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F/V Advantage sinks 50 miles south of Kodiak (updates here)

Update 09-04-2012 : The USCG video previously embedded on this post has been removed from this post, disabled on our youtube channel and will remain so indefinitely.  HG Coast Guard suspends search for missing crewmember near Kodiak Island… — Hauling Gear #Alaska (@haulinggear) September 1, 2012 KMXT Kodiak: One Dead, One Missing, Two Safe After F/V Advantage Sinks… — Hauling Gear #Alaska (@haulinggear) September 1, 2012 @Deckboss at 12:10 PM KMXT: FV Advantage Goes Down - One Missing, Three Rescued > Associated Press Published: August 31st, 2012 08:18 AM Last Modified: August 31st, 2012 08:18 AM KMXT reports.... Once the three were located and brought to safety, the helicopter went back to look for the missing crewman. No

#08-31-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Aug 31, 2012 - 01:27 AM AKST Nome meeting closure prompts debate over CDQ privacy BOB TKACZ, FOR THE JOURNAL Amid continuing tensions between community development quota groups and their regional village residents over the impacts of Bering Sea pollock trawling on salmon stocks, the Norton Sound Economic Development Corp. has barred a long-time critic from its property, meetings and direct contacts with board and staff after a July 31 incident in Nome. Already years-long, the feud between Tim Smith, president of the Nome Fishermen’s Association, and the NSEDC has continued since the minor confrontation was reported in the pages of the Nome Nugget and as recently as the Aug. 27 city council meeting. The dispute’s current round began at a public session of NSEDC’s fisheries development committee on July 31 when Smith was threatened with arrest for “eavesdropping,” by a Nome police.....

Preparations spare Gulf seafood industry from Hurricane Isaac's lenghty stay (video)

#08-30-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Deckboss: Final judgment entered in epic Carlson case; thousands of fishermen could soon see refunds… — Hauling Gear #Alaska (@haulinggear) August 30, 2012 Unalaska Voters Supported Coastal Zone Management By Lauren Rosenthal Wednesday, August 29 2012 Alaska primary voters have rejected a controversial plan that would have reinstated a coastal zone management plan. But if Unalaska voters had their way, the measure would have passed. In Unalaska, 68% of voters approved.... Lawmakers React to Failed Ballot Measure 2 08/29/12 Candidates for Alaska Senate and House seats for this area are wondering what’s next now that Ballot Measure 2 failed to pass during Tuesday's primary. KDLG’s Ariel Van Cleave has the story. (3:05).... WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2012 Harvest of Norton Sound King Crab Continues Community develo

BAIT OR CUT BAIT - F/V Miss Emily (video)

Published on Aug 29, 2012 by TheGomeansgo Longlining on the F/V Miss Emily in the Gulf of Alaska. 2006. Homeport of Cordova, Alaska.

NOAA: Bering Sea Baby Skates Indicate the Health of Alaska’s Marine Ecosystems (Concern?)

August 28, 2012 - A healthy marine ecosystem is a productive marine ecosystem. Productive ecosystems translate to the potential to produce more fish and seafood for a growing global population as well as the potential to boost job growth. NOAA That’s why one of NOAA Fisheries’ core missions is habitat conservation to support healthy and sustainable fisheries. In Alaska, NOAA’s managers and researchers collaborate with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) to identify productive marine habitats and make science-based recommendations for protecting this habitat. The Council serves as a sounding board for sharing information with the public and determining which protections, if any, should be put in place for these “habitat areas of particular concern,” also known as HAPCs. Six Important Skate Nursery Areas Identified NOAA scientists in Alaska have proposed six areas in the eastern Bering Sea as 'habitat areas of particular concern' for s

Members of the 2012 Arctic Imperative Summit visit with Coast Guard in Barrow (photos)

Coast Guard Capt. Thomas Crabbs, the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, speaks with members of the 2012 Arctic Imperative Summit at a visit to Coast Guard facilities in Barrow, Alaska, Aug. 28, 2012. The Bertholf is deployed to the Arctic Ocean as part of the Coast Guard's Operation Arctic Shield mission. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Tamargo   Coast Guard Lt. Wayne O’Donnell, a Kodiak-based MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot speaks with members of the 2012 Arctic Imperative Summit during a tour of Coast Guard facilities in Barrow, Alaska, Aug. 28, 2012. Members of the summit meet with Coast Guard personnel to better understand the services evolving roll in the Arctic. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Tamargo   Members of the 2012 Arctic Imperative Summit visit with Coast Guard Capt. Thomas Crabbs, the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, during a tour of Coast Guard facilities in Barrow

