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#09-14-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Seafood Still Alaska's Top Export
Sep 13, 2012
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT  
A small gathering of staff from the Chamber of Commerce learned about the value of Alaska’s exports during lunch at the Harbor Room of the Kodiak Inn. Greg Wolf is the executive Director for World Trade Center Alaska and said last year Alaska earned $5.2 billion from worldwide exports. He said the dollar amount ranks Alaska 40th among the 50 states....

B season for Pacific cod season begins
Posted 09/12/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
Commercial jig and, hook and line, pot and trawl sectors for Pacific cod are now open for the fall or “B” season of this multi-million dollar groundfish fishery. The jig fishery in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands opened on Aug. 31 and the others, for the Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska opened Sept. 1. The total allowable catch for the Alaska cod fisher this year is 353,348 metric tons, an increase of..

EPA comes to help; Pebble advocates attack
COMPASS: Other points of view
Published: September 13th, 2012 09:38 PM
Last Modified: September 13th, 2012 09:38 PM
With all the news and commotion about the Environmental Protection Agency study of the Bristol Bay Watershed and potential massive-scale mining in the area, some important points need to be considered. I am personally very thankful for the efforts of the EPA in listening to the overwhelming majority of Bristol Bay residents who requested protection of our watershed. EPA's studies are at our request because our own state government has ignored, minimized or swept under the rug years of water violations, fuel spills, wetlands abuse and drilling violations....

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
Sep 13, 2012
Coming up this week, a lot of sockeye salmon showed up around Haines this y ear, but they get no love. The feds won’t be taking over management around Angoon, and spending 24 hours in a fish tote – adrift on the ocean. We had help from KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs in Kodiak. KHNS’s Margaret Friedenauer in Haines, and CoastAlaska’s Ed Schoenfeld in Juneau. Check out next month's North Pacific Fishery Management Council agenda here.....

Sep 13, 2012 - 04:53 PM AKST
Commentary: Another fishing disaster for setnet fleet must be avoided
This year was a disaster for the east side setnet fleet. How bad was it, what was the cause, what should have been done and what can be done in the future? The east side setnet, or ESSN, fleet caught 94,530 sockeye all season. In 2011 they caught 1.88 million sockeye. The 2012 catch was 5 percent of 2011’s catch. The drift fleet caught 3.2 million sockeye in 2011 and 2.9 million in 2012. Their 2012 catch was 91 percent of the 2011 catch. The previous 10-year average for the ESSN fleet is 1.57 million sockeye per year. The 2012 harvest was 6 percent of average. Six percent of average is brutal! How long has it been since an ESSN harvest was lower than 2012? In 1971 they set a low record by.......

Black cod/sablefish getting annual audit
Posted 09/14/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
Alaska black cod/sablefish fishery is undergoing its first annual audit assessment Sept. 14-21 in Seattle, Juneau and Anchorage with Global Trust, which is under contract with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Association for certification. Stakeholders are invited to....

Petersburg and Kenai schools first in AK to meet “HealthierUS” criteria
by Matt Lichtenstein
September 13, 2012 1:56 pm
Two Alaska school districts are getting some national recognition. Schools in Petersburg and Kenai are the first in Alaska to receive certification in a federal program aimed at providing kids with healthier meals and more exercise. Matt Lichtenstein stopped by Petersburg’s elementary school lunchroom to find out more.......

PWS pink salmon harvest reaches nearly 24.5 million fish
Posted 09/13/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
Pink salmon harvests in Prince William Sound jumped by 199,000 fish for the week ended Sept. 7, and the coho catch by 18,000 fish, while other salmon fisheries slowed in early September. In all, the preliminary harvest total for Prince William Sound stood at 31,770,000 fish, up from 31,522,000 a week earlier. The statewide total climbed from 117,397,000 salmon of all species to 118,541,000 fish, compared with the statewide forecast of 132 million salmon, including 63,870,000 pink, 35,281,000 red, 16,833,000 chum, 2,285,000 silver and 273,000 Chinooks. That compared with the Aug. 31.....

