Alaska/Pacific Coast

Fishing industry, aviation linked in Alaska from earliest days

23aAlaska Dispatch News by Colleen Mondor – December 19, 2014

Alaska Airlines cargo workers unload pallets of the first shipment of Copper River salmon, Friday, May 16, 2014, after it arrived on a flight from Cordova to the Alaska Airlines Cargo facility near Seattle. The salmon, which are highly prized for their oil content and flavor, are rushed to Lower 48 markets every year to capitalize on the fish’s reputation. Ted S. Warren


Dow breaks through 18,000 after GDP report

Reuters New York by Chuck Mikolajczak – December 23, 2014

U.S. stocks advanced on Tuesday, with both the Dow and S&P 500 building on a four-day rally to set new intraday records after an unexpectedly strong report on economic growth.

The gains pushed the Dow over 18,000 for the first time in its history, with the index reaching a high of 18,020.19.

U.S. consumer sentiment rises to best since 2007

Reuters New York by Michael Connor – December 23, 2014

23bShoppers browse at Marbles: The Brain Store within The Court, King of Prussia Mall, United State’s largest retail shopping space, in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania on December 6, 2014.

U.S. consumer sentiment jumped in December to its highest level in nearly eight years on cheaper gasoline and better job and wage prospects, a survey released on Tuesday showed.

The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan’s final December reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment came in at 93.6, its best showing on a final basis since January 2007 and the latest in a string of increases since August.


“The 2015 Bevan Series is organized around a collection of current controversies in fisheries, with small groups of speakers to provide alternative perspectives on the issues at hand. We will discuss commercial whaling, seafood certification, the efficacy of marine protected areas, and inter-sectoral allocation in fisheries management.”

Schedule of Talks

8 January

André Punt

Director, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, College of the Environment, University of Washington

Is it easier to manage marine mammals than fisheries? Tails of successes

15 January

Marc Mangel

Distinguished Research Professor of Mathematical Biology, Center for Stock Assessment Research and Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Whales, science, and scientific whaling in the International Court of Justice

22 January

Elliott Norse

Founder and Chief Scientist, Marine Conservation Institute

The global ocean refuge system: saving marine species from mass extinction

29 January

Patrick Christie

Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs and Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

Addressing why marine reserves fail: turning marine conservation on its head

5 February

Brad Gentner

President, Gentner Consulting Group, LLC

Letting the perfect be the enemy of the good: the current state of inter-sectoral allocation in US fisheries management

12 February

Josh Abbott

Associate Professor, Environmental & Resource Economics, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Last things first: the folly of recreational/commercial allocation policy

19 February

Jim Martin

Conservation Director, Berkley Conservation Institute

Restructuring lower Columbia River fisheries: a balancing act in the face of conflict

26 February (Corrected)

Rupert Howes

CEO, Marine Stewardship Council

Fifteen years on, the role of certification in incentivizing sustainable fisheries

5 March

John Garner

Chief Operating Officer, North Pacific Seafoods

The battle over who regulates our fisheries: sustainable management systems through the eyes of government regulators and non-governmental organizations

12 March

Heather Koldewey

Head of Global Conservation Programmes and Field Conservation Manager, Project Seahorse, Zoological Society of London

Finding solutions in marine conservation a reason for ocean optimism?

To request disability accommodations, contact the University of Washington Disability Services Office at least 10 days in advance of the event: 206-543-6450; 206-685-7264 (fax); 206-543-6452

NGO’s propose vast Aleutian Islands marine sanctuary to NOAA

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton – Dec 23, 2014

23cThe Public Employees for Environmental Responisibility and other NGO’s have nominated a vast area around the Aleutian Islands to become a national marine sanctuary.

The proposed sanctuary would contain all federal waters along the entire Aleutian Islands archipelago to the Alaska mainland, including federal waters off the Pribilof Islands and Bristol Bay, an area of approximately 554,000 square nautical miles, making it the largest marine protected area in the nation, and one of the largest in the world.

With Obama’s announcement of protection of Bristol Bay from oil drilling, plus the strong support for Marine sanctuaries and marine protected areas in the administration and State Department, PEER wanted to put this area on NOAA’s agenda.

