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Alaska/Pacific Coast

Bristol Bay 2016 run taking shape
KDLG by Dave Bendinger – June 30, 2016
Naknek-Kvichak waiting patiently, a large fleet plugging away in the Nushagak, and genetics suggest Egegik and Ugashik might pop very soon. Here’s a summary of some of our reporting this week.
http://kdlg.org/post/bristol-bay-2016-run-taking-shape#stream/0

SE Dungeness crabbers see full-length summer, fall seasons
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki – June 29, 2016
Commercial Dungeness crabbers have a full two-month summer and two-month fall season for most of Southeast Alaska again this year.
http://www.kfsk.org/2016/06/29/se-dungeness-crabbers-see-full-length-summer-fall-seasons/

Salmon runs on Yukon River strong enough to allow for larger, mesh nets
KIYU by Tim Bodony – June 30, 2016
Yukon River subsistence fishermen are getting a chance to put their king salmon nets in the water.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2016/06/30/salmon-runs-on-yukon-river-strong-enough-to-allow-for-larger-mesh-nets/

Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Jay Barrett – June 30, 2016
Coming up this week, the Brexit vote may mean the UK is leaving the EU, but Alaska seafood is still headed there. Linda Behnken and Theresa Peterson, have taken on new roles in fishery policy circles, and we meet the new ISER chief. We had help from KCAW’s Robert Woolsey in Sitka and KDLG’s Shaylon Cochran in Dillingham.
http://kmxt.org/2016/06/alaska-fisheries-report-30-june-2016/

Sea-Tac Airport becomes first in the U.S. to achieve Salmon-Safe Certification
Salmon-Safe recognizes Port of Seattle’s work to protect Puget Sound water quality and salmon habitat
Port of Seattle – June 27, 2016
SEATTLE – In a year where the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is projected to have a record number of passengers, the Port of Seattle is taking care of the environment too, becoming the first U.S. airport to achieve Salmon-Safe certification, earned for its environmental practices that protect Puget Sound water quality and salmon habitat.
http://www.portseattle.org/Newsroom/News-Releases/Pages/default.aspx?year=2016#605

No buyer for Kuskokwim salmon, so no commercial salmon fishing
Alaska Dispatch News by Lisa Demer – June 30 2016
BETHEL – For the first time since 1960, for as long as the state has managed fisheries, a season’s worth of salmon will travel up rivers in the Kuskokwim Delta this year with no opportunity for local residents to catch them commercially.
http://www.adn.com/alaska-news/rural-alaska/2016/06/30/no-buyer-for-kuskokwim-salmon-so-no-commercial-salmon-fishing/

Politics

‘Day of reckoning’: Gov. Walker vetoes millions in spending, caps Permanent Fund dividend at $1,000
Alaska Dispatch News by Alex DeMarban, Yereth Rosen – June 29, 2016
Saying the Alaska Legislature failed to do enough to solve the state’s deep financial woes, Gov. Bill Walker used his veto pen Wednesday to slash next year’s state spending, including likely cuts in Permanent Fund dividends, a delay in paying tax breaks for the oil industry and cuts in education programs and road projects.
http://www.adn.com/politics/2016/06/29/walker-budget-vetoes-include-capping-permanent-fund-divdends-at-1000/

Council appointments approved, AP changes upcoming
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – June 29, 2016
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the appointments of Buck Laukitis and Theresa Peterson to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council June 27, further strengthening Gov. Bill Walker’s fisheries management position on preserving local fisheries participation in coastal Alaska.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2016-06-29/council-appointments-approved-ap-changes-upcoming#.V3aBd45OFA6

Environment/Science

Researchers Observe Warm Bering Sea
KUCB by Zoe Sobel – June 30, 2016
Water temperatures in the Bering sea are warmer this year, but it is not worrying researchers. The Bering Sea Fisheries Research Foundation recently returned from three weeks of surveying tanner crab in the Bering Sea. The non-profit was formed by commercial crab industry leaders in 2003. Although the organization refrains from saying too much until the numbers have been posted, Executive Director Scott Goodman says during the surveys he observed warmer water temperatures.
http://kucb.org/post/researchers-observe-warm-bering-sea#stream/0

FYI’s

Color your grill red, white and blue with Alaska seafood
Alaska Dispatch News by Steve Edwards – June 28, 2016
The Fourth of July weekend is one of the year’s prime grilling times.
In Alaska, that means seafood. And maybe pork chops. And yak. And some in-season vegetables too.
http://www.adn.com/alaska-life/food-drink/2016/06/28/color-your-grill-red-white-and-blue-with-alaska-seafood/

New book ‘Rough Waters’ explores Alaska fishing families, futures
Bristol Bay Times by Molly Dischner – June 24, 2016
What started as an exploration of one family’s history of fishing morphed into a study of small boat fishermen in Alaska and beyond.
http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1625new_book_rough_waters_explores_alaska_fishing

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July 1, 2016