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#09-01-2012 - ComFish News Roundup


Halibut observers to join small-boat halibut fleet in 2013
August 31st 5:07 pm | Jim Paulin      
Starting next year, the small-boat halibut fleet will carry on-board observers to record biological information, and according to at least one fisherman, stir up some other biological issues with women joining the small crews. "Some people just don't like women on the boat. It's a distraction," said Unalaska small boat fisherman Dustan Dickerson. "I don't want to be working in close quarters with somebody else's wife," he said at an Aug. 18 meeting in Unalaska with International Pacific Halibut Commission executive director Bruce Leaman. But gender discrimination is not an option when a boat is assigned an observer, according to Leaman, who said women can provide a "civilizing influence." The observer profession employs a high percentage of women, frequently college biology graduates in their 20s, working in all groundfish sectors except halibut, typically on much larger vessels, monitoring the.... http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1235halibut_observers_to_join_small-boat_halibut

Unalaska Pollock fishery debated
August 31st 5:21 pm | Jim Paulin      
The local small boat fishermen's proposal to ban pollock trawling inside Unalaska Bay is being condemned by the trawlers' industry association.
"They don't have any evidence that trawling for pollock is having a negative impact" on subsistence fishing for salmon, halibut and crab, said Brent Paine, executive director of United Catcher Boats, reacting to the Unalaska Native Fisherman's Association's proposal to the Alaska Board of Fisheries' February meeting, and which is now under consideration by the Unalaska/Dutch Harbor Fish and Game Advisory Committee.
According to the UNFA statement in its proposal to close the bay to trawling south of a line between Cape Kalekta.... http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1235unalaska_pollock_fishery_debated

EPA's Alaska power-grab will hurt the nation
By Lisa Reimers, president, Iliamna Development Corporation - 08/31/12 11:23 AM ET
Today in Alaska, there’s a political battle raging over a proposed copper mine, the Pebble Project. Not many in Washington, D.C. know about it, but it’s time people start paying attention. That’s because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is about to lock some of America’s poorest communities into a permanent economic depression as a favor to national environmental groups. If the EPA succeeds, what happens in Alaska won’t stay in Alaska – there will be huge economic and employment consequences for the rest of the country..... http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/energy-a-environment/246949-epas-alaska-power-grab-will-hurt-the-nation

Adak Makes Push Toward Hydropower
By Alexandra Gutierrez
Friday, August 31 2012
Even in a region known for being wet, Adak stands out. With 263 days of precipitation a year, it’s the rainiest city in Alaska. Streams cut through every hill, and there are more lakes than there are people. On a tour of Adak’s dams and pipes, city manager Layton Locket tells me that the water-flow is so powerful that they need to depressurize it before delivering it to homes for human consumption. If they didn’t, the city’s pipes would explode. "You know that guy, in 2002, who shot the Transalaska pipeline?" asks Lockett. "If he were to put a bullet into this pipeline, it would.... http://kucb.org/news/article/adak-makes-push-toward-hydropower/

Mushy halibut not issue for Southwest fish, market practice may be
August 31st 5:15 pm | Hannah Heimbuch and Jim Paulin      
As cases of mushy halibut syndrome continue to pop up in Southcentral Alaska, fish authorities have issued a request for fishermen to report cases of the condition when spotted. So far samples in Southwest Alaska haven't shown signs of the disease, said biologists Melanie Pilon and Jaelee Vanidestine, though initial fishermen reports are still being processed. Pilon is the Unalaska port sampler for the International Pacific Halibut Commission, which regulates halibut fisheries in Alaska. Vanidestine is the Sand Point port sampler. Fishermen of all areas should be on the lookout for the condition, though, which is thought to be caused by malnutrition. First recorded in 1989, the flesh-softening disease has been..... http://www.thedutchharborfisherman.com/article/1235mushy_halibut_not_issue_for_southwest_fish

New PSP Tests Under Evaluation in Kodiak
Aug 31, 2012
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
As some Kodiak residents may have heard, eating local shellfish can be a deadly endeavor. While the archipelago’s shellfish are plentiful, the bounty is also prone to a naturally occurring marine biotoxin that causes Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning, or PSP. Brian Himelbloom is an associate professor of Seafood Science and Technology and Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center. He said whether or not...... http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4093

Outside commercial fishermen get even more cash for fishing Alaska waters
Amanda Coyne | Aug 31, 2012
It looks like 4,471 Outside commercial fishermen from places like Washington state and California will cash checks this fall courtesy of the State of Alaska. The amount these fishermen will get ranges from a few dollars to more than $63,000. All told, the fishermen will split their share of a $33.5 million settlement, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled. The state has no plans to appeal.  The Carlson case springs from Alaska's attempt to try to support local over Outside fishermen, and the debate over who should control of Alaska's fisheries. It's a debate that has raged since territorial days, and.... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/outside-commercial-fishermen-get-even-more-cash-fishing-alaska-waters

