Alaska Bristol Bay red king crab harvest halted for 2021-22 Declining abundance of female crab prompted closure of multi-million-dollar fishery Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - September 10, 2021 For the first time in over 25 years, the celebrated Bristol Bay red king crab fishery is closed for the season due to an inadequate abundance of mature females. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2021/09/10/bristol-bay-red-king-crab-harvest-halted-for-2021-22/ As low Chignik salmon runs continue, people worry for their communities’ future KDLG by Isabelle Ross - September 10, 2021 For years, residents have struggled to earn a living fishing and to put up enough fish for the winter. They worry their villages will disappear, taking with them a fishing tradition that connects their families to the region. https://www.kdlg.org/post/low-chignik-salmon-runs-continue-people-worry-their-communities-future Environment/Science EPA invokes Clean Water Act in a step toward permanent protections for Bristol Bay KDLG by Isabelle Ross - September 9, 2021 The announcement is the latest development in a policy flip-flop between presidential administrations that spans years. If finalized this time, it would provide long-term protections to the Bristol Bay waters. https://www.kdlg.org/post/epa-invokes-clean-water-act-step-toward-permanent-protections-bristol-bay Marine debris grants available until Sept. 24 Cordova Times - September 11, 2021 Letters of intent are due by Sept. 24 for the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s fiscal year 2022 grants. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2021/09/11/marine-debris-grants-available-until-sept-24/ UAF researchers present Arctic climate change webinar Cordova Times - September 11, 2021 A new course on climate change in Arctic environments, with Rick Thoman of the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is being offered online at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14, for the general public. https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2021/09/11/uaf-researchers-present-arctic-climate-change-webinar/ FYI’s IB 21-41: NOAA Fisheries Invites Public Comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Halibut Abundance-Based Management of Amendment 80 Prohibited Species Catch Limit NOAA - September 09, 2021 Notice of a fishery management action: request for comments The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is considering a program that provides incentives for the Amendment 80 fleet to minimize mortality of Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) at all times, that could promote conservation of the Pacific halibut stock, and may provide additional opportunities for the directed halibut fishery. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/bulletin/ib-21-41-noaa-fisheries-invites-public-comment-draft-environmental-impact-statement
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