Cristy Fry

Cook Inlet fisheries management plan proving tricky to work out

The United Cook Inlet Drift Association, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council, the National Marine Fisheries Service and its overlying organization, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are having trouble coming to agreement on a U.S. Supreme Court order to work out a Fisheries Management Plan to regulate salmon fisheries in Upper Cook Inlet.

Fishermen get short reprieve on EPA discharge rules

Alaska’s congressional delegation has secured another short-lived extension to exempt smaller Alaska fishing vessels, under 79 feet, from Environmental Protection Agency incidental discharge regulations, which expired on Dec. 18, 2017. The temporary extension, which is effective only until Jan. 19, will provide fishing and small commercial vessels relief as Congress pursues a permanent exemption to a patchwork of burdensome federal and state regulations for vessel ballast water and incidental discharges.

Fishermen had mixed year

Alaska fishermen had a mixed year in 2017, with prices up but product down in some crab fisheries, quota up but prices down in the halibut fishery, prices and catches up in the sablefish fishery, and most salmon fisheries seeing large catches.

NPFMC drops cod quota

As expected, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council has voted to drop the Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod quota by 80 percent, from the 2017 total allowable catch of 64,442 metric tons to a TAC of 13,096 mt.

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