Monday, March 18, 2019

March 18, 2019

Alaska/Pacific Coast

The regulations to know before halibut season begins Friday, March 15
KTVA by Jeff Bridges - March 14, 2019
Pacific halibut fishing opens Friday, March 15 in Alaska, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is announcing the measures it's taking to manage the halibut population.
https://www.ktva.com/story/40129882/new-regulations-as-halibut-season-begins-friday-march-15


National
FDA clears way for GE salmon into US
DNA altered fish do not require mandatory labeling
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - March 14, 2019
An import ban that kept genetically engineered salmon from entering the United States has been lifted by the Food and Drug Administration, clearing the way for AquaBounty Technologies to grow and sell these fish with altered DNA into retail markets.
https://thecordovatimes.com/2019/03/14/fda-clears-way-for-ge-salmon-into-us/


Environment/Science
An ocean of plastic changes everything — even what we eat
Nanaimo-bound expedition is trying to find out how tiny creatures that mistakenly dine on microplastics could affect the survival of wild salmon
Times Colonist by Carla Wilson - March 17, 2019
Walk along any beach on B.C.’s coast and you will likely spot bits of plastic. Go out into the middle of the Gulf of Alaska in the middle of winter and it’s there, too.
https://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/an-ocean-of-plastic-changes-everything-even-what-we-eat-1.23666068

The Secret Lives of Salmon: Where are all the pinks?
For every question scientists on the research vessel Kaganovsky have answered, a new mystery appears.
Vancouver Sun by Randy Shore - March 15, 2019
Scientific tests performed by the Russian research vessel Kaganovsky were expected to harvest an abundance of pink salmon, which are more numerous than the other Pacific salmon species combined. That hasn’t happened.
https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/the-secret-lives-of-salmon-where-are-all-the-pinks

Scientists question whether Fish and Game’s massive hatchery salmon study is biased
KBBI News by Aaron Bolton - March 15, 2019
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says its massive hatchery-wild research study will inform the conversations surrounding the rates at which hatchery pink and chum salmon stray into wild streams and whether they’re less productive than their wild counterparts.
https://www.kbbi.org/post/scientists-question-whether-fish-and-game-s-massive-hatchery-salmon-study-biased

Comment period for Pebble's draft EIS underway
KDLG by Isabelle Ross - March 15, 2019
The draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Pebble Mine weighs in at more than 1,400 pages. The public comment period for the draft began March 1.
http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1911comment_period_for_pebbles_draft_eis_underway


FYI’s
Buying salmon is confusing. So we looked into it — and tasted different varieties
Boston Globe by Sheryl Julian Globe Correspondent - March 11, 2019
Salmon is confusing. On a visit to the fish counter, I see several kinds: a farmed salmon from Norway that is pale with thin stripes of fat (last week a similar farmed salmon came from Iceland), a wild Alaskan salmon that’s marked “previously frozen,” and is 10 shades redder than the Norwegian, and twice the price. Then there’s the Faroe Islands salmon that I keep noticing on restaurant menus, but hardly ever spot at the market. I hear about farmed North Atlantic salmon from Eastern Canada, and, in fact, I’d rather buy as local as possible, but that, too, isn’t widely available.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/food-dining/2019/03/11/buying-salmon-confusing-decided-look-into-and-then-taste-different-varieties/S3EmRVf6hIMkxLuoFIxZ1O/story.html

Self-Nominations Encouraged for SBA Small Business Awards
Fishermen's News - March 13, 2019
The Alaska District office of the US Small Business Administration is accepting applications through March 30 in five award categories: veteran-owned, rural business, woman-owned business, micro business and small business champion.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2019/03/self-nominations-encouraged-for-sba.html

 

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