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#10-27-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

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King crab season a quick draw
October 26th 10:06 pm | Jim Paulin      
The fishing is fast while the price has fallen for Bristol Bay red king crab, and pollock fishing is faster too. The fleet of 47 crabbers had landed about 1 million pounds of individual fishing quota crab, biologist Britta Baechler of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Unalaska said Tuesday. The season opened Oct. 15, with a total quota of 7.85 million pounds in the IFQ and community development quota fisheries. Eleven crab boats have stopped fishing, having caught their quota of the big spider-like shellfish weighing about six pounds each. "It's been pretty quick. That's a.....
Kwik'Pak Fisheries Attain Alaska RFM Chain of Custody
(UNITED STATES, 10/26/2012)
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) has announced that Kwik'Pak Fisheries LLC. has successfully met the requirements of the FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Chain of Custody Certification. Kwik'Pak Fisheries joins Triad Fisheries Ltd, Glacier Fish Company, LLC, Seafood Producers Cooperative, Icicle Seafoods, Inc., Ocean Beauty Seafoods, LLC,, Canadian Fishing Company and Peter Pan Seafoods, Inc. in attaining Chain of Custody to the RFM certification.....

Odyssey of the F/V Bomb Point
Posted 10/26/2012
by - Dick Shellhorn
The F/V Bomb Point arrived in the Cordova boat harbor at 8 p.m. on June 24, 1976. A newly designed 36 foot fiberglass seiner, she had first touched the waters of Swinomish Slough in front of the Roberts Boat Works in LaConner, Washington, just nine days earlier. As is the case with probably every boat built, her completion date was behind schedule. A crew consisting of Jack Weinrick, John Skipper, Randy Bruce, and myself stood on the dock beside a large pile of supplies and provisions as Captain Bud Banta and H.S. Roberts, owner of the firm, took her for a quick spin up the slough and back. We had all arrived from Cordova a week earlier to discover shipwrights, mechanics, electricians, riggers, and carpenters scurrying all over the craft when we.......

AFN speakers share drive to break barriers
October 26th 9:59 pm | Hannah Heimbuch      
As the nation's largest gathering of a native people convened in Anchorage this weekend, delegates came together under the banner of Success Beyond Barriers. This theme of the 47th Alaska Federation of Natives convention could be seen throughout the three days of speakers, celebrations and discussions. From keynote speaker Carol Wren to Alaska's congressional delegates, those words rang through Anchorage's Dena'ina Center. Wren is the Cook Inlet Tribal Council's Director of Employment and Training Services. In her 12 years at CITC she has built a reputation as an innovative and effective leader in bringing employment opportunities to Alaska Natives. "During the past five years, under Carol's leadership," said CITC President Gloria O'Neill, "our department has provided services to more than 9,000 people. 6,000 found (their) way to employment." Wren opened her speech in four languages — Inupiaq, Yupik, Dena'ina and English — representing the....

Salmon crisis or NPFMC crisis?
Posted: October 26, 2012 - 8:42am
By Don Johnson
Some people are claiming that Alaska is experiencing some kind of salmon crisis but is that what is really happening? If there were a real salmon crisis most would expect the blame to be directed towards either a freshwater or saltwater source problem. Freshwater fishermen would claim the problem to be in the saltwater and saltwater fishermen claim it to be in the freshwater. Some even see it as all sides just catching to many fish. In general most of our local salmon fisheries have been fishing the same way since about 1980 but there has been a substantial increase in one...

Oct 25, 2012 - 11:23 PM AKST
No easy answers on low king counts at salmon symposium
Salmon researchers, managers, and users gathered in Anchorage Oct. 22 and 23 to talk about what happened to chinook salmon around Alaska this summer.The simplest answer is that chinooks didn’t show up. And no one knows exactly why. “We’re not sure what is causing the downturn, and in many cases, we do not have the basic information needed to understand the causes,” said Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Bob Clark said, summarizing some of the two-day symposium’s findings. Attendees at....

Oct 25, 2012 - 11:23 PM AKST
Council takes first steps toward Gulf catch share plan
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is moving ahead on a rationalization program for the central Gulf of Alaska trawl fleet, but where it takes that program still has many questions. The council approved a purpose and needs statement, and goals and objectives for a rationalization program, and asked staff for a discussion paper outlining catch share options that could meet the program’s objectives. The steps taken at the October council meeting in Anchorage are the first toward creating the program. The council also set a control date of Dec. 31, 2012, which could.....

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
Oct 25, 2012
Coming up this week: There are more questions than answers at the state’s Chinook Salmon Symposium this week, the fate of foreign cannery workers is still up in the air, and Senator Begich issues a challenge to the makers of Xtra Tufs. We had help this week from KSKA’s Ellen Lockyer in Anchorage....

National wildlife conservation network proposed
Posted 10/26/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
Wildlife biologists and policy experts concerned over habitat loss, climate change and major reductions in funding are proposing formation of a state-based national conservation support network to deal with these issues. "We surveyed wildlife managers from every state and territory to assess the state of the wildlife conservation system," said Brad Griffith, the leader of the USGS Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Alaska's Institute of Arctic Biology. "We kept hearing 'we don't have the maps we need' and 'we don't have...

Ketchikan welcomes Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur
by Sarah Cuiksa
October 26, 2012 2:54 PM
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Traveling from Miami, Florida, to Southeast Alaska has allowed the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Chandeleur to do something few get the opportunity to experience. “One of the things that many people don’t get to do in their career that these gentleman here have had the chance to do, is pass through the Panama Canal,” announced Coast Guard Lieutenant Sam Blase, Commanding Officer of the 110-foot cutter.....

Stars shine for genetic food labeling
By PATRICK GAVIN | 10/26/12 2:18 PM EDT
Danny DeVito, Bill Maher and Dave Matthews are headlining a new campaign in California to support the state’s Proposition 37, which would require genetically engineered food to be labeled on packaging. “What makes you think you have a right to know?” asks DeVito, sarcastically.....

Pet Rat Aboard Deadliest Catch Boat Draws State Scrutiny
By Stephanie Joyce
Thursday, October 25 2012
A recent episode of the Discovery Channel series Deadliest Catch could be used as evidence in a criminal case. The crew of the F/V Northwestern is under investigation by the state and they may have unintentionally ratted themselves out on camera. KUCB's Stephanie Joyce reports. Burdell makes his first appearance during the fifth episode of season eight. It’s a slow stretch of fishing for the Northwestern, and there’s not much human drama for the cameras to film. Until.... /// Flashback re: Rat Ship

Dying satellites could lead to shaky weather forecasts
Published: October 26, 2012
By JOHN H. CUSHMAN Jr. — The New York Times
WASHINGTON -- The United States is facing a year or more without crucial satellites that provide invaluable data for predicting storm tracks, a result of years of mismanagement and underfunding, according to several recent official reviews. The looming gap in satellite coverage, which some experts now view as almost certain to occur within the next few years, could result in shaky....

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