Environment/Science

Climate Change Is Suffocating Large Parts of the Ocean
A new study says warming has reduced the oxygen levels in large swaths of the deep ocean, threatening marine life around the world.
National Geographic By Craig Welch – January 4, 2018
One day more than a decade ago, Eric Prince was studying the tracks of tagged fish when he noticed something odd. Blue marlin off the southeastern United States would dive a half-mile deep chasing prey. The same species off Costa Rica and Guatemala stayed near the surface, rarely dropping more than a few hundred feet.
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/climate-change-suffocating-low-oxygen-zones-ocean/

Can you hear me? NOAA studies boat noise and fish
Wicked Local Eastham – January 5, 2018
NOAA scientists studying sounds made by Atlantic cod and haddock at spawning sites in the Gulf of Maine have found that vessel traffic noise is reducing the distance over which these animals can communicate with each other.
http://eastham.wickedlocal.com/news/20180105/can-you-hear-me-noaa-studies-boat-noise-and-fish

Federal Register

Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Pacific Whiting; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan; Amendment 21-3; Trawl Rationalization Program
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/08/2018
NMFS issues this final rule to change the management of the Pacific whiting at-sea sectors’ (i.e., the Mothership [MS] and Catcher/Processor [C/P] sectors) allocations for darkblotched rockfish and Pacific ocean perch (POP) by managing the allocations as set-asides rather than as total catch limits, under the authority of the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP), and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act).
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/08/2018-00135/magnuson-stevens-act-provisions-fisheries-off-west-coast-states-pacific-coast-groundfish-fishery

Fishing Capacity Reduction Program for the Longline Catcher Processor Subsector of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Non Pollock Groundfish Fishery
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 01/08/2018
NMFS issues this notice to increase the fee rate for the non-pollock groundfish fishery to repay the $35,000,000 reduction loan to finance the non-pollock groundfish fishing capacity reduction program.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/08/2018-00136/fishing-capacity-reduction-program-for-the-longline-catcher-processor-subsector-of-the-bering-sea

FYI’s

Nominations sought for Alaska Salmon Fellows
Norosz: Those applying should be fully committed to the cohort
Cordova Times – January 5, 2018
Nominations are being sought through Jan. 31 for the Alaska Humanities Forum’s second cohort of Alaska Salmon Fellows, an effort to facilitate conversations about salmon issues and identify innovative opportunities to strengthen this resource for generations to come.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2018/01/05/nominations-sought-alaska-salmon-fellows/

 

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January 9, 2018