Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT.org – April 2, 2015
Coming up this week, what does a warming climate mean for our salmon streams, will tracking seafood from source to plate cut down on illegal fishing, and only one license for you, Dude, coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KDLL’s Jenny Neyman in Kenai, KYUK’s Ben Matheson in Bethel and KTOO’s Lisa Phu in Juneau.
http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6442&Itemid=2

Alaska groups seek cut in salmon caught by pollock industry
Associated Press by RACHEL D’ORO – April 2, 2015
Tribal organizations and fishing groups in Alaska are urging federal fishery managers to drastically reduce the number of king salmon allowed to be inadvertently caught by commercial pollock trawlers each year.
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article17261585.html

Western Alaska Users Call on Council to Adopt 60% Reduction in Chinook Salmon By-catch at April Mtg
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews.com] –  April 2, 2015
Five major groups from Western Alaska – the Association of Village Council Presidents, Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association, Kawerak, Incorporated, Tanana Chiefs Conference and the Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association – sent a letter to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council this week calling on them to reduce bycatch in the Bering Sea pollock fisheries. The Council is slated meet in Anchorage next week, and the coalition outlined steps the Council should take to achieve the greatest possible levels of bycatch reduction, including reducing the current cap and performance standard by 60 percent in times of low abundance.

The groups say “Every single Chinook salmon is critical to the future and the rebuilding of these historic runs and is essential to the long-term cultural, nutritional and economic well-being of Western Alaska communities. Reductions in salmon bycatch are needed not only a matter of conservation, but also a matter of equity and basic human rights to food security.”

Chinook salmon runs are in a crisis state throughout Western Alaska. In 2014, even subsistence harvests were closed on the Yukon River, and almost entirely closed on the Kuskokwim River.

Commercial fisheries have been closed for years.

While in-river users are not allowed to harvest Chinook salmon as a critical source of food, economies and cultures, the pollock fishery is legally permitted to kill up to 60,000 Chinook salmon in any two out of seven years without consequence. To rebuild Chinook salmon stocks, all sources of mortality must be reduced, and it is long past time to put a lower limit on Chinook salmon bycatch when runs are this depressed.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/970320/Western-Alaska-Users-Call-on-Council-to-Adopt-60-percent-Reduction-in-Chinook-Salmon-By-catch-at-April-Mtg

Politics

Council ready for final action on Bering Sea bycatch package
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – April 1, 2015
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council will hold its second meeting of 2015 from April 8-14 at the Anchorage Hilton.The council’s biggest agenda item will be final action on measures to reduce chinook and chum salmon bycatch in the Bering Sea pollock fishery. The alternatives, introduced for public review in December 2014, include both voluntary and regulatory controls to shorten seasons, provide incentives, and reduce bycatch caps.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/April-Issue-1-2015/Council-ready-for-final-action-on-Bering-Sea-bycatch-package/

FYI’s

Are orcas making a comeback in the Pacific Northwest?
The Christian Science Monitor by Alexander LaCasse – April 2, 2015
The endangered orca whales of the Pacific Northwest could be experiencing a baby boom.
Spotted near British Columbia’s Active Pass by researcher Jeanne Hyde and boat captain Spencer Domico of the Pacific Whale Watch Association, the calf, dubbed J52, is the fourth orca calf to be seen in the region in three months.
http://www.adn.com/article/20150402/are-orcas-making-comeback-pacific-northwest

Special Publication: Harvest Projections for 2015 Alaska Salmon Fisheries and Review of the 2014 Season
Alaska Department of Fish & Game by Andrew R. Munro – March 2015
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/FedAidPDFs/SP15-04.pdf

Fish Oil Claims Not Supported by Research
New York Times by Anahad O’Connor  – March 30, 2015
Fish oil is now the third most widely used dietary supplement in the United States, after vitamins and minerals, according to a recent report from the National Institutes of Health. At least 10 percent of Americans take fish oil regularly, most believing that the omega-3 fatty acids in the supplements will protect their cardiovascular health.
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/30/fish-oil-claims-not-supported-by-research/?_r=2

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April 3, 2015