National Fisherman

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.

Read the full story at Alaska Dispatch>>

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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