Alaska/Pacific Coast

Feds likely to shut down sardine fishing on West Coast
Associated Press by JEFF BARNARD – April 4, 2015
West Coast fisheries managers will likely shut down sardine fishing this year as numbers decline, echoing a previous collapse that decimated a thriving industry and increasing worries that other species might be withheld from the commercial market.
http://www.dailynews.com/environment-and-nature/20150404/feds-likely-to-shut-down-sardine-fishing-on-west-coast

Environment/Science

Humpy abundance linked to decline of sockeye salmon
Studies have implications for large scale hatcheries across the Pacific Rim
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – April 4, 2015
Researchers in Washington State and British Columbia say that their studies show that the growing numbers of North Pacific pink salmon are contributing to the decline of sockeye salmon productivity.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1514humpy-abundance-linked-to-decline-of-sockeye

FYI’s

Fishy business: Homer’s Salmon Sisters spread love of Alaska through art
Alaska Dispatch News by Elissa Brown – April 5, 2015
An Alaskan rockfish, bright orange and spiny-finned. After a remote coastal childhood and nearly a decade of commercial fishing with her family in the Bering Sea, Emma Laukitis knew the image well. On a college study abroad art program in Italy, Laukitis learned how to screen print. Contemplating what design to make first, she thought of a rockfish. It reminded her of Alaska, of home.
https://www.adn.com/article/20150405/fishy-business-homers-salmon-sisters-spread-love-alaska-through-art

Sue Aspelund Announces Retirement as Exec. Director of Bristol Bay’s Seafood Development Assoc.
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 6, 2015
Sue Aspelund has announced her retirement and will step down from her position as the executive director of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association.

The decision comes just about a year since Aspelund took up the position. The BBRSDA credited Aspelund’s work with strengthening its policy foundation, budgeting and financial control processes. She was also integral in facilitating board training and strategic planning for Quality and Marketing.

“I’ve discovered after a year in this position that I’m just not as young as I used to be, darn it,” Aspelund said, “and I no longer have the stamina to work the hours that I believe the organization and the membership deserve. I’ve realized over the past several months that I really want time to enjoy my peaceful Lummi Island home, dig in the dirt and grow food, and get out in my old setnet skiff to harvest some delicious sidestripe shrimp and Dungeness crab in the Salish Sea.”

Aspelund’s resignation will be effective May 15 but she will remain with the Association through July as its fiscal officer to ensure a smooth transition. The hunt for Aspelund’s replacement is not underway.

“The BBRSDA is in very good shape for someone else to take the helm,” said BBRSDA Board President Fritz Johnson said. “We anticipate a smooth transition as Sue assumes the fiscal officer role next month. On behalf of the board and members, we wish Sue bumper crops, calm seas and full pots on her retirement.”
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/970579/Sue-Aspelund-Announces-Retirement-as-Exec-Director-of-Bristol-Bays-Seafood-Development-Assoc

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April 6, 2015