NOAA Fisheries: Alaska chinook harvest not to blame for killer whale decline KCAW by Robert Woolsey - May 18, 2020 The National Marine Fisheries Service says shutting down Southeast Alaska’s king salmon season would contribute little to saving an endangered population of killer whales in Puget Sound. https://www.kcaw.org/2020/05/18/noaa-fisheries-alaska-chinook-harvest-not-to-blame-for-killer-whale-decline/ Environment/Science NOAA hosts virtual meeting to discuss offshore mapping progress in Alaska Seafood Source by Ben Fisher - May 19, 2020 Earlier this month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) held a virtual meeting of the Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) to discuss progress made in the offshore mapping of Alaska, among other topics. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/noaa-hosts-virtual-meeting-to-discuss-offshore-mapping-progress-in-alaska?utm_source=marketo&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_content=newsletter&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiT1dFM09HRmlZVGMwTmpjNSIsInQiOiJoRVRTU1hhZnpvamdwK2xaS FR5NlRXQ3UxNWdmdTIxaVY3ZDhzK2pINU52VHFSSW94UUdGa25Pdit0SFMrUVhsa 2NtVE5IbDZ2KzVmOHZSbHp5VDlsY0JLMk4zSkg1UVRybGZHV08xT05JaHhSeXhIVldnak42eTJ3d0tvd0ZvbSJ9 Environmental watchdogs are raising alarms over Pebble and other projects. But is anyone listening? Alaska Public Media by Liz Ruskin - May 20, 2020 Pebble Mine opponent Lindsey Bloom thought she had the goods. When she saw a video showing an executive from Pebble’s parent company make a pitch to potential investors, she considered it proof of what fishermen and environmental groups have been warning – that Pebble is minimizing the scope of the project, but that ultimately it expects to build a more damaging operation. https://www.alaskapublic.org/2020/05/20/the-airwaves-are-so-crowded-now-opponents-of-pebble-and-other-alaska-developments-struggle-to-gain-traction/ Labeling and Marketing Alaska Seafood: Marketing Update ASMI - May 2020 Information for Alaska’s Seafood Industry on COVID-19, ASMI Announces Winners of Alaska Commercial Fishing Photo Contest , New Shareable Infographic Highlights Heart-Healthy Attributes of Alaska Seafood, 2019 ASMI Annual Report Now Online, ASMI Partners with Barton Seaver to Produce Inspirational Takeout Video Series... https://myemail.constantcontact.com/ASMI-Update-May-2020--Annual-Report--Online-Efforts-with-Chef-and-Culinary-Influencers--COVID-19-Industry-Resources.html?soid=1101064654189&aid=SjLgL5bkDns Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon Launches New Marketing Program Website SeafoodNews.com by Peggy Parker - May 21, 2020 Distributors, retailers and foodservice managers, and consumers who want to get in on the Bristol Bay salmon season this year now have a website to help them connect. https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1171838/Bristol-Bay-Sockeye-Salmon-Launches-New-Marketing-Program-Website Federal Register Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/22/2020 The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) and its advisory entities will hold public meetings. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/05/22/2020-11087/pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meetings Press Release Press Release: Alaska Delegation Applauds Homeland Security Rule Creating Flexibility for Seafood Industry Murkowski.senate.gov - May 18, 2020 The Alaska Congressional Delegation today applauded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s announcement that it is implementing a temporary rule that will give seafood processors more flexibility to hire workers in H-2B status during the COVID-19 pandemic. This action creates parity with the H-2A program, which was granted similar temporary flexibility in April of 2020. The recently published rule will allow companies that are critical to the U.S. food supply to hire current visa holders already in the country, speeding up the hiring process and enabling workers to begin work as soon as a certified employer has submitted the necessary documents to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/press/release/alaska-delegation-applauds-homeland-security-rule-creating-flexibility-for-seafood-industry_ Opinion Opinion: Bristol Bay headwaters: The last place we should mine Seattle Times by Thomas G. Yocom - May 17, 2020 At a time when nothing feels normal, we can take comfort in natural phenomena unaffected by stay-at-home orders or social distancing. Seattle-based fishing boats are gearing up and heading to Bristol Bay, Alaska, for one of nature’s great migrations: The largest remaining wild sockeye salmon run, with 40 million to 60 million adults returning to their upriver spawning grounds. But looming over Bristol Bay is the specter of the Pebble Mine: A massive open-pit copper mine proposed in the bay’s headwaters, in a pristine area covered with wetlands, streams and shallow ponds. https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/bristol-bay-headwaters-the-last-place-we-should-mine/
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