Alaska Fisheries Report KMXT by Maggie Wall - September 26, 2019 Despite all the weirdness with individual fisheries, this summer’s statewide salmon catch looks to be one of the best ever. In fact, early numbers put it on track to be the eighth largest haul since 1975. http://kmxt.org/2019/09/alaska-fisheries-report-sept-26-2019/ NOAA and Savoonga track cod in first-of-its-kind collaboration KNOM by Davis Hovey - September 26, 2019 Researchers and Western Alaskans alike want to know more about Pacific cod’s movements as they swim from the Southern Bering Sea into the Northern. In a unique collaboration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries worked with fishermen in Savoonga to tag and track cod within the drastically changing Bering Sea ecosystem. https://www.alaskapublic.org/2019/09/26/noaa-and-savoonga-track-cod-in-first-of-its-kind-collaboration/ Environment/Science Fish are in trouble with climate crisis, IPCC report finds CNN Wire - September 25, 2019 Since the 1970s, the climate crisis has made our oceans warmer and more acidic, reducing the number of fish we rely on for our food and putting the future of fish in peril, according to a major UN report out Wednesday. https://fox59.com/2019/09/25/fish-are-in-trouble-with-climate-crisis-ipcc-report-finds/ How a salmon scientist got hooked into a battle over the world’s largest gold mine Science Magazine by Warren Cornwall - September 26, 2019 It's hard to think small in Alaska. The largest of the United States is home to North America's highest mountain range. It's a place where undammed rivers run more than 1000 kilometers, glaciers collapse into the ocean, and polar bears roam. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/09/how-salmon-scientist-got-hooked-battle-over-world-s-largest-gold-mine Federal Register Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels Greater Than or Equal to 60 Feet Length Overall Using Pot Gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 09/26/2019 NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) using pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2019 Pacific cod total allowable catch allocated to catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3m) LOA using pot gear in the BSAI. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/26/2019-20867/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-by-catcher-vessels-greater-than-or Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod Management in the Groundfish Fisheries of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands and the Gulf of Alaska A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 09/27/2019 NMFS proposes regulations to implement Amendment 120 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) Management Area (BSAI FMP) and Amendment 108 to the FMP for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) (GOA FMP), collectively referred to as Amendments 120/108. If approved, Amendment 120 would limit the number of catcher/processors (C/Ps) eligible to operate as motherships receiving and processing Pacific cod from catcher vessels (CVs) directed fishing in the BSAI non-Community Development Quota Program (CDQ) Pacific cod trawl fishery. This proposed rule is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), Amendments 120/108, the BSAI and GOA FMPs, and other applicable laws. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/27/2019-20552/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-management-in-the-groundfish FYI’s Commercial, Sport, and Subsistence Salmon Fishing on display through January at the Anchorage Museum Anchorage Press by Jean Bundy - September 23, 2019 Tucked away near the Southwest corner of the Anchorage Museum atrium balcony is a small but important exhibition, ‘Alaskans and Salmon (thru January 19, 2020)’ presenting large color photographs of Alaskans who fish for salmon, their catch, and the various ways these aquatic specimens are preserved. https://www.anchoragepress.com/arts_and_entertainment/commercial-sport-and-subsistence-salmon-fishing-on-display-through-january/article_492c7fa0-de50-11e9-9db2-e3f9fce882b7.html As Arctic ice melts, will the Navy return to Adak? Alaska Public Media by Zachariah Hughes - September 26, 2019 Amid the wind, waves, and rain, a strange ship roared through Kuluk Bay toward the shores of Adak. It looked out of place, speeding past misty green mountains of the western Aleutian Islands, a cross between a speedboat and an industrial fishing barge. With alarming speed, it lurched from the shore onto the beach, kicking up dark swirls of sand and sea-spray. It’s cargo trickled down of a ramp: Humvees, U.S. Marines, a compact green bulldozer. Everything you would need in an invasion. https://www.alaskapublic.org/2019/09/26/as-arctic-ice-melts-will-the-navy-return-to-adak/ Opinions Opinions: Are hatchery releases affecting Alaska’s wild salmon? Anchorage Daily News by Doug Vincent-Lang - September 26, 2019 Hatcheries have become a hotly debated topic in the news recently, particularly regarding pink and chum salmon and their potential effect on other species, ocean carrying capacity and the like. Critics of pink and chum salmon hatchery production claim that too many pinks and chums are causing declines in salmon and seabird populations. This has led to calls to reduce or eliminate hatchery production in Alaska and elsewhere. Meanwhile, supporters point to record returns in recent years of both hatchery and wild salmon as reasons not to be concerned. This conflicting information has led to uncertainty and confusion. https://www.adn.com/opinions/2019/09/26/are-hatchery-releases-impacting-alaskas-wild-salmon/
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