Alaska/Pacific Coast

Mat-Su Salmon Symposium brings salmon advocates together
Alaska Public Media by Ellen Lockyer – November 21, 2016
Matanuska Susitna Borough’s annual Salmon Symposium brings together researchers and conservationists for updates on how to better manage and protect salmon habitat. The event got underway last Thursday in Palmer. Howard Delo is vice-chair of the Borough’s Fish and Wildlife Commission, which is organizing a salmon research plan for the Borough. Delo said there are many reasons to protect the Valley’s salmon runs. One is economic, because healthy fish runs add to the area’s economy.

Inch by inch
Board of Fish proposals suggest ways to save big Kenai kings
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – November 21, 2016
Each summer for the past several years, Kenai River anglers have noticed that the river’s famous king salmon are both fewer and smaller.


Americans are eating more fish, but still not enough
USA Today by Kim Painter – November 20, 2016
This week is all about turkey. But year round, Americans are making room on their plates for more fish and other seafood.


PSPA Hires Dr. Kris Lynch to Replace Retiring Dennis Phalen
SEAFOODNEWS.COM – November 21, 2016
The Pacific Seafood Processors Association has hired Kristine D. Lynch, PhD to replace Dennis Phelan who is retiring after 32 years as Vice President for government relations in Washington, DC.

Phelan has been the industry group’s voice in D.C. in for sustainable management, responsible marketing, full utilization, and legislation to support those and other initiatives for the award-winning group.

Lynch will be based in the DC area, where she has lived and worked on marine resource policy and regulation since 2002.

“Kris brings a wealth of experience from the academic, government, and private sectors,” said Glenn Reed, PSPA president.

“I’m incredibly honored to be able to work in the Alaskan seafood industry,” Lynch said. “PSPA has a long, proud tradition of bringing value to its members, and I’m fully committed to advancing that goal through effective engagements and collaboration in Washington, DC.

“The next administration will soon be putting its mark on federal policies — including oceans and fisheries — and as that unfolds we must make sure our managers, harvesters, and processors have the tools they need to continue to thrive,” she stated.

A graduate of the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, Lynch studied fisheries policy at Michigan State University.

In 2001, Lynch shifted focus to federal fisheries policy making in Washington, DC. She served as professional staff, then senior advisor, to the US Senate Commerce Committee. In that role, she carried out functions that allowed the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard to carry out oversight of key ocean agencies, two ocean commissions, and any ocean legislation that came before the committee.

The last Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act reauthorization occurred during this time, allowing insight on complicated negotiations that highlighted the diversity and complexity of different regions and sectors.

“My Capitol Hill fisheries experience over seven years took me to Downeast Maine, to the Louisiana Delta, and to far corners of Alaska,” Lynch said.

“I was fortunate to serve under Senator Ted Stevens’ committee leadership and alongside his staff, learning from his example the importance of working across the political aisle. America’s fisheries are incredibly diverse. Our policies need to support the unique needs of fisheries-dependent communities, empowered by science and collaboration.”

Since leaving Capitol Hill in 2009, Lynch worked on key federal marine policy issues, mainly in the realms of ocean access and science-based regulation. She spent two years with the US Marine Mammal Commission, and in 2011 shifted to the private sector, working for Shell Exploration and Production Company.

Lynch will join the ranks of PSPA  on January 1, 2017 and continue to advocate for sound fisheries law, policy, and regulation.

“We are excited to bring Kris on board and welcome her experience and well-honed perspectives that will support our world-class, sustainable industry”, said Reed.

Saving seafood, one fish head at a time
The San Diego Union-Tribune by Deborah Sullivan Brennan – November 21, 2016
Americans can keep seafood sustainable by buying local catch and eating parts of the fish that we don’t think of as edible, such as heads and ribs, a panel of chefs and marine scientists said Wednesday.

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November 22, 2016