Alaska/Pacific Coast

Kake hatchery to re-open with new owner
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki – April 30, 2017
A regional fish hatchery private non-profit based in Sitka has purchased a hatchery in Kake that closed in 2014 under a mountain of debt. The Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association, or NSRAA, plans to produce chum and Chinook salmon at Gunnuk Creek.
http://www.ktoo.org/2017/04/30/kake-hatchery-re-open-new-owner/

Murkowski, groups want to see Gulf of Alaska military exercise moved to fall
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – April 30, 2017
Environmental activists, coastal Alaskans and Sen. Lisa Murkowski are all asking the U.S. Navy to move a biennial training exercise in the Gulf of Alaska to the fall, away from the fishing season.
http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/local/2017-04-30/murkowski-groups-want-see-gulf-alaska-military-exercise-moved-fall

National

ASC, MSC predict bright future for seafood certification programs
Seafood Source by Nicki Holmyard – April 30, 2017
The Seafood Futures Forum, hosted by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) at the 2017 Seafood Expo Global last week, proved to be a powerful forum for a discussion on how to safeguard seafood for future generations.
https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/environment-sustainability/asc-msc-predict-bright-future-for-seafood-certification-programs

No fishery disaster relief funds in Congress’ $1T spending bill
The Associated Press by Andrew Taylor – May 1, 2017
WASHINGTON >> Lawmakers on Monday unveiled a huge $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund most government operations through September but would deny President Donald Trump money for a border wall and rejects his proposed cuts to popular domestic programs.
http://www.times-standard.com/general-news/20170501/no-fishery-disaster-relief-funds-in-congress-1t-spending-bill

International

Urged by industry, MSC weighs adding social sustainability standards
Seafood Source by Madelyn Kearns – April 27, 2017
Industry leaders gathered on stage on Wednesday, 26 April during the Seafood Futures Forum, hosted by the Marine Stewardship Council and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council at Seafood Expo Global 2017, to discuss the industry’s biggest sustainability challenges.
https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/environment-sustainability/how-should-certifiers-approach-social-sustainability–sanford-ceo-top-industry-panel-weighs-in

TRUMP: How Will The Seafood Industry Be Affected? [Part 1 – Alaska]
TradexFoods – May 2, 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump has a Bold, Ambitious and Forward-looking Economic Revival Plan to Massively Increase Wages and to Bring Jobs and Production Back to America. How will this play out for Alaska Seafood?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSXm8OCoyGw

Environment/Science

Deal leaves climate, Sea Grant funding intact
E&E News by Emily Yehle – May 1, 2017
Congress appears to have largely ignored President Trump’s calls to eliminate key programs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, releasing a bipartisan spending deal today that funds climate, coastal and Great Lakes research.
https://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2017/05/01/stories/1060053836

What’s causing the Taku king salmon’s decline?
Juneau Empire by Kevin Gullufsen – April 30, 2017
Facing a forecasted second-straight year of record low salmon returns and the closure of the first two months of summer fishing, Juneau’s fishermen want answers.
http://juneauempire.com/local/2017-04-30/what-s-causing-taku-king-salmon-s-decline#

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Greenland Turbot in the Aleutian Islands Subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/01/2017
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Greenland turbot in the Aleutian Islands subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2017 Greenland turbot initial total allowable catch (ITAC) in the Aleutian Islands subarea of the BSAI.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/01/2017-08750/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-greenland-turbot-in-the-aleutian-islands-subarea

FYI’s

Q&A: Why Paul Greenberg Spent a Year of His Life Eating Fish
PBS by Jason M. Breslow – April 25, 2017
Imagine eating fish, every day, for a year. What would that mean for your health?
It’s a question that journalist Paul Greenberg set out to investigate in the new FRONTLINE documentary, The Fish on My Plate.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/qa-why-paul-greenberg-spent-a-year-of-his-life-eating-fish/

Blessing of the Fleet takes place May 6
Juneau Empire – May 1, 2017
The annual Blessing of the Fleet and Reading of the Names ceremony is set for Saturday, May 6.
http://juneauempire.com/local/2017-05-01/blessing-fleet-takes-place-may-6

 

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