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#11-10-2012 - ComFish News Roundup
Bering Sea pollock season ends close to quota
November 9th 11:01 pm | By Hannah Heimbuch      
The last active members of the Bering Sea pollock fleet hung up their gear Nov. 1, marking the close of the B season. The fleet harvested 99.6 percent of their 1,180,000 metric ton quota this year, with a significant drop in bycatch from last year.
Most of the 103-vessel fleet was done early, with only a small portion of vessels fishing through October. The Coastal Villages Region Fund's 341-foot catcher-processor, Northern Hawk, pulled into Seattle on Sept. 7. The Community Development Quota group was very pleased with their safe and successful season, said Coastal Village Region Fund project manager Dawson Hoover. An early finish meant more time at home for their fishermen, Hoover said, an improvement over last year's long and challenging season.
Of the four fleet categories - CDQ groups, catcher-processors, motherships and catcher vessels...

Good cluster luck for crabbers
November 9th 11:24 pm | Jim Paulin      
Even though the price is down substantially from last year's record of $10 per pound, this year's red king harvest may fetch the second-highest price ever with the help of larger crab. With the season nearly over on Monday, the average weight was 6.85 pounds, up from 6.2 pounds the prior year, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Unalaska. Bigger crab means higher prices, with a higher price paid for a section weighing more than 900 grams, according to Jake Jacobsen, of the Inter Cooperative Exchange, in Seattle, representing crabbers. A section is a crab halved for packaging, into four legs, also called a cluster. Some vessels have reported landings with the average crab weighing...

Nushagak AC Rejects Proposals 36, 37 and 38
The local fish and game advisory committee for the Nushagak River region is recommending that the Board of Fish reject 3 proposals that would change the duel permit system in Bristol Bay. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (1:41)...

The Nushagak AC Opposes Scrapping the 32-Foot Length Restriction in Bristol Bay
The Alaska Board of Fisheries will take up a number of controversial proposal when they hold their Bristol Bay finfish meeting next month in Naknek. The most controversial proposals are expected to be those that seek to scrap Bristol Bay's traditional 32-foot length restriction for drift vessels. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (6:25)...

Juneau Douglas Fish and Game Advisory Committee to meet and hold elections
Posted: November 9, 2012 - 12:02am
The Juneau Douglas Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting and elections at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21 in the Glacier Room...

Sens. Stevens, Stedman in from the Cold
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Nov 09, 2012
When Senator Charlie Huggins of Wasilla put together an all-Republican majority in the state Senate, Kodiak’s Gary Stevens was left out in the cold. But that changed Thursday afternoon, when the two-time Senate president joined the majority. In exchange, Stevens was given the chairmanship of the Senate’s Education Committee. He will also serve on the Legislative Council and chair of the World Trade Committee. Even though he....

Engineers say Port of Anchorage design was seriously flawed
Published: November 9, 2012
ANCHORAGE — A new federally commissioned study has firmly established that the problems with the Port of Anchorage replacement go beyond flawed construction into the project's very design, the Anchorage Assembly was told Friday. Three of four new sections already built at the Port of Anchorage were not constructed correctly, but even if they were, they risk failure during an earthquake due to shifting earth, top engineers with CH2M Hill told the Assembly. "If it starts to move, then you've got potential problems. That's what happened in the 1964 earthquake and that's the worrisome thing about the design right now at the Port of Anchorage," Don Anderson, who led the geotechnical team....

Ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty
Implications for Alaska - and why there's no time to lose
Posted: November 8, 2012 - 1:11pm  |  Updated: November 9, 2012 - 12:03am
The views expressed herein are the authors’ own and not those of Samuel International and/or the University of Alaska. In August 2007, a Russian expedition led by its most famous polar explorer, Artur Chilingarov, planted a Russian flag in a capsule on the Arctic seabed directly underneath the North Pole. The Arctic is Russian, Chilingarov bellowed. “We must prove the North Pole is an extension of the Russian coastal shelf.” Indeed, in 2001, the Russian Federation had made a vast territorial claim to almost one-half of the Arctic sea-bed in....