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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Wednesday, May 29, 2024


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Alaska Copper River salmon aficionados hail arrival of first fish Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - May 28, 2024 In Cordova the first 12-hour opener of the Copper River commercial salmon fishery, with 376 deliveries, yielded a catch of nearly 43,000 sockeye salmon, 1,108 Chinook, 247 chum, and two cohos to processors. The second opener, with 400 deliveries, brought in another 51,994 sockeye, 1,284 Chinook, 2,182 chum, and 62 coho salmon. As of May 21, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Cordova office said that the overall catch stood at 93,851 sockeye, 2,392 Chinook, 2,433 chum, and 64 coho salmon. https://thecordovatimes.com/2024/05/28/copper-river-salmon-aficionados-hail-arrival-of-first-fish/ International Fishers, city officials seek broader Russia seafood boycott to benefit Ukraine and Alaska Now that the United States has banned Russian-sourced products, Alaskans want American allies to follow suit Alaska Beacon by James Brooks - May 23, 2024 On Wednesday, a full-fledged embargo of Russia-sourced seafood took effect in the United States, with importers prohibited from buying Russian products, even if they were subsequently processed in another country. https://alaskabeacon.com/2024/05/23/fishers-city-officials-seek-broader-russia-seafood-boycott-to-benefit-ukraine-and-alaska/ Environment/Science Cold air blob makes “full tour” of Alaska, prolonging winter weather across the state KUCB by Maggie Nelson - May 28, 2024 A strong parade of storms has been making its way through the North Central Pacific Ocean, and the location of the jet stream has produced colder storms for Unalaska and the Aleutian region this spring. That’s according to Rick Thoman, a climate specialist at the International Arctic Research Center with the University of Alaska Fairbanks. https://www.adn.com/bristol-bay-times/2024/05/27/cold-air-blob-makes-full-tour-of-alaska-prolonging-winter-weather-across-the-state/ Federal Register Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Cook Inlet Salmon; Amendment 16; Correction A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/29/2024 On April 30, 2024, NMFS published a final rule to implement amendment 16 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Salmon Fisheries in the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska. The final rule included an incorrect length for drift gillnet gear and an unclear heading title. These corrections fix these errors. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2024/05/29/2024-11724/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-cook-inlet-salmon-amendment-16-correction International Fisheries; Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species; Changes to Purse Seine Fish Aggregating Device Closure Periods A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/29/2024 NMFS seeks comments on this proposed rule issued under authority of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act (WCPFC Implementation Act). The proposed rule would implement a recent decision of the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPFC or Commission). This decision shortens the duration of fish aggregating device (FAD) closure periods for the U.S. purse seine fishery. This action is necessary to satisfy the obligations of the United States under the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Species in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (Convention), to which it is a formal signatory to the Convention (Contracting Party). https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2024/05/29/2024-11732/international-fisheries-western-and-central-pacific-fisheries-for-highly-migratory-species-changes

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