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Trump budget cuts NOAA 20%; guts climate change science, eliminates Sea Grant, boosts fossil fuel research 24%
Trump budget also cuts EPA to lowest levels since 1990; slashes earthquake monitoring, weather tracking and more.read more
Lent is the busiest time of year for seafood sales. It’s good new for AK which provides 65% of wild-caught seafood to the US.read more
Seafood is sexy.read more
AK Sea Grant director is a longtime Bristol Bay setnetter.
NOAA aims to strengthen coastal communities’ ability to adjust/bounce back from extreme weather, or long-term adverse environmental conditions. A focus for grants is on new projects that build resilience through habitat restoration.
Rockfish will survive if quickly returned to the deep. A new rule will soon require Alaska sport fish anglers to do so.
The Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest is a worldwide creative arts challenge focusing on our changing oceans. The online contest is for young artists between 11 and 18 years of age. Linda Cabot, President of the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Program. She says built the program on three guiding principles.
Processors pay for a doctor to come to Bristol Bay during salmon season to tend to workers in need
Pebble Mine: Comments to DNR on exploratory drilling, acid rock drainage tests and more due by Feb. 20
DNR proposes to issue water use and multiple land use permits for drilling boreholes, re-activation of an acid rock drainage test site, and reclamation and maintenance activities near Iliamna. Deadline to comment is Feb. 20
A group of seven European women seafood buyers spent four dazzling days in Dutch Harbor last week; Combined, they represent $2.5 billion in sales.
NOAA’s Ocean Noise Strategy is measuring the undersea soundscape and finding ways to reduce impacts.
Crab and groundfish dominate Alaska’s winter fisheries; Fish meeting updates
How can Alaska address the Graying of the Fleet and the loss of rural fisheries access? Permit holdings of rural Alaskans have dropped 30 percent and the average age of fishermen is over 50. A new report from Sea Grant and the University of Alaska/Fairbanks offers suggestions on how to reverse the outflow of permits and encourage entry into limited fisheries.
US millennials (aged 35-54) are eating more seafood; prefer wild from ‘earth friendly’ fisheries
Crabbers will help test outside waters for Tanners at Prince William Sound next month, the first time commercial pots are dropped since 1988.