Alaska/Pacific Coast

Would you like seaweed with that?
Seaweed harvests are a $5-billion food industry with products including dried plants, dietary supplements, thickening agents and even sweeteners. Researchers are studying the potential for seaweed farming in Alaska
The Cordova Times by Stewart Grant – September 23, 2016
Alaska’s rocky shores are covered with seaweeds of all kinds, and at low tide, they can be seen lining the shore in bands.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2016/09/23/would-you-like-seaweed-with-that/

Politics

Murkowski uses final energy committee meeting to oppose Aleutian monument
Juneau Empire by James Brooks – September 22, 2016
Sen. Lisa Murkowski used the final pre-election meeting of the U.S. Senate’s energy committee to send a message to President Barack Obama and his administration.
http://juneauempire.com/state/2016-09-22/murkowski-uses-final-energy-committee-meeting-oppose-aleutian-monument

Environment/Science

How humpback whales are causing conflict in Southeast Alaska
KTVA by Emily Carlson – September 26, 2016
ANCHORAGE – Once hunted to the brink of extinction, the humpback whale is making a comeback. Researchers in southeast Alaska estimate the number of humpbacks has quadrupled in the last 20 years. However, that increase comes with a cost.
http://www.ktva.com/how-humpback-whales-are-causing-conflict-in-southeast-alaska-734/

FYI’s

Alaska Seafood Cooperative Hires New Manager
The Alaska Seafood Cooperative (AKSC) is pleased to announce that it has hired Ms. Maria Jacob to be the Cooperative’s Manager.  The AKSC has five member companies who operate 14 trawl catcher processor vessels in the Amendment 80 fisheries of the Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, and Gulf of Alaska.  Prior to joining AKSC, Ms. Jacob spent eight years accumulating a tremendous amount of fisheries experience and expertise from her previous positions as a fisheries management specialist for the New England Fishery Management Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, and as a NMFS observer in Point Judith, RI and Gloucester, MA.

Maria also earned a Master of Public Policy with a focus on Environmental Policy from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2016.  Maria’s experience in developing agency and industry collaboration furthers the cooperative’s innovative work to advance sustainable fishing practices. “We are extremely happy to have Maria managing our cooperative,” said Mark Fina, President of AKSC.

Maria’s joining the cooperative will continue and build on the co-op’s work as a leader in sustainable fisheries – setting standards that have qualified the co-op’s fisheries for both Marine Stewardship Council and Responsible Fishery Management certification of its fisheries.  Maria shares that vision, and is excited to join a team that understands and appreciates the importance of sustainable fishing through collaborative efforts with the Council, NMFS, and the Alaska Fisheries Science Center.

Book chronicles life of Bering Sea captain
The Bristol Bay Times by Jim Paulin – September 23, 2016
Former crab fisherman Jake Jacobsen doesn’t have a high opinion of The Deadliest Catch, even if the popular reality television show might help him sell his book.
http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1638book_chronicles_life_of_bering_sea_captain

ASMI seeks industry members to serve on committees
ASMI – September 2016
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) is currently seeking industry members to serve on an ASMI committee (s). If you would like to be considered in 2016 for a committee position, emaila coverletter and resume to Deb Tempel at dtempel@alaskaseafood.org by October 10, 2016, please indicate which committee(s) you are interested in serving on.
http://www.alaskaseafood.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Committee-Interest-letter-2016.pdf

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September 27, 2016