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If fisheries float your boat, speak up now

LAINE WELCH FISHERIES Published: February 27th, 2010 09:53 PM Last Modified: February 27th, 2010 09:54 PM Many of the big decisions that affect our fishing industry are made by people who are far away and have never set foot in Alaska. The following are a few that fishing-dependent families and communities should have on their radars. •  Catch share programs  have become the preferred method for managing U.S. fisheries, and federal managers are offering incentives for regions to adopt the plan. "Business as usual with our traditional management tools is not accomplishing what we need," said Dr. Jane Lubchenco, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, speaking at a press conference. "And we........

Raytheon scores $886 million contract to improve GPS capabilities

y  Donald Melanson    posted  Feb 26th 2010 6:59PM Don't count on your navigation unit seeing a sudden improvement anytime soon, but  Raytheon  has announced that it's landed an massive $886 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to develop a new........

Wal-Mart presses vendors in China to meet higher standards

By Steven Mufson Friday, February 26, 2010; 2:20 PM SHENZHEN, CHINA -- Benny Fung, the head of Hong Kong-based soap and cosmetics maker Lutex, seems to have an eye for detail. The meeting room at his factory here in southern China is lined with neatly packed gift baskets. His jacket has a thin purple velvet accent around the lapel to match his purple tie. Now Fung's biggest customer -- Wal-Mart Stores -- is urging him to pay attention to other details. Environmental details. Energy-saving details. Not just everyday low prices, but low greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, Lutex has been paying attention to more efficient light bulbs, better ventilation and less packaging. It switched from Styrofoam to recycled paper and saved enough Styrofoam to cover four football fields. And Lutex, which has been here since 1991, says it treats four tons of wastewater that it used to dump into the municipal sewage line. That water was supposed to be treated by the city, bu

Ocean Beauty not canning pinks in Petersburg this summer

Image via Wikipedia PETERSBURG-AK (02/25/2010) A poor pink salmon projection has prompted one of Petersburg’s canneries to stay closed this summer. Ocean Beauty Seafoods says they will continue to buy salmon from all the fishermen who usually sell to them, but they only plan to land and process the catch at the company’s plant near Juneau. The company emphasizes its only planning a one-year closure in Petersburg. Still, the decision will likely mean less fish tax revenue for the city as well as fewer customers for local businesses......... Audio>>

The Next New Things - Times may be tough, but the lights are on at marine-electronics R&D centers around the globe.

Times may be tough, but the lights are on at marine-electronics R&D centers around the globe. An electronics review from our February 2010 issue Feb 25, 2010 By Ben Ellison ( More articles by this author ) The recession seems to have put less hurt on marine-electronics manufacturers than on their boatbuilding brethren, and the obvious reason is that their products have improved so much in recent times that sailors still feel a need to upgrade what they already own with the latest technology. Picture anxious R&D departments burning the midnight oil to incorporate the latest features—plus the better processors, sensors, and display technologies becoming available from the wider world of electronics—lest their brand gets left behind. Thus it is that sailors will find many interesting new products to contemplate. If you're considering the big enchilada—a new multifunction display system—don't skip over the all-new NSE 8- and 12-inch MFDs from Simrad ( w

U.S. Fishermen Demand Changes to Federal Fishing Limits

Updated February 25, 2010 AP WASHINGTON -- Fishermen and charter boat captains from Maine to Louisiana rallied outside the Capitol Wednesday to demand changes to federal fishing limits they say are putting them out of business. Participants in the "United We Fish" rally want to loosen federal catch restrictions imposed to protect vulnerable fish stocks. Bryan Lowery, who fishes for scallops near Ocean City, Md., said the rules are particularly frustrating now because scallops are so plentiful. Yet instead of his usual 100 fishing trips, Lowery said he expects to take just nine this year. "They've just put us out of business," Lowery said, referring to the National Marine Fisheries Service, which enforces the fisheries law. Similar complaints came from cod fishermen from off the Massachusetts coast and those who fish for red snapper in the Carolinas. In Gloucester, Mass., "you can walk on the cod," said Mayor Carolyn Kirk, one of the speakers

New airport planned for Akutan in 2012

The Associated Press Published: February 23rd, 2010 09:29 PM Last Modified: February 23rd, 2010 09:30 PM KENAI -- The state Transportation Department is planning a new airport for the city of Akutan by the fall of 2012. Radio station KSRM reports PenAir has been warning for years that it would have to stop...... View Larger Map

