Alaska/Pacific Coast

The Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Jay Barrett – April 28, 2016
Coming up this week, what switching over to refrigerated sea water will mean for your bottom line, how to manage a trans-boundary river, and getting the Big Guy on your side before the season starts, in this edition of the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KCAW’s Emily Kwong in Sitka, KFSK’s Angela Denning in Petersburg and KDLG’s Molly Dischner in Dillingham.
http://kmxt.org/2016/04/alaska-fisheries-report-28-april-2016/

Prince William Sound Salmon Update
Fishermen’s News – April 27, 2016
Alaska state fisheries biologist have issued an update on the 2016 Prince William Sound salmon fishery, saying that the first announcement concerning the Copper River District fishery will be issued between May 1 and May 8.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2016/04/prince-william-sound-salmon-update.html

IPHC Expands Research Surveys in Northern Bering Sea
KSRM by Ashley Smith – April 28, 2016
The International Pacific Halibut Commission has expanded research vessel operations off of Alaska’s coasts for the annual stock assessment survey.
http://www.radiokenai.us/iphc-expands-research-surveys-in-northern-bering-sea/

Politics

Amended Oil Pollution Act of 1990 passes House
Bill would make those responsible for foreign oil spills reaching US waters pay all American cleanup costs
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – April 28, 2016
Legislation modernizing the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 as it relates to foreign sourced oil spills unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives on April 26, and now awaits further action in the Senate,
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1617amended-oil-pollution-act-of-1990-passes

International

Pacific cod and halibut fisheries seek MSC certification
Fis.com – April 29, 2016
The Russian Longline Fishery Association (LFA) has signed contracts with certifier Marine Certification for the MSC assessment for their two fisheries in the Russian Far East: Pacific cod and Pacific halibut at the Global Seafood Expo 2016 in Brussels.
http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=83970&ndb=1&df=0

Environment/Science

Experts call for collaboration on Arctic fisheries research
Alaska Dispatch News by Levon Sevunts – April 27, 2016
As Canada prepares to host the next round of discussions on preventing unregulated fishing in the central Arctic Ocean, experts are urging circumpolar nations and major fishing nations to make sure that “fisheries don’t come before science.”
http://www.adn.com/article/20160427/experts-call-collaboration-arctic-fisheries-research

FYI’s

LifeMed ends first season in Unalaska
Bristol Bay Times by Carey Restino – April 22, 2016
With thousands employed in dangerous jobs in the fishing industry each winter on the Aleutian Chain, a medevac company decided this year to test the waters by basing a plane in Unalaska.
http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1616lifemed_ends_first_season_in_unalaska

Angoon students investigate lives of herring
Capital City Weekly by Staff Reporter – April 27, 2016
Angoon students in grades four through 12 in April participated in the Angoon Herring Ecology Spring Program, which was “custom-designed for Angoon to empower students to apply their academic, maritime and traditional skills in investigating the lives of Pacific herring, their predators, prey and environmental conditions in local waters,” according to an email from Michelle Ridgway, the Oceanus Alaska ecologist who led the program.
http://www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/042716/new_1268200167.shtml

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April 29, 2016