Alaska/Pacific Coast 6 Reasons Why Alaska’s Aleutian Islands are a Hot Spot for Sea Life NOAA Fisheries - May 16, 2019 The Aleutian Islands are a remarkable place, with a rich diversity of life. Here are six cool facts about this remote area of Alaska. Discover why the Aleutian Islands Belong in the Spotlight https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/6-reasons-why-alaskas-aleutian-islands-are-hot-spot-sea-life Copper River Opener Sees Encouraging Start to 2019 Run SeafoodNews.com by Peggy Parker - May 20, 2019 The Copper River salmon run got off to a close-to-projected start last Thursday with landings of 20,474 sockeye and 2,327 chinook. The famous first of the year run began with a dozen salmon swimming past the sonar counter in the Copper River on May 11, triggering the first count. The next day 66 were seen on the sonar screen. Over 700 showed up on May 15, then over 4,200 on May 17. The last posting was Saturday May 18 of 5,185 summing to 12,719 salmon counted as escapement to date. ADF&G’s cumulative management objective for May 18 was 3,081, so the salmon are more and a few days earlier than expected. ADF&G staff expected an estimate of 10,870 salmon to pass the counter by May 20. The second opener in the Copper River District begins today at 7 a.m. local time and lasts until 7 a.m. tonight. Today the Bering River District, southeast of the Copper River delta, will also open for the same 12-hour period. More openers in the Bering River will depend on “accurate/timely harvest reporting as well as inseason run strength indicators for Bering River sockeye salmon stocks,” ADF&G wrote in their latest announcement. In 2018, the Copper River/Prince William Sound Marketing Association provided $75,000, Cordova District Fishermen United $7,000, and area processors another $28,000 towards the purchase of an ARIS sonar system and existing sonar system upgrades for the Miles Lake field camp. This new sonar system and the upgrades will allow the department to evaluate salmon length measurements at the field camp with the ultimate goal of inseason differentiation of large Chinook salmon from smaller salmon. The next scheduled salmon fisheries announcement is anticipated to be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 22. https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1141932/Copper-River-Opener-Sees-Encouraging-Start-to-2019-Run Environment/Science Seawatch: Late-stage chinooks not as safe as thought Homer News by Cristy Fry - May 15, 2019 Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences have made a discovery about mortality in late-stage chinook salmon — fish that have been in the marine environment for two years or more — that is a bit surprising. https://www.homernews.com/news/seawatch-late-stage-chinooks-not-as-safe-as-thought/ Norway and Washington state sign innovation pact in Seattle, connecting tech and maritime industries Geek Wire by Todd Bishop - May 16, 2019 Norway and Washington state will cooperate on next-generation maritime technologies and clean energy innovations in both regions of the world, with goals including further modernizing and reducing the environmental impact of the fishing and seafood industries. https://www.geekwire.com/2019/norway-washington-state-sign-innovation-pact-seattle-connecting-tech-maritime-industries/ FYI’s Alaska Strange and Unusual Creatures NOAA Fisheries - May 17, 2019 The Alaska’s Aleutian Islands hold a rich diversity of life. Meet the NOAA Fisheries scientists who work there, discover why the Aleutian Islands are a hot spot for sea life, and get the facts about some of the species that live there. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/alaska-strange-and-unusual-creatures Doctors say children not eating enough seafood WPVI- TV - May 20, 2019 A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics finds most children are not eating enough seafood. It is recommended that children and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding eat one to two weekly servings of fish and shellfish. https://6abc.com/health/doctors-say-children-not-eating-enough-seafood/5308644/
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