Alaska All major Bering Sea crab stocks are down alarmingly this season, surveys indicate Anchorage Daily News by Laine Welch, Fish Factor - September 14, 2021 Alaska’s Bering Sea crabbers are reeling from the devastating news that all major crab stocks are down substantially, based on summer survey results, and the Bristol Bay red king crab fishery will be closed for the first time in over 25 years. https://www.adn.com/business-economy/2021/09/13/all-major-bering-sea-crab-stocks-are-down-substantially-this-season-survey-results-show/ Environment/Science Massive algae bloom in the Gulf of Alaska could be good for marine life KDLL by Sabine Poux - September 14, 2021 Tiny but mighty phytoplankton live at the base of the food chain in the Gulf of Alaska. They’re a food source for small crustaceans, which in turn feed small fish, then bigger fish, then seabirds and marine mammals. https://www.ktoo.org/2021/09/14/massive-algae-bloom-in-the-gulf-of-alaska-could-be-good-for-marine-life/ NOAA awards $7.3 million for marine debris removal, prevention, and research Matching grants bring total to $14.7 million for 25 projects NOAA Fisheries - September 9, 2021 Today, NOAA announced $7.3 million in fiscal year 2021 grants supporting 25 projects to address the harmful effects of marine debris on wildlife, navigation safety, ecosystem health, and the economy. With the addition of non-federal matching contributions, the total investment in these marine debris projects is approximately $14.7 million. The grants, selected after a rigorous and competitive review process, are spread across 14 states and territories, as well as 8 international regions. https://www.noaa.gov/news-release/noaa-awards-73-million-for-marine-debris-removal-prevention-and-research Federal Register North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 09/14/2021 The Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday, September 30, 2021, through Friday, October 1, 2021, and on Monday, October 4, 2021, through Wednesday, October 6, 2021. The Council's Advisory Panel (AP) will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, October 4, 2021, through Friday, October 8, 2021. The Council will meet on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, and on Sunday, October 10, 2021, through Friday, October 15, 2021. All times listed are Alaska Time. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/09/14/2021-19792/north-pacific-fishery-management-council-public-meetings Fisheries Off West Coast States; West Coast Salmon Fisheries; Amendment 21 to the Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 09/14/2021 NMFS announces the approval of Amendment 21 to the Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Amendment 21 establishes an annual Chinook salmon abundance threshold below which the Council and NMFS will implement specific management measures, through the annual ocean salmon management measures, to limit ocean salmon fishery impacts on the availability of Chinook salmon as prey for the Southern Resident killer whale (SRKW) distinct population segment (DPS) of Orcinus orca, which is classified as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/09/14/2021-19783/fisheries-off-west-coast-states-west-coast-salmon-fisheries-amendment-21-to-the-pacific-coast-salmon FYI’s Ravn’s new nonstop aircraft touches down in Unalaska KUCB by Hope McKenney - September 14, 2021 Ravn's Dash 8-300 left Anchorage just before 7 a.m. Monday and landed in Unalaska around 10 a.m. Ravn Alaska’s new nonstop aircraft touched down for the first time in Unalaska Monday. https://www.kucb.org/regional/2021-09-14/ravns-new-nonstop-aircraft-touches-down-in-unalaska NOAA Appoints Kelly Kryc as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Fisheries Urner Barry by Ryan Doyle - September 14, 2021 Kelly Kryc, Ph.D., was appointed as NOAA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Fisheries on September 13. Kryc will “engage in high-level development and coordination of NOAA international fisheries policy and fisheries bilateral and multilateral meetings with foreign nations, and advance key U.S. priorities to combat Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing,” per NOAA. “Dr. Kryc brings well-rounded perspectives to address the complex challenges associated with international fisheries—from food and economic security to the sustainability of shared marine resources and the impacts of climate change—and I look forward to Kelly’s leadership as NOAA works with partners to strengthen fisheries management practices internationally,” said NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad, Ph.D. Kryc has developed experience in the public sector, academic, non-profit, and legislative experience in energy and environment policy. Recently, she was a senior fellow for energy and environment with the Center for American Progress, and held previous positions with the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the U.S. State Department, The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the U.S. Department of the Interior. She also works as an adjunct faculty member of Georgetown University’s Science in Public Interest Program where she teaches science policy. “As an ocean scientist, I’m honored to serve the Biden administration at NOAA and to have been entrusted with this important role on behalf of the ocean and those who depend on it,” said Kryc. “I look forward to working with the dedicated team at NOAA in support of U.S. international ocean policy interests." https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1207903/NOAA-Appoints-Kelly-Kryc-as-Deputy-Assistant-Secretary-for-International-Fisheries
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