National Fisherman

The current timetable calls for the committee and its consultant, Rhode Island-based Ninigret Partners, to complete a draft plan by the end of January that, following public review and the gathering of endorsements, would be submitted to the state for review and approval sometime in May, according to Sarah Garcia, the city’s harbor planning director.
The committee is scheduled to hold its first of three public forums Wednesday night at City Hall, when the initial findings on the harbor’s economic and planning baseline will be unveiled for public comment and discussion.
“This has been a real opportunity for us to expand our data so we have something quantifiable about the number of people working in a variety of jobs,” Garcia said. “We want to include all voices in the community so we’re rowing this boat in the same direction. Otherwise, we’re just going in circles.”
Ninigret’s Hively presented the Harbor Plan Committee last week with an initial economic overview of the harbor, including preliminary breakdowns of DPA parcels by size and land use, as well as workforce employment by industry.
“It’s a very mixed-use harbor,” Hively said. “In the end, it will be more about what you can do than what you want to do.”
The economic numbers — which, he stressed, in some cases are preliminary — show employment is roughly evenly distributed among fleet (fishermen and boat supports services), seafood (processing, wholesale and electronic markets and trading) and tourism (museums, restaurants, recreational and amusements and specialty retail).
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Inside the Industry

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.

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