Dunleavy's fish tax bill met with staunch resistance KTVA by Steve Quinn, March 21, 2019 A Senate panel heard Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposal to repeal a law that calls for sharing fish taxes between the state and certain coastal communities. https://www.ktva.com/story/40176307/dunleavys-fish-tax-bill-met-with-staunch-resistance Timing of upcoming war games draws fire Cordova Times by Emily Mesner - March 22, 2019 Representatives from the Alaska Command and U.S. Navy offered information regarding the U.S. Pacific Command’s upcoming Northern Edge 2019 exercise during a recent city council work session and responded to sharp criticism of those plans from a packed house. https://thecordovatimes.com/2019/03/22/timing-of-upcoming-war-games-draws-fire/ International Despite trade war obstacles, seafood producers find growing opportunity in Asia Seafood Source by Jeffrey Spear - March 20, 2019 Seafood producers that have achieved meaningful sales volumes in domestic markets have been enhancing revenues and sparking enterprise growth through exports and brand penetration in foreign markets, especially Southeast Asia. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/despite-trade-war-obstacles-seafood-producers-find-growing-opportunity-in-asia Environment/Science Alaska mine seen as a threat to Pacific Northwest, salmon The Spokesman by Julianna Rennie McClatchy - March 17, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Over the past several decades, fishermen, business owners, Alaska Native organizations and environmental groups have protested a proposed open-pit copper and gold mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay – a pristine salmon habitat. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/mar/17/alaska-mine-seen-as-a-threat-to-pacific-northwest-/ Temperature blob in Pacific Ocean gives a glimpse of climate impact on humpback whales Phys.org by Bob Yirka - March 20, 2019 A team of researchers with the Keiki Kohola Project and California State University reports that a recent "blob" of warm water in the Pacific gives marine scientists a preview of the impact of climate change on humpback whales. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the group describes their study of the whales and what they found. https://phys.org/news/2019-03-temperature-blob-pacific-ocean-glimpse.html Three decades after Exxon Valdez oil disaster, Prince William watchdog group remains on alert Alaska Public Media by Wesley Early - March 21, 2019 This Sunday, Alaska marks the 30th anniversary of an event that changed the state forever. On March 24th, 1989, 11 million gallons of crude oil spilled into Prince William Sound when the Exxon Valdez tanker ran aground. https://www.alaskapublic.org/2019/03/21/three-decades-after-exxon-valdez-oil-disaster-prince-william-watchdog-group-remains-on-alert/ FYI’s USDA Purchases $28 Million of Alaska Pollock Fishermen's News - March 20, 2019 The US Department of Agriculture has announced the purchase of more than 11 million pounds of wild Alaska Pollock fillets and fish sticks valued at $28.1 million from processors in Washington state, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2019/03/usda-purchases-28-million-of-alaska.html Salmon Sisters Donating 1% of All Sales to Food Bank of Alaska SeafoodNews.com by Peggy Parker - March 19, 2019 Salmon Sisters, the sibling-owned Alaskan seafood and design company has expanded it’s charitable subsidiary to donate one-percent of all sales to the Food Bank of Alaska. Launched in 2016, the Give Fish Project has donated one can of wild salmon to The Food Bank of Alaska for each order placed on the Salmon Sisters website, a total of over 100,000 cans to date. The new one-percent model expands the brand’s overall donation, and better accommodates the needs of the food bank, as well seasonality of available Alaskan seafood on the market. “Supporting the community that supports us is at the core of the Salmon Sisters brand philosophy,” says co- founder Emma Teal Lakautis. “We’re proud to be able to help address the issue of hunger in Alaska, and this new model allows us to do even more.” Salmon Sisters founders Claire Neaton and Emma Teal Lakautis launched the Give Fish Project as a way to address hunger in communities across their home state and to inspire other businesses to engage in community efforts of their own. The Give Fish Project serves the nearly one in seven adults, and one in five children in Alaska that struggle with food insecurity. Donations are distributed across Alaska with the help of donated freight services from Lynden Transport. “The Give Fish Project brings together our core communities really nicely,” says co-founder Claire Neaton. “By purchasing Alaskan seafood, we can support Alaskan fishermen, and donating premium quality seafood allows us support healthy communities across the state.” https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1135540/Salmon-Sisters-Donating-1-percent-of-All-Sales-to-Food-Bank-of-Alaska
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