Alaska/Pacific Coast King crabbing set to begin with record low quota Bristol Bay Times by Jim Paulin - October 13, 2018 Bering Sea commercial crabbing starts next week, with the smallest quota for Bristol Bay red king crab in over 30 years of 4.3 million pounds, a 35 percent decrease from last year's 6.6 million pounds. The last time there was such a low number when a fishery was held was in 1985, at 4.1 million pounds, according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game Assistant Area Management Biologist Ethan Nichols, in Unalaska. http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1841king_crabbing_set_to_begin_with_record_low Task force brainstorms to solve complex Cook Inlet salmon fisheries problems KTVA by Scott Gross - October 12, 2018 In June, Governor Bill Walker created the Cook Inlet Salmon Task Force, a 23 member committee entrusted with saving one of the state's vital and most controversial resources, salmon fisheries in the Cook Inlet. http://www.ktva.com/story/39279833/task-force-brainstorms-to-solve-complex-cook-inlet-salmon-fisheries
Hurricane damaged Seattle company’s Alaska-bound factory trawler in Florida shipyard Hurricane Michael ripped the almost-built Alaska factory trawler North Star from a shipyard mooring in Panama City, Florida, and left it lying on its starboard side in the shallow water of Florida's Saint Andrews Bay. Seattle Times by Hal Bernton - October 12, 2018 Hurricane Michael ripped an almost-finished Alaska factory trawler built for a Seattle company from a shipyard mooring in Panama City, Florida, and left it lying on its starboard side in the shallow water of Saint Andrews Bay. https://www.seattletimes.com/business/hurricane-damaged-seattle-companys-alaska-bound-factory-trawler-in-florida-shipyard/ OTIS takes second shot at blue economy challenges Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - October 14, 2018 A second annual challenge organized by proponents of the blue economy is seeking participants to identify difficulties in getting ocean related products to market and develop prototypes to do so. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2018/10/14/otis-takes-second-shot-at-blue-economy-challenges/ Politics Law signed to help combat waste plaguing Alaska, US waters KTUU by Leroy Polk - October 11, 2018 WASHINGTON (KTUU) - Some legislation presented by bipartisan senators from Alaska and Rhode Island was signed into law by the president Thursday, with the hope of combating ocean waste issues. https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Law-signed-to-help-combat-waste-plaguing-Alaska-US-waters-497041551.html Labeling and Marketing 3MMI - Chum Salmon Fisheries Open on the West Coast TradexFoods - October 15, 2018 Last week it looked like there would not be a chum salmon opening on October 10th in the Puget sound as planned. However, later that evening on the 10th, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife received confirmation that Canada had upgraded their run estimate to above the million fish threshold, so several commercial fishing areas in the Puget Sound was opened. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyvpitZTTNs
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