Fish Radio
January 28, 2014

Acoustics comments extended, Walmart update, BOF at UCI

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – More time to comment on acoustics, Wal-Mart updates and more – after this —

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Some arm twisting by Senator Lisa Murkowski has gotten more time for people to share input on how underwater man made sounds can affect marine mammals. Notice of the national study by NOAA Fisheries got lost in the Christmas shuffle and few knew of a comment deadline that ended last week.   Murkowski was not happy –

 If you are going to have good process and get meaningful feedback on such a complex issue, you have to allow for time to weigh in.    

 The draft report seeks guidance on identifying  thresholds above which marine mammals may feel changes in their hearing from underwater manmade sounds.  

 This is a national study  but when you think about Alaska, it is something that has the potential to affect our coastal communities, the maritime sector, the transit of all of our goods,   the fishing industry, oil and gas – basically anyone who is out on the water.

 The new deadline to comment to NOAA.Gov is March 13.

 Both Alaska Senators applauded Wal-Mart’s agreement that Alaska’s salmon fishery fits its ‘earth friendly’ criteria and the company’s commitment to proudly purchase it.  Senator Mark Begich sums up Wal-Mart’s official statement last week –    

 That Alaska seafood is sustainable, and we want to   buy more of it because it’s good for business, it’s good for our customers it’s good for Alaska jobs.

 Finally, the state Board of Fisheries sits down on Friday for a two week focus on Upper Cook Inlet.

A total for 235 management proposals are on the agenda. Meetings are in Anchorage and you can tune in via webcasts.  

Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods – who salutes and says thanks to the men and women fishing across Alaska for their hard work and dedication. ( In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.