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#10-02-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Related News: Conservationists Challenge “Unsustainable”
Alaskan Salmon Fisheries Posted on January 11, 2012 
Study: Hatchery fish can succeed if bred from wild
AP Environmental Writer
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — New research has found that a hatchery using wild salmon to spawn the next generation can help rebuild endangered salmon runs without passing on genetic problems that threaten future returns. The study, published Monday in the online edition of the scientific journal Molecular Ecology, contrasts earlier research suggesting that hatcheries themselves genetically select for fish that go on to fail once they are released into the wild. Researchers from the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission and the Nez Perce Tribe tracked an endangered run of chinook salmon in Johnson Creek in the Salmon River Basin in Idaho from 1998 through 2010 — more than two full generations. The commission and the Nez Perce Tribe have long been strong advocates for using hatcheries to....

Pebble Consulting Firm Loses Services of 2 Scientists on Eve of Major Forum
One Quits, The Other Dismissed for "Perceived" Bias
October 01, 2012|By Dan Fiorucci
Today (Monday) , on the eve of a major scientific forum on the proposed Pebble Mine, it was revealed that "The Keystone Conference" -- a consultant hired by Pebble -- has lost the services of 2 scientists who were scheduled to be part of that panel.  According to the Associated Press, one of those scientists -- Dr. David Montgomery of the University of Washington -- quit because he was...

Fishing for truth in the feds' latest Alaska halibut management plan
Craig Medred | Oct 01, 2012
With another round in Alaska's halibut war shaping up between commercial fishermen and charter-boat operators, the staff of the National Marine Fisheries Service has written a 333-page indictment of what is wrong with management of the big flatfish in the North Pacific. "The Regulatory Amendment for a Catch Sharing Plan For the Pacific Halibut Charter Sector and Commercial Setline Sector in International Pacific Halibut Commission Regulatory Area 2C and Area 3A" -- as federal regulators call their hefty tome -- was not intended as such as indictment, but that is what it ended up becoming. It is a long-winded, redundant, hard-to-fathom testament to what the agency didn't do in terms of assessing economic impacts associated with changes in the halibut fishery, and what it plans to do to benefit commercial fishermen. Where other U.S. resource agencies focus on generating revenue for the cash-strapped U.S. Treasury by making money off public resources -- be it oil, gas, minerals, timber range land, or even scenery -- the Fisheries Service is focused on increasing revenue for the fishermen with whom it long ago formed an  alliance. According to the latest plan the agency is putting before the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council -- an organization dominated by commercial fishing interests -- the new halibut management scheme could net....

186' Research Vessel Sold For Conversion
Press Release
Friday, September 28, 2012
Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington reports the sale of the U.S. flag research vessel, "Cape Flattery" from Tanadgusix Corporation (TDX), an Alaska Native village corporation out of Anchorage. The vessel was sold to U.S. Seafoods, a fishing and marketing company based in Seattle, Washington and operating off the coast of Alaska, on private terms. The 186' x 40'x 16' vessel was originally built in 1990 by McDermott Shipyards in Morgan City, Louisiana for the U.S. Navy as the torpedo trials vessel "YTT-9" for...

IFA, sales tax, and land purchase propositions considered
by Matt Lichtenstein
October 1, 2012 8:35 am
Should Petersburg leave the Inter Island Ferry Authority? Should the city raise its sales tax cap? How about buying another 5 acres of waterfront property for the harbor department? Petersburg residents will decide those ballot questions in Tuesday’s local election. Matt Lichtenstein has a look at those issues....

Climate lab in a container on the high seas
Posted on October 1, 2012 by Anthony Watts
From the Brookhaven National Laboratory: Yearlong MAGIC Climate Study Launches
Climate instruments mounted aboard the Horizon Spirit container ship begin taking data.. UPTON, NY — A Horizon Lines container ship outfitted with meteorological and atmospheric instruments installed by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) scientists from Argonne National Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory will begin taking data today for a yearlong mission aimed at improving the representation of clouds in climate models. The study, a collaborative effort between DOE’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) program Climate Research Facility and Horizon Lines, marks the first official marine deployment of the second ARM Mobile Facility, AMF2, and is likely the most elaborate climate study ever mounted aboard a commercial vessel....