AFDF will serve as clientship for MSC certification of Alaska salmon

Image via Wikipedia February 22, 2010 Monday The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) announced Friday that their Board of Directors voted in favor of serving as the client for maintaining Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for the entire Alaska salmon fishery. AFDF will immediately begin work with the independent certifier, Moody Marine International, to conduct the required annual audit for the fishery. Successful completion of the audit will ensure an unbroken supply of MSC-certified Alaska salmon. AFDF takes over the role of client for MSC certification of Alaska salmon from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG), which served as the client since Alaska salmon was first certified to the MSC standard in 2000. ADFG was in the unusual role of a government fishery management body serving as an MSC certificate holder, and indicated that it wanted to transition that role

New NOAA Climate Agency Head Tried to Suppress Data, Critics Charge

Updated February 22, 2010 By Ed Barnes  - Thomas Karl, the head of Obama's new Climate Change office has been criticized for trying to suppress contradictory scientific data on climate change. NOAA. Thomas Karl, the newly appointed head of the National Climatic Data Center. The scientist who has been put in charge of the Commerce Department's new climate change office is coming under attack from both sides of the global warming debate over his handling of what they say is contradictory scientific data related to the subject. Thomas Karl, 58, was appointed to oversee the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's ( NOAA ) National Climatic Data Center, an ambitious new office that will collect climate change data and disseminate it to businesses and communities. According to Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, the office will "help tackle head-on the challenges of mitigating and adapt

Climate scientists withdraw journal claims of rising sea levels

Image by Getty Images via Daylife Study claimed in 2009 that sea levels would rise by up to 82cm by the end of century – but the report's author now says true estimate is still unknown Scientists have been forced to withdraw a study on projected sea level rise due to global warming after finding mistakes that undermined the findings. The study, published in 2009 in Nature Geoscience , one of the top journals in its field, confirmed the conclusions of the 2007 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) . It used data over the last 22,000 years to predict that sea level would rise by between 7cm and 82cm by the end of the century. At the time.... The Maldives could be hard hit by rising sea levels. Photograph: Reuters

Fishing rules should be science-based

Image via Wikipedia Alan Boraas comment Published: February 19th, 2010 10:48 PM Last Modified: February 19th, 2010 10:48 PM The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is predicting a dismal sockeye salmon return this summer for the Kenai River . According to Jenny Neyman, writing in the Redoubt Reporter, this summer's 40-percent-below-average return looks so grim that the United Cook Inlet Drift Association is preparing to seek federal disaster relief should the biological predictions come true. The City of Kenai is also worried about a shutdown after making a considerable investment in personal-use fishery infrastructure at the river mouth, as are businesses that rely on salmon dollars. And the thousands who rely on fish for food may need to consider their options. If the problem had been high-seas trawling, the Kasilof and other rivers should show a similar projected decline; they don't. Almost certainly the predicted weak Kenai River return is a product of o

Motorola could ground Iridium launch

Image via Wikipedia February 18, 2010 7:13pm by Maija Palmer ........ Now there is a snag. One-time parent company Motorola, which spun out Iridium in 1998, is suing the company for “at least $24.68m”, related to old loan agreements between the two companies. More worryingly, Motorola could terminate crucial intellectual property licences for Iridium, which would make it impossible for the company to operate its satellite system. Without usable IP, there will not be much point in building or launching the satellites, even if.......

AP: Top U.N. climate official resigning

Thursday, February 18, 2010 By ASSOCIATED PRESS AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Top U.N. climate change official Yvo de Boer told The Associated Press Thursday that he was resigning after nearly four years, a period when governments struggled without success to agree on a new global warming deal. His departure takes effect July 1, five months before 193 nations are due to reconvene in Mexico for another attempt to reach a binding worldwide accord on controlling greenhouse gases. De Boer is known to be deeply disappointed with outcome of the last summit in Copenhagen, which drew 120 world leaders but failed to reach more than a vague promise by several countries to limit carbon emissions -- and even that deal fell short of consensus. But he denied to the AP that his decision to quit was a result of frustration with........

Kodiak: Gov’t looks further into fisheries consultant

Image via Wikipedia Article published on Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 By LOUIS GARCIA Mirror Writer   The Kodiak City Council and Kodiak Island Borough will review policies for a joint fisheries consultant in upcoming meetings and explore one of the ideas presented at their joint work session Tuesday evening. Both parties inched through first discussions about a joint fisheries consultant and weighed in on what they would like to see in a representative. Borough Assembly member Sue Jeffrey supports a fisheries consultant to attend various federal, state and local meetings.   “Fishing remains the backbone of this economy and not having a good understanding of what is going on........  

