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#11-06-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Nushagak Advisory Committee Votes to Close the Togiak Sac-Roe Herring Fishery 
An effort is underway to close down the Togiak sac-roe herring fishery for the next 3 years. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (2:12)....

The Nushagak Fish and Game Advisory Committee Rejects a Proposal to Change the Allocation Percentages for Seiners and Gillnetters
The Alaska Board of Fisheries will consider several proposals to change the Togiak sac-roe herring fishery when they meet next month in Naknek. As KDLG's Mike Mason explains... one of the proposals seeks to change the harvest allocation between the seiners and the gillnetters. (6:40)....

German shipping companies convicted for environmental crimes
Posted 11/05/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
Two German shipping companies pled guilty Nov. 2 in Anchorage to obstructing justice and concealing the illegal dumping of oil at sea. The defendants pled guilty in federal court to criminal charges filed in both Alaska and Texas charging that crewmembers of the cargo vessel M/V Susan K intentionally dumped oily waste at sea and then took steps to conceal it from the U.S. Coast Guard. Both cases were procedurally....

32,000 People Fished Commercially in Alaska in 2011
Some new data from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development shows the importance of the commercial fishing industry as a driver for the Alaska economy. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (2:44)....

Laura Rokey, a former Coast Guard SPAR, and Lt. Cmdr. Michele Schallip, commanding officer, Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, tour the ship while it was moored in Petersburg, Alaska, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. Rokey, now 94, was one of more than 11,000 women to serve in the Coast Guard Women's Reserve during World War II. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter SPAR.
Major Arctic Ocean climate change symposium planned
November 05, 2012
(SitNews) Anchorage, Alaska—Sea Ice covering the Arctic Ocean melted away to a record low in 2012, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. The steady loss of arctic sea ice in recent decades is perhaps the most obvious sign of a warming planet. As of mid-September, Arctic Ocean sea ice covered just 1.32 million square miles of ocean - less than half the 1979-to-date average, when satellite measurements began. Far less obvious is how individual marine species - from arctic cod that live just below and sometimes within the sea ice, to seals, whales, polar bears and ultimately humans - will respond to the loss of sea ice and other consequences of a warmer Arctic....

My Turn: Food security does not come from the store
Posted: November 6, 2012 - 12:00am
In a press release dated Dec. 15, 2011, Gov. Sean Parnell briefly mentioned food security. In it, the Governor said, “Every able Alaska family also needs to be ready for natural disasters with seven days of safe drinking water and food supplies. If we have a major earthquake here, for example, or if one occurred in the Seattle area, Alaska’s supply chain could easily take seven days to re-establish. In the meantime, grocery store shelves would be...

Alaska Airlines Adds Extra Holiday Flights
By Lauren Rosenthal
Monday, November 05 2012
Getting home for the holidays is always an issue for Unalaskans, but it’s not just because of bad weather or cramped flights. Scott Habberstad, the marketing director for Alaska Airlines, says the company has a pretty good idea of what the problem is. "During A season, there's about 4500 people that want to go from the lower 48 to Dutch Harbor. And unfortunately, it coincides with Christmas," he says. That's why the airline is adding an extra flight in and out of town....

EPA Hands Wastewater Authority to State
By Alexandra Gutierrez
Monday, November 05 2012
When it comes to wastewater compliance in Alaska, the state is now taking over the reins from the federal government. Up until recently, the Environmental Protection Agency was responsible for issuing discharge permits. Those permits set the....

Salmon entrepreneur expected record production in 2013
Tuesday, November 06, 2012, 15:20 (GMT + 9)
The president of the company SeaCorp Seattle LLC, Alfredo Ovalle, predicts that next year, the salmon industry will register a record volume of 870,000 tonnes. "In 2013 we should reach the record, but in 2014 the volume of Chile is expected to go down," the entrepreneur added. Ovalle has been proved critical with respect to the liability of Chile in the over 30 per cent fall in salmon price since November 2011. "Norway is deemed responsible for the price fall. That is....

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