Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska’s Halibut, Sablefish, King and Snow Crab Fisheries Enter RFM Reassessment
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – May 9, 2016
Alaska’s halibut, sablefish and Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands King and snow crab fisheries all entered into reassessment to maintain their certifications against the Alaska Seafood Marketing Insitute’s (ASMI) Responsible Fisheries Management Certification (RFM) standard.

The halibut and sablefish/black cod fisheries will be reassessed with the Fishing Vessels Owners’ Association (Eat on the Wild Side) serving as the client.

Alaska’s halibut and sablefish fisheries were originally certified in 2011 against the RFM standard. As per the program’s procedures, these fisheries will now undergo a complete re-assessment to coincide with the 5th year anniversary of the original certification.

Meanwhile, the Bering Sea and Aleutian Island King and Snow Crab fisheries will undergo its fourth annual surveillance audit against the standard. The Alaska crab fishery was originally certified in April 2012. The objective of each annual audit is to monitor any changes since the previous assessment.
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1017865/Alaskas-Halibut-Sablefish-King-and-Snow-Crab-Fisheries-Enter-RFM-Reassessment

Alaska Wild Salmon Day bill signed into law
Cordova Times – May 10, 2016
It’s official: Aug. 10 of every year is now Alaska Wild Salmon Day in the 49th state.
Gov. Bill Walker signed House Bill 128 into law on May 7, during the 2016 Juneau Maritime Festival, an annual event that celebrates Juneau’s rich fishing industry, with live music, food and fun fish-themed activities for all ages.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1619alaska-wild-salmon-day-bill-signed-into-law

Environment/Science

Two marine mammal specialists conduct Kodiak’s first whale survey of 2016
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – May 9, 2016
Last summer, a mass die-off of at least 40 whales under unknown circumstances caused NOAA to declare an “unusual mortality event.”  Many of those whales, the majority of which were fin or humpback whales, were spotted on or around the Kodiak Archipelago.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2016/05/09/two-marine-mammal-specialists-conduct-kodiaks-first-whale-survey-of-2016/

Young sockeye travel in packs to ‘swamp’ predators during swim to ocean: UBC study
Vancouver Sun by Bethany Lindsay – May 9, 2016
Juvenile sockeye salmon find safety in numbers as they make the perilous journey through B.C.’s lakes and rivers to the open ocean, according to new research from UBC scientists.
http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/young-sockeye-travel-in-packs-to-swamp-predators-during-swim-to-ocean-ubc-study

FYI’s

Fishermen’s Memorial seeks new home
KTOO by Jennifer Canfield – May 9, 2016
More than a hundred people gathered Saturday at the Alaska Commercial Fishermen’s Memorial Saturday for the Blessing of the Fleet and to pay tribute to the people whose names are engraved on the memorial.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2016/05/09/fishermens-memorial-seeks-new-home/

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May 10, 2016