Another IPCC Error: Antarctic Sea Ice Increase Underestimated by 50%

Image via Wikipedia  February 16, 2010 Several errors have been recently uncovered in the 4th Assessment Report (AR4) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). These include problems with Himalayan glaciers, African agriculture, Amazon rainforests, Dutch geography, and attribution of damages from extreme weather events. More seem to turn up daily. Most of these errors stem from the IPCC’s reliance on non-peer reviewed sources. The defenders of the IPCC have contended that most of these errors are minor in significance and are confined to the Working Group II Report (the one on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability) of the IPCC which was put together by representatives from various regional interests and that there was not as much hard science available to call upon as there was in the Working Group I report (“The Physical Science Basis”). The IPCC defenders argue that there have been no (or practically no) problems identified in the Working Group I (

NYT: If You Can’t Take the Heat, Don’t Read Me on Twitter (Chef turf wars on Twitter?)

Julie Glassberg/The New York Times On his blog and elsewhere online, Eddie Huang violates the taboo about publicly criticizing other chefs.  By JULIA MOSKIN Published: February 16, 2010 NEW YORK CITY’S restaurant world has never been cuddly, but last week may have seen its first shouting match prompted by a Twitter post. During last Wednesday’s snowstorm, the owner and chef of JoeDoe restaurant in the East Village, Joe Dobias, tweeted that his deliveries from upstate purveyors had arrived, but not fish from a local supplier. He didn’t post the supplier’s name, but the next morning, Robert DeMasco of Pierless Fish — who also delivers to restaurants like Daniel and Esca — called Mr. Dobias to tell him that his business was no longer welcome. Then things became loud. Mr. Dobias, who has been airing grievances on the Internet since opening the restaurant in 2008, shrugged off the conflict in an interview on Thursday and said that he had found a new purvey

Loopt Adds Another Content Partner; Integrates Local Foodie News From Tasting Table

Image via Wikipedia by Leena Rao on Feb 17, 2010  As Foursquare makes deals with major media companies, competitor Loopt is continuing to partner with with content companies to offer fresh news and reviews of restaurants, bars, businesses and.....

Longliners weather 5 years of quota cuts

PETERSBURG-AK (02/16/2010) The commercial halibut season starts in early March and this is the fifth year in a row that Southeast Longliners will have fewer fish to catch. Stock declines and a change in assessment methods have prompted US and Canadian regulators to reduce the region’s catch limit by a total of roughly 60 percent since 2006. This year’s cut was smaller than proposed, but longliners say the downturn continues to impact their businesses. Matt Lichtenstein produced this economic snapshot:...... Audio >>

Dumped! Brand names fight to stay in stores

Image via Wikipedia Linked on Drudge today By Parija Kavilanz, senior writerFebruary 15, 2010: 12:52 PM ET NEW YORK ( -- Don't be shocked if you can't find your favorite salad dressing or mouthwash on your next trip to Wal-Mart. Large retailers -- including Wal-Mart (WMT, Fortune 500), the world's biggest -- are wrestling with having too many types of brand-name products. At the same time, shoppers are buying less and looking for bargains. So unless a particular brand is a top seller in its category, it's getting knocked off the shelf -- and sometimes getting replaced by a cheaper store brand. For example, Wal-Mart recently removed Glad and Hefty-branded storage bags from shelves, replacing them with its own lower-priced Great Value brand, according to the parent companies of both products. In the case of Hefty, parent Pactiv Corp. (PTV) told that Wal-Mart reversed its....

Texts and emails: the new shark warning system

LORNA EDWARDS February 15, 2010 Great white sharks approaching beaches in Perth have been alerting authorities to their presence through instant messaging this summer...... ......When a tagged shark swims within 500 metres of the new iridium satellite modem listening stations, an email or SMS is generated in one to two minutes, alerting researchers and authorities such as local councils and beach lifeguards. Conventional listening stations, already widespread around the Australian coastline, need to be retrieved from the ocean and can only provide information long after tagged sharks have left an area......

Pebble mine developers to pay fine over water-use violation

By ELIZABETH BLUEMINK Published: February 12th, 2010 07:21 PM Last Modified: February 13th, 2010 02:45 AM The companies seeking to develop the massive Pebble mine prospect in Southwest Alaska have agreed to pay a $45,000 fine to the state for unauthorized use of water at their drilling sites. State regulators said Friday they have suspended the permits for exploration at the Pebble copper and gold deposit. In a settlement agreement with the Pebble Partnership signed Thursday, the state has spelled out conditions that must be met before the permits are reinstated. The settlement followed a state-led investigation that began after........

