Alaska/Pacific Coast

Oil response training keeps fishermen prepared for a spill
For the first time, the public got a chance to see how local fishermen practice for a major oil spill
KTVA by Heather Hintze – April 13, 2016
ANCHORAGE –It was a busy day on Resurrection Bay as fishermen took a break from their daily catch to practice techniques to respond to an oil spill.
http://www.ktva.com/oil-response-training-keeps-fishermen-prepared-for-a-spill-399/

Puget Sound salmon fishing season negotiations break down
News Tribune by Jeffrey P. Mayor – April 14, 2016
Negotiations between the state and treaty tribes over fishing in Puget Sound broke off Thursday, leaving the prospect of a fishing season in limbo.
http://www.thenewstribune.com/outdoors/hunting-fishing/article71947077.html

Politics

House merges Gov. Walker’s taxes on fishing, mining and gas
Alaska Dispatch News by Nathaniel Herz – April 14, 2016
JUNEAU — The Alaska House on Thursday combined three of Gov. Bill Walker’s tax proposals, merging increases on commercial fishing and mining with an existing bill to double the state’s gas tax.
http://www.adn.com/article/20160414/house-merges-gov-walkers-taxes-fishing-mining-and-gas

Environment/Science

In the Empty Arctic, How to Get the Job Done?  With A Drone. 
When the weather is bad and civilization distant, the best way to count sea lions—or survey fires or oil spills—may be an unmanned aircraft.
National Geographic By Joel K. Bourne, Jr. – April 14, 2016
It’s hard to say what the 2,000-pound bull Steller sea lion hauled out on a rocky shore in the far western Aleutians thought about the strange object hovering 150 feet above him. An odd bird? The world’s largest mosquito? Whatever it was, he paid it no mind—and that’s just what the people who were piloting the small drone, an APH-22 hexacopter, had hoped for.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/04/160414-Arctic-drones-wildlife-fire-oil-spill-environment/

Land mines of the sea: Cleaning up lost fishing gear
Seattle Times by Wayne Parry (AP) – April 14, 2016
WARETOWN, N.J. (AP) — They are the land mines of the sea, killing long after being forgotten.
Abandoned or lost fishing gear, including traps, crab pots and nets, litter the ocean floor in coastal areas around the world. Many continue to attract, entrap and kill fish and other marine life in what’s called “ghost fishing.”
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/land-mines-of-the-sea-cleaning-up-lost-fishing-gear/

‘Godzilla’ El Niño is dead
Washington Post by Angela Fritz – April 11, 2016
It was going to be an El Niño to end all El Niños. The warmest ocean temperature anomalies on record blossomed in its core, the largest area of exceptionally warm water ever seen in the tropical Pacific. The California drought was death watch — it would bring “one storm after another like a conveyor belt.” It was named Godzilla.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/04/11/godzilla-el-nino-is-dead/

FYI’s

Natl. Weather Service STOPS SHOUTING, will use lower case in forecasts
USATODAY  by Greg Toppo – April 12, 2016
The weather may sometimes be scary, BUT FORECASTERS SHOUTING ABOUT IT DON’T HELP, a leading federal agency said Monday.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/04/11/natl-weather-service-stops-shouting-use-lower-case-forecasts/82914206/

NIOSH Finds Bering Sea/Aleutian Island Crab Fleet’s Safety Much Improved
During the 1990s, it was the most hazardous commerical fishery in the United States, with 73 crew members killed on the job.
OHS Online – April 14, 2016
A new NIOSH report shows that safety in the Bering Sea/Aleutian Island crab fleet has greatly improved since the 1990s, when it was far from safe for the crews working that fishery. It was the most hazardous commercial fishery in the United States at that time, with 73 crew members killed on the job from vessel disasters, falls overboard, or on-board injuries.
https://ohsonline.com/articles/2016/04/14/niosh-finds-crab-fleets-safety-much-improved.aspx

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April 15, 2016