Alaska/Pacific Coast

Race to Alaska by sail, paddle: daring dash for a $10,000 prize
Seattle Times by By ROSS ANDERSON – January 24, 2015
Early in June, a motley fleet of small boats will assemble off Port Townsend, and at the sound of a starting gun, race northward. Later that month — or perhaps the next month — one of them will arrive in Ketchikan, Alaska, to collect a $10,000 prize and some rare bragging rights.
http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2025532347_boatracexml.html

Subsistence gillnets on Alaska’s Kenai, Kasilof rivers get go-ahead
Alaska Dispatch News by Rashah McChesney and DJ Summer – January 25, 2015
Anglers on the most heavily used river in the state will be joined by another group of fishermen this year after the Federal Subsistence Board voted to allow subsistence gillnetting on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers.
http://www.adn.com/article/20150125/subsistence-gillnets-alaskas-kenai-kasilof-rivers-get-go-ahead

Upping their groundfish game
ADFG opens experimental pollock fishery in Cook Inlet
Clarion by Molly Dischner – January 24, 2015
Despite more than thirty years of fishing around Alaska, Kasilof fisherman Rob Nelson had never let out a net hoping to catch pollock before December.
http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-01-24/upping-their-groundfish-game

Bob Alverson Suggests NOAA Needs to Be More Forthcoming With Data on Halibut Stocks or IPHC May Act
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker – January 26, 2015
In a candid response to the head of NOAA Fisheries, International Pacific Halibut Commissioner Bob Alverson asked to see the scientific justification to support an increase in catch limits for the Bering Sea.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/960871/Bob-Alverson-Suggests-NOAA-Needs-to-Be-More-Forthcoming-With-Data-on-Halibut-Stocks-or-IPHC-May-Act

International

Russian Bering Sea, Navarinsky pollock out of full MSC assessment
Undercurrent News – January 26, 2015
Russia’s Bering Sea and Navarinsky pollock fisheries have been withdrawn from full MSC assessment after failing to submit a public comment draft report.
http://www.undercurrentnews.com/2015/01/26/russian-bering-sea-navarinsky-pollock-out-of-full-msc-assessment/

Environment/Science

Study reveals eating fish good for both pregnant mother and the baby
World Tech Today – January 25, 2015
A new study by nutritionists suggest that eating fish is good for both pregnant mother and baby, considering the rich amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids they get from fish. Omega-3 fatty acids was found to boost the development of soft tissues in unborn babies, and linked to protecting the brain from toxicity which comes about from mercury poisoning.
http://www.worldtechtoday.com/study-reveals-eating-fish-good-pregnant-mother-baby/16178

Fishy invention: Anchorage grad gets patent for solution to fish waste problem
Alaska Dispatch News by Tegan Hanlon – January 25, 2015
As an Alaskan with a predilection for fishing and the outdoors, Alexandra West knew what problem she wanted to solve while a student at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and it had to do with fish.
http://www.adn.com/article/20150125/fishy-invention-anchorage-grad-gets-patent-solution-fish-waste-problem

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pollock in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands
NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amounts of the Community Development Quota pollock directed fishing allowances from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the Bering Sea subarea. This action is necessary to provide opportunity for harvest of the 2015 total allowable catch of pollock, consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/01/26/2015-01302/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-reallocation-of-pollock-in-the-bering-sea-and?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

FYI’s

5 ways drones could affect US food supply herding cattle and counting fish to scouting farms
Associated Press – January 25, 2015
Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal’s temperature. Applying pesticides.
When it comes to drones, “your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible,” says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union.
http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2015/01/25/5-ways-drones-could-affect-us-food-supply-herding-cattle-and-counting-fish-to/

Obama plans to block development in Arctic refuge; Alaska leaders irate
Alaska Dispatch News by Richard Mauer,Alex DeMarban,Nathaniel Herz – January 25, 2015
President Barack Obama said Sunday that he planned to ask Congress to declare much of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, including its 1.5-million-acre coastal plain, an area on Alaska’s North Slope suspected to contain vast reserves of oil and gas.
http://www.adn.com/article/20150125/obama-plans-block-development-arctic-refuge-alaska-leaders-irate

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