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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

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Yukon River Communities Ask Governor To Declare Fishery Disaster KUAC by Dan Bross - September 25, 2020 Organizations representing Yukon River communities are drafting a letter to Gov. Mike Dunleavy seeking a fishery disaster declaration for this summer’s salmon season. https://www.kyuk.org/post/yukon-river-communities-ask-governor-declare-fishery-disaster National Legislative Update: Apply now for seafood relief program, and look to CARES relief coming Cordova Times by Rep. Louise Stutes - September 28, 2020 Dear Friends and Neighbors, I hope this finds you well and in good spirits. The year 2020 has been challenging, but nowhere is that more true than in communities reliant on fisheries and tourism. Please know that my staff and I are here for you. Whether you require assistance navigating the overworked UI system, information on relief programs, have questions about health mandates, or have any other issues, please do not hesitate to reach out. The best way to contact us is at 907-465-3271 or email me directly at rep.louise.stutes@akleg.gov. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/09/28/legislative-update-apply-now-for-seafood-relief-program-and-look-to-cares-relief-coming/ US institutional foodservice expected to recover in 2023 Seafood Source by Christine Blank - September 28, 2020 In harsh news for seafood suppliers and distributors, the United States institutional foodservice sector is not expected to recover until 2023. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/foodservice-retail/us-institutional-foodservice-expected-to-recover-in-2023 Environment/Science Collaboration and Partnerships Make Data Collection Possible in a Challenging Year for Arctic Research Some key data are being collected to support fisheries management and marine mammal protection in Alaska. NOAA Fisheries - September 25, 2020 Acoustic data on pollock movements between Russia and the United States. Audio recordings of whales to learn more about their migration and abundance. Data on plankton, the base of the marine food chain. A small team of scientists have been collecting this and more during a special NOAA survey in the U.S. Arctic. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/collaboration-and-partnerships-make-data-collection-possible-challenging-year-arctic Forest Service may open salmon shelter to clearcutting National Fisherman by Jessica Hathaway - September 25, 2020 A final environmental impact statement released Friday, Sept. 25, indicates the Forest Service plans to remove Roadless Rule protections from Alaska's Tongass National Forest. If finalized, the rule change would repeal conservation measures for more than 9 million acres of the forest, making protected lands available for expanded industrial clear-cut logging of old growth trees and construction of expensive and highly subsidized logging roads. https://www.nationalfisherman.com/alaska/forest-service-may-open-salmon-shelter-to-clearcutting FYI’s Alaska Symphony of Seafood postpones November event Cordova Times - September 28, 2020 The annual competition for new retail and food service products created from Alaska seafood is being postponed from November to the spring of 2021, due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers of the Alaska Symphony of Seafood said. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/09/28/alaska-symphony-of-seafood-postpones-november-event/

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