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#09-28-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Five CDQ groups challenge reopening allocation issue
Posted 09/28/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
Feisty and outspoken as always on fisheries issues, Clem Tillion tells it like it is when it comes to the history of Alaska's community development quota allocations. The CDQ allocations were not based on population, but on the odds of people actually going to sea, said Tillion, of Halibut Cove, whose passion for and participation in Alaska's commercial fisheries industry stretches back over more than four decades. A veteran commercial fisherman, Tillion has served nine terms as a state legislator, as a charter member and chairman of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, and on numerous state and federal councils and committees dealing with Alaskans issues. He was also the state's fisheries czar who advised the administration of Gov. Walter J. Hickel on the CDQ legislation. "I wanted the people of the Bering Sea to own the Bering Sea and....

Chinooks may be only blight in this year's wild Alaska salmon harvest
Margaret Bauman | The Cordova Times | Sep 27, 2012
A persistent commercial fleet caught nearly another two and a half million wild Alaska salmon in the second week of September, boosting the preliminary season harvest total to nearly 121 million fish. While short of the 132 million fish forecast, it still ranks as a substantial harvest, including 65,660,000 humpies, 35,317,000 sockeye, 17,042,000 chum, 2,624,000 coho and 290,000 king salmon. Fish aficionados in the Anchorage area still filling their freezers or hungering for fish on the barbecue were paying $5.95 a pound for whole....

Reviewing the 2012 Sockeye Salmon Run to the Naknek-Kvichak District
The sockeye run to the Naknek-Kvichak District came in 4-percent below the preseason forecast this summer and the commercial harvest was above the forecast. KDLG's Mike Mason looked over the numbers and filed this report. (3:58)....

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
Sep 27, 2012
Coming up this week: You may be one of the people still owed part of a million bucks from the Exxon Valdez litigation; the state answers fishery disaster questions on the Kenai; and NOAA Fisheries Alaska is all over the series of tubes; All that, and more, coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help this week from KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran in Kenai and KUCB’s Alexandra Gutierrez in Unalaska....

Joint Fisheries Resolution Awaits City Passage
Sep 27, 2012
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT  
During a recent joint work session between the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and Kodiak City Council a decision was made for both governing bodies to pass joint resolutions on approaches to local fishery management and regulations for the Central Gulf of Alaska trawl fishery. The borough assembly did so during last Thursday’s regular meeting and passed both resolutions. First up for approval by the assembly was an overall approach to fishery management in the Kodiak region. Assemblywoman Chris Lynch said the approach was created by the Kodiak Fisheries Workgroup, which is comprised of three representatives....

New Fishing Net Designs Tested in Flume Tanks

Coast Guard ensures safety of marine operators in remote Northwestern Alaska
Posted by PA1 Sara Francis, Thursday, September 27, 2012
By Ensign Victoria Stockton
Coast Guard examiners conducted dockside safety exams in the remote communities of Nome, Golovin, Koyuk and Unalakleet Sept. 17 to 21.

Lt. j.g. Ryan Butler, Petty Officer 2nd Class Alex Olbert and Petty Officer 2nd Class William Russell met with more than 50 commercial fishermen from these unique and isolated villages, inspected their vessels, educated them on the regulations and stressed the importance of water safety and proper use of their safety equipment. The total combined population of these communities is less than 5,000 and they are dependent on the maritime sector for their livelihoods. In all, the team identified more than 200 safety concerns that were either corrected on the spot or are being addressed before the vessels get underway again, ensuring the fishermen’s safety at sea.

Additionally, the team conducted two harbor patrols in Nome, conducted gold dredge safety outreach and discussed water safety with local school children. While in Nome they also discovered and stopped an accidental discharge of fuel oil into the harbor from a gold dredging vessel. The operator was issued a letter of warning.

“It was great for us to get to visit some of the more isolated villages,” said Butler. “Most of these communities have had limited interaction with the Coast Guard, so it was a valuable opportunity for us to create a relationship with them and to ensure they had a good understanding of the standards for recreational and commercial vessel safety and operations.”

The Coast Guard reminds all mariners who fish commercially and operate more than three nautical miles from the territorial sea baseline to have a dockside safety exam conducted aboard their vessel in advance of the Oct. 16 mandatory compliance date. To schedule an exam contact Ken Lawrenson at the Coast Guard 17th District in Juneau at 907-463-2810 or the nearest Coast Guard sector or marine safety office.

Coast Guard encourages boaters to prepare for unexpected emergencies
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Coast Guard Sector Anchorage encourages boaters to prepare for unexpected emergencies after a review of the summer's search and rescue data reveals a preventable trend Thursday.

This summer, Coast Guard Sector Anchorage crews conducted 74 search and rescue cases, resulting in 26 lives saved, 262 lives assisted and more than $8 million in property saved.

“More than 45 percent of our total case load involved disabled vessels,” said Cmdr. Shane Montoya, deputy sector commander, Coast Guard Sector Anchorage.”

The Coast Guard encourages all mariners to ensure their vessel and equipment is in good working order prior to departure.  Making certain there’s more than enough food, water, medicine, life jackets, flares and fuel can make a critical difference in reducing risk should the unexpected occur.  It is also recommended that friends and family have a detailed float plan with vital information such as, where the boaters were going, how many people are on the vessel, contact information and a description of the vessel.

“We firmly believe a properly prepared mariner drastically improves the chances for a safe return to port,” said Montoya.  “Help us keep you safe by visiting our Boating Safe Resource Center at to prepare for your next underway trip.”

Stikine subsistence proposal advances
by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
September 27, 2012 3:35 pm
A regional panel says Stikine River subsistence sockeye harvests should no longer be limited. The Southeast Alaska Regional Advisory Council voted Wednesday (Sept. 26th) to remove the fishery’s 600-sockeye guideline harvest level.....

St. George Skirts Fuel Crisis
By Alexandra Gutierrez, KUCB - Unalaska | September 27, 2012 - 5:32 pm
With fuel stores dwindling and temperatures already dropping below freezing, St. George spent last week anxiously awaiting a resolution to a potential energy crisis. The city’s supplier, Delta Western, had reached the end of a 20-year agreement with village Native corporation Tanaq to deliver fuel to the remote island, and it was unclear how residents were going to heat and power their homes. “It would have been disastrous,” says Mayor Pat Pletnikoff. “It would have just meant the shutdown of our community, period.” Delta Western no longer found it cost effective to serve the community. And as Alaska Dispatch reported earlier this week, Tanaq didn’t have any interest in taking over the operation. While...

Posted on Thu, Sep. 27, 2012 05:28 PM
World fish supply declining, but there’s hope for recovery
WASHINGTON -- A group of leading ocean scientists took a look at previously unstudied fisheries across the world and found grim news: declining stocks and poor fishery management threaten their future. But there’s also promise, it says. Well-managed fisheries that have seen copious scientific study, such as the valuable pollock fishery in Alaska, can serve as a model for developing nations where fish is a vital source of protein for their growing populations. Even......

Small-scale fisheries plummeting: study
By Alison Auld, The Canadian Press September 28, 2012 4:01 AM
Many of the small-scale fisheries that provide food to coastal communities around the world are in sharp decline, suggests a new study that links their poor health to a lack of proper monitoring. A team of U.S.-based researchers looked at more than 2,000 fisheries that are not subject to formal stock assessments, finding that many were.....

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