Monday, November 4, 2019

November 4, 2019

Alaska/Pacific Coast

CDFU pinpoints problems with GOA exploration project
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - November 1, 2019
With the deadline closing in for comment on potential oil and gas exploration along the Gulf of Alaska, Cordova District Fishermen United is telling the state of Alaska why such a project is just wrong for coastal communities.

Southeast stakeholders take aim at sea otters
Arctic Sounder by Laine Welch - November 2, 2019
A 2011 McDowell report showed that otter predation cost region's economy nearly $30 million over 15 years.  They are certainly cute but the voracious appetites of sea otters continue to cause horrendous damage to some of Southeast Alaska's most lucrative fisheries.

Interview: The Pacific Ocean "Blob" Returns
Maritime-Executive by UW College of the Environment - November 1, 2019
In the fall of 2014, Nick Bond - Washington State’s climatologist and a research scientist at the University of Washington - dubbed a patch of unusually warm water off the North American coast "The Blob." The warmer temperatures went on to wreak havoc in marine environments over the following year. Now, another slug of warm water has appeared, this time stretching all the way to Hawaii. Bond recently gave an interview about this year's Blob - an anomaly in the ocean more commonly referred to as a ­marine heat wave - and what this phenomenon means going forward.

Agencies still looking for answers in marine mammal die-off
KTVA by Lauren Maxwell - November 1, 2019
The National Marine Fisheries Service is still trying to figure out what is causing marine mammals to die at high rates in Alaska.

Labeling and Marketing
3MMI - 2019 Oregon Pink Shrimp Market Update
TradexFoods - November 4, 2019
The 2019 Oregon Pink Shrimp Fishery came to a close last week with preliminary landing totals at around 27 million pounds which is below the 20 year average of 31 million pounds. As the supply of smaller sized Shrimp are limited, pricing is more expensive than last year and are expected to rise even further.

Coast Guard confirms serious problems with channel 16
Harvesters say plan to get system fully operational by 2024 is unacceptable
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - November 2, 2019
By the time the U.S. Coast Guard issued an alert in mid-October about VHF-FM radio outages throughout Southeast Alaska, word had already spread through the commercial fishing fleet from harvesters worried that mayday calls might go unanswered.

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