MSA reauthorization passed out of Resources Committee
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – May 6, 2015
Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young’s bill to reauthorize and amend the Magnuson-Stevens Act was marked up and favorably reported to the U.S. House of Representatives by the House Natural Resources Committee on April 30. The bill, titled the “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act,” cleared the committee with 21-14 vote.
Low Pollock Years Linked to Ice Retreat
APRN by Liz Ruskin – May 5, 2015
The years 2002 through 2005 were bad for Bering Sea pollock. The biomass plunged during those years. In a presentation in Washington, D.C., a NOAA fisheries biologist said today ongoing research points to two suspects: ice and fat, in league with each other.
Return of The Blob
KTOO-Juneau by Matt Miller – May 5, 2015 Sea surface temperature anomalies (standard deviations from the mean) in NE Pacific Ocean for February 2014 based on the record from 1981–2010. (Graphic courtesy of American Geophysical Union)
Climate researchers say a giant mass of warm water in the Pacific Ocean may be responsible for unusual sightings of marine life in the North Pacific while also influencing North American weather patterns.
Labeling and Marketing
Brussels Show Brings Buyers for Alaska Seafood
Fishermen’s News – May 6, 2015
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute officials say a major seafood trade show in Brussels in mid-April brought in high sales in the nick of time, on the eve of what are projected to be some of the largest salmon runs in recorded history.
Your Alaskan king crab may not be from Alaska
Fox News by Ali Rosen – May 06, 2015
You see them just about everywhere, those pink and white knobby claws stretched out on a bed of ice. When it comes to crab legs, Alaskan king crabs are … well … king.
America Needs More Government Surveillance—On Fish
Wired by Nick Stockton – May 6, 2015
Here’s an idea: Maybe the NSA can put some of its surplus spy expertise into the oceans.
For years, the US has tried to drive its fishing policies with data—collecting information about numbers of fish caught, along with their species, ages, and locations—so it can better protect species and ecosystems that are overfished. But the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration can’t quite match the NSA’s data-monitoring skills, leaving fisheries in limbo. They want to preserve the country’s aquatic resources, but they can’t do that without good science to guide their actions.
BBEDC Seattle Internships
KDLG by Matt Martin – May 4, 2015
The Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation is offering five internships in Seattle.
The internships are with Westward Seafoods, US Seafoods, and Ocean Beauty and are in recruiting, accounting, human resources, administrative, and maintenance.
Maritime Festival will bring familiar and new fun
Juneau empire by Donna Cashen – May 7, 2015
Juneau will have its sixth annual Maritime Festival this week, and it will bring back old favorites as well as new events.
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