Wednesday, December 19, 2018

December 20, 2018

Politics

Trump’s NOAA Nominee Won’t Get Senate Vote This Year
New York Times by Lisa Friedman - December 13, 2018
WASHINGTON — The Senate will not vote this year to confirm a new head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, lawmakers said this week. That leaves the agency responsible for understanding and predicting changes in the earth’s climate without a Senate-confirmed leader for the longest period since it was created in 1970.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/13/climate/senate-noaa-barry-myers.html


Environment/Science
Rising carbon levels are causing migrating salmon to get LOST on their famed trips upriver to their breeding grounds and makes them easy pickings for predators

  • Salmon are losing their sense of smell due to rising carbon emissions

  • Researchers say that pollutants in ocean affects how they respond to smell

  • The fish are famed for their smell to sniff out predators and find their way home

  • These pollutants have implications for the long-term survival of our salmon

Mailonline by Victoria Bell - December 18, 2018
Salmon are losing their powerful sense of smell because of carbon dioxide being absorbed by the ocean, according to new research.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6507801/Salmon-lose-sense-smell-rising-carbon-emissions.html



Federal Register
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; North Pacific Observer Program Standard Ex-Vessel Prices
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 12/19/2018
NMFS publishes standard ex-vessel prices for groundfish and halibut for the calculation of the observer fee under the North Pacific Observer Program (Observer Program). This notice is intended to provide information to vessel owners, processors, registered buyers, and other participants about the standard ex-vessel prices that will be used to calculate the observer fee for landings of groundfish and halibut made in 2019. NMFS will send invoices to processors and registered buyers subject to the fee by January 15, 2020. Fees are due to NMFS on or before February 15, 2020.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/12/19/2018-27441/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-north-pacific-observer-program-standard

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pacific Cod in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 12/19/2018
NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amounts of Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) from catcher vessels using trawl gear to catcher vessels using hook-and-line gear, vessels using jig gear, and vessels using pot gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to allow the 2018 TAC of Pacific cod in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA to be harvested.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/12/19/2018-27438/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-reallocation-of-pacific-cod-in-the-western

 

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