Alaska/Pacific Coast

Trump EPA revives Obama proposal to block controversial Alaska mine
The Hill by Timothy Cama – January 26, 2018
The Trump administration is reviving a controversial Obama administration proposal to block a massive gold mine proposed in Alaska after previously saying it would revive the proposal.
http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/371001-trump-epa-revives-obama-proposal-to-block-alaska-mine

Halibut commission disagrees on catch cuts
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki – January 26, 2018
Commissioners from the U.S. and Canada this week could not agree on the size of catch reductions that fishing fleets in the two countries should take for halibut along the Pacific coast this year.
https://www.kfsk.org/2018/01/26/halibut-commission-disagrees-catch-cuts/

Politics

HB 199 under discussion in House Fisheries
The Cordova Times – January 26, 2018
A bill before the House Fisheries Committee could supersede the need for putting a salmon habitat initiative on the statewide ballot later this year, if legislators in both houses pass it before the end of the current session and Gov. Bill Walker signs it into law.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2018/01/26/hb-199-discussion-house-fisheries/

National

MSC to revise assessment process following criticism from environmental groups
Seafood Source by Steve Bittenbender – January 26, 2018
An international non-government organization that monitors fisheries for sustainable practices announced earlier this week is will bolster its certification processes amid criticism from advocates who claim the group has not lived up to its mission.
https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/environment-sustainability/msc-to-revise-assessment-process-following-criticism-from-environmental-groups

Environment/Science

CRWP plugs importance of citizen scientists
PWSSC presents research on plankton community in Prince William Sound
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – January 26, 2018
Engaging citizen scientists in collecting data to protect wild salmon habitat is proving effective in documenting the presence of fish in spawning and rearing streams, says Kristen Carpenter, executive director of the Copper River Watershed Project.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2018/01/26/crwp-plugs-importance-citizen-scientists/

Labeling and Marketing

3MMI – Lower Quota, Smaller & Less Female Fish – Will There be Pollock in the PWS this Year?
TradexFoods – January 29, 2018
Pollock Fishing began in the Prince William Sound last week, alongside a dramatic quota decrease for this season’s fishery. The Guideline harvest levels for Prince William Sound Pollock has decreased annually since 2016, sometimes closing early when bycatch levels were met.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLJRyCXvWO0

FYI’s

Two bears were badly burned in wildfires, and fish skin helped heal them
The Washington Post by Karin Brulliard – January 26, 2018
When Jamie Peyton first examined the bears’ paws last month, she figured they might take six months to heal.
https://www.adn.com/nation-world/2018/01/26/two-bears-were-badly-burned-in-wildfires-and-fish-skin-helped-heal-them/

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