NOAA gets feedback on plan to protect belugas

COOK INLET: Proposal is to designate a large critical habitat area. By JAMES HALPIN Published: February 12th, 2010 11:29 PM Last Modified: February 13th, 2010 02:33 AM Roughly 150 people turned out Friday night to give the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration a piece of their mind about its proposal to designate more than 3,000 square miles of Cook Inlet as critical habitat for beluga whales, making development in those areas subject to restrictions. The hearing, held at the Loussac Library, was the last of a series to test the waters of public opinion on the controversial issue and draw comments from both sides. The National Marine Fisheries Service and NOAA listed........

LORAN signals turned off; system obsolete, say Congress, Obama

Image by U.S. Coast Guard via Flickr Anchorage Daily News Published: February 12th, 2010 11:17 PM Last Modified: February 12th, 2010 11:17 PM KODIAK -- The Coast Guard has shut down the signals at six Alaska-based Long Range Aids to Navigation stations.  The shutdown Monday concluded the broadcast of..........

Important for mariners to know how to put out fires

February 12, 2010 Friday Ketchikan, Alaska - The Maritime Class at Ketchikan High School recently completed a fire extinguisher course with Ketchikan Fire Department Fire Fighter Greg Karlik. According to Maritime teacher Rick Collins, the students had completed a fire and safety unit earlier in the school year.....

Alaska to Get NOAA Regional Climate Center

NOAA reorganization puts more focus on Alaska, Arctic issues February 10, 2010 Wednesday U.S. Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) is applauding an announcement from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of a major reorganization of the agency responsible for fisheries, ocean health, weather predictions, environmental monitoring, and climate science that will result with more focus on Alaska and the Arctic.   NOAA's announcement includes a.... Related: Commerce Department Proposes Establishment of NOAA Climate Service Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco Unveil Landmark Climate.Gov Portal to Climate Information

IBD: NOAA's Ministry Of Propaganda

Posted 02/09/2010 06:34 PM ET Hoaxes:  Despite failures at Copenhagen, the fraud of the IPCC and the farce of Climate-gate, the administration wants an agency to monitor climate change. Why must we fund one-stop shopping for climate charlatans? As the climate freezes, there's no freeze on federal employment that will grow even more with the establishment of a new agency, the Climate Service office. The new agency was announced Monday by  Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric  Administration (NOAA). This ministry of climate change propaganda will operate in tandem with NOAA's National Weather Service and National Ocean Service. "Whether we like it or not, climate change represents a real threat," Lubchenco said at a press conference as snow measured in feet blanketed the Eastern seaboard. This new agency represents a threat to real climate science. Lubchenco also announced a NOAA climate portal on the Internet

Meebo Eyes A New Market For Its Chat Bar: Online Retailers

by  Jason Kincaid  on February 9, 2010 We’ve been covering the growth of  Meebo’s chat bar extensively since its launch: after a fairly slow ramp up in  2008 , it’s since been  deployed  to 130 partner sites and now has a reach of 100 million unique visitors. Now that the company has landed partnerships with a number of large publisher sites and social networks, it’s settings its sights on a new target: shopping. The company has been approached by various online retailers to see how they could help make shopping sites more social, and now they’re making an effort to expand into the market. From a functionality standpoint, Meebo isn’t changing much about the bar to suit retailers — you’ll still drag and drop items to share them with friends, and you can chat with......

Fish Factor: Less Pacific halibut for seafood buyers this year

February 08, 2010 Monday There will be a bit less Pacific halibut for seafood buyers this year, but the bite isn't as bad as the industry expected. The coast wide catch limit of 50.67 million pounds is nearly two million more than anticipated, although it is still a 6.4% decrease from 2009. The International Pacific Halibut Commission - which oversees fisheries on the west coast, British Columbia and Alaska - set the catch limits at its annual meeting last week in Seattle. Alaska always gets the lion's share of the halibut - the 2010 Alaska catch is 42.36 million pounds, a drop of 3.3 million from last year. The start date of the fishery is Saturday, March 6th - 15 days earlier than the 2009 season. That will get fresh, first of the season halibut to market just in time for Lent - the seafood industry's biggest sales season. Market watchers predict prices to fishermen will start out very high. That, of course, remains to be seen. The IPHC also........... http://www

Fishes & Dishes is a cookbook by Kiyo Marsh, Tomi Marsh & Laura Cooper

Image via CrunchBase We were just made aware of this great book!  Details on their pan page: "It contains delicious recipes focusing on the bounty of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. It also contains stories from Alaska's commercial fisherwomen who provide a unique, ... funny and sometimes harrowing perspective in a predominately male industry. We have participated in....   Click the Hauling Gear Facebook fan page for more.

