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Susitna-Watana studies resume after spending freeze is lifted

...to update data with field studies as necessary to prevent work from becoming stale or outdated. National Marine Fisheries Service officials have questioned the validity of some Susitna-Watana fisheries studies."The longer we stretch this...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-08-14/susitna-watana-studies-resume-after-spe
State
Salmon season might miss forecast

...met forecasts. Statewide, 220 million fish are expected.???In other fishing news, the National Marine Fisheries Service will allow non-pollock Gulf of Alaska trawlers to catch up to 1,600 more king salmon as they pursue groundfish...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-08-10/salmon-season-might-miss-forecast
Local
Expanse of warm water dubbed 'the blob' consumes North Pacific

...Combine that with overfishing, and the Pacific sardine population collapsed. According to the National Marine Fisheries Service, the West Coast Pacific sardine population has decreased 90 percent since 2007. That's the lowest it's been...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-08-03/expanse-warm-water-dubbed-blob-consumes
State
Empire Editorial: North Pacific council didn't do enough to protect Alaska's halibut fishermen

...The Bering Sea is far from Juneau, but events there matter here. Tagging studies conducted by the National Marine Fisheries Service show that a halibut born in the Bering can and will end up anywhere in the Gulf of Alaska or the North Pacific...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-06-11/empire-editorial-north-pacific-counci
Opinion
Bering Sea halibut bycatch cut leaves both trawlers and halibut fishermen unhappy

...industry, with catches in the billions of pounds annually. According to statistics kept by the National Marine Fisheries Service, bycaught halibut make up only 3.24 percent of the total catch of the Amendment 80 fleet - the largest segment of...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-06-08/bering-sea-halibut-bycatch-cut-leaves-b
State
My Turn: Council fumbled on halibut bycatch reduction

...meetings, scientific and statistical reports by the International Pacific Halibut Commission and National Marine Fisheries Service, and public testimony. In 2012, the directed halibut fisheries catch in all of Alaska was 22 million pounds...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-06-30/my-turn-council-fumbled-halibut-bycat
Opinion
NOAA seeks comment on marine mammal protections

...addressed to: Jolie Harrison, Permits and Conservation Division; Office of Protected Resources; National Marine Fisheries Service; 1315 East-West Highway; Silver Spring MD 20910-3225.The comment period closes July 17.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-06-04/noaa-seeks-comment-marine-mammal-pro
Outdoors
Upcoming Navy exercises prompt protest

...relatively limited amount of activity and short exercise durations planned for a vast area. She said the National Marine Fisheries Service assessed impacts to fish, including salmon."Environmental protection is an integral part of the exercise...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-05-17/upcoming-navy-exercises-prompt-protest
State
What's happening this week, April 1

...decline and management of Chinook salmon. Speakers from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the National Marine Fisheries Service will present on topics including the status of Chinook statewide and a stock assessment focusing on the Taku and...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-04-01/events-and-presentations
Art
Senate passes resolution opposing Aleutians marine sanctuary

...the Aleutian Islands.Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility in December petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service to create a sanctuary of 554,000 square nautical miles in waters near the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Islands...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-26/senate-passes-resolution-opposing-aleut
State

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