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News from UFA about Alaska's salmon habitat
As you and other Alaska salmon fishermen grind through your last few weeks on the water or put your gear away for the season, United Fishermen of Alaska's SHIP project has been busy compiling important information on policies and events that impact the health of our salmon fisheries.

Here's what's inside:
  • Texting sweepstakes winners announced today
  • OMG, "Predict the Bay" winner within 20,000!
  • Pebble Mine Action
  • Ocean acidification panel @Expo
  • Transboundary comments

Texting winners announced

This summer fishermen texted “ufaship” to 313131 and UFA texted back four chances to win awesome prizes. Hundreds of fishermen entered and we are excited to announce David W. Johnson is the winner of a $200 Alaska Air gift card and Charlotte Moss is the winner of a $100 LFS gift card. Congratulations! Charlotte commented how much she appreciates receiving texts and checking our Facebook page. We appreciate you, Charlotte!

Reaching fishermen directly on their phones is a relatively new tool and attracted wonderful media attention in the Alaska Journal of Commerce and Fishermen's News

Didn't participate but want to receive monthly texts about salmon habitat issues right to your phone? Just send the message "fishon" to 313131 and we'll put you into our system.

Chignik Lake winner predicts Bristol Bay harvest within 20,000!

On our Facebook page, we asked our followers to offer their best guess for 2017's total Bristol Bay sockeye salmon harvest.

Kudos to Elizabeth Lind of Chignik Lake for predicting 37.7 million, or within 20,000 of the estimated harvest to date!

How did she do it?

What can she tell us for 2018??

Pebble Mine is back

And just as Bristol Bay fishermen hauled in a near-record harvest of 37 million sockeye salmon, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent a blow by reversing an earlier decision to implement Clean Water Act protections for water quality in the watershed.  
The Trump Administration's EPA is now seeking public input on the recent decision to reverse its 2014 Proposed Determination to add specific protections to water quality in the Bristol Bay watershed. The 2014 Determination would have ensured large-scale mining did not cause irreversible harm to habitat that sustains the world’s largest salmon fishery. 
Weigh in on Pebble Mine

Ocean acidification panel at Expo

In November, UFA and Washington Sea Grant are hosting a panel at Pacific Marine Expo called "Fishing Industry and Ocean Acidification: What's the Bottom Line for Salmon Fishermen?"

Topics to be discussed include:
  • Overall impacts of excess carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska marine waters  
  • Impacts on salmon and the adaptation of the commercial fishing industry.
Leading research from the University of Washington on ocean acidification’s effects on salmon’s sense of smell will be presented and expert panelists from the commercial fishing industry, NOAA and UW will share findings and potential impacts on fisheries. 

Event Info

Transboundary Mine input received

Earlier this summer we sent an update notifying fishermen on the opportunity to weigh in with Alaska Governor Bill Walker and Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallot about the importance of binding agreement and the value of transboundary rivers to our industry. 

Large mines at the headwaters of our major transboundary rivers can impact essential habitat for Alaska's salmon and other fisheries. What's UFA's bottom-line?
  • It is vital for Alaska to engage the U.S. State Department and Secretary of State on this issue.
  • It is imperative for salmon fishermen to have binding agreements in the event of failures that could impact Alaska's water quality and fisheries.
Fisheries on the Taku, Stikine, Unuk and other transboundary rivers are both highly productive and profitable. Combined, these three rivers provide $48 million in economic activity to Alaska, every year.
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