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#10-19-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Should Alaska Native elders be exempt from fishing bans?
Published: October 18, 2012
ANCHORAGE — The state's largest Alaska Native organization will consider a slew of proposals on hunting and fishing rights this week in Anchorage, including a plan that would allow Native elders to fish for food when and wherever they want. That proposal, authored by the Bethel-based Association of Village Council Presidents, is among 43 resolutions to be considered as the Alaska Federation of Natives convention resumes Friday. Each year, AFN delegates vote on dozens of resolutions meant to signal the collective political will of Alaska's Native people. Villagers from across the state are reviewing proposals to.....

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
Oct 18, 2012
Coming up this week: The Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society will meet in Kodiak next week; don’t forget the chinook symposium Monday in Anchorage, and more on the fisherman’s former favorite footwear fiasco. Also, pollock B season is about over while Bering Sea crab gets going. We had help this week from....

Traveling the Northwest Passage
David Cowper has traveled the Northwest Passage five times, four of them solo. The first time was in 1989. In mid-September he arrived in Dutch Harbor after completing his fifth trip. In the 23 years spanning those voyages he’s seen much change. “Even compared with 2009, there was much more ice than now,” said Cowper, seated in Polar Bound’s comfy yet compact living space. “The Arctic in another five years will be clear of ice in the summer. Because it’s all first year ice. It will freeze easy enough in the winter time, but it will break in the summer.” “Before the ice would get thicker and thicker and thicker,” he said. “Used to be pack ice was 15 feet thick, now it’s just three feet. And that’s the difference. it’s not serious ice. Commercial vessels can easily go through it. So that’s the significance of it.”  “We were talking about the Beaufort Sea,” he continued, describing the last leg of his passage through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. “That day I had to take....

With 'Deadliest Catch' cameras onboard, crabbers head to Bristol Bay
Jim Paulin | Dutch Harbor Fisherman | Oct 18, 2012
The Bristol Bay red king crab fishery opened Monday with a larger quota, Hollywood on board again, and an increasing presence of Alaska Natives and Alaskan-owned boats. “We call it the Yupikest catch,” said Morgen Crowe, executive director of the Coastal Villages Region Fund (CVRF), the community development quota group in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. CVRF has purchased three crabbers, the Bering Sea, Arctic Sea, and North Sea, and about a third of combined crew members are Yupik Eskimo deckhands. While none are...

Southeast electrical agency outlines reorganization plans
by Joe Viechnicki
Elected officials in three Southeast Alaska towns this fall are taking a closer look at a proposal to streamline the organizations that provide cheap hydro-electric power to Ketchikan, Wrangell and Petersburg. The plan could mean staffing reductions at the two remote power plants to help with rising cost of repair work on generators and electrical lines....

Seward’s top notch port attracts vessels of all sorts
October 18, 2012 | Vol. 47, No. 10
Leon Youngblood | The Seward Phoenix LOG
In just four days last week the Port of Seward saw a variety of vessels in port for work, repairs, loading and unloading, and recreation. The Coast Guard vessels Maple and Sycamore were in port for maintenance and repairs. The Panamanian flagged bulk carrier Verace procured a load of.....

Friends! Are any of you in Oklahoma? Or do you have extended communities that reach into the Sooner State? If so, please don’t miss the chance to check out FISH, a multimedia art exhibition presented by the University of Oklahoma School of Art & Art History and the Lightwell Gallery. The exhibition will be open from Tuesday, October 23 through Wednesday, November 7. (Visit UOSAA for more location/time details.)...

Fear-mongering clouds ocean-pasturing success
By Connie Hargrave, Times Colonist October 19, 2012 2:05 AM
Re: "'We have created life out there,'" Oct. 16.
After providing compelling evidence that marine life is once more thriving as a result of this initiative, the article goes on to the hue and cry from some scientists and bureaucrats over ocean acidification. It is well known that ocean plankton, not South American forests, produces 99 per cent of the world's oxygen. The plankton feeds on CO2.....