Alaska/Pacific Coast

Seafood groups pick up $5.9M tab for hatchery salmon research
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers  February 8, 2017
Processors and a Southeast hatchery have agreed to pony up millions to keep an Alaska Department of Fish and Game research project going.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2017-02-08/seafood-groups-pick-59m-tab-hatchery-salmon-research#.WJyTrxBOFA4

It would have been a beautiful week for flying, if it wasn’t for volcano
Bristol Bay Times by Jim Paulin – February 5, 2017
Ash from Bogoslof Volcano hit the ground in a light dusting in Unalaska on Tuesday, canceling flights to Anchorage.
http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1705it_would_have_been_a_beautiful_week_for

UFA Update Shows Seafood Industry Impact
Fishermen’s News Online – February 8, 2017
An updated set of fishing data sheets released in January by United Fishermen of Alaska shows the broad economic impact of the seafood industry on the state’s fishing communities.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2017/02/ufa-update-shows-seafood-industry-impact.html

North Pacific council gets review of Bering Sea pollock program
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – February 8, 2017
SEATTLE — After two years of almost ceaseless contention, the North Pacific regulatory waters have cooled down for now.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2017-02-08/north-pacific-council-gets-review-bering-sea-pollock-program#.WJyUFBBOFA4

It all adds up
Ketchikan Daily News – February 7, 2017
The welcome arch that spans Mission Street describes Ketchikan as “The Salmon Capital of the World.”
http://www.ketchikandailynews.com/free/Edit-seafood

North Pacific council director a possibility for top fish post
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – February 8, 2017
SEATTLE — It would make sense for an expert on Alaska to oversee the nation’s fisheries, even if he is a Texan.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2017-02-08/north-pacific-council-director-possibility-top-fish-post#.WJyTNBBOFA4

Environment/Science

Arctic 2.0: What Happens after All the Ice Goes?
Researchers look into the future of the far North for clues to save species and maybe even bring back sea ice
Nature Magazine by Julia Rosen – February 9, 2017
As the Arctic slipped into the half-darkness of autumn last year, it seemed to enter the Twilight Zone. In the span of a few months, all manner of strange things happened.
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/arctic-2-0-what-happens-after-all-the-ice-goes/

Size matters for marine protected areas designed to aid coral
Phys.org – February 6, 2017
For marine protected areas established to help coral reefs recover from overfishing, size really does seem to make a difference.
https://phys.org/news/2017-02-size-marine-areas-aid-coral.html

Federal Register

Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Special Subsistence Permits and Harvest Logs for Pacific Halibut in Waters Off Alaska
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/08/2017
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/documents/2017/02/08/2017-02591/proposed-information-collection-comment-request-special-subsistence-permits-and-harvest-logs-for

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February 9, 2017