Fish Radio
September 27, 2013                                    

Trawl fishing nets Credit: NOAA

Trawl fishing nets
Credit: NOAA

 This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Upcoming fish meetings will reveal next year’s likely catches. More after this –

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 Fall marks the start of  fish meetings that will give Alaskans a first look at next year’s proposed groundfish and halibut catches.

 From October 2 – 8 the North Pacific Fishery Management Council meets in Anchorage.  The group will hear what fishery scientists recommend for next year’s catches of pollock, cod and all other groundfish in federal waters of the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea.  Of note – surveys indicate the numbers of sablefish appear to be down substantially so those catches are likely to take a dip. The Council also is considering an   industry proposal that would allow the use of pots in the Gulf to avoid whale takes in the fishery.

Also on the agenda:  lots of reports on measures to reduce halibut and salmon bycatch, Sea Shares’ donation programs to food banks, and a report on the expanded observer program.

 The state Board of Fisheries kicks off its meeting cycle Oct. 9-10 in Girdwood. The board takes on statewide cod fish issues in mid-October, followed by Chignik and Lower Cook Inlet in early December. Kodiak and Upper Cook Inlet fish issues will be heard in January; the Fish Board wraps up in March with state king and Tanner crab.

 Finally – halibut takes center stage in early December when the International Pacific Halibut Commission meets in Seattle on Dec. 4-5.  Anyone wanting to submit requests for halibut regulation changes needs to get them to the IPHC by November 1.  Check out the halibut commissions’ new Facebook page for updates.

 You can follow all of the fish meetings as they happen via web links.  They are posted at Fish Links at

  Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods – who salutes and says thanks to the men and women fishing across Alaska for their hard work and dedication. ( In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.