Monday, December 2, 2019

December 2, 2019

 

 

Alaska/Pacific Coast

Ravn Announces Up to 17 Flights Per Week, With Up To 7 Per Day During Fishing Season
RavnAir Group's flight schedule includes up to 17 flights per week through May 31, 2020. It also includes up to seven flights per day for the peak travel period between Dec. 26 and Jan. 24.
KUCB by Hope McKenney - November 26, 2019
After weeks of uncertainty in the wake of last month's fatal plane crash, RavnAir Group has released flight schedules between Unalaska and Anchorage through May 31, 2020.
https://www.kucb.org/post/ravn-announces-17-flights-week-7-day-during-fishing-season

Alaska Fisheries Report
KMXT by Maggie Wall - November 27, 2019
Low cod numbers could force a close of the federal Gulf of Alaska cod fishery. We look at how climate change threatens Kodiak fishermen.
http://kmxt.org/2019/11/alaska-fisheries-report-nov-28-2019/

Cleanup in progress for 1,200 gallon oil spill at Kitoi Bay Hatchery
KMXT by Kavitha George - November 26, 2019
A 1,200 gallon oil spill occurred at the Kitoi Bay Hatchery on the southeastern end of Afognak Island late last week. According to Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association, which manages the hatchery, a crack in a small underground pipe was to blame.
http://kmxt.org/2019/11/cleanup-in-progress-for-1200-gallon-oil-spill-at-kitoi-bay-hatchery/

Salmon permits rise in value in some regions of state
Bristol Bay Times by Laine Welch - November 29, 2019
Bristol Bay sockeye fishery boosts sales of driftnet permits to nearly $200,000. The value of Alaska salmon permits has ticked upward in regions that experienced a good fishery this year while others have tanked.
http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1948salmon_permits_rise_in_value_in_some_regions


Politics
Governor pledges to leave petroleum property tax, fisheries tax to local governments
KTUU by Sean Maguire - November 21, 2019
ANCHORAGE - At the Alaska Municipal League annual conference, Gov. Mike Dunleavy appeared by video link, telling members that his administration would not take two major sources of revenue from local governments this year.
https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Governor-pledges-to-leave-petroleum-property-tax-fisheries-tax-to-local-governments-565313322.html


Environment/Science
Document offers quick access to comments on draft EIS for mine
KDLG News by Tyler Thompson - November 29, 2019
There is a new tool aimed at making critiques of the Pebble Project's draft environmental review more accessible.
http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1948document_offers_quick_access_to_comments_on


Federal Register
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area; Cost Recovery Programs
A Notice by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 11/27/2019
NMFS publishes standard prices and fee percentages for cost recovery for the Amendment 80 Program, the American Fisheries Act (AFA) Program, the Aleutian Islands Pollock (AIP) Program, and the Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) groundfish and halibut Programs. The fee percentage for 2019 is 0.94 percent for the Amendment 80 Program, 0.23 percent for the AFA inshore cooperatives, 3.0 percent for the AIP program, and 0.70 percent for the CDQ groundfish and halibut Programs. This action is intended to provide the 2019 standard prices and fee percentages to calculate the required payment for cost recovery fees due by December 31, 2019.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/11/27/2019-25769/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-bering-sea-and-aleutian-islands-management-area

Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Several Groundfish Species in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 11/27/2019
NMFS apportions amounts of the non-specified reserve, to the initial total allowable catch (ITAC) of Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) sculpins and to the total allowable catch (TAC) of Aleutian Islands (AI) Greenland turbot, Bering Sea (BS) “other rockfish,” BSAI arrowtooth flounder, BSAI sharks, BSAI shortraker rockfish, and Bering Sea and Eastern Aleutian Islands (BS/EAI) blackspotted/rougheye rockfish. This action is necessary to allow the fisheries to continue operating. It is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the fishery management plan for the BSAI management area.
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/11/27/2019-25816/fisheries-of-the-exclusive-economic-zone-off-alaska-several-groundfish-species-in-the-bering-sea-and


FYI’s
NOAA Fisheries names international affairs director
Cordova Times - November 30, 2019
Alexa Cole has been appointed as the new director for NOAA Fisheries’ Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2019/11/30/noaa-fisheries-names-international-affairs-director/

Alaska food writer appears on the Today Show to showcase seafood
KTUU by Rebecca Palsha - November 27, 2019
ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Writer, Alaskan and chef Kim Sunée got a chance to appear on a national stage as a guest on the Today Show on Wednesday morning.
https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Alaskan-food-writer-appears-on-the-Today-Show-to-showcase-seafood-565548641.html
 

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