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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Wednesday, February 14, 2024


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AlaskaAlaska senator introduces new bill to strengthen coastal workforce, fisheries, and infrastructureNational Fisherman by Carli Stewart - February 14, 2024Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski introduced the Working Waterfront Act, legislation that includes more than a dozen provisions aimed at boosting the workforce, energy and shoreside infrastructure, food security, and economies of coastal communities in Alaska and across the country. The bill will also support efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change on coastal communities and strengthen federal conservation research projects. https://www.nationalfisherman.com/alaska/alaska-senator-introduces-new-bill-to-strengthen-coastal-workforce-fisheries-and-infrastructure National USDA planning another big Alaska pollock, salmon purchase Seafood Source by Christine Blank - February 13, 2024 The U.S. Department of Agriculture is planning to purchase 15.2 million pounds of Alaska pollock, along with 173,000 cases of canned salmon. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/usda-planning-another-big-alaska-pollock-salmon-purchase Inflation’s continued cooling in January does not translate to increase in seafood sales, volume Seafood Source by Christine Blank - February 13, 2024 Inflation on seafood prices at U.S. retailers continued to ease to start the new year, but that did not lead to increased sales of seafood, as fresh and frozen seafood sales and volume dipped in January. https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/premium/foodservice-retail/inflation-s-continued-cooling-in-january-does-not-translate-to-increase-in-seafood-sales-volume Environment/Science Public Input Helps Improve our Understanding of Marine Ecological Relationships in Alaska Critical links identified between young pollock survival and changes in habitat and prey availability over a 60-year timeframe. NOAA Fisheries - February 13, 2024 Scientists developed a novel approach that combines information from different types of ecosystem models to help account for data gaps and improve understanding of predator-prey relationships in a changing environment. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/public-input-helps-improve-our-understanding-marine-ecological-relationships-alaska Climate Change Affects Different U.S. West Coast Fishing Fleets UnequallyA new study shows vessels that fish further north will likely experience more dramatic changes. NOAA Fisheries - February 9, 2024 Climate change is hitting fishermen hard. But it's not hitting all those who depend on the sea for their livelihood the same way. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/climate-change-affects-different-us-west-coast-fishing-fleets-unequally Research on crab movement and trawl gear innovation informs Council’s recommendations on bycatch avoidance measures in the Bering Sea Alaska Native News by Diana Evans | NOAA on Feb 14, 2024 At its February meeting, the Council evaluated the effectiveness of closing a large area – the Bristol Bay Red King Crab Savings Area – to commercial fishing with pelagic trawl, pot, and longline gear to address Bristol Bay red king crab stock and fishery declines. The Savings Area is already closed to bottom trawl gear. The Council also evaluated a pot gear closure of a large area in the eastern portion of Bristol Bay (NMFS Area 512) to meet the same objective. That area is already closed to all trawling. https://alaska-native-news.com/research-on-crab-movement-and-trawl-gear-innovation-informs-councils-recommendations-on-bycatch-avoidance-measures-in-the-bering-sea/72526/ Federal Register Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Vessels Using Pot Gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 02/13/2024 NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by vessels using pot gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2024 total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific cod by vessels using pot gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2024/02/13/2024-02888/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-by-vessels-using-pot-gear-in-the Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council Meetings for 2024 A Notice by the Forest Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service on 02/13/2024 The Federal Subsistence Board (Board) announces the public meetings of the 10 Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils (Councils) for the winter and fall cycles of 2024. The Councils each meet approximately twice a year to provide advice and recommendations to the Board about subsistence hunting and fishing issues on Federal public lands in Alaska. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2024/02/13/2024-02905/alaska-subsistence-regional-advisory-council-meetings-for-2024 Notice of Call for Nominations for the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Public Advisory Committee A Notice by the Interior Department on 02/13/2024 The Department of the Interior is soliciting nominations for the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Public Advisory Committee (Committee). This Committee advises the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council on decisions related to the planning, evaluation, funds allocation, and conduct of injury assessment and restoration activities related to the T/V Exxon Valdez oil spill of March 1989. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2024/02/13/2024-02960/notice-of-call-for-nominations-for-the-exxon-valdez-oil-spill-public-advisory-committee

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