Alaska fishermen are becoming more specialized UAF News by Lauren Frisch - April 24, 2019 Participation in Alaska’s fisheries has dropped and specialization has increased during the past 30 years, according to a new study published in the journal Fish and Fisheries. https://news.uaf.edu/alaska-fishermen-are-becoming-more-specialized/ UFA Seats Election Winners Fishermen's News - April 24, 2019 Bruce Schactler has been re-elected and Tyson Fick, Melanie Brown and Cynthia Wallesz were elected to two-year terms as at-large board members of United Fishermen of Alaska. All four took office on April 15. http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2019/04/ufa-seats-election-winners.html Cordova city council approves raw fish tax Two amendments added to ordinance Cordova Times by Emily Mesner - April 25, 2019 An ordinance to tax harvesters 0.5 percent of the value of fish delivered in town has been approved on a 4-2 vote by the Cordova City Council. https://thecordovatimes.com/2019/04/25/cordova-city-council-approves-raw-fish-tax/ Politics Johnstone fails in bid for fisheries board Legislators cite several concerns, including vindictive behavior, bullying Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - April 25, 2019 State legislators have rejected the nomination of controversial Board of Fisheries nominee Karl Johnstone in a heated floor session of both houses, by a vote of 23-33, but approved appointment of Israel Payton, Marit Carlson-Van Dort and Gerad Godfrey. https://thecordovatimes.com/2019/04/25/johnstone-fails-in-bid-for-fisheries-board/ Environment/Science Seattle’s Access to Wild Salmon On the Line as Risky Mining Project in Bristol Bay Advances Through Federal Permitting Alaska Navive News by Tyson Fick - April 22, 2019. Washington business leaders, chefs, and fishermen urge U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reject proposed Pebble Mine https://alaska-native-news.com/seattles-access-to-wild-salmon-on-the-line-as-risky-mining-project-in-bristol-bay-advances-through-federal-permitting/41509/ One of Alaska's warmest springs on record is causing a dangerous thaw The Washington Post by Sarah Kaplan - April 19, 2019 Bryan Thomas doesn't want any more "wishy-washy conversations about climate change." https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-wp-alaska-spring-20190419-story.html FYI’s Gillnet recycling comes to Haines KHNS Radio by Claire Stremple - April 23, 2019 Haines fishermen will soon have a new way to dispose of their nets–they can recycle them. Haines Friends of Recycling has partnered with Net Your Problem to offer net recycling in the Upper Lynn Canal. https://khns.org/gillnet-recycling-comes-to-haines Reps apologize after last-minute charges sink Johnstone nomination Alaska Journal of Commerce by Elizabeth Earl - April 24, 2019 Last Wednesday night was a strange one for the Legislature. In a joint session of the House and Senate on April 17, the members confirmed most of Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy’s nominees for state boards and commissions and all of his cabinet appointments. Seven appointees were not confirmed, though, with one not being voted on and six being rejected. http://www.alaskajournal.com/2019-04-24/reps-apologize-after-last-minute-charges-sink-johnstone-nomination
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