Friday, October 11, 2019

October 11, 2019


So what are marine heat waves?
NOAA Research News - October 8, 2019
A NOAA scientist explains
It’s likely you’ve experienced — or at least heard of — a heat wave on land: those prolonged periods when temperatures are unusually high. But in recent years, marine scientists have been turning their sights on another kind of heat wave — one that occurs in the ocean.

Genetic Evidence Points to Rapid, Large-Scale Northward Shift of Pacific Cod During Recent Climate Changes
Commercially important southeastern Bering Sea cod migrated 1000 kilometers north of their known summer range.
NOAA Fisheries - October 9, 2019
New genetic research suggests that unprecedented summer abundances of Pacific cod in the northern Bering Sea were due to escalating movement from their core habitat under recent warm conditions.

NOAA Awards WHOI $2.9 Million for Harmful Algal Bloom Research
Eco Magazine - October 8, 2019
NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) recently announced funding for 12 new research projects around the country to better understand and predict harmful algal blooms (HABs) and improve our collective response to them.

Effort Continues to Remove Marine Debris
Fishermen's News - October 9, 2019
Several efforts are underway in the Pacific Northwest to remove tons of marine debris washed up on the tidal shorelines of Oregon and Washington, as well as areas of Alaska, in coordination with NOAA Fisheries’ marine debris program.

Federal Register
Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive Zone Off Alaska; Pollock Fishery by Vessels Using Trawl Gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 10/11/2019
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock by vessels using trawl gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2019 Chinook salmon prohibited species catch limit established for vessels using trawl gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA.

List of Fisheries for 2020
A Proposed Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 10/10/2019
he National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2020, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The LOF for 2020 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. NMFS must classify each commercial fishery on the LOF into one of three categories under the MMPA based upon the level of mortality and serious injury of marine mammals that occurs incidental to each fishery. The classification of a fishery on the LOF determines whether participants in that fishery are subject to certain provisions of the MMPA, such as registration, observer coverage, and take reduction plan (TRP) requirements.

Registration opens for 2020 Young Fishermen’s Summit
Cordova Times - October 10, 2019
Alaska Sea Grant’s Marine Advisory Program has begun taking reservations for its eighth Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit, set for Jan. 21-23 in Juneau.

Improving Safety Before a Trip Benefits Everyone on Commercial Fishing Vessels
NOAA Fisheries - October 8, 2019
NOAA Fisheries works hard to support a cooperative and safe working environment for fishermen, observers, and the companies that employ them. A recent two-year independent review of safety practices in U.S. observer programs found them to be robust, mature, and effective. While many positive steps have been made, there is always room to improve safety and make these relationships stronger.

Fishing for Health
Research shows that eating more seafood has many health benefits. Here are easy ways to get more.
US News by Joan Salge Blake - October 8, 2019
When folks ask me for a key diet change that will help them live a longer healthier life, the answer is simple. Eat more seafood.

Smoked seafood workshop on tap at Kodiak
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - October 9, 2019
Alaska Sea Grant’s annual smoked seafood workshop is set for Oct. 17-18 in Kodiak, with a focus on safe processing of locally caught chum and coho salmon and black cod.
The course, which is popular with individuals and commercial operators alike, costs $310, and is limited to 20 participants.

Hofstad honored by Alaska Historical Society
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki - October 4, 2019
Petersburg resident and collector Karen Hofstad was honored by the Alaska Historical Society last month for her donations to local and state museums. Her 2019 book on the history of salmon canneries and salmon can labels was also recognized.

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