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#09-21-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

CDQ conflict breaks out over proposed allocation formula change 
Posted 09/21/2012 by John Sackton - for the Cordova Times
The CDQ program ( under which six Western Alaska regional associations divide 10 percent of federal allocations of Bering Sea fisheries, has been one of the most successful native economic improvement projects in the world. The Western Alaska villages have historically had low employment opportunities and high rates of poverty. Working with Sen. Ted Stevens, the six regional associations were allowed by Congress to receive allocations of 10 percent of all federal fisheries in the Bering Sea. The result has been a spectacular transfer of ownership of fishery resources and allocation rights to Western Alaska. Starting in the 1990s, most CDQ groups partnered with existing fishing companies like Glacier Fish (Norton Sound) and American Seafoods (Coastal Villages Region Fund) and....

Settlement Reached in Lawsuit about the 2005 Bristol Bay Area Plan
A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit that pitted several tribes in Bristol Bay against the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. The settlement could impact the proposed Pebble Mine. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (4:45).....

UAF: Pebble petitioners use aggressive tactics to solicit signatures for questionable petition
Lex Treinen/Sun Star Reporter September 20, 2012
Dozens of students, staff, visitors and faculty felt they were misled and pressured into signing a petition funded by the Pebble Project. Students and others report having been aggressively solicited for signatures on the mornings of Monday, Sept. 17 and Tuesday, Sept. 18. Passersby were approached around the Rasmuson Library and Greuning Building by three men and asked to sign a petition that they were told would ensure that an environmental review would take place before a mine at the Pebble site can be built. The petition was actually paid for by the Pebble Partnership and supports allowing Pebble to complete a permitting process before the Environmental Protection Agency takes any action. The signature gatherers were paid $2.50 per signature with a bonus after 500..... //

Anchorage: Chinook salmon symposium set for Oct. 22-23
Posted 09/21/2012 by - Cordova Times Staff
A Chinook salmon symposium on research and stock assessments needed to better understand observed trends has been slated for Oct. 22-23 at the Egan Convention center in Anchorage by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game..... /// // Add to calendar >

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett 
Sep 20, 2012
Coming up this week, the king escapement on the Kusko might not have met expectations; we get an update on fish prices around the state, and more detail on those upcoming mandatory boat exams. We had help this week from KYUK’s Mark Arehart in Bethel, APRN’s Peter Granitz in Washington D.C., Fish Radio’s Laine Welch in Kodiak, and KFSK’s Matt Lichtenstein in Petersburg..... 

Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center Welcomes New UAF Faculty Member 
Sep 20, 2012
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT The Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center on Near Island welcomed a new face this month. Dr. Brennan Smith joined the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences faculty as an assistant professor on September 10. Smith began in the dairy industry after completing his undergraduate work in Idaho.....

Concerns voiced about introduction of invasive species Posted
09/21/2012 by - Cordova Times Staff
A government employees group says that as the Interior Department permits offshore oil exploration in the Alaskan Arctic, they may unwittingly be allowing introduction of invasive species to the state's waters....

Afognak Strait, Alaskan Limit
Press Release Thursday, September 20, 2012
Making it Big With the 58-foot Alaskan Limit Afognak is the name of an island, and a mountain in the northern part of the Kodiak Archipelago. It is also the name of a passage between little Whale Island and Afognak Island on the shores of which Kevin O’Leary has 143 wilderness acres and a cabin. So when it came to naming their new boat it is the passage, Afognak Straits, that Kevin O’Leary and his vessel partner, Walter Sargent, chose for...

Profile: Salmon in the Classroom
by Eva DeLappe on September 20, 2012
Unalakleet Elementary School’s fifth grade class is growing salmon. Melissa Towarak’s class is participating in a 4H classroom incubation project, which brings fish eggs and....
Fish-skin lanterns and roller derby? It's a new world of dance
11:40 AM, Sep 20, 2012
Choreographer-dancer-artist Emily Johnson’s new multi-media work “Niicugni (Listen)” is crawling with all sorts of animals. The stage is illuminated by dangling, handmade lanterns that were stitched together from salmon skins. The dancers tell stories to the audience that are populated with fish, bears, foxes and dragon flies. At one point, the dancers don owl masks. Near the end, they face the audience and snarl like wild dogs. “This is all about listening,” Johnson, 36, said....