Nome: Coast Guard medevacs man from Shell drill ship Noble Discoverer July, 16 2012 Date: Aug. 29, 2012 District 17 Public Affairs Detachment Kodiak KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew medevaced a 59-year-old man from the drillship Noble Discoverer in Norton Sound, 68 miles west of Nome, Wednesday. “Having a forward-deployed helicopter crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley provides us with the ability to quickly respond to emergencies like this in remote Northern Alaska," said Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, commander, Coast Guard 17th District. "As part of our Arctic Shield 2012 operations, we strategically placed our assets and personnel to fulfill our traditional Coast Guard missions in the Arctic.” The Coast Guard 17th District command center in Juneau received a request for the medevac from the crew of the drillship at about 4 a.m. The crew reported the man was suffering from an irregular heartbeat but was stable. The Coast Guard duty flight surgeon was consulted and concurred with the

#08-29-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Voters say no to Alaska coastal zone measure… — Hauling Gear #Alaska (@haulinggear) August 29, 2012 Begich Says $50-Million Seafood Promotion has Broad Support Aug 28, 2012 Jay Barrett/KMXT A new national plan to promote American seafood abroad was announced on Friday by Alaska Senator Mark Begich. He says growth in sales could be better, and thinks a national marketing council - funded with $50-million per year - would increase sales. He says the plan has.... Mat-Su may end up giving away controversial $80 million Susitna ferry Suzanna Caldwell | Aug 28, 2012 M/V Susitna - Catamaran Ice Breaking Ferry for Alaska (Photo credit: jay galvin ) An $80 million ice-breaking ferry envisioned as a speedy link across Knik Arm between Alaska’s largest city and remote Port MacKenzie seems to be increasingly viewed as a ferry to nowhere that will never carry Alaska passengers but could

#08-28-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Arctic skins (Photo credit: Polar Cruises ) Fish & Wildlife director hears sea otter concerns by Ed Ronco, KCAW August 27, 2012 7:38 pm The head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service came to Sitka over the weekend to hear concerns about sea otters. The marine mammals are protected by federal law, but Alaska Natives are allowed to hunt them. Some of them say the regulations on what they can do with otter pelts are confusing, and have led to scrapes with the law. Meanwhile, commercial fishermen who dive for shellfish in Southeast Alaska say expanding otter populations are wiping out their fisheries..... Red Salmon Over 2-Million, Pinks Over 16-Million Aug 27, 2012 Jay Barrett/KMXT As we mentioned last week on KMXT news, the Kodiak salmon season has been winding down since the pink salmon peak on August 10th. Before the season started, Fish and Game management biologist James Jackson predicted

Red king crab prices hit lowest point in nearly two years / Massive switch to snow crab (video)

Juneau Empire editorial: Ballot Measure 2 an Alaskan-sized blunder / KTN Daily: Red Flag

State Seal of Alaska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) Empire editorial: Ballot Measure 2 an Alaskan-sized blunder Vote No on 2 Posted: August 26, 2012 - 12:08am The Alaska Coastal Management Program is a necessary if not vital compliment to state and federal regulation management along Alaska’s vast coastline. We have been hard-pressed to find anyone who disagrees with this sentiment be it politician, resource developer, business owner or citizen. Why then our criticism of this citizen’s initiative? Our concerns lie on many fronts but central to our alarm is that voters could be establishing an Alaskan law based upon innuendo, half-truths and incomplete information, from both camps. On April 15, 2011 the House passed HB106 with 40 votes in favor and zero opposed. The members.... 8/25/2012 Red flags An initiative to increase spending, red tape and the size of state governme

Ballot Measure #2 - Establishment of an Alaska Coastal Management Program (full text, proposed bill language)

Voting day tomorrow. Scroll down for the proposed bill language as provided by the petition sponsors in .pdf . Ballot Measure #2 Establishment of an Alaska Coastal Management Program This bill would create the Alaska Coastal Management Program in the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (“the Department”).  The program would develop new state and local standards to review projects in coastal areas of the State.  These standards and new permitting procedures would be in addition to existing state and federal permitting requirements.  Projects requiring state or federal permits would be reviewed under the program.  The program would not become entirely effective until approval of these new state and local standards by the U.S. Department of Commerce under the federal Coastal Zone Management Act. The bill creates a Coastal Policy Board.  The board would have 13 members appointed by the governor.  Nine would be members of the public from coastal areas. 4 wou

#08-27-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Alaska delegation signs on to defend rural telecoms from FCC rule - The Cordova Times… — Hauling Gear #Alaska (@haulinggear) August 27, 2012 Tiny chum salmon bycatch shocks Bering Sea commercial pollock fishery Jim Paulin | Dutch Harbor Fisherman | Aug 26, 2012 The Bering Sea pollock season keeps rolling along, at a faster pace, and with far fewer chum salmon bycatch than last year. "We really haven't had a chum bycatch issue this year. We were shocked," said Brent Paine, executive director of United Catcher Boats, representing pollock boats delivering to shore plants and motherships. Trawlers caught just 7,060 non-chinook salmon, mainly chums, through Aug. 17, compared to 114,324 last year, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service. Salmon bycatch is a hot issue in western Alaska, with commercial and subsistence salmon fishermen criticizing the pollock fleet when salmon harvests decline. That's led to rules that coul