Alaska/Pacific Coast

What happened to the pink salmon?
Seward City News by Allison Sayer – October 17, 2016
Prince William Sound pink salmon fishermen are glad to have this season, described by one captain as “biblically bad” behind them. The salmon harvest was less than 30% of the expected harvest for this year. Prince William Sound was not alone; Kodiak, Cook Inlet, and Chignik all had pink salmon harvests that were a fraction of their usual size. Southeast Alaska showed slightly better salmon returns but the numbers were still far short of projections. While fishermen try to pick up the pieces of an unprofitable summer, a lot of people have the same question: “What happened?”
http://sewardcitynews.com/2016/10/happened-pink-salmon/

Politics

Clinton emails released by WikiLeaks reveal unlikely exchange over workers at Alaska fish processing incident
Alaska Dispatch News by Michelle Theriault Boots – October 17, 2016
Among the revelations in a batch of Hillary Clinton’s emails recently released by WikiLeaks is an exchange about an incident at an Alaska fish processing plant that drew attention of the top levels of the U.S. State Department but was never known to the public until now.
http://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2016/10/17/clinton-emails-released-by-wikileaks-reveal-unlikely-exchange-over-workers-at-alaska-fish-processing-incident/

Environment/Science

Bering Sea village wants to surround itself with a marine sanctuary
Alaska Dispatch News by Alex DeMarban – October 16, 2016
Residents of the smaller of two villages in the Pribilof Islands are asking the federal government to encircle their island with the first national marine sanctuary in Alaska. It’s an effort to protect the fur seals once slaughtered on the Pribilofs and other animal populations they say are plunging dangerously, perhaps because of climate change.
https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/rural-alaska/2016/10/16/bering-sea-village-wants-to-surround-itself-with-a-marine-sanctuary/

Local fidelity key to ocean-wide recovery of humpback whales
Science Daily by Oregon State University – October 17, 2016
Humpback whales can migrate thousands of miles to reach feeding grounds each year, but a new study concludes that their fidelity to certain local habitats — as passed on through the generations — and the protection of these habitats are key to understanding the ultimate recovery of this endangered species.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161017151315.htm

Federal Register

Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; National Standard Guidelines
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 10/18/2016
This final action revises the guidelines for National Standards (NS) 1, 3, and 7 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA or The Act) and to the General section of the NS guidelines. This action is necessary to improve and clarify the guidance within the NS guidelines. The purpose of this action is to facilitate compliance with requirements of the MSA to end and prevent overfishing, rebuild overfished stocks, and achieve optimum yield (OY).
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/18/2016-24500/magnuson-stevens-act-provisions-national-standard-guidelines

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Sablefish in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 10/18/2016
NMFS is prohibiting retention of sablefish by vessels using trawl gear and not participating in the cooperative fishery of the Rockfish Program in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary because the 2016 total allowable catch of sablefish allocated to vessels using trawl gear and not participating in the cooperative fishery of the Rockfish Program in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA has been reached.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/18/2016-25138/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-sablefish-in-the-central-regulatory-area-of-the

FYI’s

In Order to Save Wild Salmon, We Must Eat Them
Munchies by Tom Douglas – October 12, 2016
Salmon means a lot to me, lots more than I ever dreamed it would. This is why I only eat wild salmon and choose to serve wild salmon at all of my restaurants.
https://munchies.vice.com/en/articles/in-order-to-save-wild-salmon-we-must-eat-them

Is Salmon Jerky the Next Million-Dollar Snack Food?
Huna Totem says its Dear North jerky bites will be in 700 stores by yearend.
Bloomberg by Craig Giammona – October 13, 2016
The bags of Dear North salmon jerky bites that will arrive on Whole Foods Market shelves in Northern California this month are another sign of America’s seemingly endless appetite for snack foods. They’re also the result of an early stage collaboration between Huna Totem, a 40-year-old corporation in Juneau, and Ammunition, the company best known for designing Beats headphones.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-13/is-salmon-jerky-the-next-million-dollar-snack-food

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October 18, 2016