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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Alaska NOAA awards contract to rebuild the agency's Ketchikan, Alaska port facility NOAA Fisheries - April 7, 2021 NOAA has awarded a contract to Ahtna Infrastructure & Technologies, LLC for a project to revitalize its port facility in Ketchikan, Alaska. https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/noaa-awards-contract-to-rebuild-agencys-ketchikan-alaska-port-facility Commercial fishery hauls slow down as major spawning begins in Sitka Sound KCAW by Katherine Rose - April 7, 2021 Seiners hauled in around 900 tons of herring during Monday’s opening, according to a press release from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Estimates are not yet available for today’s/Tuesday’s opener. To date, the commercial fleet has harvested around 14,700-tons of herring, cumulatively. https://www.kcaw.org/2021/04/07/commercial-fishery-hauls-slow-down-as-major-spawning-begins-in-sitka-sound/ Environment/Science Alaskan fishing communities ask for seat at climate policy table Seafood Source by Brian Hagenbuch - April 7, 2021 Alaskan fishing organizations are urging the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden to listen to coastal communities and fishermen while crafting an ecosystem-based approach to climate change and fisheries policy. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/environment-sustainability/alaska-s-fishing-communities-ask-for-seat-at-climate-policy-table FYI’s Pacific Fishery Management Council, NPFMC are Both Meeting via Webinar Fishermen's News - April 7, 2021 Two federal fisheries council meetings are underway virtually this week in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2021/04/pacific-fishery-management-council.html Northern Edge Military Exercises Begin in Gulf of Alaska May 3 Fishermen's News - April 7, 2021 Military officials preparing for biennial war games in Alaska say that environmental protection of fish, marine and other wildlife are an integral part of these exercises, but are not providing any specifics about weapons to be used or specific precautionary measures. http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2021/04/northern-edge-military-exercises-begin.html

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