Alaska/Pacific Coast

International agreement sought for SE waterways
Cordova Times – September 23, 2016
An environmental campaign group has delivered to Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott a letter signed by more than 6,000 Alaskans urging an international agreement to protect Southeast Alaska rivers abundant with salmon.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2016/09/23/international-agreement-sought-for-se-waterways/

Silvers still coming in Copper, Bering river districts
Cordova Times – September 23, 2016
Fishing for coho salmon in the Copper River and Bering river districts is expected to remain open as usual through early October, with most of the catch at this point going to smaller processors.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2016/09/23/silvers-still-coming-in-copper-bering-river-districts/

Upper Cook Inlet harvest comes in low
Peninsula Clarion by Elizabeth Earl – September 29, 2016
None of the fishermen in Cook Inlet had a traditional big catch day this year, for the second year in a row.
http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2016-09-29/upper-cook-inlet-harvest-comes-in-low

It’s time to talk crab season projections
Council to meet to approve catch limits, discuss management plan
Alaska Journal of Commerce by DJ Summers – September 29, 2016
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council will meet in Anchorage from Oct. 5-11 to overview crab season projections, hear further discussions of halibut management, and decide what to do about a recent federal appeals court decision that will require more attention to salmon management.
http://www.alaskajournal.com/2016-09-29/its-time-talk-crab-season-projections#.V-566txOFA4

Dungeness crab get qualified thumbs-up in tests for domoic acid
SFGate by Tara Duggan – September 28, 2016
The fate of the Dungeness crab season will hang on the test results coming out of an East Bay lab.
http://www.sfgate.com/food/article/Dungeness-crab-get-qualified-thumbs-up-in-tests-9396819.php

Environment/Science

Paying Crab Fishers to Save Whales
A new California law rewards crabbers for removing from the ocean lost and abandoned traps that entangle and kill marine mammals.
Take Part by David Kirby – September 27, 2016
For years, California Dungeness crab fishers wanted to haul lost and abandoned crabbing gear out of the sea to keep it from entangling and killing whales but were forbidden by law to retrieve the free-floating lines, wire traps, and buoys, which are considered private property.
http://www.takepart.com/article/2016/09/27/paying-crabbers-save-whales

Federal Register

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Observer Coverage Requirements for Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area Trawl Catcher Vessels
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 09/30/2016
NMFS issues regulations to modify observer coverage requirements for catcher vessels participating in the trawl limited access fisheries in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This final rule allows the owner of a trawl catcher vessel to request, on an annual basis, that NMFS place the vessel in the full observer coverage category for all directed fishing for groundfish using trawl gear in the BSAI in the following calendar year. These regulations are necessary to relieve vessel owners who request full observer coverage of the reporting requirements and observer fee liability associated with the partial observer coverage category. Additionally, this final rule makes minor technical corrections to observer program regulations. This final rule is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI FMP), and other applicable laws.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/30/2016-23536/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-observer-coverage-requirements-for-bering-sea

Nominations to the Marine Mammal Scientific Review Groups
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 09/29/2016
As required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), the Secretary of Commerce established three independent regional scientific review groups (SRGs) to provide advice on a range of marine mammal science and management issues. NMFS has conducted a membership review of the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific SRGs, and is soliciting nominations for new members to fill vacancies and gaps in expertise. Nominees should possess demonstrable expertise in the areas specified in this notice, be able to conduct thorough scientific reviews of marine mammal science, and be able to fulfill the necessary time commitments associated with a thorough review of documents and to attend one annual meeting.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/29/2016-23540/nominations-to-the-marine-mammal-scientific-review-groups

FYI’s

Gronholdt named to PSMFC
Cordova Times – September 23, 2016
Sand Point resident Paul Gronholdt has been appointed to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission for a four-year term, replacing Eric Olson, who is also a former chairman of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.
http://www.thecordovatimes.com/2016/09/23/gronholdt-named-to-psmfc/

What Drones Did for the Sky, Robot Subs Are About to Do for the Sea
What happens when autonomous sea vessels are cheap and freely available.
Popular Mechanics by David Hambling – September 19, 2016
The next drone revolution is happening underwater. Just as flying drones have changed from expensive specialist tools to mass-market million-sellers in a few short years, their aquatic counterparts are opening up the seas.
http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/robots/news/a22903/rov-sea-drones/

Mystery solved: Melatonin makes these fish sing at night
The Washington Post by Rachel Feltman – September 24, 2016
There are fish that sing. Or drone like a bunch of loud kazoos, anyway. People living in houseboats in the San Francisco Bay have grown used to a low, strange hum that begins suddenly in the dark of the night and stops just as abruptly in the early morning.
http://www.adn.com/nation-world/2016/09/24/mystery-solved-melatonin-makes-these-fish-sing-at-night/

This Company Turns Plastic Bottle Trash From The Ocean Into Clothing
Huffington Post by Kimberly Yam – September  27, 2016
Bionic Yarn has transformed millions of bottles recovered from shorelines.
This article is part of HuffPost’s “Reclaim” campaign, an ongoing project spotlighting the world’s waste crisis and how we can begin to solve it.
Bionic Yarn is making a splash on the fashion scene.
The New York City-based startup turns used old plastic bottles, some of which were recovered from ocean shorelines, and turns them into yarns and fabrics for clothing.
https://flipboard.com/@flipboard/flip.it%2FJv.fu1-this-company-turns-plastic-bottle-trash/f-1b9c637673%2Fhuffingtonpost.com

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