Researchers target whales in Prince William Sound herring loss study

Image via Wikipedia By DAN JOLING Associated Press Writer ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Something is holding down the herring population of Alaska's Prince William Sound, and marine scientists are tailing some rather large suspects: humpback whales. Humpbacks, once hunted to near extinction, are thriving in waters fouled 21 years ago by the Exxon Valdez, the supertanker that ran aground and leaked nearly 11 million gallons of crude oil. The herring population crashed after the spill but should have rebounded by now. One hypothesis is......

Bill Walker and Ethan Berkowitz commit to Kodiak Crab Fest in May

Image via Wikipedia TAKING THE BAIT ... Fishy earwigs from Kodiak report Bill Walker, Republican candidate for governor, and Ethan Berkowitz, Democratic candidate for governor, are the first pols to commit to the big fisheries debate that takes place on the Big Island during Crab Fest in May. The debate is always a test of who knows what about commercial fishing, one of Alaska's economic big three. Locals have been known to find the candidates' fish knowledge, shall we say, amusing........

Whaler, activist ship collide again off Antarctica

Image by guano via Flickr By ROHAN SULLIVAN The Associated Press Saturday, February 6, 2010; 9:35 AM SYDNEY -- The anti-whaling ship the Bob Barker and a Japanese harpoon boat collided Saturday in the icy waters off Antarctica - the second major clash this year in the increasingly aggressive confrontations between conservationists and the whaling fleet. No one was injured in the latest smash-up, for which each side blamed the other........ In this photo released by Sea Shepherd, anti-whaling grou Sea Shepherd's ship the Bob Barker, left, and Japanese harpoon boat the Yushin Maru 3 collide in the waters off Antarctica Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010. It was the second major clash this year in the increasingly aggressive confrontations between the two sides. No one was reportedly injured in the latest strike. (AP Photo/Sea Shepherd, Glenn Lockitch) (Glenn Lockitch - AP) On the N

Pebble... Fisheries board asks lawmakers for review of permit system

PEBBLE: Letter was sparked by testimony on proposed refuge. By ELIZABETH BLUEMINK Published: February 6th, 2010 01:26 AM Last Modified: February 6th, 2010 01:27 AM  The Alaska Board of Fisheries has sent a letter to state House and Senate leaders asking for a comprehensive legislative review of the state's permitting system in light of the proposed Pebble mine in Southwest Alaska. "While the BOF recognizes that no specific permitting plan has yet been proposed for the........

Fisheries board weighs in on Pebble permitting

Posted by Elizabeth Bluemink Posted: February 5, 2010 - 2:01  Today I'm working on a story about a  just-now-completed letter  that the Alaska Board of Fisheries is sending to state House and Senate leaders about the Pebble project. In the letter, the board asks the lawmakers for............

With suspicious statistics, China obscures economy

Friday, February 5, 2010 Image via Wikipedia By David M. Dickson China has acknowledged that its export-driven economy took a beating in 2008 and 2009, but Western analysts, most of whom are suspicious of Beijing's willingness to concede downturns, think China may have even slipped into a recession. Because of political pressures and different methods of measuring, Chinese economic statistics can be notoriously suspect when compared with Western numbers. But the consensus among Western economists, including earlier skeptics, is that China has experienced an especially strong rebound since early 2009 from the global recession. The Chinese government reported in late January that its economy expanded by 10.7 percent during 2009, measured on a fourth-quarter-over-fourth-quarter basis. While official data point to a robust recovery, Chinese statistics may have masked a significant economic contraction at the height of the global financial crisis, according to anal

Survey examines economic impact of halibut-sablefish quota system

February 05, 2010 Friday AM Fairbanks, Alaska - In 1995, Alaska's longline sablefish and halibut fleet went from a frenzied, injury-plagued, free-for-all to a slower, safer, quota-based system that allowed only specific fishermen to take part. Almost overnight, fishermen who were left without catch shares lost their jobs, their boats, and their livelihoods.   But it wasn't all bad. Fishermen who received quota shares became more efficient, delivering higher quality product that commanded higher prices. The derby-style fishery was eliminated and fishermen were allowed to fish just about whenever they wanted, and at.........