“While the process for final designation as a marine sanctuary takes months, the nomination can set the stage for a rapid designation as a national monument by President Obama under the Antiquities Act. This September, he used this executive power to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (first established by President G. W. Bush) to 370,000 square nautical miles, thereby creating one of the world’s largest marine protected areas. Last week, President Obama extended the withdrawal of the Bristol Bay region from offshore oil leasing, but this leaves open the prospect that Congress or a future administration could reopen the area. This sanctuary designation would specifically preclude such action.”

NOAA currently oversees 13 marine sanctuaries, says E&E wire, none of which is in Alaska. Of the three nominations it has received in the last six months, the agency has declined one, for Eubalaena Oculina off St. Augustine, Fla. In a response letter, NOAA pointed to a lack of demonstrated support from the state of Florida or local governments. The agency is still considering two other nominations: one for Mallows Bay in Maryland’s Potomac River and one for Lake Michigan in Wisconsin.

PEER is seeking a national monument designation similar to that used to create Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.

An Aleutian Islands designaton as either a marine sanctuary area of a national monument would provide the government with greater legal authority to prohibit offshore oil and gas leasing, regulate transit merchant shipping, and expand habitat protections for endangered species.

Alaska already has a large number of marine sanctuary areas, but there is no standard definition as to what uses are prohibited in a sanctuary area.  For example, the large areas of the Bering Sea already closed to bottom trawling form one marine protected area designation.

If NOAA accepts the nomination, it would then place the area into an inventory of areas that could potentially become marine sanctuaries in the future.  The actual proposal and rule making would take years.


SeaShare: How the Seafood Industry Helps America’s Foodbanks

YouTube – December 1, 2014

Millions of people — maybe even your neighbors — are going hungry. SeaShare is the seafood industry’s contribution to the solution. Wild seafood is a source of nutrient rich, high value protein; and every year our industry donates millions of pounds to America’s fodbanks. This short video — which includes some footage from the AbundantOceans archives — tells the story. For more information go to:

Fishing crew honored for Kodiak rescue mission

Alaska Dispatch News – December 22, 2014

Four fishermen from Washington and Oregon who saved the lives of five men during a severe winter storm nearly two years ago off Kodiak Island received the Carnegie Medal for heroism Monday.

A 67-foot fishing boat, the Heritage, sank after its engine failed during a storm that brought 25-foot seas, subzero temperatures, sustained winds of 66 mph and blowing snow on Jan. 25, 2012, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission said in a press release.

Steven W. Stark, 40, captain of the Heritage, and four other men made it into a raft about four miles off the coast in Alitak Bay. Gregory D. Plancich, 58, captain of the 101-foot Trident Seafoods fish tender Tuxedni, learned of the sinking by radio and immediately left a safe mooring in Lazy Bay to search for the men. His crew included engineer Daniel C. Hardwick and deckhands Jim O. Fultz and Wayne Kitt.

How a Massachusetts man invented the global ice market

An entrepreneur’s 1806 scheme to sell chunks of frozen New England ponds still shapes how we live

23dThe Boston Globe, by Loen Neyfakh – December 19, 2014

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At a 1925 ice harvest in Maine, men separated the cut ice and guided it to an elevator at the ice house.

SO A GUY FROM Boston walks into a bar and offers to sell the owner a chunk of ice. To modern ears, that sounds like the opening line of a joke. But 250 years ago, it would have sounded like science fiction—especially if it was summer, when no one in the bar had seen frozen water in months.

In fact, it’s history. The ice guy was sent by a 20-something by the name of Frederic Tudor, born in 1783 and known by the mid-19th century as the “Ice King of the World.” What he had done was figure out a way to harvest ice from local ponds, and keep it frozen long enough to ship halfway around the world.

Today, the New England ice trade, which Tudor started in Boston’s backyard in 1806, sounds cartoonishly old-fashioned. The work of ice-harvesting, which involved cutting massive chunks out of frozen bodies of water, packing them in sawdust for storage and transport, and selling them near and far, seems as archaic as the job of town crier.

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December 23, 2014