Bristol Bay leaders cautiously optimistic, but ask state for fishery closure if protocol can't be met KTUU by Grant Robinson - April 17, 2020 ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Friday, Gov. Mike Dunleavy's communications director provided the following statement responding to the letter from the Bristol Bay Working Group: "The State of Alaska continues to build testing capacity every day. Currently, testing capacity is not available to meet the requests made by the Bristol Bay work group, however, work is underway with communities, businesses, and all stakeholders in search of a balance that protects Alaskans and gives our critical fishing industry an opportunity to exist during upcoming fishing seasons." https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Bristol-Bay-leaders-cautiously-optimistic-but-ask-Dunleavy-for-fishery-closure-of-protocol-cant-be-met-569708301.html As state continues fishery preparations, Bristol Bay group calls for help with safety measures KDLG by Isabelle Ross - April 20, 2020 There is still no consensus between the state, communities, and local entities on what the rules will be for the Bristol Bay fishery. Regional organizations are demanding strict safety measures, saying that if they are not met, the fishery should be closed. The state is moving forward with efforts to create safety plans while keeping the fishery open. https://www.kdlg.org/post/state-continues-fishery-preparations-bristol-bay-group-calls-help-safety-measures National Fish Factor: Eat seafood, America, and we’ll get through this Cordova Times by Laine Welch - April 18, 2020 How can fishermen be sure their vessels are clean of coronavirus contamination? Where can they find out about relief funds that are newly available for fishermen? COVID-19 has Alaska’s seafood industry traveling in uncharted waters as more fisheries continue and get underway, and fishermen and processors prepare for a salmon season that’s just a month away. Information in an upside-down world changes daily, making it tough to plot a course. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/04/18/fish-factor-eat-seafood-america-and-well-get-through-this/ Environment/Science Return of 'the Blob' could intensify climate change impacts on Northeast Pacific fisheries EurekaAlert by University of British Columbia - April 21, 2020 A large marine heatwave would double the rate of the climate change impacts on fisheries species in the northeast Pacific by 2050, says a recently released study by researchers from the University of British Columbia and University of Bern. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/uobc-ro042020.php Foes of Pebble Mine lose a round in court Alaska Public Media by Liz Ruskin - April 17, 2020 Opponents of the Pebble Mine lost one of their lawsuits Friday, when a federal court judge ruled against them. The case is about the so-called “pre-emptive veto” the Environmental Protection Agency issued during the Obama administration, before the Pebble Partnership filed its application for a proposed gold and copper mine in Southwest Alaska. https://www.alaskapublic.org/2020/04/17/foes-of-pebble-mine-lose-a-round-in-court/ FYI’s NPFMC May 2020 - 249th - Special Meeting AGENDA - 249th Session The North Pacific Fishery Management Council will meet May 15, 2020, from 12:00 to 5:00 pm, Alaska standard time, for a special meeting to review emergency rule requests that have been submitted for Council consideration. The Council meeting will be broadcast at https://meetings.npfmc.org/Meeting/Details/1463 NPFMC’s June meeting will be via web conference Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - April 20, 2020 Federal fisheries managers have moved their June meeting in Juneau online to a web conference, posting the agenda online and inviting everyone to submit and review comments on each item through the noon (Alaska time) June 7 deadline. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/04/20/npfmcs-june-meeting-will-be-via-web-conference/
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