Alaska State Board of Fisheries in action                 Credit: 


The final months of the year are when Alaska fishermen learn how much they’ll be able to catch in the coming year and other new rules by fishery managers.

Stakeholders not able to make the various meetings can tune in, get documents and interact on line.

First up — halibut fishermen will get a first glimpse at next year’s potential catch limits at the 93rd interim meeting of the International Pacific Halibut Commission November 28-29 in Seattle.

Results of the summer halibut stock surveys will be unveiled from the more than 15-hundred stations sampled from the west coast to the Bering Sea. No group on earth is more tight lipped about what they saw on the grounds than the halibut fishing crews and counters.

Halibut stakeholders have submitted 14 new regulatory proposals to the IPHC for consideration, ranging from use of pots to fish storage. New this year: attendees must pre-register to attend the halibut meeting.

Over 50 proposals regarding Prince William Sound and Upper Copper and Susitna river fisheries will be considered at the Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting Dec. 1-5   in Valdez.

Ten relate specifically to the Copper River commercial salmon fishery, including reducing the depth of drift gillnet gear and banning commercial fishing in May at times of low Chinook abundance.

The Fish Board is accepting public comments through Friday, November 17 on commercial, sport, subsistence and personal use fisheries. All portions of the meeting will be live streamed.

Likewise, you can tune in to the upcoming meetings of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council    Dec. 6 – 12 in Anchorage.

Among other things, the Council will decide on the 2018 catch quotas for Alaska’s largest fisheries, pollock, cod, rockfish, flounders and other whitefish.

The public can send comments to the Council via email.