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Friday, April 23, 2021

Alaska Fish Factor: Demand for snow crab is ‘insatiable’ Cordova Times by Laine Welch - April 22, 2021 “Insatiable” is the word being used to describe the demand for snow crab as the world’s largest fishery got underway on April 5 in Eastern Canada. And while more snow crab will be available this year, buyers expect a tight supply. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2021/04/22/fish-factor-demand-for-snow-crab-is-insatiable/ New report attempts to quantify Bristol Bay's subsistence salmon with a look at protein replacement KDLG by Tyler Thompson - April 22, 2021 A third of the state’s subsistence salmon harvest was caught in Bristol Bay in 2017. That’s according to a new report from the McKinley Research Group. The subsistence economy is critical to Bristol Bay’s culture, and it’s the oldest and most continuous use of salmon. https://www.kdlg.org/post/new-report-attempts-quantify-bristol-bays-subsistence-salmon-look-protein-replacement#stream/0 Seawatch: Vaccinated seafood workers can skip quarantine Dillingham sets new rules exempting visiting seafood workers from quarantine if vaccinated. Homer News by Cristy Fry - April 22, 2021 When the COVID-19 pandemic struck last year, some were calling for the state to shut down the Bristol Bay salmon season to avoid bringing thousands of workers from out of state into the small community of Dillingham to keep from overwhelming the limited health care system. https://www.homernews.com/news/seawatch-vaccinated-seafood-workers-can-skip-quarantine/ West Coast Collaboration Offers the Best Hope for Lasting Puget Sound Salmon Solution Recovering salmon populations takes habitat, hard work, and partnerships. NOAA Fisheries by Barry Thom - April 19, 2021 Tidal wetlands in the Nisqually River Basin, where restored habitat fosters growth of juvenile salmon and steelhead on their way to the ocean. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/leadership-message/collaboration-offers-best-hope-lasting-puget-sound-salmon-solution Environment/Science Warming waters pose starvation risk to cod larvae Timing of first feeding, production of zooplankton prey are key to survival Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - April 22, 2021 Warming waters in the southeast Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska ecosystems can boost the metabolic demand for food of young Pacific cod. But what if, due to warming ocean waters, there is no prey to be found? https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2021/04/22/warming-waters-pose-starvation-risk-to-cod-larvae/ Federal Register Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Catch Sharing Plan A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/21/2021 This final rule implements the Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan for the International Pacific Halibut Commission's regulatory Area 2A off of Washington, Oregon, and California. In addition, this final rule implements management measures governing the 2021 recreational fisheries that are not implemented through the International Pacific Halibut Commission. These measures include the recreational fishery seasons, allocations, and management measures for Area 2A. These actions are intended to conserve Pacific halibut and provide angler opportunity where available. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/04/21/2021-08242/pacific-halibut-fisheries-catch-sharing-plan North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 04/22/2021 The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Bering Sea Fishery Ecosystem Plan Climate Change Taskforce will meet May 10, 2021 and May 13, 2021. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/04/22/2021-08405/north-pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meeting FYI’s Biden taps ocean scientist Rick Spinrad to run NOAA New climate nominees include Montanan Tracy Stone-Manning, picked to lead the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management Washington Post Jason Samenow and Juliet Eilperin - April 22, 2021 President Biden has picked Rick Spinrad, an oceanographer with decades of science and policy experience, to run National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the government’s leading agency for weather, climate and ocean science. https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/04/22/biden-noaa-administrator-rick-spinrad/

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