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Comfish News Roundup #05-27-2012

Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens'), hauled ...
Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens'), hauled out on Bering Sea ice, Alaska, June 1978. (Source: NOAA) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2012
'One hundred letters should be our goal'
It's not uncommon to see some pretty stiff competition for seats on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. But this year, the campaigning seems particularly intense. You might recall our post back in March about how a large industry bloc was thinking of mounting a challenge to Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire's top choice for a council seat, Lori Swanson. The industry group preferred the second name on Gregoire's list of nominees, Craig Cross. Well, the challenge is on and Cross is getting a major push. It's up to the U.S. commerce secretary to decide who ultimately gets the seat, and the decision is expected by the end of June. Deckboss hears reliably that a ranking Commerce Department official....

Yukon River salmon run looks dismal this summer
by Tim Mowry
May 26, 2012
FAIRBANKS — State and federal fisheries managers say this year’s king salmon run in the Yukon River could be worse than last year’s, which ranked as one of the worst runs in the past 30 years. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the two agencies responsible for managing the chinook run, have already announced that subsistence fishing will be closed on the first pulse of fish that are expected to hit the river in the next week, the third straight year that’s been the case.  It’s almost certain, too, that there will be no commercial fishing for king salmon for the third year in a row. “We’re expecting it to be as bad or worse than 2011,” Steve Hayes, Yukon area manager for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said. Last year’s king run was estimated at 143,000 fish and managers are.....

Washington fish farm kills stock after virus found
The Associated Press
Published: May 26th, 2012 02:07 PM
Last Modified: May 26th, 2012 02:07 PM
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. - A deadly fish virus has been detected in Washington state waters for the first time, forcing a fish farm to kill its entire stock of Atlantic salmon. Tests this month confirmed the presence of an influenza-like virus called infectious hematopoietic necrosis at a salmon farm off Bainbridge Island across from Seattle on Puget Sound, the Kitsap Sun reported ( The virus, or IHN virus, does not... /// PF Mag >

Shell's Arctic oil exploration stands to open new frontier
The New York Times
Published: May 26th, 2012 11:50 PM
Last Modified: May 27th, 2012 12:22 AM
WASHINGTON -- Shortly before Thanksgiving in 2010, the leaders of the commission President Barack Obama had appointed to investigate the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico sat down in the Oval Office to brief him.After listening to their findings about the BP accident and the safety of deepwater drilling, the president abruptly changed the subject. "Where are you coming out on the offshore Arctic?" he asked. William K. Reilly, a former chief of the Environmental Protection Agency and a commission co-chairman, was startled, as was Carol M. Browner, the president's top adviser at the time on energy and climate change. Although a proposal by Shell to drill in the Arctic had been a source of....

Begich Praises Law of the Sea Hearing
Foreign Relations Committee holds first in a series of hearings on importance of treaty to U.S. - May 27,2012 - Begich Praises Law of the Sea Hearing
Foreign Relations Committee holds first in a series of hearings on importance of treaty to U.S.
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich welcomed a series of hearings on the United States’ ratification of the Law of the Sea kicked off by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The convention allows the U.S. to claim oil, gas and other mineral resources on the continental shelf....

EPA answering mayday to protect fish
Shannyn Moore
Published: May 26th, 2012 09:55 PM
Last Modified: May 26th, 2012 09:55 PM
This time of year I tend to get nostalgic about commercial fishing. I miss the nocturnal calm of wheel watch and still feel lucky to be alive when recalling some of the more harrowing moments.We were always eager to get into port after a stormy trip across the Gulf. Once again we'd survived to hear the most amazing voice ever on the radio. Peggy Dyson of Kodiak would come on the radio twice a day. "Hello all mariners, hello all mariners, this is WBH-Two-Nine Kodiak." Peggy was our lifeline to land life. She'd give baseball scores, announcements of babies born and death notices. This was before cellphones and fax machines. I don't know that she ever slept; it felt like she was always there for us. And she saved lives. When F/V Mary Lou issued a mayday, the crew.......

New Bering Sea canyons management, a victory for subsistence
George Pletnikoff | May 26, 2012
Recently the North Pacific Fishery Management Council passed a motion to go beyond simply reviewing the science and actually start developing new management options on Pribilof and Zhemchug Canyons of the Bering Sea shelf. These two canyons are the largest underwater canyons in the world. From the Tribal Community perspective, we believe this to be one of the biggest victories in a council process that has historically watched out for the interests of the large industrialized commercial fishing interests of the Bering Sea and other areas of the planet. The primary concern of Greenpeace, Alaska Inter-Tribal Council, Southern Norton Sound Fish and Wildlife Advisory Committee, The Bering Sea Elders Group and many other Tribal Communities that provided very....

Ex-slaves from Thailand put fish on plates worldwide
Patrick Winn | | May 26, 2012
PREY VENG, Cambodia, and SAMUT SAKHON, Thailand — In the sun-baked flatlands of Cambodia, where dust stings the eyes and chokes the pores, there is a tiny clapboard house on cement stilts. It is home to three generations of runaway slaves. The man of the house, Sokha, recently returned after nearly two years in captivity. His home is just as he left it: barren with a few dirty pillows passing for furniture. Slivers of daylight glow through cracks in the walls. The family’s most valuable possession, a sow, waddles and snorts beneath the elevated floorboards. Before his December escape, Sokha (a pseudonym) was the..

Where the world's ships go to die
26 May 2012 Last updated at 20:02 ET Help
The beaches off the Bangladeshi city of Chittagong form one of the world's largest graveyards for ships...

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