Alaska/Pacific Coast

The Alaska Fisheries Report – ‘Son of Blob’ Found Near Homer
KMXT by Jay Barrett –  March 2, 2017
Coming up this week, the Sitka Tribe would like to see changes to how herring are managed, part of The Blob, let’s call it “Blob Jr.,” had some significant effects on Kachemak Bay, and how Fish and Game is coping with ongoing budget cuts in the face of the state’s fiscal situation. We had vital contributions this week from KCAW’s Emily Russel in Sitka, KFSK’s Angela Denning in Petersburg, and KBBI’s Shayla Farzan in Homer.
http://kmxt.org/2017/03/alaska-fisheries-report-son-blob-found-near-homer/

Board rewrites Kenai late-run king plan
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – March 1, 2017
After a day of heavy clashes and divided votes, the Board of Fisheries reformed late-run king salmon management on the Kenai River to loosen restrictions a little more for east side setnetters.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2017-03-01/board-rewrites-kenai-late-run-king-plan#.WLmARxBOFA4

Environment/Science

UN declares war on plastics in the sea
Cordova Times – March 2, 2017
A global campaign launched by the United Nations Environment Programme calls for everyone to stop using microplastics and excessive use of single-use plastic, to save the world’s seas and oceans from irreversible damage.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2017/03/02/un-declares-war-on-plastics-in-the-sea/

Press Release: NSF announces new Long-Term Ecological Research sites off Alaska, New England coasts
Scientists will expand research on ocean food webs in ecosystems that include recreational and commercial fisheries
NSF – March 1, 2017
Find related stories on NSF’s Long-Term Ecological Research Program at this link.
National Science Foundation (NSF) grants will support two new Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites. Scientists will conduct research along the Northeast U.S. continental shelf and in the northern Gulf of Alaska, regions known for productive fisheries and abundant marine resources.
https://nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=191149&org=NSF&from=news

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 620 in the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 03/03/2017
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 620 in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2017 total allowable catch of pollock for Statistical Area 620 in the GOA.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/03/2017-04145/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pollock-in-statistical-area-620-in-the-gulf-of

FYI’s

200-year-old Russian wreck found on Kruzov Island near Sitka
Juneau Empire by Dave McMahan – February 23, 2017
In July, an international team of archaeologists returned to the coast of Kruzov Island in their search for the lost Russian ship, Neva, wrecked in 1813 in one of the worst maritime disasters in Alaskan history. Following up on last year’s discovery of a Russian period survivor’s camp, researchers uncovered significant new wreckage and artifacts, and most somber, the grave of one of Neva’s forgotten crewmen or passengers who perished during the wreck. New finds leave little doubt that the elusive wreck site has been located after more than 200 years. The team has also begun piecing together the amazing story of its shipwrecked crew.
http://juneauempire.com/art/art/2017-02-23/200-year-old-russian-wreck-found-kruzov-island-near-sitka

Sea Lion Boards Fishing Boat, Bites Crewman
Fishermen’s News – March 1, 2017
A crewman aboard a fishing vessel tied up at the Peter Pan Seafoods dock at Sand Point was severely injured when a sea lion jumped on board, clamped onto his leg with its jaw and slammed him to the deck.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2017/03/sea-lion-boards-fishing-boat-bites.html

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March 3, 2017