Skip to main content

#07-24-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

MSC ecolabel
MSC ecolabel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Alaska Salmon Re-certification Underway
Jul 23, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Alaska's commercial salmon harvest will likely retain its Marine Stewardship Council seal of approval past this year, if it can pass another round of showing it is well-managed and sustainable. The current MSC certification is due to expire on October 29th, but the Seattle-based Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association recently signed a contract with Intertek Moody Marine to conduct the independent assessment required of the entire Alaska salmon fishery. Bob Kehoe, executive director of the purse seine group, says his members decided to become the sponsoring party for MSC certification after several major processors pulled their support in favor of a program run by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute......

Total Sockeye Run to Bristol Bay... 29-Million?
It looks as if the final numbers will show the 2012 sockeye run to Bristol Bay at around 29-million fish... give or take a few hundred thousand. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (0:53)...

Opinion: How Rationalized Fishing Rights have Buoyed Alaskan Fisheries
Posted 07/23/2012
by Sam Mazzeo - for the Cordova Times
Members of our Wells Fargo Alaska leadership team were delighted to visit Cordova last week and with a busy harbor it was clear that Alaska’s fishing industry enjoys what looks to be another profitable season. Communities like Cordova, and Alaska in general, have long been at the forefront of global fisheries, benefiting from the rich waters of the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska. The Alaskan fishing fleet is one of the largest in the world, with state of the art modern vessels that can operate in any...

Excellence heads back out to sea
July 23rd 6:13 pm | By Jim Paulin
The fish processing vessel Excellence was headed back to pollock fishing Tuesday, following an ammonia leak that forced the vessel to spend 10 days in Unalaska while the fumes were vented, according to Joe Bersch, general manager of Premier Pacific Seafoods in Seattle, the vessel's owner. The July 6 ammonia leak sent two welders to the hospital in Anchorage, and forced the noontime evacuation of the Excellence's 129-member crew and businesses along Ballyhoo Road from the Dutch Harbor Spit to the Unalaska Marine Center, in the incident that occurred while the large floating processor was offloading frozen fish onto a.... /// Archive

OPINION: Who does BBNC speak for?
July 23rd 6:16 pm | by Martha Anelon      
The opinion piece "BBNC directors, staff working on preserving culture, traditions during EPA meetings published in the July 5th issue of the Bristol Bay Times-Dutch Harbor Fisherman states a total of 2,300 people attended the EPA meetings with more than 450 testimonies given. Of these testimonies, how many did not support the watershed assessment? That is a statement in itself that that many people were concerned about watershed assessment and that the EPA is moving way too fast on this without taking into consideration the people who live in the communities throughout....

Bristol Bay brings home more than half of Alaska's sockeyes
July 23rd 6:23 pm | Laine Welch      
The red salmon catch at Bristol Bay is on its way to 20 million fish and will very likely go higher, due to a strong run of more than 30 million fish.
The reds were still surging into the region's five big rivers and should serve to boost the harvest beyond the forecast of nearly 22 million fish.
With all the salmon fisheries going on every summer all across Alaska, you might wonder why so much attention is focused on Bristol Bay? The answer can be summed up in two words: sockeye salmon.....

Comments on Bristol Bay watershed assessment top 39,000
Posted 07/23/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
With the deadline for commenting on the Environmental Protection Agency’s draft Bristol Bay watershed assessment coming up July 23, the EPA says it has already received some 39,500 public comments. Meanwhile, the controversy over the massive mine, which the Pebble Limited Partnership wants to build at the headwaters of the Bristol Bay watershed shows no sign of easing. The Pebble Limited Partnership is urging supporters of the mine to join with organizations and...

Sportsfishing Around Kodiak Better Than Most Places
Jul 23, 2012
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
Across the state anglers and biologists alike are scratching their heads and asking the same question, "where have all the king salmon gone?" For much of the state, sport fishing for the prized species, even catch and release, has been closed. Donn Tracy is the Kodiak area management biologist for the Department of Fish and Game Sportfish Division. He said Kodiak runs have been stable, but no exception to the decline.....

Alaska's new, lax pesticide rules squash public comment
Becky Long | Jul 23, 2012
The Parnell administration is poised to allow poisonous herbicides such as 2,4-D -- used in Agent Orange -- to be sprayed on state highway rights of ways directly in front of private residences without any public comment or public hearings. This is a radical change from current policies. The new policy ready to be enacted would eliminate the requirement for a state agency to obtain a permit to apply pesticides or herbicides on state lands or rights of way (except for aerial spraying or aquatic application). With no permit needed, there is no public process. The only requirement would be for the state agency that wants to apply pesticides to write up an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan, post it on the DEC website, create a Person in Charge, notify the Alaska....

