Alaska/Pacific Coast

As Bristol Bay’s quality standards evolve, skippers weigh investment in onboard chilling
KDLG by Nick Ciolino – June 20, 2017
As more processors stop canning and require chilled fish, RSW systems give boat captains more control over their catch. While icing fish still chills them faster, ice can be hard to get. Will boats without RSW get left behind?

Alaska remains on course for statewide shutdown; second special session begins
Morris News Service-Alaska/Juneau Empire by James Brooks – June 19, 2017
After its first special session ended in failure, the Alaska Legislature is still searching for a way to avert a July 1 statewide government shutdown.

Chris Oliver Appointed to Lead NOAA Fisheries
Texas Native Brings 3 Decades of Experience Managing Fisheries from the Gulf to the North Pacific
NOAA Fisheries – June 2017
Today, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, with concurrence from the White House, named Chris Oliver Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries. The Texas native assumed his new position on June 19, taking the helm from Acting Assistant Administrator Samuel Rauch who will return to his position as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs.


Spawning Time, When Sockeye Salmon Change From Blue to Red
New York Times by Joanna Klein – June 9, 2017
In the Bristol Bay region of Alaska, an estimated 40 million sockeye salmon are returning from the Pacific Ocean to the freshwater streams and lakes where they grew up. There, they will find mates, spawn and die. But before that, they transform. The “bluebacks” become “reds.” And if you happen to be in the area, you can witness one of the most miraculous costume changes of the animal kingdom.


To Save The Oceans, Eat More Fish, Especially Herring
Forbes by Ronald Holden – June 19, 2017
It’s the start, today, of the official Alaska Herring Week. Several dozen leading restaurants and retail seafood vendors in the Seattle area will showcase unique dishes and products featuring one of Alaska’s unsung “seafood heroes” during the third annual Alaska Herring Week.

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June 21, 2017