Alaska/Pacific Coast

GOA trawl bycatch issue takes another step forward

Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – February 11, 2016
Efforts toward a revised management structure for Gulf of Alaska groundfish trawl fisheries focused on providing the fleet with a structure for minimizing prohibited species catch are moving slowly forward, but still in the discussion phase.


Murkowski lifts hold on FDA nominee
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – February 11, 2016
The FDA could require mandatory labeling for genetically engineered salmon as soon as March.

Cotten, council get earful from trawlers
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – February 10, 2016
PORTLAND, Ore. — An administrative push to keep fishing jobs in coastal communities is butting heads with the trawl industry claiming they provide the jobs in the first place.



For the first time, researchers have documented algae-related toxins in Arctic sea mammals
Alaska Dispatch News by Yereth Rosen – February 11, 2016
A map created by NOAA officials shows where researchers found marine mammals with two algae-related toxins in their tissues. The study represents the furthest north the presence of the toxins has been documented. NOAA

NOAA: New action plans outline recovery efforts for eight ‘Species in the Spotlight’
NOAA – February 10, 2016
Today, NOAA Fisheries released new five-year action plans for the eight marine species identified as among the most at risk of extinction through NOAA’s Species in the Spotlight. The goal of this campaign is to stop the decline of these species and move them toward recovery.

Cleaner fuels for fishing boats could backfire on the climate
Science Magazine by Eric Hand – Febuary 5, 2016
Fish is better than pork and beef—not just for your body, but for the planet. That’s long been the thinking, anyway. But a new study has uncovered a hidden climate impact of the fishing industry—one that, ironically, will get worse as boats switch to cleaner fuels. In some cases, the effect could make fishing for tuna as hard on the climate as raising pork, and trawling for shrimp about half as bad as raising beef.

NOAA Draft Climate Science Action Plan
Fishermen’s News – February 10, 2016
Sea climate-related changes in ocean ecosystems are affecting the nation’s marine species and the people, businesses and communities that depend on them. NOAA Fisheries has produced a draft Southeastern Bering Sea Climate Regional Action Plan to help address key climate-related information needs in the region as called for in the NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy. NOAA is inviting members of the public to provide feedback on this draft plan, to be finalized by fall, 2016.


Why Salmon Makes the Best Valentine’s Day Gift (Recipe Included)
Huffington Post by Brian Sullivan – February 11, 2016
February is about love. It’s about celebrating the people you love and showing them that you care, perhaps by treating them to a night on the town, a sparkling piece of jewelry, or a handwritten love note. Or maybe, by cooking them a beautiful piece of salmon.

To Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s, Eat Fish
New York Times by Nicholas Bakalar –  February 10, 2016
Eating seafood is linked to a reduced risk of dementia-associated brain changes in people who carry the ApoE4 gene variation, which increases the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Eating seafood was not linked to similar changes in those who carried other forms of the ApoE gene.

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February 12, 2016