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#08-03-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

JuneauEmpire.com
Alaska Glacier Seafoods fined for failure to submit fish tickets on time
Posted: August 3, 2012 - 12:08am
By EMILY RUSSO MILLER
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Alaska Glacier Seafoods Inc. in Juneau was fined $500 with $250 suspended for failure to submit fish tickets to the Alaska Department of Fish & Game in a timely fashion. The president of the family-owned seafood processor and distributor Michael Erickson pleaded ‘no contest’ to the non-criminal, strict liability violation Thursday in Juneau District Court before Judge Keith Levy. Levy imposed...... http://juneauempire.com/local/2012-08-03/alaska-glacier-seafoods-fined-failure-submit-fish-tickets-time

Processor’s trawl fish purchase raises Sitka ire
by Ed Ronco, KCAW
August 2, 2012 6:25 pm
A Sitka-based seafood processor is taking heat from locals after purchasing trawl-caught fish. Silver Bay Seafoods bought Pacific Ocean perch — a type of rockfish — from two trawlers delivering to the company’s plant in Sitka. Southeast waters are closed to trawling, and while nobody is disputing the legality of the catch, representatives of various fishing interests say the purchase undermines the ban. In the face of that reaction, the company apologized for not giving that viewpoint more consideration. But the CEO also says they had the best interests of their company and the community in mind..... http://www.kcaw.org/2012/08/02/processors-trawl-fish-purchase-raises-sitka-ire/

Board of Fish declines KRSA kings petition
Posted: August 2, 2012 - 8:13am
By Rashah McChesney
Peninsula Clarion
In a split 3-3 vote the Alaska Board of Fisheries will take no action on an emergency petition filed by the Kenai River Sportfishing Association which requested a continued closure of the East Side Setnet Fishermen in August. The board met for the second time in a week to discuss a series of emergency petitions requesting action on commercial fishing in the Cook Inlet.... http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2012-08-02/board-of-fish-declines-krsa-kings-petition

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Head: Law of the Sea Treaty Will Pass
By Dan Fiorucci
Channel 2 News
6:36 p.m. AKDT, August 2, 2012
ANCHORAGE, Alaska—
The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce-- the nation's premier group representing business interests -- said Thursday that he believes the U.S. Senate will pass the Law of the Sea Treaty during its next session. Despite Tom Donahue's prediction, the international treaty has been languishing in the Senate for three decades. Just last month, a total of 34 Republican senators went on record as opposing the treaty -- and..... http://www.ktuu.com/news/ktuu-head-of-us-chamber-predicts-passage-of-law-of-the-sea-treaty-20120802,0,5803329.story

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
Aug 2, 2012
Coming up this week, Cook Inlet setnetters finally get a break; there'll be no Frankenfish Bill this year in Congress; Southeast Kings come up short, while the Copper River sockeye run is nearing a record.... and crewmen: if you think your skipper is tough on you, wait till you hear the story of the shotgun-toting Canadian skipper. We had help this week from KDLG's Mike Mason in Dillingham, KFSK's Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg, and KUAC's Dan Bross in Fairbanks..... http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4011

PenAir Cutting Back on Service to Southwest Alaska
By Lauren Rosenthal
Thursday, August 02 2012
PenAir is cutting back on service to remote communities in southwest Alaska. The airline announced Wednesday that going forward, it will focus on flights to hub communities, like Unalaska and Dillingham. The largest community that the announcement will affect is Akutan. PenAir President Danny Seybert sent a letter to.... http://kucb.org/news/article/penair-cutting-back-on-service-to-southwest-alaska/ // http://www.kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=2106

Columbia River: Gill-netting ban would hurt commercial fishing, won't save fish
Published: Wednesday, August 01, 2012, 5:00 A
By Brenda Wall
Wow, talk about a "fish story." I've seen more substance in tales about "the one that got away" than Steve Pedery's July 23 op-ed touting the ballot measure to ban the use of gill nets by Oregon commercial fishermen ("Gill-netting initiative: Oregon voters get opportunity to protect wildlife"). Pedery talks about the measure's.... http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2012/08/gill-netting_ban_would_hurt_co.html

The case for a leaner, meaner global fishing industry
Cutting down fishery operational costs could mean big profits in the long run.
by James Holloway - Aug 2 2012, 12:40pm ADT
Despite an eye-watering price tag of approximately $200 billion, the benefits of a concerted effort to restore global fisheries outweigh the costs, according to a new report published in PLoS ONE. The authors claim that such a scheme would pay for itself in 12 years, and see a net gain (if you'll pardon the expression) of up to $1400 billion after 50 years, boosting fishing from a loss-making (when subsidies are considered) to a profit-making industry. Overfishing can lead to dramatic collapses in fisheries that can have severe knock-on effects for the human communities which have grown dependent upon them. The collapse of the Newfoundland Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) fisheries in the early 1990s forced the Canadian government to place a moratorium on cod fishing which left thousands unemployed. Acute as the Newfoundland case is, it's by no means isolated. In 2006, a report in the journal Science co-authored by Dalhousie University's Boris Worm, asserted.... http://arstechnica.com/science/2012/08/the-case-for-a-leaner-meaner-global-fishing-industry/