This Week's Fish News

October 28, 2022

ALFA's Virtual Fall Expo is set for November 9. Maddie will be presenting on the permit and quota systems, and buying and selling permits, quota and vessels. Other topics include gear recycling, Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project updates, PredictWind updates, marine mammal deterrents and proposed regulations, mental health and commercial fishing, harmful algae blooms and more. It'll be fun, interactive, and educational, and it's free

Last chance! Applications for Alaska's Round 2 CARES Act relief must be postmarked by October 31. If you're a stakeholder in Alaska's fishing industry and experienced a loss of at least 35% in gross fishing revenue in 2020, you may qualify for relief funds.

Gov. Dunleavy is pushing the EPA to stop the veto of Pebble Mine; a decision is expected by December 2.

Despite sanctions, Russia is exporting seafood to more countries this year than last, with export volume up over 24% YOY and export value up over 20% YOY. Who's still wondering why they aren't getting paid more for their salmon? Anybody?

In a contentious meeting, the Alaska Federation of Natives adopted two resolutions aimed at decreasing bycatch of salmon headed towards the Kuskokwim and Yukon rivers. 

The Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association, a Yukon CDQ group representing six native villages, is now the majority owner of Golden Alaska Seafoods, and the M/V Golden Alaska, a 305 ft. pollock processor. The group also owns four of the six catcher vessels that deliver pollock to the mothership. 

The Government Accountability Office gave NMFS a slap on the wrist for lack of available quality fisheries management data, due to logistical complications and cost. NMFS is working on improving its database, but the GAO noted those projects lacked “key project management elements, such as written goals and timelines." That's some bureaucratic smack talk right there! 

This week's Alaska Fisheries Report: "a visit to a meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, Crab Crash Edition."

Don't forget: elections are right around the corner and if you fish anywhere in Alaska, these elections affect youHere's a great overview of the elections and how to request a mail-in ballot (which must be requested by October 29). If you'll be out fishing on election day, make sure to vote early (early voting started October 24) or request a mail-in ballot!

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