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Friday, June 14, 2024

Friday, June 14, 2024


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Alaska‘They’re in real dire need’: Aleutian mayors weigh in on fishing crisisKUCB by Andy Lusk - June 12, 2024 The mayors of Unalaska and the Aleutians East Borough traveled to Washington, D.C. last month, sounding the alarm on the challenges jeopardizing Alaska’s fisheries.https://www.kucb.org/regional/2024-06-12/theyre-in-real-dire-need-aleutian-mayors-weigh-in-on-fishing-crisis Reported trawling too close to Kuskokwim Bay draws industry response KYUK by Evan Erickson - June 13, 2024 Coastal communities near the mouth of the Kuskokwim River have expressed concern about bottom-trawling vessels operating in close proximity to where salmon enter the river. But trawl industry leaders say that this is nothing new. https://alaskapublic.org/2024/06/13/reported-trawling-too-close-to-kuskokwim-bay-draws-industry-response/ Comment extension deadline requested on GOA Chinook salmon litigation The Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - June 12, 2024 State fisheries officials have asked National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to extend the deadline for comments on a petition from a Seattle-based environmental group seeking to list Gulf of Alaska Chinook salmon under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). https://thecordovatimes.com/2024/06/12/comment-extension-deadline-requested-on-goa-chinook-salmon-litigation/ Silver Bay purchases Trident’s False Pass facility KUCB by Theo Greenly - June 12, 2024  Fishermen-owned Silver Bay already operates a facility in False Pass, just next to the Trident plant. Silver Bay President and CEO Cora Campbell said owning adjacent facilities would make operations more efficient, and allow them to provide more opportunities to the fleet. https://www.kucb.org/industry/2024-06-12/silver-bay-purchases-tridents-false-pass-facility Navigating the implications of Chinook listing under the ESA National Fishermen by Charlie Ess - June 13, 2024 Salmon fisheries rimming the entire Gulf of Alaska moved one step closer to the chopping block following an NMFS finding that agrees with the science of a Pacific Northwest conservation group and its assertions that listing chinook stocks under the Endangered Species Act could be the best approach to preserving the runs.  At the same time, Alaska realizes dismal returns of chinooks to major river systems statewide, the listing could severely curb fisheries directed toward Alaska’s other four… https://www.nationalfisherman.com/navigating-the-implications-of-chinook-listing-under-the-esa *Requires Subscription Environment/Science Scientists will collect data on Unalaska’s salmon at new weir this summer KUCB by Maggie Nelson - June 12, 2024  The structure of the Iliuliuk Creek weir will be essentially the same as the one at McLees, just with fewer fish. It will sit just below the outlet of Unalaska Lake, behind the senior center. https://www.kucb.org/science-environment/2024-06-12/scientists-will-collect-data-on-unalaskas-salmon-at-new-weir-this-summer

Advanced Genetic Techniques Confirm Sablefish Are One Population Throughout Northern Range Whole genome sequencing reveals key information for sustainable management of this valuable commercial species. NOAA Fisheries - June 13, 2024 Understanding the genetic structure of fish populations is vital to managing them sustainably into the future. Now cutting-edge genetic research confirms panmixia in North Pacific sablefish: They migrate and mix throughout their range to form a single genetic population. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/advanced-genetic-techniques-confirm-sablefish-are-one-population-throughout-northern Pacific salmon move north to Arctic Canada from Alaska when ocean conditions allowWarm conditions in northern seas must match to allow salmon to swim that far, a convergence likely to be more common with climate change, scientists say Alaska Beacon by Yereth Rosen - June 12, 2024  As the climate warms, more Pacific salmon from Alaska are showing up in the Western Arctic waters of Canada. But residents in those Arctic Canadian communities are not catching salmon every year, which led them to ask why. https://alaskabeacon.com/2024/06/12/pacific-salmon-move-north-to-arctic-canada-from-alaska-when-ocean-conditions-allow/ In Memoriam Lawrence Cotter October 22, 1952 - May 9, 2024 Anchorage Daily News - June 9, 2024 Lawrence Philip Cotter was born on Oct. 22, 1952, in New Jersey. He died on May 9, 2024, in Juneau, Alaska. Larry passed away peacefully with wife Sue and children, Emily Ricci and Ben Cotter, at his side. https://obituaries.adn.com/adportal/listingView.html?id=7582 Kenny Down North Pacific Fishery Management Council - June 2024 We are saddened by the passing of Council member Kenny Down who passed away May 5 of this year. Mr. Down was appointed to the Council in April 2015, filling the vacancy created when John Henderschedt departed the Council. Kenny took a leading role for the Council, initiating many fisheryprogram modifications, including Pacific cod longline fisheries, conservation and allocations issues involving the crab fishery, small boat and community issues, and more recently, initiating the development of a proposed limited access program for the BSAI Pacific cod pot fishery. Mr. Down was also the Council representative on the Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) Board and served on the AOOS Regional Ocean Partnership (ROP) Steering Committee. He will be greatly missed by all. https://www.npfmc.org/in-memoriam/

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