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#11-08-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

IPHC Restructures Harvest Advice to Offer More Information
Officials with the International Pacific Halibut Commission say they are restructuring staff harvest advice to present more information and more options for consideration by commissioners as they set annual catch limits. The change, announced in late October, is in response to commission direction at the 2012 annual meeting, reinforced by the 2012 performance review and stakeholder feedback. While such restructuring of the advice format is new to the IPHC, it....

ADF&G releases preliminary commercial salmon season summary for Cook Inlet
Posted: November 7, 2012 - 9:10pm  |  Updated: November 7, 2012 - 9:29pm
Peninsula Clarion
While the 2012 commercial sockeye salmon fishing harvest was the ninth highest in the past 20 years, settnetters in the Upper Subdistrict experienced their lowest harvest since 1966 according to an Alaska Department of Fish and Game preliminary commercial season wrap-up. By contrast, driftnetters harvested approximately 2.9 million sockeye, or about....

West coast experiencing decreasing trends in salmon spawning
November 07, 2012
Wednesday PM
(SitNews) – The number of adult sockeye salmon produced per spawner has been decreasing over the last decade or more along the western coast of North America, from Washington state up through British Columbia and Southeast Alaska. A new study published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences says that this widespread decrease in productivity has important implications for......

NOAA Officials Say Trawlers Adjusting Nicely to ‘Catch Shares’ System
By Terry Dillman
Information gleaned by NOAA Fisheries Service during the first year of the West Coast trawl fishery’s use of the “catch shares” system, officially known as individual fishing quotas (IFQs), suggests that trawl fishermen are learning to plan their fishing year and altering their strategies to glean what fishery managers say are “notable” results. For fishermen, processors, researchers and fishery managers, 2011 represented a vital “transition year” to....

John Winther and Eric McDowell Named to Alaska Seafood Hall of Fame
November 07, 2012
Wednesday PM
(SitNews) - United Fishermen of Alaska has posthumously named Alaska fishermen John Winther of Petersburg and Eric McDowell of Juneau to the organization’s Alaska Seafood Hall of Fame. Beginning in the early 1980s, John Winther started building the Alaska Longline Company (formerly known as Prowler Fisheries) that is based in Petersburg, Alaska.   John was a Lifetime Member of the United Fishermen of Alaska.   John built a reputation as a fierce defender of the Alaska fishing industry and vibrant Alaskan....

Sea lice killing 'large numbers' of salmon
7 November 2012 Last updated at 09:55 ET
Large numbers of free ranging salmon are being killed by parasitic sea lice in European waters every year, an international study has suggested. The research involved the release of 280,000 tagged salmon smolts into 10 rivers in Ireland and Norway. Sea lice were responsible for 39% of deaths among the young fish, according to the study's newly-published results..........

Seafood Processing in Aleutians Offers Year-Round Employment
The abundance of groundfish and crab in Alaska’s Aleutians West population census area provides several hundred year-round opportunities for employment annually in the seafood processing business. Several hundred residents of the Aleutians West census area were employed in 2011 in the manufacturing industry, including seafood product preparation and packaging, state labor....

AFN Subsistence Resolutions, continued
November 7, 2012 | Volume 14, Issue 45
Resolution 12-19
This resolution requests the Alaska State Legislature to fund essential research on disastrously declining salmon stocks through the Sustainable Salmon Initiative.
The whereases state: The Kuskokwim, Yukon and other rivers have experienced a number of years of disastrous runs of Chinook salmon over the past decade, including the 2012 run. In addition, Norton Sound has suffered the failures of Chinook salmon most dramatically in the Unalakleet River along with other species around the area for....

Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Story last updated at 11/7/2012 - 1:11 pm
Fish factor: Study couldn't track specific chum and sockeye genetics
By Laine Welch | Capital City Weekly
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 11 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 Association, Concerned Area M Fishermen, Kawerak, Lake and Peninsula Borough, Tanana Chiefs Conference, Yukon River ....

Story last updated at 2:28 PM on Wednesday, November 7, 2012
KPC anthropologists research Dena'ina, Yup'ik perspective on mining's impact on Bristol Bay
By Rashah McChesney
Morris News Service - Alaska
Two Kenai Peninsula College anthropology professors concluded that a degradation of the water in Bristol Bay could have devastating nutritional, cultural and religious impacts on the villages in the region. Their study, part of a larger impact assessment carried out by the Environmental Protection Agency, was in response to a request by nine villages in the region who are concerned about the impacts of mining on one....