Lots of fish meetings, comment deadlines
September 30, 2016
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – A big line up of fish meetings that affect your livelihood. More after this –
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Fish meetings over the next few months give industry a chance to be a part of the decision. First up is the North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting October 3 – 11 in Anchorage. On the agenda: observer deployments, electronic monitoring and a first look at next year’s catch quotas for groundfish which account for over 80 percent of Alaska’s harvest poundage. For pollock, the catch is approved for two years, meaning it will again be about three billion pounds.
The public has until October 4 to comment to the state Board of Fisheries on agenda change requests and stocks of concern – 12 were received so far. The Fish Board will hold a work session October 18-20 in Soldotna. Through March, the Board will take up 276 proposals focused primarily on Kodiak and Cook Inlet.
And unless the Fish Board agrees to hold an emergency hearing in the next week on bairdi Tanner crab in the Bering Sea, there likely will be no fishery until 2019 at the earliest. Summer surveys showed mature females were below a threshold in one of two fishing regions.
“It’s not a result of the crab not being there. It’s a result of the survey not being able to find them.”
Ruth Christiansen is science advisor for the group Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers, which along with the communities of Unalaska and St. Paul are pushing for at least a partial Tanner opener. The crab fisheries open October 15th.
Turning to halibut – the International Pacific Halibut Commission is calling for regulatory and catch limit proposals, due by October 31. The public will get a first glimpse at catch recommendations at the IPHC interim meeting, November 29-20 in Seattle. The annual halibut commission meeting is set for January 23-27 in Victoria, British Columbia.
All of the fish meetings are available in real time on line – you can find links at our website www.alaskafishradio.com
Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods – who salutes and says thanks to the men and women fishing across Alaska for their hard work and dedication. (www.oceanbeauty.com) In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.