Tuesday, September 10, 2019

September 10, 2019




Alaska/Pacific Coast

High summer harvest for Southeast Dungeness crab
KFSK by Angela Denning - September 9, 2019
It could end up being the best commercial Dungeness crab season for a decade in Southeast Alaska. The summer harvest was high and as Angela Denning reports, managers are expecting the fall season to be good as well.

Researchers looking at renewable energy and food security in rural Alaska
KTUU by Derek Minemyer - September 9, 2019
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Researchers at the University of Alaska are looking at how renewable energy could power the fish processing industry in Alaska’s remote communities.

Scientists warn West Coast ocean heat wave could pose major risk to whales, salmon, sea lions
The Hill by John Bowden - September 5, 2019
A heat wave forming off the west coast in the Pacific Ocean resembles a 2014-15 phenomenon that led to major disruptions to marine life along the western seaboard, federal scientists said Thursday.

Alaska just had the most ridiculous summer. That’s a red flag for the planet.
CNN Wire - September 9, 2019
Alaska's summer of fire and no ice is smashing records. With the Arctic warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, America's "Last Frontier" feels like the first in line to see, smell and feel the unsettling signs of a climate in crisis.

Global Ocean Acidification Research Starts at Local Level All Around the World
SeafoodNews.com by Peggy Parker - September 9, 2019
Ocean acidification (OA) is a shift in the world’s oceans from neutral to more acidic water from the update of increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The ocean absorbs about 30% of the carbon in the air, resulting in increasing levels of carbonic acid in the sea.

Researchers in Alaska, the South Pacific, New England, and further afield are studying the effects of increasing OA on their waters. In Alaska, research is focused on fisheries -- from the billion-dollar groundfish resource in the Bering Sea to life-saving subsistence food along coastline; in New England, Martha’s Vinyard oyster ponds are being protected locally as OA increases, and in the South Pacific, a recent gathering of environmental ministers announced new alliances on research for OA, including a brand new Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC) to address OA among other climate change impacts, research, and innovation in creating resiliancies among Pacific Nations.

Alaska ranks as the fastest-warming U.S. state, and because it is surrounded by cold oceans, it is experiencing the fastest rise in OA.

The Alaska Ocean Acidification Center connects scientists with stakeholders who want to know everything they can about how OA may affect the state’s valuable fisheries resources. Established in 2016, the Center tracks the latest carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere (as of March 30, at 412.48 ppm, the highest recorded ever) and conducts experiments that inform what higher OA will do to pollock, cod, and crab species.

Robert Foy, Science and Research Director for NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center, says the direct effects of OA may be to reduce growth rates of juvenile fish, decreasing survival. OA can also interfere with sensory signals in the brain causing the fish to not recognize predators or prey. Indirect effects on the food web may reduce abundance of prey for fish, such as pteropods, the main food for juvenile fish. Cumulative effects may be a reduction in the overall productivity of fish resulting in less to catch commercially or gather for subsistence.

The Alaska Marine Advisory Sea Grant program supports the research of University of Alaska Fairbanks assistant professor Amanda Kelley, a top researcher on ocean acidification’s effects in Alaska. Alaska Sea Grant has funded Kelley’s research studying how shellfish react to different levels of OA. Sea Grant recently produced a video of work Kelley is doing in Seward and in Kachemak Bay to better understand OA and how tribal members and citizen scientists are getting involved in monitoring it.

After Alaska, Rhode Island ranks as the fastest-warming state, following by New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, and Massachusetts. The oyster industry in Martha’s Vinyard has been monitoring OA for years and may have an innovative approach to mitigating it.

The Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group launched a shell recycle program, where they collect shells, let them age until they’re clean, and release them back into Great Ponds for restoration. “Adding shells helps buffer the water in small scales,” Emma Green-Beach, lead scientist of the Group said. “It provides hard calcium for baby oysters.”

Oysters are a “keystone species” on Martha’s Vineyard, as their existence provides a habitat for other organisms. “When you have clusters of oysters, they make huge reefs where fish, urchins, crabs, and all sorts of plants and animals can live,” Green-Beach said. “Little fish can hide there. Big fish can hunt there. Oysters create a hard and complex structure on an otherwise muddy, flat bottom.” Oysters also filter water, and adults can filter up to 50 gallons a day, according to Green-Beach.

The work that is being carried out in the Pacific to address this issue was highlighted at a side event during the second day of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)’s 29th Meeting of Officials taking place in Apia, Samoa last week.

Among those highlighted was work of the New Zealand-Pacific Partnership on Ocean Acidification (NZPPOA) project in Fiji and Tokelau, Samoa’s joint initiative on OA monitoring with the Republic of Korea, and the recently published “Mainstreaming Ocean Acidification into National Policies” handbook on OA for the Pacific.

The NZPPOA project is a collaborative effort between the University of the South Pacific, the Pacific Community and SPREP, with funding support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand and the Government of the Principality of Monaco. It aims to build the resilience of Pacific island communities to OA and was developed in response to needs identified during the Third United Nations Small Islands States Conference in Apia in 2014.

