Alaska/Pacific Coast

Crab Fisheries Cut And Canceled After Low Stock Assessments
KUCB by Laura Kraegel – October 13, 2016
The Bering Sea snow crab season opens this weekend. But thanks to drastic quota drop, fishermen will be limited to less than half of last year’s harvest.
http://kucb.org/post/crab-fisheries-cut-and-canceled-after-low-stock-assessments

Yukon kings are on the rebound
Canadians, however, are fishing less
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – October 13, 2016
Yukon River chinook stocks are on the upswing, according to a season summary, though not everybody is fishing for the surplus.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2016-10-13/yukon-kings-are-rebound#.WAD6UdxOFA4

NPFMC progresses with halibut issues
Eyak Traditional Tribal Council renews effort for allocation of IFQ
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman – October 14, 2016
Federal fisheries managers took additional steps at their October meeting on halibut issues ranging from leasing of individual fishery shares to prohibited species catch limits, and a review of the halibut/sablefish IFQ program.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2016/10/14/npfmc-progresses-with-halibut-issues/

Walker nominates Arctic, Cook Inlet waters for OCS program
Cordova Times – October 14, 2016
Alaska has made its pitch to the Interior Department to include the Beaufort and Chukchi seas and Cook Inlet in the proposed upcoming five-year Outer Continental Shelf lease sale program.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2016/10/14/walker-nominates-arctic-cook-inlet-waters-for-ocs-program/

Betsy Baker joins NPRB in November
International lawyer has credentials in academia, law of the sea, and environmental and marine policy
Cordova Times – October 14, 2016
New leadership is coming to the North Pacific Research Board in Anchorage on Nov. 21, when international lawyer Betsy Baker signs in as executive director.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2016/10/14/betsy-baker-joins-nprb-in-november/

Environment/Science

Fisheries panel hears transboundary mine concerns
Alaska Public Media by Ed Schoenfeld – October 13, 2016
Critics of British Columbia mining told a legislative committee Wednesday about the dangers of mineral extraction along transboundary rivers.
Tribal leaders, scientists, fishermen and community members warned House Fisheries Committee members of the consequences of a cross-border mining disaster during the public hearing.
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2016/10/13/fisheries-panel-hears-transboundary-mine-concerns/

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska; Modifications to Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 10/13/2016
NMFS issues regulations to modify the recordkeeping and reporting requirements for the groundfish fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands management areas. This rule is organized into four actions. Under the first action, NMFS implements a requirement for tender vessel operators to use the applications software “tLandings” to prepare electronic landing reports. This action is necessary to improve timeliness and reliability of landing reports for catcher vessels delivering to tender vessels for use in catch accounting and inseason management. Under the second action, NMFS modifies the definition of a buying station.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/13/2016-24457/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-modifications-to-recordkeeping-and-reporting

FYI’s

What if we had taken NASA’s advice to eat krill?
National Fishermen by Vice – October 7, 2016
Way back in 1977—the year Star Wars came out, British Airways launched Concorde SST service between London and New York, and Jimmy Carter signed legislation creating the Department of Energy—NASA published an exceptionally forward-looking report called “The Role of Aerospace Technology in Agriculture.” Its purpose was to figure out how to feed a ballooning world population given the Earth’s limited resources—using space-age technology. Oddly enough, amid high-minded discussions about the aerial application of chemicals and remote-sensing systems, was tucked this suggestion: Perhaps humans could subsist wholly—or partially—on a diet of krill.
http://www.nationalfisherman.com/news-events/top-news/7252-what-if-we-had-taken-nasa-s-advice-to-eat-krill

 

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October 14, 2016