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New management at local ocean conservation group Oceana in 2003, early in the organization's history. Before earning her new title, Murray worked as Senior Director of Oceana's Pacific offices. Murray new role has her managing three Pacific offices located in Juneau, Portland, Ore and...
U.S. government reveals new regs governing corals

A national strategy is in the works to protect deep-sea coral and sponges from fishing gear that drags along the ocean floor, federal regulators announced Monday.
Study: AK fishermen rank well on bycatch

...question, why hasn't this analysis been done by the federal government?" said Susan Murray, associate regional director of Oceana's branch office in Juneau. The study shows an estimated 1.1 million metric tons were discarded as bycatch in...
Activists call for cut in fisheries bycatch

ANCHORAGE - A new environmental group has asked federal regulators to decrease the amount of catch wasted by the U.S. commercial fishing industry. Oceana, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., said last week it might sue if its demands are not met.
Gulf oil spill tragedy gives us pause here in Alaska

...environments in which the industry has very little engineering experience," says Jeffrey Short, Pacific Science director of Oceana and one of the world's leading experts on oil spills. "They're pushing the boundaries of exploration deeper...
Study: High mercury levels in market fish

...wary of any level of mercury found in food - even the lowest Alaska sample level, said Jim Ayers, Juneau-based director of Oceana's Pacific region office. "It shows an accumulation of mercury is being transmitted," Ayers said. "Mercury...
Cleanup hits city beaches

...year and are the number-one liter problem according to statistics gathered by The Ocean Conservancy. Jim Ayers, director of Oceana for the Pacific region and whose office is located in downtown Juneau, said garbage is a serious problem for the...
Coastal environmental document gets little comment

...Alaska's coastal communities" by putting such authority in the state's hands, he said. Susan Murray, associate director of Oceana's Pacific Region, said shifting coastal management control to the state would put the interests of big business...
Ayers to leave Knowles' office

...resign effective Jan. 4. Ayers will become regional director of Oceana, a newly formed international organization with...jurisdiction." Ayers will remain in Juneau is his role as director of Oceana for the North Pacific region. "The opportunity...
Small crab legs in Juneau prompt Safeway recall

...only hurts Alaskan fishermen; it fails to promote healthy sustainable oceans for our planet," wrote Jim Ayers, director of Oceana's Pacific region, in his letter. Within hours, Safeway complied with his request. Safeway, which merged with...


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