Alaska/Pacific Coast

Unusually big pink salmon may be related to smaller coho and kings
KTOO by Matt Miller – April 27, 2016
Fisheries researchers are investigating why pink salmon, a staple of Southeast Alaska’s commercial fisheries, seem to be growing bigger every year while other, longer-lived salmon species are getting smaller in size.
http://www.ktoo.org/2016/04/27/unusually-big-pink-salmon-may-be-related-to-smaller-coho-and-kings/

Researchers to Explore Market and Innovate with Pollock Roe
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – April 27, 2016
Researchers in Kodiak want to open up new markets and expand existing ones for a popular fish product. This delicacy is what you might imagine people at cocktail parties eating over stock market discussions. It’s also good with tortilla chips.
http://kmxt.org/2016/04/researchers-explore-market-innovate-pollock-roe/

State and tribes still at impasse on salmon fishing seasons; all of Puget Sound closes on May 1
Seattle Times by Mark Yuasa – April 27, 2016
For the third time in less than two weeks, talks between the state and tribal fishery managers broke down to develop a joint plan for salmon fisheries in Puget Sound, and an unprecedented closure of sport fisheries is looming in marine areas after April 30.
http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/state-and-tribes-still-at-impasse-on-salmon-fishing-seasons-all-of-puget-sound-closes-on-may-1/

Environment/Science

Paster Training, Inc. Partnering with Seafood Analytics to Introduce New Technology to Seafood Industry
The CQR Reader 2.0 is cutting edge technology that allows users to objectively measure the quality of seafood.
PRWEB –  April 25, 2016
Seafood Analytics CQR Reader 2.0 This product is a game changer for the seafood industry. Gilbertsville, PA -Paster Training, Inc. is introducing a new product to their product range, the Seafood Analytics CQR Reader 2.0. This reader offers quick, objective measurements of the quality of seafood. It noninvasively measures over 4,000 biometric data readings which objectively tells users how fresh the seafood is. It can confirm remaining shelf life, days since harvest, if the seafood has gone through any time/temperature abuse, and much more. The reader is easy to use and portable so it can be used by anyone handling fish including distributors, processors, fisheries, restaurant, grocery stores, etc.
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/PTIpartnerswithSA/prweb13360080.htm

Sitka Tribe opens biotoxin lab to monitor PSP
KCAW by Emily Kwong – April 26, 2016
With warming ocean temperatures, the risk for paralytic shellfish poisoning can linger all year round. And Alaska has only one FDA-certified laboratory to test shellfish. There are no labs to protect those digging for their dinner, but that may soon change.
http://www.kcaw.org/2016/04/26/sitka-tribe-opens-biotoxin-lab/

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Stock Assessment of Alaska Sablefish; Peer Review Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/28/2016
NMFS has requested the Center for Independent Experts (CIE) to conduct a peer review of the agency’s stock assessment of Alaska Sablefish (Anopoploma fimbria). The CIE is a group affiliated with the University of Miami that provides independent peer reviews of NMFS science nationwide, including reviews of stock assessments for fish and marine mammals. The Alaska Sablefish stock assessment is reviewed annually by the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) Plan Team, and the NPFMC Scientific and Statistical Committee.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/04/28/2016-09908/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-stock-assessment-of-alaska-sablefish-peer-review?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

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April 28, 2016