The Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – November 17, 2016
This week on the Alaska Fisheries Report, commercial crabbers won’t be able to fish for tanner crab in the Eastern Aleutian District next year. In better news, the 2017 pink salmon season might be looking up in Southeast. And one researcher is studying how halibut fishermen feel about the monitoring program. We had help from KSTK’s Aaron Bolton in Wrangell, KBBI’s Shahla Farzan in Homer, KUCB’s Laura Kraegel in Unalaska, and KFSK’s Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg.
Salmon harvests down 15 million fish
ADF&G releases season summaries for Alaska Peninsula/Aleutian Islands, Kodiak
Cordova Time by Margaret Bauman – November 18, 2016
New reviews of Alaska’s 2016 commercial salmon season confirm that it was a rough year for the industry, with the overall harvest of 112.6 million fish having an estimated value of $406.4 million.
Navy to more than double training events near Ketchikan
Juneau Empire by Associated Press – November 16, 2016
KETCHIKAN — The U.S. Navy is planning to more than double the number of training events conducted in the West Behm Canal north of Ketchikan.
Seafood prices spiking in Japan on weak global supply
Nikkei Report – November 18, 2016
TOKYO — Imported octopus, salmon and other seafood are selling for more in Japan as fish consumption grows worldwide at a time of declining catches and stricter restrictions on fishing.
Study reveals impacts of climate warming and declining sea ice on Arctic whale migration
Phys.com – November 16, 2016
Declines in the Arctic sea ice are arguably the most dramatic evidence of the effects of current climate warming on ocean systems. Native peoples of the far north have long appreciated and relied upon the migrations of animals with the changing seasons, including some of the largest and least studied, the Arctic whales. While sea ice is perhaps the most defining feature of their habitat, the relationship between Arctic whales and sea ice is still largely a mystery, and there is increasing concern over how these species will adapt to climate related changes in sea ice.
What Sank the Alaska Juris? Coast Guard Moves Forward With Lost Trawler Investigation
KUCB by Laura Kraegel – November 16, 2016
It’s been four months since the F/V Alaska Juris sank in the Bering Sea, and the U.S. Coast Guard is still trying to figure out why its engine room flooded, forcing 46 crewmembers to abandon ship near Kiska Island.
Iliamna Lake harbor seals get no listing
Cordova Times – November 17, 2016
A listing of Pacific harbor seals in Iliamna Lake as an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act is not warranted at this time, NOAA Fisheries officials said on Nov. 16.
New Fund to Help Alaska Seaweed Growers be More Successful
Fish Site – November 18, 2016
US – A new $418,000 grant from the National Sea Grant College Program will support research aimed at helping seaweed growers in Alaska be more successful.
UFA hones in on salmon habitat issues
KSTK by Aaron Bolton – November 17, 2016
An Alaska commercial fishing advocacy group is beginning to get an idea of what its new Salmon Habitat Information Program – or SHIP – will look like. The program is aimed at engaging commercial fisherman around the state in salmon habitat issues.
A user’s guide to buying seafood
Washington Post by Cara Rosenbloom – November 17, 2016
Seafood is one of the least-consumed protein sources in the United States, which is odd because it’s readily available, quick to cook and very nutritious. So, I wondered, what’s getting in the way of us enjoying seafood more often?
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