Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development Daily Digest Bulletin
November Alaska Economic Trends – November 2, 2016
November Trends, our annual seafood harvesting employment issue, examines the many factors that go in to setting salmon prices and how salmon farming, which has quintupled the world’s supply, has changed both pricing and Alaska’s global influence. Also this month is our yearly report on estimated harvesting jobs (down slightly in 2015) and a look at Alaskans who work in seafood processing.
http://labor.alaska.gov/trends/nov16.pdf

Kodiak Government Drafts Resolution Requesting Stop to Fisheries Cuts
KMXT by Kayla Desroches – November 2, 2016
Local Kodiak government will put forth a resolution asking Governor Bill Walker and the Alaska Legislature not to cut the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Department or commercial fisheries budget any further.
http://kmxt.org/2016/11/kodiak-government-drafts-resolution-requesting-stop-fisheries-cuts/

City to buy emergency transformer for Medvejie Hatchery
KCAW – October 27, 2016
City to sell old Medvejie transformer, buy a brand new one
During their meeting Tuesday night (10-25-16), the Sitka Assembly talked money matters, state parks, and electrical infrastructure challenges.
http://www.kcaw.org/2016/10/27/city-buy-emergency-transformer-medvejie-hatchery/

Chum salmon ‘beat the odds,’ return to Metro Vancouver streams
Vancouver Sun by Larry Pynn – November 2, 2016
A bumper return of chum salmon to B.C.’s south coast is flooding urban streams in Metro Vancouver, inspiring dedicated streamkeepers, providing easy viewing opportunities for the public and offering hope for the coexistence of nature in a modern metropolis.
http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/chum-salmon-beat-the-odds-return-to-metro-vancouver-streams

Environment/Science

The Blob, Hangover Edition: Lingering Pool Of Warm Ocean Water Messing With Us
Spokane Public Raido by Tom Banse – November 2, 2016
This week, the evolving blob of warm seawater is most noticeable in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska along with a band hugging much of the U.S. West Coast.
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction
http://spokanepublicradio.org/post/blob-hangover-edition-lingering-pool-warm-ocean-water-messing-us

Labeling and Marketing

ASMI sticks with Alaska RFM despite budget cuts
Seafood Source by Christine Blank – November 02, 2016
Despite a significant cut in its fiscal year 2017 budget, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is pushing for the Alaska Responsible Fisheries (RFM) Program to continue.
http://www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/asmi-sticks-with-alaska-rfm-despite-budget-cuts?utm_source=informz&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_content=newsletter

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Exchange of Flatfish in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 11/04/2016
NMFS is exchanging unused flathead sole and rock sole Amendment 80 allocations of the total allowable catch for yellowfin sole Amendment 80 acceptable biological catch (ABC) reserves. This action is necessary to allow the 2016 total allowable catch of flathead sole, rock sole, and yellowfin sole in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area to be harvested.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/04/2016-26723/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-exchange-of-flatfish-in-the-bering-sea-and

FYI’s

CoastWalk volunteers clean up local beaches
KBBI by Shahla Farzan – November 3, 2016
For over 30 years, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer has organized its annual CoastWalk.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2016/11/03/coastwalk-volunteers-clean-up-local-beaches/

Fish On
The Salmon Project is bringing Alaskans’ salmon stories to the stage
Anchorage Press – November 03, 2016
The Salmon Project’s executive director, Erin Harrington, refers to the four-year-old nonprofit as an “experimental initiative” and “intensely experimental by design,” yet the group is facilitating conversations about salmon in a traditionally Alaskan manner: Storytelling. At its website, salmonlife.org, Alaskans have shared their stories describing their relationship to one of our state’s most cherished and threatened resources.
http://www.anchoragepress.com/news-arts-entertainment/fish

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November 4, 2016