Saturday, December 9, 2017

Cod trouble

As expected and feared, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council has slashed the quota for Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska.

The total allowable catch for Gulf cod in 2018 is 13,096 metric tons, down 80 percent from this year's 64,442 tons.

The council is meeting through the weekend in Anchorage. Its quota recommendations are subject to U.S. commerce secretary approval.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Cantwell seeks pollution law relief for fish boats

Read about it here.

Another big Bristol Bay projection

The University of Washington is forecasting a harvest of 33.5 million sockeye next year in Bristol Bay.

That compares to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game forecast of 37.6 million.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Poor outlook for Stikine, Taku rivers

The Department of Fish and Game says it's very unlikely any directed Chinook salmon fisheries will occur in 2018.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Badass boat

During last month's Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle, Deckboss went looking for fish boats and found the Ocean Rover tied up at Terminal 91. The 256-foot factory trawler, part of the American Seafoods fleet, fishes Bering Sea pollock.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Canada's halibut

The International Pacific Halibut Commission is holding its interim meeting this week in Seattle. As always, the panel is weighing a great deal of information such as the 2017 stock assessment and various regulatory proposals.

Here's a little item, taken from a staff report, that certainly caught our attention:

"The IPHC Secretariat continues to hear concern from Canadian representatives regarding the IPHC's current understanding of Pacific halibut biological distribution. Commentary indicates that the current methodology is underrepresenting the amount of the coastwide Pacific halibut stock that is within Canadian waters. Reports of large Pacific halibut and high catch rates are thought to further support this claim. The IPHC is expanding the fisheries-independent setline survey (FISS) in Canadian waters in the summer of 2018. We are confident that this expansion will increase our collective knowledge of Pacific halibut biological distribution, as it will cover a greater range (deeper and shallower depths) than the current setline survey design."

The interim meeting wraps up today.

The commission won't set 2018 catch limits until its Jan. 22-26 annual meeting in Portland.