Researchers: Alaska could get half or more of tsunami debris But study concludes much is still unknown about the trash
By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press Published: September 20th, 2012 11:19 PM Last Modified: September 20th, 2012 11:20 PM
JUNEAU -- A literature study by researchers suggests Alaska could see the greatest mass of debris from last year's tsunami in Japan....

New icebreaker bolsters Russian supremacy in Arctic 
Mia Bennett | Eye on the Arctic | Sep 19, 2012
Russia oversees the world's largest fleet of nuclear icebreakers, and it will soon add the largest one yet to its tally. Rosatom, which currently manages Russia's fleet of new icebreakers through its subsidiary, Atomflot, has just signed a contract with the St. Petersburg-based shipbuilding company Baltisky Zavod to construct a 556-foot-long behemoth -- about 42 feet longer than the next biggest ship. It is so big that it does not fit in any existing docks, so a new one will need to be constructed.....

Shell gets green light for first stage of drilling in Beaufort Sea 
By Zack Colman - 09/20/12 03:26 PM ET
The Interior Department said Thursday that Royal Dutch Shell can begin limited preparatory measures for drilling in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska’s coast, though the company has already indicated it will not drill into oil-bearing zones this year.....

Shell sues Greenpeace to stop Arctic protests 
By TOBY STERLING THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Updated: 9:21 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 Published: 1:51 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, 2012
AMSTERDAM — Royal Dutch Shell PLC is suing Greenpeace International in an attempt to have the environmental organization banned from holding any protest within 500 meters of any Shell property, or face a €1 million ($1.3 million) fine. The suit being argued at Amsterdam's District Court Friday shows Shell aggressively taking the offensive to protect its $4.5 billion investment in drilling for oil in the icy Arctic waters off the coast of Alaska. A verdict is not expected for two weeks. Shell is headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands, while....

When will the Arctic be ice-free in the summer? Maybe four years. Or 40.
Posted by Brad Plumer on September 20, 2012 at 11:26 am
The melting in the Arctic has set a new record. On Sunday, according to the National Snow and Ice Center, sea ice covered just 24 percent of the surface of the Arctic Ocean, or 1.32 million square miles. That shattered the previous low set in 2007, when sea ice covered just 29 percent of the ocean..... The ice appears to have reached its minimum this year and will now begin re-forming and expanding again as.... // 

Vast majority of seafood U.S. residents eat is imported 
Posted by Beth Daley September 20, 2012 10:11 AM
In this land of the (disappearing) cod, new federal statistics underscore just how great a seafood transformation the U.S. has undergone in the last three decades: A whopping 91 percent of the seafood U.S. consumers eat is now imported. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration statistics, up five percent from a year ago, probably do not have a lot to do with the plummeting number of cod and flounder off New England's coast - populations so low the federal government declared a....

Sonoma County group seeks to protect ocean resources
By GUY KOVNER THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 6:55 p.m. Last Modified: Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 6:55 p.m. From a small office next to a Nepalese-Indian restaurant in Glen Ellen, Lance Morgan plots a response to the world's overwhelming appetite for seafood. About 4.4 million fishing vessels ply the world's oceans, hauling in about 90 million tons of seafood a year and providing the human race with one-sixth of its animal protein. The numbers are staggering, and marine conservation biologists like Morgan say the expansion of global fishing grounds -- by an area nearly twice the size of Alaska per year during the 1980s and '90s -- is unsustainable. "There aren't many more fish populations to go out there and...

Children must curtail their intake of canned tuna: report 
 Friday, September 21, 2012, 04:00 (GMT + 9)
"Children should not eat albacore tuna at all and should never eat tuna daily," warns the Mercury Policy Project, which has released the first research that documents mercury levels in tuna served to children in schools. The coalition of consumers groups had 59 samples of canned tuna from this market sector in 11 states tested for mercury in a contract lab. “Canned tuna is the largest source of methylmercury in the US diet, contributing 32...

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