Alaska/Pacific Coast

Future workforce will be smaller, but smarter
Fisheries Technologists Conference looks at ways to boost training, improve food safety
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – February 8, 2018
Fishing industry officials faced with a declining workforce are increasingly modernizing and automating equipment to meet harvesting and processing demands with a smaller, but smarter workforce at sea and in shoreside operations.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2018/02/08/future-workforce-will-smaller-smarter/

Local governments try again for central peninsula fish board meeting
Peninsula Clarion by Ben Boettger – February 7, 2018
Editor’s note: This story has been changed to clarify the Board of Fish’s meeting location decision at their October 2017 worksession.
Advocates are again seeking to convince the state’s Board of Fisheries to include the Kenai Peninsula in a schedule of locations for its triennial Upper Cook Inlet Finfish meeting.
http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/local/2018-02-07/local-governments-try-again-central-peninsula-fish-board-meeting

Environment/Science

Bristol Bay stakeholders respond to EPA suspending its withdrawal of proposed mining restrictions
Opponents of mining in the Bristol Bay watershed celebrate Administrator Scott Pruitt’s announcement and are committed to remaining vocal on the issue. On the other hand, five village corporations with land near or adjacent to the Pebble deposit have called on Pruitt to “ensure a full and fair review for the project” and are concerned that proposed restrictions could impede that process.
KDLG by Avery Lill – February 8, 2018
Opponents and advocates of mining in the Bristol Bay region are weighing in on the recent Environmental Protection Agency announcement regarding the proposed Pebble Mine. Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Jan. 26 that the agency will suspend its withdrawal of Obama-era proposed protections for the Bristol Bay Watershed.
http://kdlg.org/post/bristol-bay-stakeholders-respond-epa-suspending-its-withdrawal-proposed-mining-restrictions#stream/0

Developing the First Survey of Untrawlable Fish Habitats in Alaska
Cameras can go where humans cannot and new fisheries research tools can save hundreds of hours in analyzing information contained in collected photographs.

NOAA Fisheries – January 31, 2018

NOAA Fisheries scientists are designing the first large-scale image-based fish survey in Alaska, and one of the first untrawlable habitat surveys nationwide.
https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/developing-first-survey-untrawlable-fish-habitats-alaska?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 

Federal Register

Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/08/2018
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of its Mariana Archipelago Ecosystem Plan (FEP) Advisory Panels (AP) to discuss and make recommendations on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/08/2018-02509/western-pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meetings

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/09/2018-02614/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-by-non-american-fisheries-act-crab

FYI’s

Two artists weave rugs using line from former cannery
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – February 2, 2018
Two artists operate from the site of a decommissioned cannery on Kodiak Island.
Anita Shane says she’s been at Port Bailey on the northwest side since 2004, and it’s a massive estate, roughly 29 acres.
http://kmxt.org/2018/02/two-artists-weave-rugs-using-line-former-cannery/

NPFMC Meets in Seattle Through February 12
Fishermen’s News – February 7, 2018
The February meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) is under way in Seattle, Washington, with final action scheduled on small sideboard issues.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2018/02/npfmc-meets-in-seattle-through-february.html

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February 9, 2018