National Fisherman

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A population of Pacific harbor seals living in an Alaska lake could be another hurdle for developers proposing a massive open-pit copper and gold mine.

The Center for Biological Diversity on Monday petitioned the federal government for endangered species protection for harbor seals that live in Iliamna Lake about 200 miles southwest of Anchorage. The Pebble Mine poses a threat to the only known U.S. freshwater population of harbor seal, said spokeswoman Kiersten Lippman.

"They often don't do well with human disturbance, in many cases, especially if they're not used to it," said Lippman, a biologist for the group in Anchorage.

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Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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