Alaska/Pacific Coast

Deal for new fish buyer with Kuskokwim villages hits speed bumps
KYUK by Adrian Wagner – July 14, 2016
The village of Quinhagak is hoping to sell fish to Seattle based company North West Sea Food Exchange after Costal Villages Region Fund stopped buying fish earlier this year. But the village is running into some unexpected problems that could prevent the partnership.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2016/07/14/deal-for-new-fish-buyer-with-kuskokwim-villages-hits-speed-bumps/

Harbor Improvements Key to St. George Economy
Fishermen’s News – July 13, 2016
Work is underway in the Pribilof Islands in Southwest Alaska this summer on repair of the south breakwater into the harbor at St. George, while in Anchorage the US Army Corps of Engineers is engaged in a study on further harbor upgrades.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2016/07/harbor-improvements-key-to-st-george.html

National

Closing parts of the ocean to fishing not enough to protect marine ecosystems
Phsy.org – July 13, 2016
A University of Washington fisheries professor argues this week that saving biodiversity in the world’s oceans requires more than banning fishing with marine protected areas, or oceanic wilderness areas. In a three-page editorial published this week in the journal Nature, he argues that this increasingly popular conservation strategy is not as effective as properly managing recreational and commercial fisheries.
http://phys.org/news/2016-07-ocean-fishing-marine-ecosystems.html

International

Policy: Marine biodiversity needs more than protection
To sustain the seas, advocates of marine protected areas and those in fisheries management must work together, not at cross purposes, urges Ray Hilborn.
Nature.com by Ray Hilborn – July 13, 2016
On 1 September, government leaders, directors of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others will meet in Hawaii at the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s World Conservation Congress to discuss environmental and development challenges. Twenty-three NGOs, including the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Natural Resources Defense Council, are calling on the IUCN to make 30% of the world’s coastal and marine areas fully protected from fishing and other forms of exploitation by 2030.
http://www.nature.com/news/policy-marine-biodiversity-needs-more-than-protection-1.20229

Environment/Science

What Happened To All The Chinook Salmon? New Research Points To Potential Predators
KUCB by Laura Kraegel – July 14, 206
In the 1960s, king salmon were abundant in Alaska, and it stayed that way through the 90s. After the new millennium, though, Chinook numbers fell — and they’ve remained low since.
http://kucb.org/post/what-happened-all-chinook-salmon-new-research-points-potential-predators

After decades of research, Steller sea lion decline still puzzles scientists
KUCB by Zoë Sobel – July 13, 2016
Every summer, biologists visit Alaska to count Steller sea lions. The western stock of the population has been in decline for nearly 40 years — hitting a low in 2002. The count helps determine whether sea lions stay on the endangered species list, which puts costly restrictions on the commercial fishing fleet. Even after decades of research, the reason for the decline is still a mystery.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2016/07/13/after-decades-of-research-steller-sea-lion-decline-still-puzzles-scientists/

Job Posting

Alaska Seafood Cooperative (AKSC) Manager.  Full Job Description is located at the Alaska Seafood Cooperative website.
Location: Seattle, WA
Due Date: Submit cover letter and resume by July 20, 2016.  Position is open until filled.
Summary of Position: The Cooperative Manager is responsible for overall administration of the Alaska Seafood Cooperative.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, ensuring compliance with Amendment 80 regulations; overseeing harvest of cooperative quota; ensuring members have access to critical information; cooperative communications and outreach; overseeing compliance with sustainability certification requirements, and other duties as assigned. The Coop Manager receives a comprehensive and competitive benefits package.  Salary is commensurate with experience.
http://alaskaseafoodcooperative.org/wp-content/uploads/AKSC-job-description_Final.pdf

FYI’s

United States Department of Agriculture USDA
SOLICITATION
Domestic Commodity Invitation
CANNED PINK SALMON SOLICITATION NO: 2000004161
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invites offers to sell canned salmon pursuant to the AMS Master Solicitation for use in the National School Lunch Program and other Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs. Acceptances will be announced by midnight, July 27, 2016. Deliveries are to be made between September 1, 2016 and February 28, 2017.
https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/2000004161%20-%20Bid%20Invitation.pdf

Alaska entrepreneur looks to ocean for inspiration
Newsminer by Kevin Baird – July 12, 2016
FAIRBANKS – An Alaska entrepreneur believes the ocean’s untapped resources are the key to creating jobs in Alaska.
http://www.newsminer.com/business/alaska-entrepreneur-looks-to-ocean-for-inspiration/article_2a1221fc-4866-11e6-a0f9-37d2f46061be.html

New book features Alaska salmon stories
KDLG by Molly Dischner – July 14, 2016
Nearly every Alaskan has a story – or several – about salmon. Non-profit The Salmon Project set out to collect dozens of those in “Made of Salmon,” a new collection edited by longtime Alaskan Nancy Lord.
http://kdlg.org/post/new-book-features-alaska-salmon-stories#stream/0

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