Alaska/Pacific Coast

Arctic cod is most abundant marine fish in Beaufort, Chukchi seas
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – August 11, 2016
An updated marine fish inventory included in a new federal survey of the Arctic food web includes 20 newly confirmed species among the 109 species in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1632arctic-cod-is-most-abundant-marine-fish-in

The Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Jay Barrett – August 11, 2016
Coming up this week, we find out how the humpies are running in Southeast, a Sitka chef will represented Alaska in the annual national seafood cook-off, and it may not have been the biggest halibut ever, but if you had a barn that needed a door, the halibut they offloaded in Petersburg Sunday would of fit the bill. We had help from KCAW’s Emily Kwong in Sitka along with KFSK’s Angela Denning and Abby Collins in Petersburg.
http://kmxt.org/2016/08/alaska-fisheries-report-11-13-august-2016/

DFO shutting down all salmon sports fishing on Lower Fraser to protect sockeye
Vancouver Sun – Gordon Hoekstra – August 11, 2016
Fisheries and Oceans Canada has taken the extraordinary measure of shutting down all sports salmon fishing on the Lower Fraser River because of a lower-than-anticipated return of sockeye.
http://vancouversun.com/business/local-business/dfo-shutting-down-all-salmon-sports-fishing-on-lower-fraser-to-protect-sockeye

Salmon update: Hatchery harvests looking weak
PWS salmon catch exceeds 15 million fish
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – August 11, 2016
Commercial salmon harvests in Prince William Sound rose to a preliminary season total of 15,134,000 fish through Aug. 9, up from 13,752,000 salmon through Aug. 2, with pink salmon catches alone up from 8.4 million to 9.8 million fish.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1632salmon-update-hatchery-harvests-looking-weak

Forum focuses new challenges in Aleutians
Cordova Times – August 11, 2016
A six-day forum focused on the role of communities in preparing for challenges and opportunities in a rapidly changing environment is slated for Aug. 15-20 at the Grand Aleutian Hotel in Unalaska.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1632forum-focuses-new-challenges-in-aleutians

New Fish Inventory Can Assist in Arctic Policy-making
YourAKLink Newsroom –  August 10, 2016
North of the Bering Strait, Alaska – A new report by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is providing valuable information in the management of fish populations. The study area includes U.S. marine waters north of the Bering Strait.
http://www.youralaskalink.com/news/new-fish-inventory-assists-in-arctic-policymaking/article_b09d1090-5f1f-11e6-9b61-b7b7a128576c.html

Politics

Federal government acts on 2012 report examining decline of B.C. salmon returns
Vancouver Sun by Gordon Hoekstra – August 9, 2016
Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc delivered Tuesday the first official progress report on the 2012 Cohen Commission recommendations for protecting salmon in B.C., an effort to paint a picture of action and commitment by his government.
http://vancouversun.com/business/local-business/federal-government-acts-on-2012-report-examining-decline-of-b-c-salmon-returns

International

Marine mammal bycatch rule set for seafood imports
Fis.com –  August 12, 2016
Nations exporting fish and fish products to the United States will have to meet fishing standards for protecting marine mammals equal to those American fishermen follow, under a final rule published today by NOAA Fisheries.
http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&id=86302&ndb=1

Environment/Science

Experts to Use Drones to Discover More about Killer Whales
University of York by Saskia Angenent – August 10, 2016.
Drones will be used to discover more about the social lives of killer whales as part of new research which could help protect the species.
http://alaska-native-news.com/experts-to-use-drones-to-discover-more-about-killer-whales-23643

FYI’s

Nome and Kotzebue Receive Donation of 14,000 Pounds of Fish
KNOM by Davis Hovey – August 11, 2016
For the second year in a row, Nome has received a free fish donation from SeaShare to provide to those in need.
http://www.knom.org/wp/blog/2016/08/11/nome-and-kotzebue-receive-donation-of-14000-pounds-of-fish/

Seafood Harvesters Looking to Fill Exec Director Position
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – August 11, 2016
Seafood Harvesters of America, the leading voice for the nation’s commercial fishermen, is searching for an executive director.  Applications will be accepted through September 8, 2016.

Seafood Harvesters of America is a broadly based organization that represents commercial fishermen and their associations. From George’s Bank to the Bering Sea and from California to the Florida Keys, their members reflect the diversity of America’s coastal communities and the complexity of the nation’s marine environments. They help lawmakers and others understand the enormous potential of commercial fisheries.

The position of full-time executive director works closely with the Harvesters’ board of directors and the affiliated Education Fund. The Harvesters are a national non-profit 501(c)(4) organization with an affiliated 501(c)(3) foundation launched in 2014.

The executive director is responsible for the overall daily operations, administration and management of the two organizations. Responsibilities include government relations, fundraising and grant administration, member relations, research and policy, communications and financial management.

As the only national organization representing the sector, the communication and educational work they do with Congress and federal regulatory agencies is critical.

They focus on select issues that have a widespread effect on the commercial seafood industry and public resources. They bring a unified voice to the table when federal decision-makers balance regulatory objectives, budget priorities, conservation goals and the economic potential of America’s fisheries.

Responsibilities for the executive director span many categories, including daily management of the two non-profits, fundraising, strategic and operational planning, financial management, government relations, and event management.

The full job description is available on the group’s website seafoodharvesters.org.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1029303/Seafood-Harvesters-Looking-to-Fill-Exec-Director-Position

Petersburg fishermen make big catch – nearly 400-pound halibut
KFSK by Abbey Collins – August 9, 2016
For a couple of Petersburg fishermen, it was a big day … and a huge catch.
Brian Mattson, with the 396 pound halibut caught near Petersburg.

Brian Mattson, with the 396 pound halibut caught near Petersburg. (Photo by Abbey Collins, KFSK - Petersburg)
(Photo by Abbey Collins, KFSK – Petersburg)

A nearly 400-pound halibut caught by local fishermen near Petersburg over the weekend wasn’t record breaking, but was still pretty darn huge.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2016/08/09/petersburg-fishermen-make-big-catch-nearly-400-pound-halibut/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+aprn-news+%28APRN%3A+Alaska+News%29

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August 12, 2016