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Comfish News Roundup #05-30-2012

Ursus arctos middendorffi /kodiak bear/ Kodiakbär
Ursus arctos middendorffi /kodiak bear/ Kodiakbär (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Kodiak: It Wouldn't Be Crab Fest Without Bruin Burgers
May 29, 2012
Jennifer Canfield/KMXT
The Bruin Burger is a Crab Fest staple. The winter sports non-profit organization, Kodiak Sno-Bruins, sold over 5,400 of the deep fried, hamburger-filled pockets. Volunteers started making them over two weeks ago. If you were able to enjoy a Bruin Burger at Crab Fest before they sold out on Sunday, then you likely waited in line with 30 to 50 other people.....

Treaty on the seas is in rough Senate waters
By Walter Pincus, Published: May 28
“Everyone is entitled to his opinion, but not to his own facts,” goes the maxim popularized by Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.). Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, used it last week in introducing the latest effort to get the Senate to pass the Law of the Sea Convention.The Law of the Sea Convention, in effect since 1994 and ratified by 160 countries, sets international freedom of navigation rules and the guidelines for the use of deep-sea resources, including mining and fishing. The United States has not ratified the treaty, first completed in 1982. Without signing the agreement, then-President Ronald Reagan announced in 1983 the United States would act “in accordance” with the convention’s traditional uses of the oceans except for the deep-sea mining provisions. The treaty was amended in 1994 during the Clinton administration to meet the Reagan objections. Both the Clinton White House and George W. Bush’s administration in 2004 and ’07, along with a bipartisan group of senators, supported ratification. Nonetheless it failed to come to a vote. Why? As then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin wrote in a Sept. 17, 2007, letter to her state’s Republican senators, “Ratification has been thwarted by....

Togiak Herring Update
One part of the Togiak sac-roe herring fishery may be closed but the other part of the fishery is still open. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (2:39)......

Everyone needs some skin in the game to keep halibut stocks sustainable
Posted: May 30, 2012 - 12:00am
As a commercial fisherman, I have great concerns about the state of our oceans and fisheries. Clean water and healthy fish stocks — I rely on them. They’re essential for running my family business. They’re essential for everyone. I love seafood and five times per week it’s the main course on my family’s table. I love fishing with my family, and it is my hope the next....

Lower Columbia River Gillnetters fear mine could hurt business
By Andre Stepankowsky / The Daily News | Posted: Monday, May 28, 2012 8:38 pm
Lower Columbia River commercial fishermen have joined with conservationists in opposing a giant mining proposal in Southwest Alaska, saying the operation would damage the world's most productive wild salmon run. The so-called Pebble Mine would be located at the headwaters of the Kvichack and Nushagak rivers, which feed Bristol Bay. Many lower Columbia gillnetters earn most of their annual income from Bristol Bay's massive sockeye salmon runs, which occurs each June. "We oppose the Pebble Mine, adamantly," Hobe Kytr, administrator of Astoria-based Salmon for All, a.....

12 hours to 36 hours
Posted by Jessyka Dart-McLean at May 29, 2012 02:52 PM
Straight from the Copper River flats: The first three openers have been extraordinary, over 600,000 sockeye have been caught, and the fish are large silver and blue beauties. The escapement, the number of fish swimming up....

Hot tuna: bluefins carry Fukushima isotopes across the Pacific
Tuna caught off California coast show low levels of radioactivity.
by John Timmer - May 29 2012, 12:41pm ADT
The same factor that put the Fukushima power plants at risk—proximity to the ocean—ensured that a sizable fraction of the radioactivity liberated from the plants ended up in the Pacific. That helped ensure that the contamination was diluted back to safe levels rapidly, although radioactive isotopes were detectable in fish caught near the plants. But fish don't sit still, and a new study has also detected low levels of radioactivity from Fukushima in tuna that were caught off the coast of California. The study takes advantage of the fact that there is an isotope of cesium, 134Cs, that is both short lived and only produced through nuclear processes, making it an excellent tracer of contamination from Fukushima. A second isotope, 137Cs, is present at very low levels due to... ///

CryoSat goes to sea
posted on: may 29, 2012 - 1:30pm
CryoSat was launched in 2010 to measure sea-ice thickness in the Arctic, but data from the Earth-observing satellite have also been exploited for other studies. High-resolution mapping of the topography of the ocean floor is now being added to the ice mission's repertoire. The main objective of the polar-orbiting CryoSat is to measure the thickness of polar sea ice and monitor changes in the ice sheets that blanket Greenland and Antarctica. But the satellite's radar altimeter is not only able to detect tiny variations in the height of the ice but it can also measure sea level. The topography of the ocean surface mimics the rises and dips of the ocean floor due to the gravitational pull. Areas of greater mass, such as underwater mountains, have a stronger pull, attracting more water and producing a minor increase in ocean-surface height. Therefore, instruments that measure sea-surface height incidentally map the ocean floor in....

Proteus Teams with DigitalGlobe to Offer Satellite-Based Bathymetric & Seabed Mapping Service  
Written by Proteus   
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Bristol, UK, 30 May 2012 – Proteus today announced a global agreement with DigitalGlobe Inc. whereby Proteus will provide bathymetric and seabed mapping products derived from high-resolution 8-band WorldView-2 satellite imagery. The Proteus seabed surveys have...

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