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#10-07-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

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Council recommends review of observer program
Oct 7, 2012 - 03:08 AM
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council took final action Oct. 6 on the 2013 observer deployment plan presented by the National Marine Fisheries Service, or NMFS. The deployment plan uses random sampling of two different pools – a trip-based pool and a vessel pool – to assign observer to fishing vessels. The observers take samples of the catch and provide NMFS with data about the fish being caught. Those selected in the vessel pool are responsible for..

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Board of Fisheries to consider Cook Inlet fisheries during upcoming Anchorage work session
Posted: October 6, 2012 - 8:59pm
By Rashah McChesney
Peninsula Clarion
The Board of Fisheries is scheduled to meet next week to plan their upcoming cycle of meetings and consider several Agenda Change Requests that could impact Cook Inlet fisheries. Eight of the 21 ACRs deal specifically with fishing in Cook Inlet and two of the statewide requests could affect the area. The Board of Fish will meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to discuss these and.....

Harbor upgrade could cause boat launch woes
Posted: October 5, 2012 - 12:05am
Statter Harbor may feel some growing pains next summer as the city continues to modernize its Auke Bay harbor. The first phase of the Statter Harbor improvement project include plans to demolish and rebuild DeHarts, and update existing Statter Harbor infrastructure, Carl Uchytil, docks and....

Calif. initiative will test appetite for GMO food
21 hours ago Associated Press
Calories. Nutrients. Serving size. How about "produced with genetic engineering?" California voters will soon decide whether to require certain raw and processed foods to carry such a label. In a closely watched test of consumers' appetite for genetically modified foods, the special label is being pushed by organic farmers and advocates who are concerned about what people eat even though the federal government and many scientists contend such foods are safe. More than just food packaging is at stake. The outcome could reverberate through American agriculture, which has long tinkered with the genes of plants to reduce disease, ward off insects and boost the food supply. International food and chemical conglomerates, including Monsanto Co. and DuPont Co., have contributed about $35 million to defeat Proposition 37 on the November ballot. It also would ban....

Alaska prof takes students up-close to fisheries
Published: October 7, 2012 Updated 57 minutes ago
HOMER, ALASKA — If you think only the edible parts of halibut are valuable, think again. Throughout the summer and into Alaska Pacific University's current school year, Dr. Bradley Harris, assistant professor of marine biology, and students in Harris' fisheries ecology class and in APU's applied fisheries science laboratory put to good use what normally goes into dumpsters....

Fishermen reaping rewards of demand for squid
Revenue from Ventura County commercial fishing rose in 2011
By Marjorie Hernandez
Posted October 6, 2012 at 3 p.m.
Seeing more restaurants offer calamari on their menus brings a huge smile to Neil Guglielmo's face. The rising popularity of the marine delicacy has helped Guglielmo and fishermen like him in Ventura County rake in more revenue, especially within the past few years. Owner of the Captain Squid company and captain of the 70-foot squid fishing boat the Trionfo, which unloads its catch in the Port of Hueneme five days a week, Guglielmo said the past few seasons have been some of the most profitable years he has seen in his more than 50 years of fishing. "The past couple of years have been phenomenal for squid fishing and so far, we're....

Law of the Sea treaty: Ecuador signs on
Alaska Dispatch | Oct 06, 2012
Ecuador is the latest country to ratify the Law of the Sea treaty, making the U.S. the only coastal nation, and one of only 34 nations in the world, that has not ratified the treaty, according to a press release sent out Friday by the American Sovereignty Campaign. The treaty, formally called the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, sets rules for the ownership of oceans, including....