Written by Jen Finn
Incidental harvest of king salmon in the non-pollock trawl fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska, a hot button issue for both commercial and sport fishermen, may come before federal fisheries regulators again in April.
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council heard 12 hours of testimony at its December meeting in Anchorage as well as discussions about the incidental catch of chum salmon in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands groundfish fisheries.
The council then added the Gulf of Alaska king salmon bycatch issue to the agenda for its April meeting in Anchorage. The council, which considers bycatch a priority issue, has directed its staff to refine its analysis.
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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:
The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.Read more...
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