Alaska/Pacific Coast

Kodiak Fishermen Concerned About Navy Training Plans 1 of 2
KMXT by Maggie Wall – April 24, 2017
High ranking Navy brass were in Kodiak during ComFish Alaska to review options tor the navy training exercise scheduled to begin in the Gulf of Alaska the first week of May.
http://kmxt.org/2017/04/kodiak-fishermen-concerned-navy-training-plans-1-3-2/

Navy Says It Doesn’t Plan to Use Many of the Weapons Allowed Part 2 of 2
KMXT by Maggie Wall – April 24, 2017
For nearly two weeks beginning May 1, the U.S. Navy plans a training exercise in the Gulf of Alaska that will use a number of heavy metal laden explosives. The timing and location of the navy’s portion of this year’s Northern Edge 2017 has many fishermen concerned about the possible effects on the fisheries.
http://kmxt.org/2017/04/navy-says-doesnt-plan-use-many-weapons-allowed-part-2-2/

‘Vanguard’ of Togiak herring spotted off Hagemeister Monday
Fish and Game poised to open state’s largest herring fishery after documenting 35,000 tons, perhaps by the end of the week, but waiting for marketable roe quality could be few days behind that.
KDLG by Dave Bendinger – April 25, 2017
“It still looked cold over there,” ADF&G area management biologist Tim Sands said after an aerial survey that spotted no herring Monday, the second flight of the season. With money back in the budget, Sands is spacing out his limited surveys but trying to prevent a repeat of last year when the herring showed up more than a week earlier than anyone would have guessed.
http://kdlg.org/post/vanguard-togiak-herring-spotted-hagemeister-monday

Kake hatchery to re-open with new owner
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki – April 24, 2017
A regional fish hatchery private non-profit based in Sitka has purchased a hatchery in Kake that closed in 2014 under a mountain of debt. The Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association, or NSRAA, plans to produce chum and Chinook salmon at Gunnuk Creek.
https://www.kfsk.org/2017/04/24/kake-hatchery-re-open-new-owner/

Environment/Science

Plans to reduce marine litter launched
Fish Site – April 25, 2017
Over 40 seafood, fishing industry, NGO, and government stakeholders have joined forces to recommend practical steps the seafood industry can take to reduce lost or discarded fishing gear, otherwise known as ‘ghost gear’.
http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/29058/plans-to-reduce-marine-litter-launched/

NOAA Fisheries Scientists Spawn Pacific Sardines For The First Time In Captivity
NOAA – April 17, 2017
Biologists at NOAA Fisheries’ Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) have cracked the code for how to spawn Pacific sardines in the laboratory, opening a new window on the life cycle of the commercially important species.
https://swfsc.noaa.gov/news.aspx?ParentMenuId=39&id=22455

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April 26, 2017