Tuesday, September 1, 2020

September 1, 2020

Alaska
SE AK pink salmon catch could be lowest in 44 years
KFSK by Joe Viechnicki - August 31, 2020
Two years ago the commercial catch of pink salmon in Southeast Alaska hit its lowest level in more than four decades. This year’s catch will be even lower.
https://www.kfsk.org/2020/08/31/se-ak-pink-salmon-catch-could-be-lowest-in-44-years/

Alaska's Salmon Fisheries Confront COVID-19
The pandemic and a devastated restaurant industry are testing the historic Bristol Bay, Alaska salmon fishery.
US News by Kevin Berry and Brett Watson - August 31, 2020,
Northwest summers mean salmon on the grill. While Alaskans fill freezers with their own catch – our freezers are filled with enough salmon to last until next summer – those grilling elsewhere must buy either farm-raised salmon or wild sockeye salmon caught in Bristol Bay, Alaska.
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/articles/2020-08-31/alaskas-salmon-fisheries-confront-covid-19


National
Eat Seafood America! campaigns boosts consumption
Seafood Source by Christine Blank - August 28, 2020
Americans are eating more seafood and cooking it more often at home, thanks in part to a nationwide campaign rolled out in early April.
https://www.seafoodsource.com/news/food-safety-health/eat-seafood-america-campaigns-boosts-consumption


International
Cermaq, Danish Salmon owners among winners in Warren Buffett's latest $6 billion investment
Buffett also has longstanding stakes in companies such as Coca-Cola and American Express.
Intrafish by Rachel Mutter - August 31, 2020
Berkshire Hathaway, the trading conglomerate owned by US business tycoon Warren Buffett, has bought a 5 percent stake in each of Japan's five biggest trading houses, each with a firm footprint in the international seafood sector.
https://www.intrafish.com/finance/cermaq-danish-salmon-owners-among-winners-in-warren-buffetts-latest-6-billion-investment/2-1-866400


Environment/Science
State now has an opportunity to veto Pebble Mine. Pebble foes aren’t getting their hopes up.
Alaska Public Media by Liz Ruskin - August 28, 2020
Opponents of the Pebble Mine say it’s not enough that the Army Corps of Engineers announced last week that the project, as proposed, can’t get a wetlands permit. Anti-Pebble advocates want a veto. The U.S. EPA has that power. And as of this week, the state has that authority, too. But it won’t last long.
https://www.alaskapublic.org/2020/08/28/state-now-has-an-opportunity-to-veto-pebble-mine-pebble-foes-arent-getting-their-hopes-up/

A Rare Salmon Type Is in the Crosshairs of Alaska’s Proposed Pebble Mine
The Koktuli River watershed, potential home of the future open-pit mine, is also home to a distinctive river-type sockeye.
Hakai Magazine by Ashley Braun - August 27, 2020
The sockeye salmon that come from the Koktuli River aren’t like most other fish in Alaska’s Bristol Bay, where a thriving fishery provides nearly half of the world’s wild sockeye. These salmon represent a rare class of sockeye with unique genes and a singular life strategy that sets them apart from the millions of fish that spawn in the rivers and streams that feed into Bristol Bay. Now, Koktuli River sockeye are in the spotlight because the Pebble Mine, a copper and gold mine proposed for southwest Alaska, is slated for the water in which they live.
https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/a-rare-salmon-type-is-in-the-crosshairs-of-alaskas-proposed-pebble-mine/

National Parks And Pebble Mine Reveal The Influence Of Competitive Elections And Conservative Celebrities
Forbes by Nives Dolsak and Aseem Prakash - August 29, 2020
Is Trump administration turning green? It has halted the permitting of Alaska’s Pebble Mine. It has given 90 days to the Pebble Partnership to determine how they will mitigate the “significant adverse effects on the aquatic system or human environment.” Recently, it also supported new funding for National Parks via the enactment of the Great American Outdoors Act.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/prakashdolsak/2020/08/29/national-parks-and-pebble-mine-reveal-the-influence-of-competitive-elections-and-conservative-celebrities/#272b7f6167bb

Pink Salmon May Benefit as Pacific Arctic Warms
New research provides a glimpse into the future to help Arctic fishing communities prepare for change.
NOAA Fisheries - August 31, 2020
The Pacific Arctic is undergoing a rapid transformation. As temperatures rise and sea ice melts, some species will do better than others. A new study suggests that pink salmon may be one of those species.
https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/pink-salmon-may-benefit-pacific-arctic-warms


FYI’s
New Deputy Director for Auke Bay Laboratories
NOAA Fisheries is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Allison Bidlack as the deputy director of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s Auke Bay Laboratories Division in Juneau, Alaska.
NOAA Fisheries - August 28, 2020
Allison has a broad background in ecology and resource management, and over eleven years of research administration experience. Her diverse portfolio of field and lab-based projects, focused mostly in southcentral and southeast Alaska, include research on Chinook salmon habitat modeling, environmental drivers of harmful algal blooms, hydrologically driven terrestrial-marine linkages, and ocean acidification.
https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/media-release/new-deputy-director-auke-bay-laboratories
 

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