National Fisherman

This year's halibut fishery is all over. The eight-month season ended on Nov. 7, a week earlier than usual.
Preliminary numbers show there was more than a million pounds left of the nearly 22-million-pound harvest.
Kodiak processors called the season "scratchy." Fishermen seemed to agree.
"As a whole it was kind of slow fishing," said Rick Turvey, skipper of the Big Blue. "There is fish out there; they are just harder to get and they don't seem like they are getting big. There are a lot of small fish."
Prices to Kodiak fishermen averaged about $4.50 for the season, but ended as high as $5.65.
Read the full story at Anchorage Daily News>>

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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