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#10-01-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

No Alaska tsunami develops from 7.7 earthquake in British Columbia
Alaska Dispatch | Oct 27, 2012
Tsunami Hazard Sign
Tsunami Hazard Sign (Photo credit: Inky Bob)
According to The Associated Press, a wave of just 4 inches arrived in Craig Saturday evening after an earthquake magnitude 7.7 hit the Queen Charlotte Islands area off the coast of British Columbia. A 5.8-magnitude aftershock followed moments later. No injuries or....

E-book explains value of eating 'The Whole Fish'
Published: October 27, 2012 Updated 8 hours ago
By Laine welch — Fisheries
Some of the best and healthiest parts of a fish never make it into the American diet. An e-book called "The Whole Fish -- How Adventurous Eating of Seafood Can Make You Healthier, Sexier, and Help Save the Ocean" shows simple ways to use fish heads, skin and bones in appealing new ways....

A test of navigational abilities and seamanship
by James Mason 24 October, 2012
Solo sailor David Cowper was in Hawaii, filling up on fuel, when he was told about the local university asking if any boat would be willing to go look for a scientific beacon about 900 miles west of Hawaii. “It seemed quite interesting,” said Cowper. “I like a challenge that tests my navigational abilities and seamanship. So I telephoned this professor and he was a Russian, oddly enough. He told me about this thing, showed me a photograph and gave me the rough dimensions and weight. He said it’s about 2000 feet underwater but they can bring it up. But once it’s up on the surface they have 72 hours before they have to send it down again, to regenerate more power.” After some more explanation Cowper decided to give it a try. Whether he found it or not, it was worth $20,000. “The following day I went to get some kit,” Cowper continued. He was already visualizing the retrieval of the heavy beacon once he....

Proposal would require legislative mine approval
Posted: October 28, 2012 - 12:15am
By Becky Bohrer
JUNEAU — A proposed ballot initiative would require legislative approval for a large-scale mine in the Bristol Bay region. The “Bristol Bay Forever” initiative application was sent to Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell for review earlier this week. In the application packet, attorney Tim McKeever wrote that the Legislature in 1972 acknowledged the region’s cultural and....

Jack-up rig revives hard feelings toward Kachemak Bay oil and gas development
Naomi Klouda | Homer Tribune | Oct 26, 2012
HOMER -- The jack-up oil rig Endeavour -- Spirit of Independence isn’t leaving the Homer dock anytime soon, and its moor site may be the safest place for the 410-foot giant. Homer City Manager Walt Wrede, who has negotiated the dock lease with rig owner Buccaneer Alaska these past nine weeks, was part of a panel discussion with Cook Inletkeeper's Bob Shavelson earlier this week at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Also taking part in the panel were Loren Flagg, a retired Department of Fish and Game commercial fisheries biologist and Homer resident, and moderator Michael O’Meara. Shavelson organized a showing of a 1970s film, “Alaska: Technology and...

Looming Cook Inlet gas shortages may be crippling
Alaska Dispatch | Oct 27, 2012
Looming natural gas shortages in Cook Inlet cannot be avoided unless producers can somehow double or triple their output within three years, according to the Peninsula Clarion. That’s the conclusion of the report from Petrotechnical Resources of Alaska that updates a similar 2010 report from the same firm. Chugach Electric Association, Municipal Light and Power, ENSTAR Natural Gas, and Homer...

NOAA's sanctuary system turns 40
Monday, October 29, 2012, 00:40 (GMT + 9)
For 40 years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Marine Sanctuary System has preserved and protected some of the most spectacular and treasured resources in the world’s oceans. The system, consisting of a network of underwater parks consisting of more than 150,000 sqmi of America’s oceans, includes beautiful coral reefs, lush kelp forests, whale migration routes and underwater archaeological sites. “Over the past four decades....

Fish caught off Fukushima still show high levels of radiation
Friday, October 26, 2012, 23:30 (GMT + 9)
Many fish caught off the coast of Fukushima are still showing high levels of radioactive cesium. This indicates that, since the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that caused the nuclear disaster on 11 March 2011, the seafloor or leakage from the damaged reactors must still be contaminating the area – something that could affect fisheries for decades, a researcher warned.....