OPINION: Time for U.S. to be leader of "Law of the Sea"
August 31st 5:21 pm | Jason Evans      
If there is one thing that every Alaskan can agree on it is the fact that the ocean is as important to us as the air we breathe and the oil that is pumped from beneath our feet. We, as Alaskans, Americans and part of the world's human race, should be concerned about.... http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1235time_for_us_to_be_leader_of_ampquotlaw_of_the

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 08/31/2012
Chef Rick Moonen stands up for wild Alaskan salmon
By Juliet Eilperin
The battle over Bristol Bay salmon in Alaska has spilled over to Las Vegas, where chef Rick Moonen is fighting a plan to build a gold and copper mine in the bay's watershed. Who knew there was a salmon lobby in the middle of the Nevada desert? Dining at RM Seafood, a Las Vegas restaurant in the Mandalay Bay hotel, offers a peek into the fierce battle over whether the federal government should allow a massive gold and copper mine to be constructed in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed. Bristol Bay is home to... http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/all-we-can-eat/post/chef-rick-moonen-stands-up-for-wild-alaskan-salmon/2012/08/31/b4e63f8a-f373-11e1-adc6-87dfa8eff430_blog.html

Volcanic eruptions may boost Alaska Gulf salmon runs
Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2012 5:02 pm | Updated: 5:33 pm, Thu Aug 30, 2012.
Mary Lochner
One of the biggest recorded sockeye salmon runs in the Gulf of Alaska might be attributable to the eruption of a volcano. An estimated 34 million reds returned to the Fraser River system in 2010, a big jump over the.... http://www.anchoragepress.com/news/volcanic-eruptions-may-boost-alaska-gulf-salmon-runs/article_7dd8c272-f307-11e1-a93c-0019bb2963f4.html

A sustainable Arctic
August 31st 5:31 pm | Hannah Heimbuch      
As exploratory drilling in the Chuckchi and Beaufort Seas looms on the horizon, and nations around the globe race to determine their place in an opening Arctic, leaders gathered in Anchorage and Girdwood this weekend to discuss development of the American Arctic. The second annual Arctic Imperative Summit, organized by Alice Rogoff, publisher of the Alaska Dispatch, convened hundreds of leaders that hailed from near and far. This included the President of Iceland — the Honorable Olafur Ragnar Grimsson — former Secretary of State James Baker, former Alaska governor Frank Murkowski, Alaska congressional delegates, worldwide investors, Inupiaq leaders, representatives from dozens of state and federal agencies and many, many more. They came together for discussion of policy, investment, climate change, infrastructure and a growing commercial presence in the world's northernmost region — and what that means for Alaska. Behind in the race Throughout the conference, leaders from Washington, D.C., Alaska and abroad emphasized the.... http://www.thedutchharborfisherman.com/article/1235a_sustainable_arctic

Trident Seafoods installs machinery manufactured in Vigo on its vessel “Kodiak Enterprise”
Vigo, 31st August, 2012.- A Delegation of American shipowners from Seattle have been overseeing the trials in Vigo, of two trawl winches manufactured by Ibercisa for TridentSeafoods (founded in 1973) and actual leader in the American seafoods market. Rick Brown and Mike Luchino from the Company as well as Helgi Kristjansson of Naust Marine (Icelandic electronics and ITT Company) who are collaborating very closely with Ibercisa on the design of the electrical drive for their deck machinery and Joe Sweeney, representative from American Seafoods, a Company to which Ibercisa has already supplied equipment in the past for the "Northern Eagle" and with whom they are presently negotiating a new Contract..... http://www.maritime-executive.com/pressrelease/trident-seafoods-installs-machinery-manufactured-in-vigo-on-its-vessel-kodiak-enterprise

August 31, 2012
NE: Obscene 'aid' plan would only seal fishermen's fate
Gloucester Daily Times
It’s been nine months since Gov. Deval Patrick, with ample scientific ammunition from NOAA and numbers and data supplied by the state’s marine fisheries institute, made a powerful case showing that the job-killing catch share fishery policies pushed by NOAA chief Jane Lubchenco and colleagues is creating an economic disaster for Massachusetts fishing communities. Now, three other Northeast states have made similar claims. And after refusing to even acknowledge the request, NOAA and the Department of Commerce have now..... http://www.gloucestertimes.com/opinion/x1884282517/-Obscene-aid-plan-would-only-seal-fishermens-fate

August 30, 2012, 4:24 PM
Whither Pink Slime?
By Peg Brickley
Pink slime, the lean finely textured beef product that nobody outside the beef industry refers to as lean finely textured beef, will pretty much be off the menu as kids go back to school. Consumer revulsion over the filler that was once commonly added to ground beef stirred the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the spring to.... http://blogs.wsj.com/bankruptcy/2012/08/30/whither-pink-slime/