Alaska/Pacific Coast

Chasing the herring spawn on Sitka Sound
Alaska Dispatch News by Bethany Goodrich – June 5, 2016
SITKA — In early spring, the forests and estuaries begin to thaw. With the softer earth and longer days, Sitka’s residents thaw too. We stretch our arms and arch our backs, padded with a little extra winter weight, toward the increasing sunlight. And we look to our coastline for the return of the herring.
http://www.adn.com/culture/we-alaskans/2016/06/05/chasing-the-herring-spawn-on-sitka-sound/

Environment/Science

These sailing drones can teach us about life in the Bering Sea
KTOO by Elizabeth Jenkins – June 6, 2016
Orange drones were launched in Dutch Harbor last summer to measure sea ice retreat. Now Saildrones are back in the Bering Sea with a new mission and new features.
One of them is to record North Pacific right whale calls to help track its migratory patterns. There are only 30 North Pacific right whales in U.S. waters. The other new feature will help determine how many fur seals and pollock live in parts of the Bering Sea.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2016/06/06/these-sailing-drones-can-teach-us-about-life-in-the-bering-sea/

U.S. Ocean-Observing Project Launches at Last
Network of deep-water observatories streams data in real time
Nature magazine by Alexandra Witze – June 6, 2016
Nearly 10 years, $386 million and many grey hairs after it got the go-ahead, an enormous US ocean-observing network is finally up and running.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/u-s-ocean-observing-project-launches-at-last/

Federal Register

Fisheries Off West Coast States; West Coast Salmon Fisheries; 2016 Management Measures; Correction
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 06/06/2016
On May 2, 2016, NMFS published a final rule to implement fishery management measures for the 2016 ocean salmon fisheries off the coast of the states of Washington, Oregon, and California under the jurisdiction of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council (Council). This correction changes the minimum size table for the commercial salmon fishery from Point Arena to Pigeon Point, CA, and the description of the tribal area and boundaries for the treaty Indian fisheries for the Quileute Nation; these were incorrect in the original rule.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/06/06/2016-13233/fisheries-off-west-coast-states-west-coast-salmon-fisheries-2016-management-measures-correction?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

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