Alaska/Pacific Coast

In a Bering Sea battle of killer whales vs. fishermen, the whales are winning
Alaska Dispatch News by Suzanna Caldwell – June 19, 2017
In the Bering Sea, near the edge the continental shelf, fishermen are trying to escape a predator that seems to outwit them at every turn, stripping their fishing lines and lurking behind their vessels.
https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2017/06/18/in-a-bering-sea-battle-of-killer-whales-vs-fishermen-the-orcas-are-winning/

Alaska’s Commercial Fisheries
Alaska Fish & Wildlife News by Shellene Hutter – June 2017
Alaska is an amazing and unique place, with bountiful sea life, pristine shorelines, a diversity of landscapes and a culture connected to the land and its waters. Many people rely upon these fundamental qualities of Alaska to make their living and to sustain themselves. Fishing in Alaska is a fun activity and also a way of life.
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=wildlifenews.view_article&articles_id=826

Alaska House Passes $11 Billion Budget Plundering One-third of the Permanent Fund Earnings Reserve
SitNews by Mary Kauffman – June 15, 2017
Juneau, Alaska – Tonight, to avoid a government shutdown at the beginning of the month, the Alaska House of Representatives passed a combined Capital and Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The House budgets reverse the Senate’s $69 million cut to K-12 education and most of the cut to the University of Alaska. Additionally, the Capital Budget restored the full amount of expected Permanent Fund Dividends, which will be paid in the fall to eligible Alaskans.
http://www.sitnews.us/0617News/061517/061517_alaska_budget.html

Initial openings set for SEAK drift gillnet, purse seine fisheries: But potential government shutdown looms ahead
Ketichkan Daily News by John Lee McLaughlin – June 17, 2017
Now appearing more imminent than ever, a state government shutdown would shut down the bread and butter of commercial salmon fishing in southern Southeast Alaska.
http://www.ketchikandailynews.com/article/20170617/ARTICLE/170619922

Environment/Science

Pebble partners with ASRC, BBNC says fish still first
Bristol Bay region remains firmly opposed to proposed mine
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – June 15, 2017
Promoters of the Pebble project say they have partnered with a subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corp. to enhance future Alaska Native contracting opportunities at the proposed mine near the headwaters of Bristol Bay in Southwest Alaska.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/06/15/pebble-partners-asrc-bbnc-says-fish-still-first/

Labeling and Marketing

3MMI – Supply of Yellowfin Sole, Rock Sole, Flathead Sole Fillets Are Short, Some Boats Stop Fishing
TradexFoods – June 19, 2017
Supply of Yellowfin Sole, Rock Sole and Flathead Sole fillets are short in China right now. In the twice frozen market, processing plants are not getting the supply they need and they are blaming it on poor fishing out of Alaska.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqigFBtYPZU

FYI’s

Unalaska responders trained to save whales
Bristol Bay Times by Jim Paulin – June 16, 2017
Saving whales entangled in fishing gear isn’t for everybody, even people who really, really want to help. They could get hurt, and also run afoul of the law, said Ed Lyman, a federal whale specialist who taught a course in Unalaska this week aimed at training and certifying responders who could cut the 40-ton marine mammals free.
http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1724unalaska_responders_trained_to_save_whales

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June 19, 2017