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#09-06-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Lloyd Warns Fisheries May Take Brunt of Coral Conservation
Sep 05, 2012
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT  
In the decades to come, a potentially endangered species may have a significant impact on Alaska’s fisheries. Denby Lloyd is a Kodiak fishery advisor and a former member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. He spoke during a joint Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and Kodiak City Council work session last night about statewide fisheries and explained upcoming agenda items for the fishery management council’s October meeting, one of which will be a push to protect cold water corals. “There will also be a new item on the agenda, and this....

Halibut, Crab, Groundfish on Tap for October NPFMC Meeting
Final action on the Pacific halibut catch sharing plan, a report of the groundfish plan team, and a number of issues related to crab management in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands are on tap for the October meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in Anchorage.....

Demand for Wild Alaska King Crab Remains High
By Margaret Bauman
Two months before the 2012 Bristol Bay red king crab season begins, with brokers and buyers about to begin price negotiations, some industry sources were saying the best they can hope for is a quota of 7.7 million pounds. Others, in the wake of the 2011 quota of 7.8 million pounds, were betting the quota could slide to 6 million pounds. So it’s a nervous waiting game, until the quota is announced in early October, but still a sure bet that demand will continue to outweigh supply. Wholesalers were weighing their options on....

Maple recovers wayward weather buoy
by Robert Woolsey, KCAW
September 4, 2012 5:15 pm
This time, it’s the story of the buoy that didn’t get away.
The US Coast Guard Cutter Maple retrieved the Cape Edgecumbe weather buoy last week (8-30-12), after the errant instrument spent six days adrift in the Gulf of Alaska. The buoy was only about ten miles off station, dutifully transmitting weather and ocean conditions as it slowly cruised north and west in the balmiest seas of the summer. Last time the Cape Edgecumbe buoy broke loose – in winter – it drifted 400 miles before anyone caught it.....

Grant Takes Over Atka, Nikolski Flights
By Stephanie Joyce
Wednesday, September 05 2012
Grant Aviation’s new flight service to Atka and Nikolski got off to a smooth start on Monday. The airline is taking over the routes from PenAir, which served the communities for more than a decade. Residents hope that the new airline will bring more reliable....

Pacific Northwest Gets 3 NOAA Grants for Bycatch Reduction Research
Pacific Northwest research projects to reduce the bycatch of Chinook salmon, rockfish and crab will share in nearly $2.5 million in federal fisheries grants announced Aug. 29. The 14 nationwide awards from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration included two grants to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and one to Oregon State University. A $130,043 grant to the PSMFC is for research on the use of artificial light to enhance....

Study sought of Alaska hydropower's climate vulnerability
JUNEAU, Alaska
The National Marine Fisheries Service seeks proposals from contractors to study the vulnerability of Alaska hydropower production to climate variability and change. Responses are due Sept. 17. In a set-aside for small business, NMFS, a unit of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, seeks a...

Buccaneer’s Homer drilling plans come as surprise
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
Sept. 9, 2012
Officials from Buccaneer gave tours of the “Endeavour Spirit of Independence” jackup rig on Thursday and Friday while the rig was undergoing electrical and plumbing adjustments to ready it for work in Cook Inlet.
Rep. Paul Seaton, Kenai Peninsula Mayor Mike Navarre and Assemblyman Bill Smith, along with a hand full of others, were shown around the rig. Many might have noticed the Cook Inlet Spill Prevention Inc. ship, also.....

Military veterans take on fisheries restoration in California
Thursday, September 06, 2012, 22:40 (GMT + 9)
Veterans will get a chance to train and work on habitat restoration and fisheries monitoring through a project funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and administered in partnership with the California Conservation Corps and California’s Department of Fish and Game. During the yearlong programme of paid training and hands-on experience, veterans will spend part of the time on habitat restoration and will also receive training and...

Russia and US close to agreement on Beringia cross-border park
Laurel Andrews | Sep 04, 2012
An agreement between Russia and the United States, expected to be reached by the end of the week, would create a common protected area in the Beringia region, where Native people share familial ties, hunting quotas and a common language. Federal officials at high levels of government hope these common roots can strengthen the overall relationship between the two countries.  Beringia is the area where the land bridge connecting what is now Siberia and Alaska existed 10,000 to 25,000 years ago. The land bridge allowed animals, plants and humans to migrate across its grassy plain in the Arctic. As glacial waters melted, the bridge eventually became submerged, but the people in the regions remain connected to one another to this day by familial ties, traditions, language and environment. The people in the region also share subsistence quotas for hunting of several species, including bowhead whales. How did the Transboundary Agreement come about? The idea for an International Park in Beringia has been floating around since the 1960s, but.....