A cheaper, at-home test for shellfish toxins is in the works
Alaska Dispatch News by Suzanna Caldwell – August 29, 2016
A project that could bring a low-cost home-testing kit for the toxins that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning began its first phase of testing in Kodiak last week.

Isotope study determines fish were more prominent in early Alaskans’ diets
Phsy.org – August 29, 2016
Ice age inhabitants of Interior Alaska relied more heavily on salmon and freshwater fish in their diets than previously thought, according to a newly published study.

Federal Register

Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 08/29/2016
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) and its advisory entities will hold public meetings.


For a Perfect Catch in Seattle, Fishmongers Go for the Halibut
New York Times by Kirk Johnson – August 29, 2016
SEATTLE — The catch of the day has a couple of meanings to Mike Kirn, who works at Pike Place Fish Market. If you’re talking fork, plate and a nice dill sauce, he puts his money on white king salmon. But when he is trying to catch one in midair, with hundreds of people clustered around to watch — not an unusual amount on a touristy afternoon — halibut, Mr. Kirn says, is the fish without equal.

UAS’s Fish Tech program ‘a class in an iPad’

KCAW News – August 26, 2016
Reid Brewer, Associate Professor for Fisheries Technology, talks about the fisheries technology program at the University of Alaska Southeast. There are two areas of study – fisheries management and salmon enhancement. The program is designed to address Alaska’s projected shortage of fisheries technicians and fish biologists. Brewer shares how the courses are available through iPad technology.

Patagonia headquarters chef Tracy On in Sitka to develop new Fish to Schools program recipes
Sitka Local Foods Network by Charles Bingham – August 27, 2016
In her regular job, Tracy On is the chef at Patagonia headquarters in Ventura, Calif., serving about 500 breakfasts and lunches a day to Patagonia employees. For her summer vacation, Tracy is in Sitka developing new recipes for the Fish to Schools program as part of a two-week internship with the Sitka Conservation Society.

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