State Fix on Groundfish Tax Collection Still a Work in Progress

Undercurrent News, June 15, 2016
By DJ Summers

Editor’s note: this story has been updated with exact numbers provided by Kurt Iverson.

KODIAK — A fishing tax rate glitch has new data that will increase state revenue in 2016, but the fix still needs work.

“I don’t think this issue’s going to go away,” said Kurt Iverson, a research analyst for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Iverson said 2015 data has raised the price for formerly undervalued fish. The state won’t make the millions it believed the fishery is worth, but the aggregate tax increase is worth more than a half-million dollars…. Continue Reading

Alaska Flatfish Catchers Take Hit After NPFMC Bycatch Vote, June 10, 2015
By Christine Blank, contributing editor

Flatfish catcher-processors are worried about the impact on their business and jobs in the sector after the North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted to reduce halibut bycatch by 25 percent…. Continue Reading

NMFS Set to Expand Aleutian Islands Commercial Fishing Following Steller Sea Lion Impact Statement

By Lauren Rosenthal

The new year will likely bring new fisheries to the western Aleutian Islands, now that the National Marine Fisheries Service has issued its final report on the way commercial fishing affects an endangered population of Steller sea lions.

The agency came out in favor of allowing more fishing in its environmental impact statement, or EIS, on Friday morning…. Continue Reading

NMFS Makes a Dramatic Improvement in its Science Assessment with New Steller Sea Lion Bi-Op

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS [News Analysis], April 7, 2014
By John Sackton

The 2014 steller sea lion biological opinion released last week represents a stunning and very welcome turnaround for NOAA…. Continue Reading

North Pacific Council Unhappy with NMFS Latest Steller Sea Lion Impact Statement

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  [KUCB/], April 10, 2013
By Stephanie Joyce

The National Marine Fisheries Service recently released a court-ordered draft environmental impact statement, intended to be the first step in resolving the decades-long debate over Steller sea lion protection measures in the western Aleutians. Last week, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council reviewed the document, and if their reaction is any indication, it’s not going to be a cure-all…. Continue Reading

NOAA Takes First Step on Steller Sea Lion EIS, as Ordered by Court News [KUCB], April 18, 2012
By Alexandra Gutierrez

Wednesday the federal government took its first step in preparing an environmental impact statement on commercial fishing restrictions in the western Aleutians.  Members of the public can now offer official comment on how Steller sea lion protection measures have affected them…. Continue Reading

Judge Rules NMFS Has Until 2015 to Revise Steller Sea Lion Closures, Disappointing Industry News [ and KUCB]
By Stephanie Joyce

There won’t be an Atka mackerel or Pacific cod fishery in the western Aleutians until at least 2015. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess ruled Monday that the National Marine Fisheries Service would have 23 months to assess the impact of its Steller sea lion protection measures in the region…. Continue Reading

NMFS Sea Lion Restrictions Still Under Fire from Alaskan Fishermen Despite Court Ruling News [Cordova Times], February 3, 2012
By Margaret Bauman

A federal judge has ruled that commercial fishing restrictions aimed at protecting endangered Steller sea lions were properly imposed, because the sea lions are not getting enough food…. Continue Reading