Its focus is on research and monitoring, capacity and awareness building, and practical adaptation actions. The pilot sites for the practical adaptation actions were Fiji, Kiribati, and Tokelau, two of which were present at the side event this afternoon and presented on the progress of the work being done in their countries.  

OA monitoring buoys have been set up and deployed successfully in Palau, and will soon be set up in Samoa, and staff of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in Samoa will have the responsibility to operate and maintain these buoy systems.

Federal Register
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 09/09/2019
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory committees will meet September 30, 2019 through October 9, 2019.

North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 09/09/2019
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Fishery Monitoring Advisory Committee will meet September 23, 2019 through September 24, 2019.

In Memoriam
Former American Seafoods and Pollock Industry Executive Ed Luttrell Dies at 67
SeafoodNews.com by John Sackton - September 10, 2019
Ed Luttrell, a well known, respected and loved West coast seafood executive, died suddenly at his family’s ranch in Oregon on September 2nd.

He started in the seafood industry with Peter Pan, worked his way up to superintendent of the 296 foot M/V Royal Sea, and later joined American Seafoods in a senior position.  In 1995 when American Seafoods began exploring cooperation with Russian supretrawlers, Ed founded his own company, Dalmoreproduct Vessel Management.  Subsequently he purchased Kenematics Marine Equipment, a company that grew to supply deck equipment for small fishing vessels throughout the US.

His daughters Erin and Elisabeth wrote a beautiful obituary which we reprint here:

Thornton Edward “Ed” Luttrell, II of Marysville, Washington, passed away on September 2, 2019 while visiting his beloved family ranch in Roseburg, Oregon. He was 67 years old.

Ed was born February 6, 1952 at Walter Reed Army Hospital, the only child of Thornton Edward Luttrell and Althea LaRaut Luttrell. His parents met serving in the United States Army in Japan, where Ed spent his earliest years. Later, the family was stationed in Germany, before Ed and his mother settled in Lakewood, Washington, near Fort Lewis.

Ed spent summers in Roseburg, Oregon at the LaRaut Family Century Ranch, which has been in his mother’s family for generations. His love for the area resulted in his decision to live in Roseburg during his teenage years, graduating from Roseburg High School in 1970; he used to joke that he was listed on the Dean’s List due to a bureaucratic error. He was an excellent basketball player in high school and later played at the collegiate level for the Willamette Bearcats.

He attended Tacoma Community College for two years, prior to transferring to Willamette University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science in 1974 and MBA from the Atkinson Graduate School of Administration at Willamette University in 1977.

Following his graduation, Ed accepted a position with Peter Pan Seafoods in Alaska. Though friends predicted he wouldn’t last two weeks on a fishing trawler, Ed quickly worked his up to Superintendent on the 296-foot M/V Royal Sea.

This experience, combined with his education, tenacity, and work ethic, led Ed to prominent executive positions in the fishing and marine industries, including American Seafoods and Arctic King.

In 1995, Ed started his own company, Dalmoreproduct Vessel Management, Inc. (DVMI, Inc.), which managed super trawlers based in Russia. He was well-known and highly respected throughout the industry as a caring boss, who held everyone in his company to the highest standard, himself included.

In 2004, Ed purchased Kinematics Marine Equipment Inc. As owner and President, Ed grew the company into an internationally renowned marine vessel equipping company, building deck equipment for the small fishing and work boat fleets in Alaska, West Coast, Gulf Coast and Eastern Seaboard of the United States, with special expertise in gill net, research and underwater construction equipment.

Throughout his life, Ed gave unselfishly to the communities in which he lived and worked. He for many years served on the Willamette Alumni Board of Directors and Atkinson Graduate School of Administration Advisory Board. For many years he was a board member of the Russian American Foundation, and was a proud life-long member of the National Rifle Association. He brought his business acumen to his local community as well, serving as a board member for Shaw Island Inc and the Wilbur Cemetery.

Ed was blessed to marry three women whom he loved, Kari, Shannon, and the mother of his children, Teresa Molitor Luttrell. In 1997, Ed and Teresa purchased a home on Shaw Island, Washington, that was the site of many family celebrations, and remained a very special part of Ed’s life until his passing.

Ed is preceded in death by his parents and son, Thornton Edward Luttrell, III, “Teddy”. His daughters Erin Joy Leigh, Elizabeth Luttrell Fellars, and son-in-law Shreve Fellars survive him, as well as many beloved friends and business associates. A true family man, Ed’s children were at the center of his life, as he was at the center of theirs.

Ed cherished community; he would go out of his way to help others, even those he barely knew. He would argue that there was “no such thing as true altruism,” because he enjoyed helping others, and that joy was his own reward. In addition to his children, Ed’s greatest legacy is in his thoughtful generosity, and all the lives he touched with his kindness and support. He always was bigger than life, both in stature and the way he lived. Although he left this life far too early for those who love him, he leaves having loved well, and his legacy of kindness, humor, love and generosity will live on in his family and friends.


Ann Owens
Pacific Seafood Processors Association
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