Alaska/Pacific Coast

Taku River remains closed to pre-season king salmon opener, though numbers improving
KHNS Radio by Jillian Rogers – December 14, 2015
The 2016 forecast for Chinook salmon in the Taku River is weak again this year. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game released its outlook earlier this month. The low numbers mean that commercial fishermen will not be permitted to fish in the pre-season king opener. It’s been more than four years since the run was strong enough on the Taku for the allowable commercial catch.
http://khns.org/taku-river-remains-closed-to-pre-season-king-salmon-opener-though-numbersimproving

Environment/Science

Scientist captures amazing photos of massive Alaskan sockeye salmon run
Mother Nature Network by Catie Leary – December 14, 2015
If the realms of science and art seems worlds away from each other, you’d be gravely mistaken. After all, when you’re studying the science behind the world around us, how can you not feel inspired by its sublime beauty? That’s why it should come as no surprise to learn that some of society’s most creative and passionate artists also happen to possess brilliant scientific minds.
http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/scientist-captures-amazing-aerials-massive-alaskan-sockeye-salmon-run

Labeling and Marketing

European Consumption Trends Drive Seafood Opportunities
The Fish Site – December 15, 2015
EU – Seafood expenditures in households across the continent increased by one per cent, a record breaking increase for a population of 742 million. East Coast Cod stocks are at a record low, but the quotas will increase marginally. Haddock quotas are expected to increase two-fold, which will flood the fresh market in the new year, reports Rob Reierson, in the Tradex Foods 3-Minute Market Insight.
http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/26915/european-consumption-trends-drive-seafood-opportunities/

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; North Pacific Groundfish and Halibut Observer Program Standard Ex-Vessel Prices
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 12/15/2015
NMFS publishes standard ex-vessel prices for groundfish and halibut for the calculation of the observer fee under the North Pacific Groundfish and Halibut Observer Program (Observer Program). This notice is intended to provide information to vessel owners, processors, registered buyers, and other participants about the standard ex-vessel prices that will be used to calculate the observer fee liability for landings of groundfish and halibut made in 2016. NMFS will send invoices to processors and registered buyers subject to the fee by January 15, 2017. Fees are due to NMFS on or before February 15, 2017.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/12/15/2015-31520/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-north-pacific-groundfish-and-halibut-observer?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Alaska Region Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) Crab Economic Data Reports (EDR)
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 12/15/2015
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/12/15/2015-31501/proposed-information-collection-comment-request-alaska-region-bering-sea-and-aleutian-islands-bsai?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

FYI’s

How Fish Communicate, Even Using Noise
New York Times by C. Claiborne Ray – December 13, 2015
Q. We know that aquatic mammals communicate with one another, but what about fish?
A. Fish have long been known to communicate by several silent mechanisms, but more recently researchers have found evidence that some species also use sound.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/15/science/how-fish-communicate-even-using-noise.html

In Memoriam
In Memoriam of the mayor
Juneau Empire by Sam DeGrave –  December 14, 2015
At the end of October I had the privelge of sitting down with Greg Fisk — Juneau’s then recently elected (and even more recently sworn in) mayor — to see how he was liking the job. I call this a privilege because Greg was always pleasant to speak with and, as a self-described “policy wonk,” he was a reporter’s dream to work with. He always supported his ideas with facts, and he made a point to site his sources, too. He had high hopes for Juneau, but he was also very practical. He made this clear during the election, which he won handily, and during his brief tenure as mayor. The last question I asked Greg that day was: “What would you like your legacy to be? How would you like to be remembered?”
http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-12-14/memoriam-mayor

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