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#10-05-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

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Council poised for action on halibut catch share plan
Oct 4, 2012 - 07:05 PM
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council heard several hours of public testimony on a new halibut catch share plan on the second day of its October meeting. Testimony came after a report from the advisory panel, which voted 14-6 that the council should take final action on a plan using the allocations in alternative three, which was also the council’s....

Oct 4, 2012 - 02:43 PM AKST
Cook Inlet issues set to dominate Board work session
Agenda changes, chinook research, and stock of concern statuses are up for discussion at the state of Alaska’s Board of Fisheries work session Oct. 9 and 10 in Anchorage. The board has 21 agenda change requests, or ACRs, to consider, ranging from gear changes in salmon fisheries to a new herring designation. Several of the agenda change requests ask the board to consider various Cook Inlet issues, which are not scheduled to come up under the regular, three-year meeting cycle until 2014. Kenai River Sportfishing Association, or KRSA, has said it would like to see all Kenai River king salmon issues considered, and submitted one of the proposals, but several other Cook Inlet groups offered only partial support for the taking up the controversial Cook Inlet issues out of cycle. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game submitted one of the proposals, which would allow the...

Oct 4, 2012 - 02:41 PM AKST
Editorial: Board must take up kings, take no more from setnetters
The — now official —disaster in Cook Inlet during the 2012 salmon season is back in front of the Board of Fisheries at its upcoming annual work session Oct. 9 to 11 in Anchorage. Issues between the sport and commercial users that are contentious in the best of times will be front and center against the backdrop of a record-low return of Kenai kings in 2012 with the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, or KRSA, pushing for a full evaluation of king salmon management while Peninsula setnetters and the statewide United Fishermen of Alaska are opposing the KRSA agenda change request. The issue upon which the two sides agree is the need to formally adopt new escapement goals for....

SBCFSA works at flood mitigation
October 4, 2012 | Vol. 47, No. 8
Hello again my water soaked fellow citizens. The recent flood that effected our community caused much damage to our local public infrastructure, businesses and private property, and led to the death of some of our wildlife. Levees were breached, roads flooded, driveways washed out and many along our floodplain fled to safer shelters within Seward. At Clear Creek, flood conditions appeared on Sept. 19-20 due to a major breach in the Box Canyon levee. Many fled while I remained since I still had electric, well and septic fully functional throughout this 2012 flood event. While some of you may believe that the rain was the main cause of this event, the real cause is to the millions of cubic yards for glacier- and mountain-supplied gravel and rock. Each year surrounding glaciers produce around 4 million cubic yards of grave...

How the EPA Could Make this $2 Mining Stock "a Steal..."
Nathan Slaughter
A Canadian mining company is punching back after being hit with an uppercut by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Northern Dynasty Minerals (AMEX: NAK) is a co-owner of the Pebble project, a polymetallic deposit located 200 miles south of Anchorage, Alaska. The site contains copious amounts of gold, copper and molybdenum.  Northern Dynasty and a 50/50 European partner have put significant financial resources into studying and assessing the....

World's Largest Salmon Lands in Anchorage, Alaska
'Salmon-Thirty-Salmon II' aircraft underscores airline's role in transporting Alaska seafood
PR Newswire
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Oct. 4, 2012  /PRNewswire/ -- Weighing in at 91,000 pounds, the world's largest salmon landed in Anchorage today to a cheering crowd of hundreds of Alaska Airlines employees and seafood industry executives. Stretching nearly 129 feet, the fish-themed Boeing 737-800 is the most intricately painted commercial aircraft in the world and celebrates the partnership of Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute....

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
Oct 04,2012
From KMXT in Kodiak, and with help from public radio station reporters across the state, this is the Alaska Fisheries Report. I’m Jay Barrett. Coming up this week, we get a summer troll wrap up from Southeast and a gillnet wrap up from Bristol Bay. We had help this week from KFSK’s Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg, KDLG’s Mike Mason in Dillingham, and KCAW’s Ellen Chenoweth in Sitka....

Boeing to enhance navigation technology to keep GPS receivers working amid jamming, RF noise, and interference
October 4, 2012
WASHINGTON, 4 Oct. 2012. Satellite navigation experts at the Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in Huntington Beach, Calif., are moving forward with a U.S. Navy research program to keep GPS receivers working amid electronic jamming and interference by augmenting Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite with the Iridium commercial satellite communications system. Officials of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington awarded a $40 million sole-source contract to...

Russia, U.S. agree on joint security, counter-poaching operations in Pacific   2012-10-04 15:39:35
MOSCOW, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Russia and the United States agreed to strengthen cooperation in upholding security and fighting illegal fishing in the Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea, the Russian Coast Guard Service said Thursday. ' The Russian and U.S. coastal guards have signed an agreement for...