Alaska Inter-Tribal Council Comes Out in Opposition to Offshore Oil Drilling in the Arctic
The prospect of offshore oil and gas drilling in the Arctic has prompted vocal opposition from many environmental groups and now some Alaska Native Tribal organizations have joined the fight. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (3:16)....

Fish and Game reminder: Personal-use permits past due
Posted: September 13, 2012 - 8:50am
By Staff Report
Upper Cook Inlet personal-use dipnet and set-gillnet permit holders are reminded that Aug. 15 was the deadline to return 2012 Upper Cook Inlet personal-use salmon fishery permits to the....

Jack-up rig could have brought invasive organism to Inlet
Peninsula Clarion
Published: September 14th, 2012 12:02 AM
Last Modified: September 14th, 2012 12:02 AM
KENAI -- Although the Kang Sheng Kou heavy-lift vessel brought the Endeavour-Spirit of Independence jack-up rig to Cook Inlet waters from Singapore, the Endeavour rig might have carried its own unique cargo....

U.S. Department of Commerce calls New England groundfishing season a disaster
By Kevin Miller
Washington bureau chief
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce declared a disaster for New England's struggling groundfishing fleet for the 2013 season, opening the door for Congress to appropriate up to $100 million to help fishermen. The declaration follows recent studies that find stocks of cod and other species are not recovering as quickly as expected despite the industry's compliance with strict catch limitations. Gov. Paul LePage requested the disaster declaration last November. "I've been in the business over 30 years, and this is the worst I have ever seen it," said fisherman Tom Casamassa of Saco, one of the few Mainers still fishing for cod, haddock....

OR: Still a few holes in Kitzhaber's gillnetting plan
September 13, 2012 12:45 am(2) Comments
Sept. 13 Daily News editorial
For decades, sport and commercial fishermen have sparred over how many Columbia River salmon and sturgeon each group should get. The balance of power in the conflict appears to be changing, however. It's likely sport fishermen — but not fish or the general public that buys them — will be the winners. For years, sport fishermen have grumbled about their share of the catch, but they weren't as well-organized as the gillnetters. That changed when the Coastal Conservation Association, which has.....

Seacore Seafood reels in sustained growth using S2K software from VAI
Sep 13, 2012 11:44 AM
Seacore Seafood, a Canadian importer, distributor, and custom processor of fresh and frozen fish, seafood, and live lobsters, has achieved and sustained growth efficiently, due in part to the installation of S2K ERP software from VAI (Vormittag Associates Inc).....

Plans for giant Antarctic marine sanctuary falter
NICK PERRY, Associated Press
Updated 8:22 a.m., Friday, September 14, 2012
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Antarctica's Ross Sea is often described as the most isolated and pristine ocean on Earth, a place where seals and penguins still rule the waves and humans are about as far away as they could be. But even there it has proven difficult, and maybe impossible, for nations to agree on how strongly to protect the environment. The United States and New Zealand have spent two years trying to agree on an Alaska-sized marine sanctuary where fishing would be banned and scientists could study climate change. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton took a strong interest in the outcome, regularly prodding diplomats......

Rusty dust from spruce trees linked to red tides
Red goo dust found around the state caused red waters in rim of mystery
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
If proof of a colder, wetter summer was needed in these parts, look no further than the rusty tips on your nearest spruce tree. And in this case, the burnished dust spread to Kachemak Bay waters and lakes to cast what at first alarmed observers as a possible red tide. Marine Educator Catie Bursch of the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve coordinates a water sampling program. People around the bay take water samples and send them to her to test for a harmful algae bloom. The idea of her study is to keep tabs on phytoplankton. “I got a call from a number of....

Thales Alenia Space to manufacture six satellites for Globalstar
Friday 14 September 2012 | 09:44 CET | News
Satellite services provider Globalstar and satellite manufacturer Thales Alenia Space (TAS) have signed a contract for the manufacture and delivery of six additional satellites............ expected to be delivered and launched in....  2015.....

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