Crab, groundfish and salmon bycatch issues are on federal fish council agenda

Crab, groundfish and salmon issues are all up for discussion at the October meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council from Oct. 5 to Oct. 10 at the Hilton Hotel in Anchorage. 

The federal fisheries board will hear the Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) report for Bering Sea and Aleutian Island crab, and adopt the acceptable biological catch and overfishing limits for Bering Sea red king crab, tanner crab, snow crab, and Pribilof Island blue king crab. 

The council will also discuss proposed specifications for Bering Sea/Aleutian Island and Gulf of Alaska groundfish, and conduct a preliminary review of chum salmon bycatch during the meeting. 

The session will also include management reports from the National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA general council, the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other fisheries entries. 

The council’s meeting agenda is online at Links to and meeting ID numbers are also posted on this website. 

The comment period will open on Sept. 8 and the deadline for written comments is Sept. 29.