National Fisherman


After a late start that had the fleet worried, the Bristol Bay red king crab fishery went fast, with 96 percent of the 7,740,000 pound individual fishing quota landed by Nov. 11 and shipments beginning to Japan.
 
As of that date, said Jake Jacobsen of the Inter-Cooperative Exchange in Seattle, only 336,682 pounds of IFQ quota remained to be harvested.
 
The fishery officially begins on Oct. 15, but vessels with IFQ quota remained in port until Oct. 19, because of a partial government shutdown that delayed issuance of the necessary IFQ permits.
 
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The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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The congressional delegation explained the importance of this issue to Alaskans and the need for assurances that the water quality in transboundary waters between Alaska and Canada will be maintained.

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