UAF: Chef to speak about sustainable food decisions
Alida van Almelo
Chef Chris Koetke will speak about sustainability and food during a free public lecture Wednesday, July 25 at 7 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. Koetke is the executive director of the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts in Chicago and the vice president of culinary arts for Laureate International Universities, a global network of.....

Declining cruise traffic has Sitka considering a dock
by Ed Ronco, KCAW
July 20, 2012 12:41 pm
Residents of Sitka could vote this fall on whether to build a dock for large cruise ships near downtown. Right now, visitors arriving aboard such vessels are ferried to shore on smaller boats. The Sitka Assembly is debating whether to ask voters if they want a dock in the area behind Centennial Hall. The idea is more to get a sense of whether Sitkans want the city to pursue funding for a downtown dock. Those in favor of the dock hope it will bring more money into the community. Those against the dock are concerned it could spoil Sitka’s downtown. But the arguments are more complicated. A downtown dock has been a complicated – and controversial – topic in Sitka for many years....

A glimpse into the cutting edge of marine biology research
Once a year, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Center opens for visitors.
by Megan Geuss - July 23 2012, 7:45am ADT
"Oceans are the lungs of the planet, and we’ve been collectively smoking one giant cigarette," Steve Etchemendy, director of marine operations, told a small group of press gathered in a conference room of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, or MBARI, early Saturday morning. "Half of the oxygen on Earth is provided by the phytoplankton," he explained, and ocean acidification by carbon dioxide and other byproducts of human industrialization are killing those microscopic drifting plants. On Saturday morning, MBARI, a research institute financially and geographically separate from the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium prepared for its once-a-year open house. This year was special, though, as the Institute had a public christening event for the Rachel Carson, a former Gulf field oil supply boat that MBARI was in the process of refitting to serve as a research vessel. Ars got a tour of MBARI’s Rachel Carson, the Western Flyer (a bigger research vessel currently under the care of MBARI), and an exclusive look at the giant remote operated vehicles (ROVs) that Institute scientists use to study the seas not just in Monterey Bay but around the globe, and the autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) that have made studying the fragility of our vast oceans possible.....

Popular posts from this blog

Crabbers get a boost in bairdi Tanner quotas

LAINE WELCH Image via Wikipedia FISHERIES Published: November 7th, 2009 10:10 PM Last Modified: November 7th, 2009 10:12 PM KODIAK -- Kodiak and Alaska Peninsula crabbers got some good news last week -- bigger catch quotas for bairdi Tanner crab, a mid-January fishery important to local economies. Bairdi are the larger cousins of the better-known opilio Tanners, or snow crab. The bairdi boost stems from a big pulse of new crab recruits that biologists have been tracking for years. "That is what's fueling the increase in the harvest this year. We're just getting the very beginning of that year class," said.........

Tender "Lonestar" rolls over in the Mouth of the Igushik River (fishery closed)

The Tender "Lonestar" has Capsized in the Mouth of the Igushik River 2:00 PM SUN JUNE 30, 2013 By MIKE MASON A large vessel, used to transport sockeye salmon from the fishing grounds to a processing facility, has capsized in the mouth of one of the major salmon producing rivers in Bristol Bay. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.... SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2013 Trouble in Bristol Bay The Alaska Department of Fish and Game shut down the local setnet fishery after a salmon tender, the Lonestar, sank this morning in the mouth of the Igushik River....... Coast Guard responding to partially submerged vessel near Dillingham, Alaska Date: June 30, 2013 District 17 Public Affairs Detachment Kodiak KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard is responding to the sinking of a fishing vessel near the mouth of the Igushik River, Sunday. The Coast Guard is de

Danish commandos 'monitoring hippies' on Arctic offshore rig #artcticloons

Image by Steve Rhodes via Flickr Alaska Dispatch | May 31, 2011 Armed Danish commandos have (possibly) been summoned to monitor Earth-loving "hippies" clinging to the underbelly of an Arctic deepwater oil rig  off the coast of Greenland , sources say. The environmental non-governmental group  Greenpeace  has published  statements and  video  showing its activists aboard two ships that are attempting to "interfere" with oil exploration going on in the Davis Strait, 100 miles west of Greenland. This business has in turn prompted the Kingdom of Denmark to launch two ships and a few helicopters to monitor the Greenpeace interference. The  Leiv Eriksson  is the source of all this Arctic bait and switch. British oil company  Cairn Energy  is attempting to drill four wells at depths of at least 5,000 feet this summer in "iceberg-strewn sea" with the 53,000-ton offshore oil rig, which has made its way to Arctic waters after a month of failed attempts by Green