congress Convenes in Seattle March 3-7

Some 1,500 fisheries delegates from around the world are expected to convene in Seattle from March 3-7 for the 9th World Fisheries Congress (WFC), to discuss perspectives on research, emerging issues and governance related to fisheries science, industry, conservation and management. WFC officials say they’ve already received more than 1,200 oral and poster presentations from 70-plus countries for the meeting. Plans are for major topics of discussion to range from bringing back salmon from the brink and road maps for incorporating new methods into science-based fisheries management to dam removal as a river restoration tool at the water-energy-food nexus. The session on bringing salmon back from the brink, organized by Gary Morishima of Quinault Management Center, in Bellevue, ...
Commerce Department Allocates Millions of Dollars for Fishery Disasters
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Commerce Department Allocates Millions of Dollars for Fishery Disasters

Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo has announced the allocation of over $42 million to address fishery disasters in among other places, Alaska, California, Oregon and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and Yurok Tribes fisheries from 2017 to 2023. “With these allocations, it is our hope that these funds help the affected communities and tribes recover from these disasters,” Raimondo said in Jan. 29 statement. The allocations include $1,594,841 for the 2022 Alaska Yukon River salmon fisheries; $1,648,366 for the 2018 and 2019 California Red Sea Urchin fishery, $7,050,722 for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 Oregon Chinook salmon fisheries; $1,218,502 for the 2017 and 2019 Muckleshoot Indian Tribe coho, chum and pink salmon fisheries; and $405,778 for the 2020 Yurok Tribe Chinook salmon fisherie...
NPFMC Amendments Would Expand Electronic Monitoring Program
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NPFMC Amendments Would Expand Electronic Monitoring Program

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has submitted Amendment 126 to the Fishery Management Plans for groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area and Amendment 114 to the Fishery Management Plan for groundfish in the Gulf of Alaska. If approved, the amendments would expand electronic monitoring (EM) to pelagic trawl pollock catcher vessels and tenders delivering to shoreside processors or stationary floating processors in the Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska. Both amendments 126 and Amendment 114 are intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the BSAI FMP and the GOA FMP. The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on Monday, Jan. 22 by the National Oceani...
Disaster Determined in 2020 Puget Sound Fall Chum Salmon Fishery
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Disaster Determined in 2020 Puget Sound Fall Chum Salmon Fishery

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo has determined that a commercial fishery failure due to a fishery resource disaster occurred in the 2020 Squaxin Island Tribe Puget Sound fall chum salmon, making the fishery eligible for NOAA disaster assistance. The determination, in response to a request from Squaxin Island Tribe Chairman Kristopher Peters, was confirmed by NOAA Fisheries on Jan 12. A fishery disaster determination must meet specific requirements under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 2007. For example, there must be economic impacts and an unexpected large decrease in fish stock biomass or other change that results in significant loss of access to the fishery resource from specific allowable causes. Fishery participants may also qualify for di...
Tanner Crab Commercial Fishery Opens for Kodiak, South Alaska Peninsula
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Tanner Crab Commercial Fishery Opens for Kodiak, South Alaska Peninsula

Commercial fishing for Tanner crab at Kodiak and Alaska’s South Peninsula opened Monday, Jan. 15, after the National Weather Service determined there was no prospect of gale warnings. A total of 135 vessels are registered for the Kodiak area fishery, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, including 110 on the Eastside, where the allowable catch was 2.44 million pounds. Another 20 vessel were registered to harvest the 465,000 allowable catch in the southeast sectors and five more for the 100,000 pound allocation in the southwest sector. For Alaska’s South Peninsula, 20 vessels each were registered for the western and eastern sectors. The allowable harvest for both western and eastern sectors of the South Peninsula is 225,000 pounds. The fishery was anticipat...