Alaska/Pacific Coast

King Salmon Fishing Crews Fall Short of Winter Season Limit
King salmon fishing crews in Southeast Alaska have fallen short of catching their limit for the winter season.
U.S. News by Associated Press – May 16, 2017
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — King salmon fishing crews in Southeast Alaska have fallen short of catching their limit for the winter season.

With no relief funds in sight, crab fishermen discuss next steps
Eureka Times-Standard by Will Houston – May 12, 2017
After four years of poor crab and salmon fishing, including one of the worst crab seasons in recent memory, local fisherman and Eureka resident Bob Borck decided in November that it was time to move on. After selling his fishing vessel — the Belle J II — of four years in January, Borck is now planning to start work as a contractor.

Senate votes down state income tax
APRN & KTOO by Andrew Kitchenman – May 12, 2017
The Senate voted against a state income tax Friday.
Bethel Sen. Lyman Hoffman was one of 15 who voted no. He said he believes the state will eventually require an income tax. But he said it shouldn’t happen this year.

Deal between EPA and Pebble Partnership worries salmon fishermen – May 17, 2017
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has settled an ongoing lawsuit with the Pebble Limited Partnership, which wants to build a copper and gold mine in Alaska, potentially opening the door to developing the controversial project.


Managing Alaska’s Fisheries In Warming Oceans
KYUK by Johanna Eurich – May 15, 2017
How should we manage Alaska’s fisheries in the face of warming oceans? Answers to that question were hard to come by among scientists gathered last week for the Wakefield Symposium in Anchorage. The most solid scientific information came from a bird biologist.

Report: Nearly half of California salmon species on track for extinction
SFGate by Peter Fimrite –  May 16, 2017
Nearly half of the salmon and trout species that live in California will be extinct in 50 years if nothing is done to improve water quality, protect wetlands and stream habitat, and fight climate change, scientists warned Tuesday in a wide-ranging study of native fish.

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May 17, 2017