Thursday, May 11, 2017

Chris Oliver increasingly likely to get NMFS top job



John Sackton, Seafood.com News

"Chris Oliver, the executive director of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC), appears to have the inside track to become the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, the head of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

Oliver has had widespread support from a range of seafood industry groups around the country, based on his long history as a successful leader of the NPFMC.

The latest talk within the industry is that Oliver is indeed the pick that the Commerce Department has submitted to the White House. The recommendation still has to get White House approval, and also a congressional approval of the nomination is needed...."


https://www.undercurrentnews.com/2017/05/10/chris-oliver-increasingly-likely-to-get-nmfs-top-job/

Friday, April 28, 2017

Knowing Fish: Documenting long-term changes in Alaskan halibut fisheries from fishermen’s local knowledge




Please join UAF researchers for a presentation and discussion about changes in local halibut fisheries. We will be hosting two outreach events this May in Homer and Sitka. Details are below and flyers attached—please spread the word. We thank you for your continued support!



Knowing Fish: Documenting long-term changes in Alaskan halibut fisheries from fishermen’s local knowledge

UAF researchers interviewed Alaskan fishers to understand how fishing for halibut and other species has changed over the past few decades. The research team will present results from Sitka and Homer that highlight the effects of halibut regulations on people’s fishing practices, opportunities, and perceptions of resource health. The presentation will also feature a short film that the team created about the value of fishermen’s local knowledge. The presentation will be followed by Q&A and discussion with the audience.



Wednesday, May 17, 2017 • 7:00 p.m.

Islands and Ocean Visitor Center Auditorium

95 Sterling Hwy • Homer, AK 99603



Monday, May 22, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.

University of Alaska Southeast • Room 229

1332 Seward Ave • Sitka, AK 99835



Presenters:

Anne Beaudreau, Assistant Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Juneau Fisheries Center

Maggie Chan, Ph.D. Student, UAF Fisheries

Elizabeth Figus, Ph.D. Student, UAF Fisheries (Sitka event only)



For more information about the events, contact Anne Beaudreau at abeaudreau@alaska.edu, 907‐796‐5454



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Anne Beaudreau

Assistant Professor

University of Alaska Fairbanks

School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

Monday, April 24, 2017

Public Meeting to Review Recreational Halibut Fishing Regulations: in Homer, Wednesday April 26th @6pm

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game Division of Sport Fish, Alaska State Troopers, and US Coast Guard will be hosting a public meeting for sport anglers and charter operators April 26, 2017 from 6 to 8pm at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer. The purpose of the meeting is to review sport fishing regulatory changes stemming from recent Board of Fisheries meetings, address questions regarding saltwater charter logbooks, and to review vessel and boating safety tips.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

U.S. Reps. Graves, Green, Webster, Wittman Champion Federal Saltwater Fisheries Reform


Washington, D.C. - April 6, 2017 - The recreational fishing and boating community praised the introduction of a bill that addresses critical challenges facing saltwater recreational fishing at the federal level. Led by Congressmen Garret Graves (R-La.), Gene Green (D-Texas), Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.), the "Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017" (Modern Fish Act) would improve public access to America's federal waters, promote conservation of our natural marine resources and spur economic growth.

"On behalf of America's 11 million saltwater anglers, we thank Congressmen Graves, Green, Webster and Wittman for championing this legislation to modernize federal recreational fishing management," said Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Sportfishing Policy. "For decades, the recreational fishing community has been subjected to antiquated federal policies not designed to manage recreational fishing. The time is now to update these policies so families can fully enjoy our nation's remarkable marine resources and continue a proud American tradition on the water."

The Modern Fish Act addresses many of the recreational fishing community's priorities including allowing alternative management for recreational fishing, reexamining fisheries allocations, smartly rebuilding fishery stocks, establishing exemptions where annual catch limits don't fit and improving recreational data collection. The bill aims to benefit fishing access and conservation by incorporating modern management approaches, science and technology to guide decision-making.
"We applaud the introduction of the Modern Fish Act in the House and the efforts of Rep. Graves and his colleagues to modernize the federal regulations governing access to the public's natural resources by boaters and anglers," said National Marine Manufacturers Association President Thom Dammrich. "We appreciate the Congressmen's support for better management of our recreational fisheries that will bring federal management into the 21st century."

"Getting more Americans outdoors and enjoying our wonderful natural treasures, including in saltwater spaces, requires updating and modernizing federal management approaches," said Mike Nussman, president of the American Sportfishing Association. "The Modern Fish Act addresses the core issues within federal saltwater fisheries management that are limiting the public's ability to enjoy saltwater recreational fishing, and will help maximize the economic, social and conservation benefits that recreational fishing provides to the nation."

"This legislation reflects the vision and commitment of the recreational angling community to work with Congress and NOAA to provide quality angling opportunities for all stakeholders," said Patrick Murray, president of Coastal Conservation Association. "We commend Congressmen Graves, Green, Webster and Wittman for providing a pathway to better management of America's marine fisheries in the future."

"For decades in federal fisheries management, recreational fishing was always an afterthought," explained Jim Donofrio executive director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance. "The Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act introduced by Congressman Graves and his colleagues finally addresses the specific needs of the recreational fishing community; stands to bring parity to fisheries management and will get anglers back on the water."

The coalition of groups supporting the Modern Fish Act includes American Sportfishing Association, Center for Sportfishing Policy, Coastal Conservation Association, Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, International Game Fish Association, National Marine Manufacturers Association, Recreational Fishing Alliance, The Billfish Foundationand Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.

Fishing-industry groups blast WA Gov. Inslee over his picks for North Council



"Gov. Jay Inslee’s handling of nominations for a federal fishery-council seat has come under attack from the leaders of major North Pacific fishing-industry groups, which have taken the unusual step of sending a complaint letter to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

Industry officials criticize Inslee for bucking the list of three nominees provided by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) for a seat on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. Instead, the governor made some of his own picks in what they say was a flawed process that denied most of the industry meaningful input. ... read more...


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

MRIP Releases Five-Year Strategic Plan; Seeks Public Comment

Today, MRIP released its draft five-year Strategic Plan and is requesting input on the Plan from our partners and stakeholders. Developed by a Working Group with broad federal and regional representation, the Plan lays out a clear, well-defined strategy for continuing to improve our survey methods while providing a sound basis for implementing new and expanded surveys through a system of regional partnerships.

The Plan emphasizes enhancing collaboration with partners, meeting customer needs, ensuring sound science and quality products, and improving communications with partners and stakeholders. It identifies specific strategies, tactics, outcomes, metrics, and timelines for achieving these goals. The document also articulates MRIP's mission, vision, and values, and provides a detailed history and major milestones of the Program.

We are seeking public feedback as part of MRIP's ongoing commitment to improving our surveys through collaboration among federal, regional, and state agencies, and the saltwater recreational fishing community. Incorporating comments from scientists, managers, fishermen, and others is a critical step in ensuring that the Strategic Plan guides MRIP in a direction that will ensure the sustainability of recreational fishing today, and for generations to come.

We welcome all input, and are particularly interested in whether the goals, strategies, and tactics we've outlined are likely to meet partner and stakeholder needs, as well as achieve the mission and vision stated in the Plan.

The document and details on providing feedback can be found on the homepage of the MRIP website, countmyfish.noaa.gov. Comments are due by June 30, 2017.


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Do you have questions about MRIP or our surveys? Ask us and we'll answer your question in an upcoming newsletter. If you've got a question about MRIP that you'd like answered, please e-mail Dave Bard at david.bard@noaa.gov.

To learn more about improvements MRIP is making, visit our website at countmyfish.noaa.gov.