Friday, May 31, 2019

May 31, 2019

Alaska/Pacific Coast

Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Maggie Wall - May 30, 2019
Here’s something that seems odd – new data compiled by five North Pacific countries shows that salmon abundance has declined in the North Pacific but catches are at an all-time high.
http://kmxt.org/2019/05/alaska-fisheries-report-may-30-2019/

Workforce Wednesday: Summer job opportunities available in Alaska
KTVA by Daybreak Staff - May 29, 2019
If you are looking for summer work opportunities in Alaska, you can start at the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The department facilitates job fairs, recruitment events and workshops throughout Alaska.
https://www.ktva.com/story/40553352/workforce-wednesday-job-fairsrecruitments

2019 Southeastern Bering Sea Trawl Survey Begins This Week
SeafoodNews.com by Peggy Parker - May 30, 2019
NOAA Fisheries will begin their annual bottom trawl survey in the southeastern part of the Bering Sea this week and for the next two months will be collecting data on the distribution and abundance of crab, groundfish, and other bottom-dwelling species.

The agency's northern Bering Sea bottom trawl survey will be conducted from about August 3 to 25. They will be updating seafloor temperatures at survey stations throughout both surveys.

NOAA's research vessel is expected to depart Dutch Harbor on May 31. Data collected are used to estimate population abundances to manage commercially important species in Alaska. NOAA Fisheries has conducted this survey annually since 1975.

During surveys for fish and other species, NOAA Fisheries also collects information about the environment in which they live -- their habitat. Changes in water temperature affects their spawning, access to food, and growth rates.

NOAA scientists said last winter was unusually warm and they expect to see a reduction in the cold pool. The cold pool is a natural, thermal barrier created by melting winter sea ice. It tends to separate Arctic species, usually found in the northern Bering Sea, from commercially important pollock, Pacific cod and other species, typically found in the southeastern Bering Sea. Last year after a similar warm winter, a partial survey of the northern Bering Sea was conducted. Large numbers of pollock were found there.  

Once scientists complete this year’s survey of the southeastern Bering Sea, they will move northward to conduct a full survey of the northern Bering Sea bottom-dwelling community. Additional surveys are planned in the northern Bering Sea using surface trawls and hydro-acoustics to monitor key components of the marine ecosystem and environmental conditions. Regular updates on ocean temperatures collected during the Bering Sea bottom trawl surveys will be published on the agency's website.  
https://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/1143012/2019-Southeastern-Bering-Sea-Trawl-Survey-Begins-This-Week


International
Global fishing feet grows as catch falls
Harvest measured by CPUE is declining
Cordova Times - May 30, 2019
A new analysis of global fishing data by researchers in Australia and Tasmania concludes that the global fishing fleet doubled in size from 1950 to 2015, but that for the effort expended the harvest fell over 80 percent.
https://thecordovatimes.com/2019/05/30/global-fishing-feet-grows-as-catch-falls/

Alaska senator requests tariff exemption for state's seafood
Associated Press - May 28, 2019
KODIAK, Alaska — An Alaska senator has written to the U.S. trade representative asking for Alaska fish species to be removed from a list of goods facing tariffs.
https://www.660citynews.com/2019/05/28/alaska-senator-requests-tariff-exemption-for-states-seafood/


Environment/Science
2019 Southeastern Bering Sea Shelf Bottom Trawl Survey Gets Underway
NOAA Fisheries by May 29, 2019
Northern Bering Sea survey to begin in August. On May 31 the Southeastern Bering Sea Bottom Trawl Survey will depart Dutch Harbor to collect data on the distribution and abundance of crab, groundfish, and other bottom-dwelling species in the southeastern Bering Sea. These data are used to estimate population abundances to manage commercially important species in Alaska. NOAA Fisheries has conducted this survey annually since 1975.
https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/2019-southeastern-bering-sea-shelf-bottom-trawl-survey-gets-underway

As sea ice melts, fish are showing up farther north off Alaska. A federal fishing trip will investigate if they’re sticking around.
Alaska Public Media News by Nathaniel Herz - May 30, 2019
Last fall, Adem Boeckmann, a commercial fisherman who lives outside Nome, pulled up some of the pots he uses to fish for crab on the ocean floor.
https://www.alaskapublic.org/2019/05/30/as-sea-ice-melts-fish-are-showing-up-farther-north-off-alaska-a-federal-fishing-trip-will-investigate-if-theyre-sticking-around/

Warming Climate, Competition Affect Pacific Salmon
Fishermen's News - May 29, 2019
Fisheries scientists at the University of Washington this week published their findings on the effects of warming climate and competition on Pacific salmon in the research publication Nature Ecology & Evolution.
http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2019/05/warming-climate-competition-affect.html


FYI’s
‘The Salmon Way’: Author shares Alaska’s salmon stories and ways of life
Cordova Times Mary Catharine Martin - May 30, 2019
From the fish camps of the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers, to the gillnets of Bristol Bay, to the bear and angler-packed banks of Juneau’s Sweetheart Creek, salmon connect people to the land, the water, the seasons, and each other. Those connections create a culture that inspired author Amy Gulick’s most recent book, “The Salmon Way: An Alaska State of Mind,” released on May 1.
https://thecordovatimes.com/2019/05/30/the-salmon-way-author-shares-alaskas-salmon-stories-and-ways-of-life/

Mom-focused seafood marketing campaign delivers healthy returns in US
Seafood Source by Christine Blank - May 30, 2019
Soon after a U.S. pediatric doctors’ group said that children need to eat more seafood, the Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) delivered some hopeful news for the cause, confirming that its recent marketing campaign targeted at mothers was highly successful.
https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/food-safety-health/us-seafood-marketing-campaign-geared-toward-moms-delivers-healthy-returns

 

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