Information officer Julie Speegle is one of about 111 NOAA Fisheries Alaska Regional Office employees back at their desks in Juneau’s federal building. About 125 at the Auke Bay lab are also working, now that Congress has reached a deal to end the partial government shutdown.
Kalibo is the capital of the Philippine province of Aklan.
Some in the industry say the cost and lack of access to comprehensive health insurance is a barrier to new fishermen and an ongoing concern for those already in the business.
Last fall the MSC sustainability certification of Alaska’s commercial salmon fisheries was allowed to lapse after most of the major seafood processors that operate in the state pulled their support.
Southeast Alaska’s maritime economy provides more than a quarter of the wages paid in the region.
There will be no commercial fishing for red and blue king crab in Southeast again this year. The stocks are still in poor shape according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game which announced the closure last week.
Even with the lower escapement goals, the numbers were not met. In fact, escapements were the lowest in history.
The Philippines’ recently appointed honorary consul is trying to make the case that “Alaska” should mean “seafood” in the Philippines.
CBJ wants the LBC to redraw the northern boundary for the recently-formed Petersburg Borough further south
CBJ argues that Local Boundary Commission did not properly consider their petition