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#10-10-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Alaska CDQ fish fight: Alaskans vs. Alaskans this time
Clem Tillion | Oct 09, 2012
There’s nothing like a good fish fight to bring out the Alaskan riff raff. My name’s Clem Tillion. It’s been decades since I was "fish czar” for Governor Hickel, but I haven’t learned a thing, so I’ll open my mouth and take the bait. There’s nothing particularly special about this fish fight. The people on one side want fish from the people on the other. Only difference is that it’s Alaskans versus Alaskans this time, a critical distinction if you’re the Alaska congressional delegation and obligated to pick the winners and losers. When we created the Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) Program in 1991, we took fish from Seattle and Japan and gave it to Alaska villages within 50 miles of the Bering Sea coast, a little easier than Alaskans versus Alaskans. Governor Hickel wasn’t long on detail, he just told me to make sure there was.... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/alaska-cdq-fish-fight-alaskans-vs-alaskans-time

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2012
PVOA endorses Rep. Thomas for another term, but chides him for salmon fishery 'conflict of interest'
The Petersburg Vessel Owners Association, a top Southeast Alaska commercial fishing group, has endorsed a slate of candidates for the upcoming election. Among these is state Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines, a commercial salmon drift gillnetter and one of the Legislature's most powerful members as co-chair of the House Finance Committee. PVOA's endorsement of Thomas comes with an admonishment. Some members of the organization believe the lawmaker has displayed a "conflict of interest" in apparently trying to influence state salmon fishery managers. So indicates a recent email to PVOA members from the group's executive director, Julianne Curry. Here it is..... http://deckboss.blogspot.com/2012/10/pvoa-endorses-rep-thomas-for-another.html

Air Station Kodiak Honored for Busy Day of Rescues
Oct 09, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak is receiving a heroism award Thursday at an event in New York City. Six current members and a former commander are scheduled to be in attendance at the 2012 Coast Guard Foundation’s 32nd annual salute to the service.... http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4185

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2012
UFA's short list
Deckboss hears reliably that United Fishermen of Alaska, the state's largest commercial fishing association, has narrowed the pool of applicants for the executive director's position to these three.... http://deckboss.blogspot.com/2012/10/ufas-short-list.html

Begich, Senate To Push Fishery Disaster Relief Bill
By Peter Granitz, APRN - Washington DC | October 9, 2012 - 5:20 pm
U.S. Senator Mark Begich says he and other members of the Senate will try to move a fishery disaster relief bill after the election. Time and money will be hard to find.... http://www.alaskapublic.org/2012/10/09/begich-senate-to-push-fishery-disaster-relief-bill/

Coast Guard rescues 2 people from grounded vessel near Resurrection Bay

, Alaska
Date: Oct. 10, 2012
District 17 Public Affairs Detachment Kodiak
KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from forward operating location Cordova rescued two men from their 28-foot pleasure craft that ran aground in Day Harbor near Resurrection Bay Tuesday.

The helicopter crew hoisted the two men from the vessel, Baby Jane, at approximately 5:50 p.m., and took them 17 miles north to Seward. There were no reported injuries.

The case began at approximately 3:30 p.m. when watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage were notified by the operator of the vessel that they were being forced toward the rocky shore by the weather and required assistance. The watchstanders directed the launch of the helicopter a short time later.

"Having a helicopter that was forward deployed in Cordova from Air Station Sitka allowed us to respond quickly to this request for help," said Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Brady, a watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage. "The Coast Guard forward deploys helicopter crews throughout the state seasonally to reduce response times during periods of increased maritime activity in those regions."


The weather at the time of the grounding was reported as 17 to 28 mph winds with 3-foot seas. The owner will attempt to recover the vessel Wednesday.

Unalaska Tests Emergency Towing System Ahead of Shipping Boom
By Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB - Unalaska | October 9, 2012 - 9:44 am
The Aleutian Chain already gets a serious amount of vessel traffic, and the shipping route is set to get a lot busier as the Arctic warms up and as Canada prepares to increase oil exports to Asia. That opens Unalaska up to the risk of maritime disasters, like the Selendang Ayu spill that happened in 2004. One of the ways to cut that risk is to make sure distressed vessels can be.... http://www.alaskapublic.org/2012/10/09/unalaska-tests-emergency-towing-system-ahead-of-shipping-boom/

New study investigates omega-3 role in veterans' suicide prevention
UNITED STATES
Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 04:00 (GMT + 9)
A new three-year study of omega-3 fatty acids from fish will determine if the substance can reduce the unusually high risk of suicide among military veterans, where the rate is higher than in the population as a whole. The USD 10 million-study being conducted for the Army was announced this week by the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), the Veterans Administration and the National Institutes of Health. It will be funded by the Department of Defense and conducted at the Medical University of South Carolina. The study will test whether feeding omega-3 fatty.... http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=56000&ndb=1&df=0

Reef Alarmists Jump The Shark
Posted on October 9, 2012 by Anthony Watts
by Walter Starck (with thanks to Dr. Bob Carter)
The Great Barrier Reef is doomed again. A recent widely publicised scientific study reports the dramatic finding that it has lost half its coral in the last 27 years. Forty-eight precent of the loss is attributed to storm damage, with bleaching and crown-of-thorns starfish being responsible for 10% and 42% respectively. The average annual rate of coral loss over the 27-year period was estimated to be 3.38% and growth was put at 2.85%, leaving a net decline of... http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/10/09/reef-alarmists-jump-the-shark/

Five Charged With Unlawful Gambling In Unalaska
By Alexandra Gutierrez, KUCB - Unalaska | October 9, 2012 - 9:43 am
Police have cracked down on gambling at an area seafood processing plant.
Eileen Ceralde, Marlyn Baker, Luisa East, Amelito Maglasang, and Perla Salacup have all been charged with promoting unlawful gambling. The crime is a Class A misdemeanor. The maximum penalty for the crime is a $10,000 fine and a year in prison.  The Unalaska Department of Public Safety launched their investigation in July, after receiving a tip that high-stakes games were going on at Unisea. Michael Centeno, an employee with the... http://www.alaskapublic.org/2012/10/09/five-charged-with-unlawful-gambling-in-unalaska/

Kodiak Electricty Charges Fall Over 2-Cents per kWh
Oct 09, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
In this day and age of constantly rising costs – especially energy costs – the smaller electric bills Kodiak residents have been receiving this month are doubly amazing. Kodiak Electric Association CEO Darron Scott wrote in the KEA newsletter the renewable energy resources used by the co-op have contributed to a reduction in the “COPA," the Cost of Power Adjustment..... http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4186




















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