Alaska/Pacific Coast

Seiners turn in early after weak pink harvest
KFSK by Abbey Collins – August 18, 2016
The pink salmon season in Southeast is supposed to be peaking right now. Instead, the run is actually slowing, harvests have been poor, and as KFSK’s Abbey Collins reports from Petersburg, many fishermen are wrapping up the season early.
http://www.kfsk.org/2016/08/18/seiners-turn-in-early-after-weak-pink-harvest/

Feds Still Seeking Comment on Cook Inlet Lease
Fishermen’s News – August 17, 2016
Officials with the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management are seeking public comment through Sept. 6 on a proposed 1.7 million acre oil and gas lease sale in Alaska’s Cook Inlet. BOEM plans to have its final environmental impact statement completed by early 2017 and the sale, if held, would be in June 2017.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2016/08/feds-still-seeking-comment-on-cook.html

Sockeye Concerns Spark Two Proposals That Could Restrict Salmon Fishing Around Unalaska
KUCB by Laura Kraegel – August 18, 2016
Unalaskans are worried about the sockeye salmon run at Front Beach — thanks to a growing number of nets and seemingly fewer fish.
http://kucb.org/post/sockeye-concerns-spark-two-proposals-could-restrict-salmon-fishing-around-unalaska

Copper River Coho Salmon Season Kicks Off in Alaska
Big, beautiful and wild, Copper River coho are the signature of fall.
PRWEB by Christa Hoover- August 19, 2016
Cordova, Alaska – Fishermen of the Copper River flats celebrated the official start of Copper River coho salmon season on August 15. Setting their nets in tumultuous ocean swell, they were rewarded with bright and beautiful Copper River coho salmon.
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/08/prweb13626063.htm

Pollock Conservation Co-Op Now Taking Funding Proposals for Alaskan Fishery Improvement Projects
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – August 18, 2016
The Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center (PCCRC) is requesting Letters of Intent for projects to receive funding in 2017.

PCCRC has $500,000 available to fund projects that will begin in 2017. Deadline for submissions is September 26, 2016.

“The PCCRC is interested in proposals from fisheries scientists, biologists, chemists, engineers, social scientists, or other disciplines that lend expertise to advancing its priorities,” the Co-Op said in a press release.

PCCRC projects must include a Principle Investigator (PI)who is associated with one of the University of Alaska campuses but may include co-PIs from other institutions or organizations.

The PCCRC funds investigators and students doing research on pollock, salmon, and other groundfish species, and the fishing of and fisheries for these species. In addition, the PCCRC funds research on habitat and ecosystems associated with these species, fishery management, marine mammals, resource utilization, marine resource economics, and policy.

The PCCRC annually identifies subjects of particular interest and gives the highest consideration to proposals within those areas. Total awards from this competition cycle are subject to availability of funds and will not exceed approximately $500,000. Proposals of any size within this limit will be considered. Multi-year proposals up to three years in duration will be considered. Leveraging is acceptable but is not included in scoring.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1030183/Pollock-Conservation-Co-Op-Now-Taking-Funding-Proposals-for-Alaskan-Fishery-Improvement-Projects

International

China Is Hungry & Her Oceans Are Empty
GCaptain by Adam Minter (Bloomberg) – August 18, 2016
On Wednesday, Indonesia celebrated its Independence Day with a bang — blowing up several Chinese boats that had been caught fishing illegally in its waters and impounded. China doesn’t dispute Indonesia’s territorial claims, but Chinese fishermen have more pressing concerns. According to reports in Chinese state media this week, overfishing and pollution have so depleted China’s own fishery resources that in some places — including the East China Sea — there are virtually “no fish” left.
https://gcaptain.com/china-is-hungry-its-oceans-are-empty/

Environment/Science

25-million-year-old fossil sheds light on evolution of endangered river dolphin
Ancient skull was found more than five decades ago in Alaska.
International Business Times by Léa Surugue – August 16, 2016
A fossil discovered more than 50 years ago is now shedding light on the evolutionary history of whales and dolphins. It has allowed scientists to uncover new clues about the origins of the endangered South Asian river dolphin, without having studied the animal directly.
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/25-million-year-old-fossil-sheds-light-evolution-endangered-river-dolphin-1576406

Labeling and Marketing

Top 10 U.S. Salmon Cities Named in Honor of 2016 “National Salmon Day”
Salmon leader Chicken of the Sea ranks U.S. cities on per-capita salmon consumption, growth potential, recipe preparation and in-kitchen creativity.
Business Wire – August 17, 2016
SAN DIEGO-Hold the top sirloin, fried chicken and BBQ. An analysis by one of the world’s largest providers of shelf-stable seafood suggests that residents of a number of noncoastal cities known for their traditional meat-eating ways may actually prefer salmon.
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160817006122/en/Top-10-U.S.-Salmon-Cities-Named-Honor

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Allow the Use of Longline Pot Gear in the Gulf of Alaska Sablefish Individual Fishing Quota Fishery; Amendment 101
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 08/19/2016
NMFS issues a proposed rule to implement Amendment 101 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA FMP) for the sablefish individual fishing quota (IFQ) fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This proposed rule would authorize the use of longline pot gear in the GOA sablefish IFQ fishery. This proposed rule would establish management measures to minimize potential conflicts between hook-and-line and longline pot gear used in the sablefish IFQ fisheries in the GOA.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/08/19/2016-19795/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-allow-the-use-of-longline-pot-gear-in-the-gulf?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

FYI’s

Fish oil is America’s preferred supplement — but does it even work?
National Deseret News by Jennifer Graham – August 17, 2016
A wild-caught, fatty fish is one of the most healthy things people can eat, nutritionists say. The evidence on the briny wonders of fish-oil supplements, however, seems to come and go with the tide.
http://national.deseretnews.com/article/22276/fish-oil-is-americas-preferred-supplement-but-does-it-even-work.html

What Causes Seasickness? A glitch in the brain
The Guardian by Dean Burnett – August 18, 2016
A lot of people, when they travel by car, ship, plane or whatever, end up feeling sick. They’re fine before they get into the vehicle, they’re typically fine when they get out. But whilst in transit, they feel sick. Why?
https://gcaptain.com/what-causes-seasickness-a-glitch-in-the-brain/

Fatty Fish May Curb Eye Risks for Diabetics
HealthDay News by Alan Mozes – August 18, 2016
Those who ate 2 servings a week were 48 percent less likely to develop diabetic retinopathy.
http://www.everydayhealth.com/type-2-diabetes/living-with/fatty-fish-may-curb-eye-risks-diabetics/

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