Board tightens rules to protect Kenai kings Alaska Journal of Commerce by Elwood Brehmer - February 18, 2020 The Alaska Board of Fisheries on Feb. 14 approved a new escapement goal aimed at getting more of the once iconic late-run king salmon into the Kenai River, but the move amounts to another blow to many Kenai Peninsula commercial fishermen targeting sockeye salmon also returning to area rivers. https://www.alaskajournal.com/2020-02-18/board-tightens-rules-protect-kenai-kings 5.44 million pound harvest goal in Southeast’s commercial Tanner crab fishery KFSK by Angela Denning - February 18, 2020 Commercial Tanner crab fishing is underway in Southeast Alaska. Managers expect a smaller harvest than last year but still above the average for recent years. KFSK’s Angela Denning reports: https://www.kfsk.org/2020/02/18/5-44-million-pound-harvest-goal-in-southeasts-commercial-tanner-crab-fishery/ Politics Lawmakers reject cuts to Wrangell ADF&G office, fisheries research KSTK by June Leffler - February 14, 2020 House lawmakers are resisting the governor’s cost-cutting plan that would shutter Wrangell’s branch office of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and cancel several fisheries research projects. https://www.kstk.org/2020/02/14/lawmakers-reject-cuts-to-wrangell-adfg-office-fisheries-research/ Environment/Science Navy invites comment on GOA training environmental analysis Proposed activities would include continued use of active sonar, weapons systems Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - February 16, 2020 U.S. Navy officials are inviting public comment through March 11 in development of the supplemental environmental impact statement/overseas environmental impact statement related to military training activities, in advance of future war games in the Gulf of Alaska. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/02/16/navy-invites-comment-on-goa-training-environmental-analysis/ Opinion Dock Talk: Gulf of Alaska cod exemplifies commitment to sustainability National Fisherman by Julie Decker - February 18, 2020 Recent headlines discussing a potential suspension of the Marine Stewardship Council’s certification for Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod have included some misleading and even inaccurate depictions of the status of the fishery. As the client for both MSC and Responsible Fisheries Management certifications for all Alaska Pacific cod, Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation feels it is important to provide necessary context and clarification. https://www.nationalfisherman.com/viewpoints/alaska/dock-talk-gulf-of-alaska-cod-exemplifies-commitment-to-sustainability/
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