BBC: China hits back at US over trade and currency

Image via Wikipedia Page last updated at  11:26 GMT, Thursday, 4 February 2010 China has hit back at the US a day after President Barack Obama promised to take a tougher line with Beijing over currency and trade. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu insisted the value of the Chinese yuan was not the main reason for China's trade surplus with the US. Mr Obama vowed to ensure that countries were not giving their currencies an unfair advantage over the dollar. Ties between the US and China have been strained over an arms deal with Taiwan. Tensions have also risen over reports of Chinese cyber attacks on US-run websites and a planned visit to the US by the Dalai Lama. US companies have long..........

Wander the seafloor like never before - update from

Image by Getty Images via Daylife Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 11:36 PM If you happen to be a  bathymetry  buff, we've got an update that you'll be excited about (and if you're not, I hope you will be one by the end of this post). Most of the underwater terrain currently featured in Google Earth comes from the low-resolution  US Navy / NOAA / SIO  global grid. They're able to predict what the seafloor looks like using an extrapolation of water surface heights to estimate undersea mountains and canyons, based on radar data collected by satellite (if you're curious about this process, you can read Smith and Sandwell's more detailed explanation  here ). For most of the sea, that's all that's available. But a small part of the ocean has higher-resolution data available, based on echosounding sonar from ships, and it's now available in Google Earth. Several organizations have provided their ship-collected data for publication in Google Earth to impro

Alaska Air Cargo Announces Update for Security Screening of Seafood

Image via Wikipedia February 03, 2010 Wednesday AM Seattle, WA - Alaska Air Cargo announced Tuesday it has implemented procedural changes to meet Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requirements for the screening of seafood. The following changes to seafood shipments will go into effect on Feb. 15, 2010, for freight that is not pre-screened by shippers in the TSA's Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP): Tender times will increase to four hours prior to departure for all flights to allow additional screening time; Security screening surcharges will............

Southeast Alaska halibut catch limits drop 12.4 percent

Article published on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 By LOUIS GARCIA Mirror Writer Catch limits for the 2010 halibut fishery were set at a meeting in Seattle Friday by the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC). The six-member government-appointed commission, from both the United States and Canada, was recommended by its scientific staff to set the catch limit at 48.7 million pounds, but instead set the limit at 50.67 million pounds. The catch limit for Area 2C, Southeast Alaska, was set at 4.4 million pounds. That is a 12.4 percent cut from the previous year, which stood at 5.02 million pounds. Bruce Leaman, executive director of IPHC, said........

ADF&G, industry test red king crab estimating methods

PETERSBURG, AK (02/02/2010) The Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the commercial crab fleet are trying out some different approaches to estimating the amount of red king crab in Southeast. The effort was prompted by crabbers who say the department’s current stock survey under-estimates crab abundance. The fishery has remained closed for the last four years because of low survey numbers. The department tried out two new survey methods last fall and presented the results of that pilot project to crabbers late last month. Audio >>

Two Pacific cod fisheries earn certification

Image via Wikipedia Article published on Monday, February 1st, 2010 By LOUIS GARCIA Mirror Writer   Two Pacific cod fisheries have earned Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification covering longline, trawl, pot and jig fishing methods. The fisheries, located in the Gulf of Alaska (GoA) and in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI), were assessed and found to be sustainable and well managed.   Director of Alaska Whitefish Trawlers Association Al Burch said............

Officials warn Sitka to leave sea lions alone

Feb 2, 7:00 AM EST SITKA, Alaska (AP) -- Marine mammal officials in Sitka are warning residents not to harass Steller sea lions. Witnesses told the Sitka Harbor Department that.......

Alaska Board of Fisheries shrinks Yukon River net mesh sizes

02/01/2010 By TIM MOWRY The Alaska Board of Fisheries on Sunday took what some fishermen say is a major and others say is a minor step toward rebuilding the declining Yukon River king salmon run. In an attempt to get more older, bigger and more productive kings on the spawning grounds, the Fish Board voted to prohibit subsistence and commercial fishermen on the Yukon from using gillnets with mesh larger than 7.5 inches starting in 2011. “Will this work? I don’t know, but we’ve got to do something,” said board member Bill Brown of Juneau, summing the feelings of several board members. “Too long this fishery has gone downhill.” The Yukon River chinook run, which feeds the largest subsistence fishery in the state, has shrunk in recent years to the point that state fish managers have not allowed any commercial fishing the past two years and this past season halved fishing time for subsistence fishermen. As a result, many fishermen said...........  http: