Alaska/Pacific Coast

Will blue king crab ever rebound in Pribilof Islands? Marine biologist dives for answers
KUCB by Laura Kraegel – August 21, 2017
No one has gotten an accurate count of blue king crab in the Pribilofs since the population crashed hard in the 1980s. This summer, a marine biologist is trying to change that, with the species’ first in-depth study in more than 30 years. His ultimate goal: Determine if blue crab can make a comeback — or if it’s gone for good.
http://kdlg.org/post/will-blue-king-crab-ever-rebound-pribilof-islands-marine-biologist-dives-answers

Despite strong Alaska numbers, Yukon First Nations reporting low chinook returns
‘We don’t want to be like the cod fishery in the East Coast’
Yukon News by Jackie Hong – August 18, 2017
The promising chinook salmon numbers Alaska reported earlier this summer have not materialized in Yukon rivers, some First Nations are reporting — in fact, based on preliminary counts, some rivers have only seen 20 per cent of last year’s chinook run.
Corrected Link: https://www.yukon-news.com/news/despite-strong-alaska-numbers-yukon-first-nations-reporting-low-chinook-returns/

 

Environment/Science

NOAA lab reaches 10-year milestone
Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute celebrates years of landmark research
Juneau Empire by Kevin Gullufsen – August 21, 2017
The Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute celebrated the 10th anniversary of its opening Saturday with an open house and the dedication of a new park bench at their garden overlooking Lynn Canal.
http://juneauempire.com/local/news/2017-08-19/noaa-lab-reaches-10-year-milestone

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area; American Fisheries Act; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Crab Rationalization Program
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 08/22/2017
NMFS issues a proposed rule to implement Amendment 48 to the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs (Crab FMP) and a regulatory amendment to revise regulations implementing the American Fisheries Act (AFA) Program and the Crab Rationalization (CR) Program. This proposed rule would revise how NMFS determines the amount of limited access privileges held and used by groups in the Western Alaska Community Development Quota Program (CDQ Program) for the purposes of managing the excessive share limits under the AFA Program and the CR Program.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/22/2017-17607/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-bering-sea-and-aleutian-islands-management-area

FYI’s

New bulletin for Alaska beachcombers on rights to marine mammal parts
Alaska Sea Grant – August 18, 2017
Beachcombers are drawn to items they find on the shore, and often can’t resist taking home a souvenir.
https://seagrant.uaf.edu/news/2017/08-18-17-new-bulletin-for-alaska-beachcombers-on-rights-to-marine-mammal-parts.php

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