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#11-03-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Fish Factor
Western Alaska Salmon Stock ID Project; Alaska Pollock Demands; and Fishing Photos Wanted
November 02, 2012
Storm arriving across the bay
Storm arriving across the bay (Photo credit: deckhand)
(SitNews) - The results of a six year study on Western salmon will be unveiled this month and the conclusions are not what people of the region had hoped for. Some background: the Western Alaska Salmon Stock Identification Project (WASSIP) was created in 2006 by a group of eleven signers to a memorandum of understanding  including Aleut Corporation, Aleutians East Borough, Association of Village Council Presidents, Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association, Bristol Bay Native....

Researcher questions fisheries sustainability
November 2nd 4:23 pm | Hannah Heimbuch      
As Alaska's fish politics continue to roil
from subsistence rights to king salmon disasters
a University of Alaska Fairbanks ecologist is offering an alternative view on what sustainability in Alaska looks like. Human ecologist Phil Loring's recent publication in the journal Conservation Biology claims that mainstream assessment of fisheries sustainability is somewhat flawed in its focus. "We tend to think about people as parasites in ecosystems," Loring said. "With the idea that whatever benefits people
in this case fishing will necessarily harm the environment. I believe....

Salmon fishing in Alaska is Pietron family affair
Posted on November 2, 2012 at 9:20 am
Pietrons anticipate thrill of summers in Alaska for more than three decades
By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer
Roger and Sue Pietron of Cushing made their first trip to Alaska in 1970, after Sue’s sister and brother-in-law moved there. “After that, we went back almost every summer,” Sue said. Roger completed his degree in biology and wildlife management at the University of Minnesota in 1974 and then got a job with the Kenai National Moose Range (now called Kenai National Wildlife Refuge), headquartered in Soldotna, Alaska. “We went back and forth for a few years. We looked at land up there but prices were so high,” said Roger. “We rented land here and liked the area, so we bought 80 acres and....

Yupiit Fight for Restoration of Indigenous Fishing Rights in Alaska
By Gale Courey Toensing November 2, 2012
Attendees at the National Congress of American Indians raised more than $8,000 in a little over an hour to help defray the cost of attorneys defending the subsistence fishing rights of Yupiit Nation fishermen in court. The case involves 14 Yupiit fishermen who were arrested last June 21 for violating a state- and federal government-imposed fishing ban on the Kuskokwim River in western Alaska near Bethel.  But it represents a much larger issue—a statewide movement among Alaska Natives to restore their traditional hunting, fishing and cultural rights—rights that are supposed to be inalienable from indigenous peoples, but which nonetheless were “extinguished” in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. The 14 fishermen were scheduled to.......

Will the New Washington Governor Ban Gillnets on the Columbia?
The general election won't be until next Tuesday, but some disturbing policy decisions of the Washington State Governor's race seem already decided. In cooperation with Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and the sport-fishing lobby, the new governor will support the closing of the mainstem of the Columbia River to commercial gillnetters. Washington Anglers PAC, a political action committee comprised of, and funded by, the recreational fishing lobby, got both candidates for governor to endorse the closure of the river....

Salmon farming sector calls Cohen report 'balanced'
Saturday, November 03, 2012, 03:30 (GMT + 9)
The salmon farming industry largely welcomed the Cohen Commission report released this week on the reasons behind the decline of Fraser River sockeye salmon run. The report advises exploring the link between fish farms and low runs. Clare Backman of Marine Harvest, speaking for the British Columbia Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA), said this week that the groups support former BC Supreme Court Justice Bruce Cohen's recommendation that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) run more thorough studies, especially at fish farms situated around the Discovery Islands -- one of the province’s original salmon...

Nations fail to agree plan to protect seas around Antarctica
SYDNEY | Thu Nov 1, 2012 8:14am EDT
(Reuters) - Major nations failed to reach agreement on Thursday to set up huge marine protected areas off Antarctica under a plan to step up conservation of creatures such as whales and penguins around the frozen continent. The 25-member Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources......

Healy at port in Juneau after 2 years
Icebreaker guided tanker to Nome in January
Posted: November 2, 2012 - 12:06am
For the first time in two years, the USCGC Healy, a United States Coast Guard Cutter, is at port in Juneau for its trip south from an eventful tour up in the Arctic. The Healy, which is homeported in Seattle, made national headlines last winter when it guided the Russian fuel tanker Renda through sea ice to Nome, as the remote Alaskan port city ran low on its reserves ( Speaking Thursday afternoon about her ship....

Army Corps issues long-awaited permit for Point Thomson
Published: November 2, 2012 Updated 6 hours ago
By WESLEY LOY — Petroleum News
Development of a major new oil field in Alaska now appears imminent, as Exxon Mobil has obtained the key permit to begin construction. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the permit on Oct. 26, capping an arduous review process spanning more than three years. Construction could begin this winter at Point Thomson, a rich oil and gas field on the eastern North Slope, next to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Exxon Mobil still needs some important state and local permits but no delay is expected on those. The Army Corps approved Exxon Mobil's design for the seaside project, with a few modifications. "We worked closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide requested information," said Kim Jordan, an Exxon Mobil spokeswoman in Houston. She said she couldn't comment on timing for the start of construction........

Streamed live on Nov 2, 2012 by GoogleDevelopers
For the second part of our "A Journey of 245k Points" series, Paul Saxman shows some cool tricks for creating stunning map visualizations of numerous ship voyages using polylines, making polylines interactive, and creating animations of voyages with symbols. Data Source: CLIWOC (Climatological Database for the World's Oceans, 1750-1850):