Coast Guard Completes 351 Dockside Exams on Bristol Bay Fishing Boats

Image via U.S. Coast Guard. Coast Guard inspectors from Anchorage say that during a two-week deployment to Bristol Bay in mid-June, they completed 351 dockside exams and issued 276 safety decals for fishing vessels in communities throughout the region. Examiners said the exams focused on safety and addressed items such as flares, charts, navigational signals, […]

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Commercial Salmon Harvest in Alaska Reaches $16.3M Fish

Image via Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Commercial salmon harvests in Alaska are off to a robust start, with the central and westward regions of the state leading in harvests, putting the preliminary catch figure at upwards of 16 million fish, according to preliminary reports from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. As […]

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Coalition Petitions EPA to Update Proposed Rule on Dispersant Use

Environmentalists are petitioning the EPA to amend a proposed rule on how to respond to oil spills such as the one in the above photo. File photo by U.S. Coast Guard. A coalition of Gulf Coast advocates and environmental entities is petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency to supplement its proposed rule on dispersant use of […]

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NOAA Promoting New Steps to Combat IUU Fishing

Image via NOAA. NOAA is proposing new measures to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities and forced labor in the seafood supply chain. The proposed changes are part of a rulemaking process that will include a public comment period after these proposed changes are published in the Federal Register. NOAA’s proposal broadens the […]

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BOEM Invites Public Comment on Draft Fisheries Mitigation Strategy

Image via Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on June 23 issued draft guidance on mitigating potential impacts of offshore wind development on commercial and recreational fishing and is inviting public review and comment. The draft mitigation document is the next step in development of guidance for offshore wind […]

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Desautel Named GAPP Board Chair

Bob Desautel. Image via Global Seas. Bob Desautel, co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Global Seas and Nina Fisheries, has been selected to serve as chairman of the board for the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP), replacing outgoing chair Mikel Durham of American Seafoods. GAPP CEO Craig Morris said Desautel has plans […]

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EPA’s Revised Proposed Determination Scrutinized

A map of the Bristol Bay watershed, which the proposed Pebble Mine project would abut. Image: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Proponents and opponents of the proposed Pebble mine project converged on the cities of Dillingham and Newhalen, and virtually in Southwest Alaska this past week to testify on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s revised proposed […]

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North Pacific Research Board Looks to Fill Seats on Science Panel

Image via North Pacific Research Board. The North Pacific Research Board, created by Congress in 1997 to recommend marine research activities to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, is accepting applications through Aug. 22 to fill four seats on its science panel. Desired qualifications include expertise in one or more of the seven categories, which include: […]

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Net Recycler Braces for Influx of Nets From Bristol Bay

Recycling commercial fishing nets in Bristol Bay in June of 2022. From left: Clarissa Devine, Erin Adams and Nicole Baker. Photo courtesy of Net Your Problem. Net Your Problem, a Seattle-based company led by research scientist Nicole Baker, is forecasting an onslaught of commercial fishing nets for recycling at the end of the Bristol Bay […]

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