Wednesday, February 19, 2020

February 20, 2020

 

Alaska/Pacific Coast

Board tightens rules to protect Kenai kings
Alaska Journal of Commerce by Elwood Brehmer - February 18, 2020
The Alaska Board of Fisheries on Feb. 14 approved a new escapement goal aimed at getting more of the once iconic late-run king salmon into the Kenai River, but the move amounts to another blow to many Kenai Peninsula commercial fishermen targeting sockeye salmon also returning to area rivers.
https://www.alaskajournal.com/2020-02-18/board-tightens-rules-protect-kenai-kings

5.44 million pound harvest goal in Southeast’s commercial Tanner crab fishery
KFSK by Angela Denning - February 18, 2020
Commercial Tanner crab fishing is underway in Southeast Alaska. Managers expect a smaller harvest than last year but still above the average for recent years. KFSK’s Angela Denning reports:
https://www.kfsk.org/2020/02/18/5-44-million-pound-harvest-goal-in-southeasts-commercial-tanner-crab-fishery/


Politics
Lawmakers reject cuts to Wrangell ADF&G office, fisheries research
KSTK by June Leffler - February 14, 2020
House lawmakers are resisting the governor’s cost-cutting plan that would shutter Wrangell’s branch office of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and cancel several fisheries research projects. 
https://www.kstk.org/2020/02/14/lawmakers-reject-cuts-to-wrangell-adfg-office-fisheries-research/


Environment/Science
Navy invites comment on GOA training environmental analysis
Proposed activities would include continued use of active sonar, weapons systems
Cordova Times by Margaret Bauman - February 16, 2020
U.S. Navy officials are inviting public comment through March 11 in development of the supplemental environmental impact statement/overseas environmental impact statement related to military training activities, in advance of future war games in the Gulf of Alaska.
https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2020/02/16/navy-invites-comment-on-goa-training-environmental-analysis/


Opinion
Dock Talk: Gulf of Alaska cod exemplifies commitment to sustainability
National Fisherman by Julie Decker - February 18, 2020
Recent headlines discussing a potential suspension of the Marine Stewardship Council’s certification for Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod have included some misleading and even inaccurate depictions of the status of the fishery. As the client for both MSC and Responsible Fisheries Management certifications for all Alaska Pacific cod, Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation feels it is important to provide necessary context and clarification.
https://www.nationalfisherman.com/viewpoints/alaska/dock-talk-gulf-of-alaska-cod-exemplifies-commitment-to-sustainability/
 

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