Alaska/Pacific Coast

After 10-year crab review, council seeks social impact information
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – June 15, 2016
KODIAK — Statistics help explain economics, but fisheries managers want to find a way to put number to cultural impacts as well.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2016-06-15/after-10-year-crab-review-council-seeks-social-impact-information#.V2K4lo5OFA4

Council adds guidance to Gulf alternatives
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – June 15, 2016
KODIAK — Many words created few changes to the Gulf of Alaska bycatch reduction package the North Pacific Fishery Management Council is pondering.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2016-06-15/council-adds-guidance-gulf-alternatives#.V2LCI45OFA4

The Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Jay Barrett – June 16, 2016
Coming up this week, progress may or may not have been made on gulf of Alaska trawl bycatch at the North Pacific Council’s meeting in Kodiak; there’s some new competition for in the Bristol Bay salmon marketplace, and one processor says it’ll announce weekly what it’ll pay its fishermen. Thanks to KMXT’s Kayla Desroches in Kodiak, and KDLG’s Molly Dischner and Dave Bendinger in Dillingham.
http://kmxt.org/2016/06/alaska-fisheries-report-16-june-2016/

Ready, set, fish! Commercial salmon season starts Sunday
KHNS by Jillian Rogers – June 16, 2016
The gillnet fleet in Haines will rumble out of the harbor this weekend for the start of the 2016 commercial salmon fishing season. The first opener is 48 hours long, and starts at 12:01 p.m. on Sunday.
http://khns.org/ready-set-fish-commercial-salmon-season-starts-sunday

Environment/Science

Concerns Raised Over Observer Harassment
Fishermen’s News – June 15, 2016
Harassment of independent observers aboard US commercial fishing vessels, and its impact on their safety and the integrity of the data they compile is again being questioned by organizations concerned about observers’ safety at sea.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2016/06/concerns-raised-over-observer-harassment.html

NOAA seeks proposals for up to $8.5 million for coastal resilience projects
Saving Seafood – June 16, 2016 — The following was released by NOAA:
As part of its national effort to build resilient coastal ecosystems, communities and economies, NOAA is announcing today the availability of up to $8.5 million in funding for coastal and marine habitat restoration in 2016.
http://www.savingseafood.org/news/conservation-environment/noaa-seeks-proposals-8-5-million-coastal-resilience-projects/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SavingSeafoodRss+%28Saving+Seafood%29

Labeling and Marketing

ASMI seeking comments on newest version of seafood standard
Four years in, Alaska’s new sustainable seafood standard is gaining traction – and getting updated.
KDLG by Molly Dischner – June 16, 2016
Alaska’s sustainable seafood standard is gaining traction – and getting updated. A public comment period is open this summer to get some feedback on the newest version.
http://kdlg.org/post/asmi-seeking-comments-newest-version-seafood-standard#stream/0

FYI’s

NOAA loses track of entangled whale after satellite tracking buoy becomes disconnected
KTUU by Cameron Mackintosh – June 9, 2016
ANCHORAGE (KTUU) – Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are once again asking for the public’s help in locating an entangled humpback whale currently traversing the coastlines of Southeast Alaska. The agency says a satellite buoy being used to track the animal became disconnected on Thursday.
http://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Entangled-whale-sheds-satellite-buoy-continues-to-elude-NOAA-rescue-efforts-382430291.html

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June 17, 2016