Alaska/Pacific Coast

President’s view of research casts shadow over Alaska marine science conference
Alaska Dispatch News by Yereth Rosen – January 25, 2017
The new president dismisses climate change as a hoax, and he has named like-minded people to high-level government posts. His administration has blacked out public communications about environmental and scientific issues at the Environmental Protection Agency, Interior Department and Agriculture Department. It has halted all EPA grants and contracts.
https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/science/2017/01/25/trumps-view-of-research-casts-shadow-over-alaska-marine-science-conference/

Alaska board issues recommendations for fish habitat permits
Associated Press – January 24, 2017
KENAI, Alaska — The Alaska Board of Fisheries is asking the state Legislature to reconsider the state’s fish habitat permitting process.
http://www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/alaska-board-issues-recommendations-for-fish-habitat-permits/article_cdb1b1ca-e257-11e6-99e1-db5bbbf44258.html

Beyond the budget: Bills filed addressing healthcare, fisheries issues
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – January 25, 2017
Alaska’s $3 billion budget hole still needs patching, but in the meantime efforts don’t stop for new legislation in other areas.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2017-01-25/beyond-budget-bills-filed-addressing-healthcare-fisheries-issues#.WIohFZJOFA4

Fishing Industry Lobbies for NMFS Head
Fishermen’s News – January 25, 2017
A broad based coalition of fishing industry, fisheries communities, environmental and Native entities are lobbying the Trump administration to make Chris Oliver the next head of the National Marine Fisheries Service.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2017/01/fishing-industry-lobbies-for-nmfs-head.html

Renton-based Fishing Company of Alaska is sold, ending a turbulent run in North Pacific harvests
Seattle Times by Hal Bernton – January 23, 2017
Renton-based Fishing Company of Alaska has sold its three factory trawlers and catch quotas to two other seafood companies, a move that will end more than three decades of its sometimes turbulent operations in the North Pacific seafood industry.
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/northwest/renton-based-fishing-company-of-alaska-sells-boats-catch-quotas/

Environment/Science

Does the ‘Blob’ foretell the North Pacific’s future? A scientist says yes.
Alaska Dispatch News by Yereth Rosen – January 25, 2017
There is good news and bad news about the big warm-water “Blob” that has wreaked havoc on the North Pacific for the past three years, an expert told fellow scientists at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium in Anchorage.
https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/science/2017/01/24/does-the-blob-foretell-the-north-pacifics-future-a-scientist-says-yes/

FYI’s

Pacific Fishery Management Council to Hold Webinar
Fishermen’s News – January 25, 2017
The Pacific Fishery Management Council will convene a work session via webinar on Feb. 9 for its Scientific and Statistical Committee’s economics subcommittee. The meeting is open to the public and was noticed in the Federal Register on Jan. 24.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2017/01/pacific-fishery-management-council-to.html

Halibut commission meeting underway in BC
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki – January 24, 2017
The international commission that oversees catches of halibut along the Pacific coast opened up a week-long meeting Monday. The International Pacific Halibut Commission will be deciding on catch limits, other proposed changes to management and season length though Friday in Victoria, British Columbia.
http://www.kfsk.org/2017/01/24/halibut-commission-meeting-underway-in-bc/

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January 26, 2017