Alaska Copper River set for 24-hour opener on June 28 Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - June 26, 2021 Commercial fishing on the Copper River begins an eighth opener on Monday, June 28, for a 24-hour drift gillnet fishery. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2021/06/26/copper-river-set-for-24-hour-opener-on-june-28/ Scoping begins for Copper River Basin Area Plan revision Cordova, as part of the Prince William Sound area plan, is not included in the process Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - June 25, 2021 Scoping sessions are underway through June 29 in 16 communities, including Anchorage, to gather information about resources and related issues in advance of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources update of the 1986 Copper River Basin Area Plan, or CRBAP. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2021/06/25/scoping-begins-for-copper-river-basin-area-plan-revision/ Environment/Science New program aims to engage fishermen as scientists Cordova Times - June 26, 2021 A new effort to engage fishermen as citizen scientists, logging ecological observations and documenting changes in fisheries and ocean conditions, is getting underway this summer, using a smartphone app for logging real time observations from the fishing grounds. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2021/06/26/new-program-aims-to-engage-fishermen-as-scientists/ New smartphone app helps fishermen track ocean conditions in real time KCAW by Robert Woolsey - June 25, 2021 A new smartphone app hit the market last week, with the potential to transform the debate over Alaska’s ocean resources. The Skipper Science app will allow users along Alaska’s entire coastline to contribute observations about changes in fish and animal populations, which can then be collected and quantified as data for Alaska’s science-based resource management. https://www.ktoo.org/2021/06/25/new-smartphone-app-helps-fishermen-track-ocean-conditions-in-real-time/ Port Moller Test Fishery experiments with new onboard genetic testing This season, the Port Moller Test Fishery has a new genetic testing lab on board the R/V Ocean Cat. Researchers say the lab is the first of its kind. KDLG by Stephanie Maltarich - June 25, 2021 Located up to 200 miles southwest of Bristol Bay’s fishery, the Port Moller Test Fishery has tested fish for over a decade. https://www.kdlg.org/post/port-moller-test-fishery-experiments-new-onboard-genetic-testing#stream/0 Labeling and Marketing Dunleavy Sends $3M CARES Funds to Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Office of Governor Mike Dunleavy - June 25, 2021 June 25, 2021 (Anchorage, AK) – Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy today announced the distribution of $3 million CARES Act funds for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI). The grant is intended to mitigate unanticipated COVID-19 costs including response to the pandemic and meeting COVID-19 safety precautions. https://gov.alaska.gov/newsroom/2021/06/25/dunleavy-sends-3m-cares-funds-to-alaska-seafood-marketing-institute/
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