Wednesday, September 18, 2019

September 18, 2019

Alaska/Pacific Coast

BBNC to acquire two giants of Alaska's Pacific cod fishery
The Bristol Bay Native Corporation has been working for a year to acquire two of the largest Pacific cod harvesters in the country. Now, it is about to close that deal.
KDLG by Isabelle Ross - September 17, 2019
Clipper Seafoods and Blue North Fisheries are freezer longline catchers, two giants of the Pacific cod industry. Clipper has six hook and line vessels, and after retiring one of its vessels, Blue North will have four. Now, the Bristol Bay Native Corporation is poised to acquire all of them.
https://www.kdlg.org/post/bbnc-acquire-two-giants-alaskas-pacific-cod-fishery#stream/0


Environment/Science
Petersburg assembly votes to sign border mining letter
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki - September 17, 2019
Petersburg’s borough assembly Monday voted to sign on to another letter seeking protection for the rivers that flow into Southeast Alaska from the threat of mining pollution across the border.
https://www.kfsk.org/2019/09/17/petersburg-assembly-votes-to-sign-border-mining-letter/

Ocean warming is changing the relationship coastal communities have with the ocean
Phys.org by Eric Oliver, The Conversation - September 11, 2019
Climate change has made record-breaking heatwaves all the more likely, both on land and beneath the ocean's surface. As the world's ocean sucks up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere—as well as most of the additional heat being trapped by global warming—it is undergoing some significant changes.
https://phys.org/news/2019-09-ocean-relationship-coastal.html


Federal Register
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Exchange of Flatfish in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 09/18/2019
NMFS is exchanging allocations of Amendment 80 cooperative quota (CQ) for Amendment 80 acceptable biological catch (ABC) reserves. This action is necessary to allow the 2019 total allowable catch of flathead sole, rock sole, and yellowfin sole in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area to be harvested.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/18/2019-20170/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-exchange-of-flatfish-in-the-bering-sea-and

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Pot Catcher/Processors in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 09/18/2019
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher/processors using pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2019 Pacific cod total allowable catch allocated to catcher/processors using pot gear in the BSAI.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/18/2019-20181/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-pacific-cod-by-pot-catcherprocessors-in-the

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Sablefish in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 09/18/2019
NMFS is prohibiting retention of sablefish by vessels using trawl gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary because the 2019 total allowable catch of sablefish allocated to vessels using trawl gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA has been reached.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/18/2019-20187/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-sablefish-in-the-western-regulatory-area-of-the


FYI’s
New handbook on boatyard hazards aims to improve safety
UAF.edu by Paula Dobbyn - September 12, 2019
Building, repairing and maintaining vessels can be hazardous work. The rate of injury and illness on ships and in boatyards is more than double those of construction and general industry, according to federal officials.
https://news.uaf.edu/new-handbook-on-boatyard-hazards-aims-to-improve-safety/
 

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