Alaska USDA to make big purchase of Alaska pollock Seafood Source by Christine Blank - May 5, 2021 The U.S. Department of Agriculture is asking Alaska pollock suppliers to bid on a contract for 8.325 million pounds of the fish – the third-largest bid invitation for Alaskan pollock in the agency’s history. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/usda-to-make-big-purchase-of-alaska-pollock Fish Factor: Alaska’s Commercial Fisheries Division appears to be escaping budget cuts Anchorage Daily News by Laine Welch, Fish Factor - May 4, 2021 The budget for Alaska’s Commercial Fisheries Division won’t be cut for the upcoming fiscal year, assuming the current numbers make it through the Legislature. https://www.adn.com/business-economy/2021/05/03/alaskas-commercial-fisheries-division-appears-to-be-escaping-budget-cuts/ West Coast New Web Tool Aims to Reduce Whale Entanglements on the U.S. West Coast NOAA scientists have combined the latest data on ocean conditions and marine life off the West Coast on a new tool that gives fishermen and fishery managers up-to-date ecosystem information that may help reduce the risk of whale entanglements. NOAA Fisheries - May 4, 2021 NOAA scientists have combined the latest data on ocean conditions and marine life off the West Coast on a new data tool. It gives fishermen and fishery managers up-to-date ecosystem information that may help reduce the risk of whale entanglements. They hope it will also help the public understand how environmental factors influence the marine food web in a time of climate change. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/new-web-tool-aims-reduce-whale-entanglements-us-west-coast Environment/Science Kodiak warming up: NOAA’s new climate ‘normals’ highlight warming trend KMXT by Sabine Poux, KDLL - May 5, 2021 Every 10 years, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration analyzes data from its thousands of weather stations and releases new climate “normals,” providing temperature touchstones for any given day or month of the year. https://kmxt.org/2021/05/kodiak-warming-up-noaas-new-climate-normals-highlight-warming-trend/ Federal Register North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/06/2021 The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) Trawl Electronic Monitoring Committee will meet May 21, 2021. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/05/06/2021-09605/north-pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meeting FYI’s Juneau holds annual ceremony blessing and recognizing fishermen It was the 31st iteration of the ceremony. Juneau Empire by Michael S. Lockett - May 4, 2021 The 31st annual Blessing of the Fleet and Reading of Names at the Alaska Commercial Fishermen’s Memorial in Juneau occurred Saturday morning. https://www.juneauempire.com/news/juneau-holds-annual-ceremony-blessing-and-recognizing-fishermen/
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