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#10-30-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Employees at the Ketchikan shipyard
gather to honor the late John Winther
(Ketchikan Daily News photo by Hall Anderson)
Former Fairbanksan John Winther helped lead modern Alaska fishing industry
Dermot Cole
The employees at the Alaska Ship & Drydock facility in Ketchikan gathered for a moment of silence recently in honor of a former Fairbanksan who was a key figure in the building of the modern commercial fishing industry in Alaska. John Winther, 67,  was born in Fairbanks and graduated from Lathrop High School in 1963 before he headed to Southeast to begin his long career in fisheries. Winther died Oct. 15 in Mesa, Ariz., where he.......

Southeast responds to Tsunami warning
by Leila Kheiry
October 29, 2012 2:51 PM
Earthquakes and tsunamis dominated social media in Southeast Alaska Saturday evening, but the resulting tidal surges thankfully were nonexistent or very small. A tsunami warning for much of the West Coast turned into an opportunity for emergency drills in southern Southeast Alaska, with no observed surge in Ketchikan and slight waves on Prince of Wales Island and other outer coastal communities. On Saturday evening, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake hit Haida Gwaii, also called the Queen Charlotte Islands, south of Ketchikan off the coast of British Columbia. Shortly after the temblor hit, tsunami warnings began. One alert predicted a 2-1/2.....

Anatomy of an earthquake: what happened under the earth's surface in Haida Gwaii
By Zoe McKnight, Vancouver Sun October 29, 2012
Strong aftershocks will likely be felt for a week or more off B.C.’s west coast as the earth recovers from the largest earthquake in Canada in more than 60 years. Typically the tremors occur in a bulls-eye around the quake’s epicentre and are not likely to affect the Lower Mainland, said Simon Fraser University geology professor John Clague. “They will continue for a while. You’ve got this big shock to the earth and the earth is adjusting to the release of energy and the movement along.....

Pebble Mine partner Anglo American's CEO steps down
Alaska Dispatch | Oct 29, 2012
Cynthia Carroll, chief executive at London-based mining giant Anglo American, stepped down from her position Friday after six years on the job, the Financial Times reports. Anglo American makes up half of the Pebble Partnership, the group behind the controversial proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. Carroll’s resignation comes amidst shareholder dissatisfaction over the company’s performance. Under her leadership, the company has delivered a negative total shareholder return of about 13 percent, as compared to competitors Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton, which have returned 51 percent and 127 percent, respectively. Carroll told the Financial Times “You never satisfy all shareholders,” adding that the company has a “fantastic future.” Carroll is the first non-South African and woman to be....

Alaska utilities explore options to import natural gas
Posted: October 29, 2012 - 10:13pm  |  Updated: October 29, 2012 - 10:14pm
By TIM BRADNER Morris News Service-Alaska
Alaska Journal Of Commerce
Utilities in Southcentral Alaska have asked for proposals for liquefied natural gas or compressed natural gas imports to help ensure local gas supplies, a utility group told the Regulatory Commission of Alaska Oct. 24. Gas fields in the region, which date from the 1960s, are being depleted, and production will be inadequate to meet local demand for space....

Timber report criticisms unfounded
Posted: October 30, 2012 - 12:00am
Recent critics of the Governor’s Timber Task Force recommendations claim that the establishment of a State Forest from portions of the Tongass would remove federal protections for salmon streams and would hurt fishermen, hunters, tourism operators and others. Those criticisms are unfounded. Both State and Federal land are required to maintain a minimum of a 100-foot salmon stream buffer.....

Feds say Anchorage port study shows design ‘was inappropriate’
Published: October 29, 2012
ANCHORAGE — A federal agency says a new, still-unreleased study examining the troubled Port of Anchorage expansion project suggests that it shouldn't go forward as designed because of the risk of shifting forces during an earthquake. The study remains in draft form and won't be issued by the municipality until December. But the U.S. Maritime Administration, which sought the study by engineering firm CH2M Hill, on....

Fisheries economist Frank Asche of Norway predicts the world seafood market will be dominated by farmed fish by 2030
Posted by UAAblog
Posted: October 29, 2012 - 1:01 pm
The Institute for Social and Economic Research hosted a lunchtime talk by fisheries economist Frank Asche on Oct 26, 2012. The title of his talk was, "Global Seafood Markets in 2030: Dominated by Aquaculture with Wild Fish as Niche Market Products?"......

Pacific Northwest tribes want to use hatcheries to replenish salmon stocks
Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 01:00 (GMT + 9)
While fish hatcheries below the dams in the Pacific Northwest of the US have for decades boosted salmon stocks for downstream and ocean fishers, wild runs upstream have weakened. Now tribes upstream claim that hatcheries can help replenish wild stocks when wild fish breed with their hatchery counterparts. The tribes' report contests experts' worries that the wild fish stocks would diminish in the presence of hatcheries. The Future of Our Salmon 2012 Conference in Portland, Oregon, hosted by the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) on 18-19 October, held prominent discussions on the topic.  As long as dams exist, hatcheries will remain necessary and effective restoration tools, said Kat Brigham, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation....

Omega-3 market to skyrocket by 2018
Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 22:40 (GMT + 9)
According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research, "Global Omega 3 (EPA/DHA) Ingredients Market - Industry Analysis, Market Size, Share, Growth and Forecast, 2010 - 2018," the global omega 3 ingredients demand was estimated to be worth USD 1,595.1 million in 2010 and is expected to cross USD 4 billion in 2018, growing at a CAGR of over 15 per cent from 2013 to 2018. In the overall global market, North America is the largest market for omega 3 products, although Asia Pacific is expected to be the most promising market in the near future. The demand for PUFA (Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids) has witnessed a significant increase over the last three years, particularly due to their benefits as....

Fishermen confront Gulf spill settlement deadline
Published: By Emily Pickrell — The New York Times
GRAND BAYOU, La. -- Most decisions about the details of a huge class-action settlement of damage claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill will come from stately offices and a federal courtroom in New Orleans. But the consequences will reach farther south, where Louisianans - many of them subsistence fishermen - count on swampy bayous and gray Gulf waves for their livelihood, and are....