Politics

26 Senators Introduce Bill to Reform Monument Designation Process
Office of Senator Lisa Murkowski – January 10, 2017
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today reintroduced the Improved National Monument Designation Process Act, a bill to facilitate greater local input and require state approval before national monuments can be designated on federal lands and waters.
http://www.savingseafood.org/news/management-regulation/26-senators-introduce-bill-reform-monument-designation-process/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SavingSeafoodRss+%28Saving+Seafood%29

Environment/Science

Killer algae blooms linked to El Nino, Oregon State researchers find
The Oregonian by Kale Williams – January 9, 2017
Researchers from Oregon State University have found a strong link between the circulation of warm water in the Pacific Ocean and the devastating toxic algae blooms that have wreaked havoc on wildlife and shellfisheries along the west coast in recent years.
http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2017/01/killer_algae_blooms_linked_to.html#incart_river_home

Fukushima radiation yet, and unlikely, to affect Alaska seafood
KDLG by Avery Lill – January 10, 2017
State, federal, and international agencies have been testing Alaskan seafood for Fukushima-related radiation since 2013. No detectable levels have been found.
Alaskan seafood remains free of detectable Fukushima-related radiation. That’s according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The department along with other state, federal, and international agencies has been testing Alaskan seafood since 2013.
http://kdlg.org/post/fukushima-radiation-yet-and-unlikely-affect-alaska-seafood

Federal Register

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Vessel Monitoring System Requirements in Western Pacific Fisheries
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/11/2017
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/2017/01/11/2017-00349/submission-for-omb-review-comment-request-vessel-monitoring-system-requirements-in-western-pacific

Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Reporting Requirements for the Ocean Salmon Fishery Off the Coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/11/2017
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/2017/01/11/2017-00348/proposed-information-collection-comment-request-reporting-requirements-for-the-ocean-salmon-fishery

FYI’s

Entangled humpback whale rescued off Prince of Wales Island
KRBD by Leila Kheiry – January 6, 2017
A group of local good Samaritans banded together this week to help a humpback whale that had become tangled in a barge anchor cable off Prince of Wales Island.
http://www.ktoo.org/2017/01/06/entangled-humpback-whale-rescued-off-prince-wales-island/

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January 11, 2017