AMCC in the News

In the News: Observer Lawsuit

Date Posted: August 18, 2014       Categories: AMCC in the News       Tags: Fishery Observer Program

Feds’ cutback of observers aboard trawlers plying Alaska waters questioned by judge

A federal court judge has questioned whether the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is doing enough to protect salmon and halibut from trawlers whose massive nets strip mine the ocean off the Gulf of Alaska coast…”

Read the full Alaska Dispatch News article by Craig Medred here.



A wake-up call in Alaska about ocean acidification and coastal communities

Date Posted: August 18, 2014       Categories: AMCC in the News       Tags: Ocean Acidification, Ocean Acidification in Alaska

Read A wake-up call in Alaska about ocean acidification and coastal communities in the Alaska Dispatch News by Dr. Jeremy Mathis and Steve Colt

Highlight: “Findings indicate that communities in Alaska’s southeast and southwest         subsistence fisheries, are also the communities most at risk.”



Economic Warnings of Ocean Acidification

Date Posted: August 10, 2014       Categories: AMCC in the News       Tags: Ocean Acidification, Ocean Acidification in Alaska

A new study was released last week essentially saying something Alaskans have been hearing for quite a while — the acidity levels in Alaska’s fish-rich waters pose an increasingly high danger to the fish and shellfish populations, and therefore, those Alaskans who depend on the oceans for their income and their subsistence stores.”

Read this Alaska Dispatch News article by Carey Restino who says Alaskans should heed new economic warnings of ocean acidification.



Canada’s trawlers drastically cut bycatch, why can’t Alaska’s?

Date Posted: July 31, 2014       Categories: AMCC in the News       Tags: Fishery Observer Program, Reduce Bycatch

Read Canada’s trawlers drastically cut bycatch, why can’t Alaska’s? by Joe Macinko in the Alaska Dispatch News

Highlight: “We can tell the trawl industry to pay the price, which is not all that high, to get the destructive potential of their fishery in check. Or we can continue to let them waste the resources that are our future.”



Kodiak Fishermen Target a Niche Consumer Market

Date Posted: June 17, 2014       Categories: AMCC in the News       Tags: Kodiak Jig Initiative, Local Seafood

Source: Alaska Public Media, APRN – Anchorage

Author: Steve Heimel

“Small boat fishermen out of Kodiak have found a premium market for their catch, based on the idea of buying local. The jig fishery uses gear as light as ten pounds, and is open to anyone who buys a permit. A number of restaurants are willing to pay more for fish caught that way…”

Listen to the full piece.



Bycatch Limits – Incidental catch issues continue to plague council

Source: The Cordova Times

Author: Margaret Bauman

“Declines in abundance of both halibut and king salmon, both hard hit by bycatch in groundfish fisheries, prompted hours of discussion before the June meeting of the federal fisheries managers in Nome, again with no resolution in sight…”

Read the full article.



Local Fishing & Local Markets

Date Posted: June 13, 2014       Categories: AMCC in the News       Tags: Catch of the Season, Kodiak Jig Initiative, Local Seafood, Working Waterfronts

Source: Alaska Public Media

Author: Steve Heimel

“If food security can also be job security for fishermen, you could call it a win-win situation. Sustainability labeling is catching on in the U.S. after making a difference for years in European seafood sales. And now even in Alaska, some large customers are making deals with fishermen who promise to fish sustainably…”

Listen to the full piece.



Federal, state fishery managers focus on Chinook crisis

Date Posted: June 12, 2014       Categories: AMCC in the News       Tags: North Pacific Fishery Management Council, Reduce Chinook Salmon Bycatch

Source: Nome Nugget

Author: Laurie McNicholas

“Chinook (king) salmon stocks are at all-time lows in the Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim area that includes Norton Sound, the Yukon River, Kuskokwim Bay and the Kuskokwim River…”

Read the full article.



Advisory Panel Declines Lowering Salmon Bycatch Limits After Hearing Public Testimony

Date Posted: June 6, 2014       Categories: AMCC in the News

Source: KNOM 96.1 FM/780 AM

Author: Zachariah Hughes

Last Thursday an advisory panel on salmon bycatch heard more than an hour of public testimony—part of the ongoing debate on how to limit the number of king salmon accidentally caught by pollock fishermen at a time of unprecedented restrictions on subsistence fishing and historically low king salmon runs…”

Listen to the full piece.



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