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#11-15-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Akutan Builds Harbor First, Access Later
By Stephanie Joyce
Wednesday, November 14 2012
While Akutan’s new airport has received considerable attention and scrutiny for being expensive and hard to access, another large infrastructure project on the island that suffers some of the same problems has mostly flown under the radar. Over the last two years, Knik Construction has converted what was once a flat stretch of tundra at the end of Akutan Bay into a full-size boat harbor. "We've excavated almost a million cubic yards of material," says.......

Old Harbor Proves Critical to Crab Research Program
Participation by the Kodiak Island village of Old Harbor has proven crucial to the Alaska King Crab Research (AKCRRAB), Rehabilitation and Biology Program. Spokesmen for the research and rehabilitation program said this week that with help from the Old Harbor Tribal Council, the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery received funding through an Administration for Native Americans grant to support research that developed hatchery......

Concerns heighten on development impacts on salmon habitat
Posted 11/14/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
Resources development, power projects, invasive plant species, the impact of off-road vehicles and fish passage to natal streams are all part of the mix as Alaskans wrestle with reversing a decline in salmon stocks where populations are growing. These topics and more came under discussion Nov. 7-8 in Wasilla at the 2012 Mat-Su Salmon Science and Conservation Symposium, the fifth such annual event. While the focus was on declining salmon populations in the Mat-Su, the fastest growing area of Alaska, many of the concerns, including fish passage, are shared by fisheries stakeholders statewide. "Compared to the Lower 48, I am much more optimistic about Alaska," said Bob Lackey, a.....

Ketchikan high school students go to fish school aboard 45-foot vessel
NICK BOWMAN  Ketchikan Daily News
November 15, 2012 - 11:25 am EST
KETCHIKAN, Alaska — When the Jack Cotant rumbled out of the harbor shortly after 7 a.m. on Oct. 23, it was the first time maritime students at Kayhi had fished commercially in 15 years — as long a time as some of the students were old. The 45-foot vessel was carrying students in the Ketchikan High School Maritime II class south of town to lay longline. The maritime course itself.........

BP 'agrees to pay record penalty for Deepwater oil spill'
AP source says BP will plead guilty to obstruction and two employees face manslaughter charges for deaths of 11 people
Associated Press in New Orleans, Thursday 15 November 2012 09.26 EST
Oil giant BP has agreed to pay the largest criminal penalty in US history, totaling billions of dollars, for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a person familiar with the deal said Thursday. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record about the deal, also said two BP employees face manslaughter charges over the death of 11 people in the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that triggered the massive spill. The source said BP will plead guilty to obstruction for lying to Congress about how much oil was pouring out of the ruptured well. The Deepwater Horizon rig, 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, sank after the explosion that occurred on April 20, 2010. The well on the sea floor spewed.....

Ketchikan: ASD official: Shipyard’s future is bright
by Leila Kheiry
November 14, 2012 5:09 PM
Ketchikan’s shipyard has added about 20 jobs since February, with employees earning an average annual salary of $55,000. The shipyard’s new owner, Vigor Industrial, touts those numbers along with the company’s simple mission statement: Industrial jobs matter. Alaska Ship and Drydock president Adam Beck also is director of regional operations for Vigor. During a Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce luncheon, he talked about Vigor in general, and the local shipyard specifically. Beck said Vigor employs about 2,200 people at seven shipyards in the Pacific Northwest. Between those shipyards, the company owns 112 acres, 10 drydocks and 17,000 feet of pier space. “Another thing that.....

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