Alaska Copper River harvest hits 102,008 fish Commercial harvest for PWS hits 1.5 million salmon Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - July 10, 2020 Commercial harvesters got another shot at the Copper River on Monday, June 6, and delivered to processors some 13,663 fish, the bulk of them sockeyes. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/07/10/copper-river-harvest-hits-102008-fish/ Alaska Fisheries Report — July 8, 2020 KMXT by Maggie Wall - July 10, 2020 Did you hear that sigh of relief? Alaska fishermen are indeed able to apply for the recently extended Payroll Protection Plan, the PPP. The new deadline is August 8. https://kmxt.org/2020/07/alaska-fisheries-report-july-8-2020/ ‘Devastating,’ meager chum salmon returns worry the fishing industry One more uncertainty for Alaskan fishermen Juneau Empire by Peter Segall - July 12, 2020 Returns on chum salmon are so low this year Douglas Island Pink and Chum Inc. is working with the State of Alaska on permits to move fish from Amalga Harbor to its hatchery on the Gastineau Channel in Juneau. https://www.juneauempire.com/news/devastating-meager-chum-salmon-returns-worry-the-fishing-industry/ Hearing set, public comments sought on Board of Fisheries appointees KTUU by Grant Robinson - July 10, 2020 When Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced his appointees of the Alaska Board of Fisheries in April, his choice of a current Pebble Partnership employ alarmed some fishermen, and the legislature ended session before hearings were held on the appointees. https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Hearing-set-public-comments-sought-on-Board-of-Fisheries-appointees-571713751.html Federal Register Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Crab Rationalization Cost Recovery Program A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 07/10/2020 NMFS publishes notification of a 1.31 percent fee for cost recovery under the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Crab Rationalization Program. This action is intended to provide holders of crab allocations with the 2020/2021 crab fishing year fee percentage so they can calculate the required cost recovery fee payment that must be submitted by July 31, 2021. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/07/10/2020-14929/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-bering-sea-and-aleutian-islands-crab Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska; Adjust the North Pacific Observer Program Fee A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 07/10/2020 NMFS issues regulations to adjust the North Pacific Observer Program (Observer Program) fee. This action is intended to increase funds available to support observer and electronic monitoring systems deployment in the partial coverage category of the Observer Program and increase the likelihood of meeting desired monitoring objectives. This action is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 1982, and other applicable law. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/07/10/2020-13775/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-adjust-the-north-pacific-observer-program-fee Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 07/10/2020 The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Pacific Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold an online meeting, which is open to the public. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/07/10/2020-14887/pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meeting FYI’s Last-minute deal will keep some Ravn planes and service in Alaska KTOO by Nat Herz - July 10, 2020 A last-minute deal has emerged to keep RavnAir Group’s core assets in Alaska. After a failed bankruptcy auction Wednesday, Ravn’s big planes appeared on track to be flown to California and sold off in a liquidation process, to the disappointment of Alaskans who depended on Ravn’s regional service. https://www.ktoo.org/2020/07/10/last-minute-deal-will-keep-some-ravn-planes-and-service-in-alaska/ Opinion OPINION: Amid pandemic, Alaska's fishing boats are weathering an unprecedented storm Bristol Bay Times by Tyson Fick - July 9, 2020 No one reading this needs to be reminded that we are in uncharted waters as thousands of Alaska fishermen set out to sea for the salmon season. As a fisherman with two young boys, I felt a deep sense of both privilege and responsibility as I set my nets in the glacier-fed waters of Taku Inlet in late June. http://www.thedutchharborfisherman.com/article/2028amid_pandemic_alaskas_fishing_boats_are Opinion: Pebble should post $50 billion bond for future damages or end its project Anchorage Daily News by Dan Strickland - July 9, 2020 I have a strategy that I believe would benefit Mr. Tom Collier and the Pebble Partnership in their struggle to permit and establish the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay. The roiling argument is whether or not an open-pit mine can coexist with the biggest wild salmon run on earth. To date, no open-pit mines have accomplished operations which are not guilty of environmental destruction and pollution, to either a small or a catastrophic degree. Pebble backers continue to reassure us that they can do it, and are firmly committed to doing so. https://www.adn.com/opinions/2020/07/12/pebble-should-post-50-billion-bond-for-future-damages-or-end-its-project/
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