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#11-20-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Map of Bristol Bay, Alaska
Map of Bristol Bay, Alaska
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Onboard marine refrigeration training coming to Bristol Bay
November 20, 2012
Tuesday AM
(SitNews) King Salmon, Alaska - Most Alaska fishermen know that top-quality seafood - and top prices for their catch - begins with properly chilling their harvest aboard their vessels while at sea. As the number of commercial fishermen who refrigerate their catch at sea continues to increase, so too has the need for fishermen to troubleshoot and maintain their....

Nushagak AC Rejects Proposal 39 and 40
Every 3 years the Alaska Board of Fisheries meets to consider changes to the rules and regulations that govern the massive commercial salmon fishery in Bristol Bay. Among the proposals the Board will consider next month are 2 that could impact duel permit drifters. KDLG's Mike Mason reports. (1:41)....

549,685 pounds of halibut landed in Cordova in 2012
Posted 11/19/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
Holders of individual fishing quota brought in 549,685 pounds of halibut and 657,220 pounds of sablefish to Cordova in 2012, federal fisheries officials in Juneau said in a mid-November report summarizing the season. The 103 landings of halibut ranked Cordova eighth among 14 landing areas for halibut, while the 34 landings of sablefish ranked Cordova sixth among seven ports. Top contenders in the IFQ halibut fisheries, by port, were Kodiak, with 729 landings for 5,036,237 pounds; Homer, 450 landings for 4,417,844 pounds; Seward, 335 landings of...

Pebble Partnership Appoints Vice President of Environment
Press Release: Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. – 3 hours ago
VANCOUVER, Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. ("Northern Dynasty" or the "Company") (TSX: NDM; NYSE MKT: NAK) announces that the Pebble Limited Partnership (the "Pebble Partnership" or "PLP") has appointed Dan Easton as Vice President of Environment to lead the Pebble Project's environmental program, including permitting and environmental studies. Dan Easton is a civil engineer with 30 years of experience working on environmental compliance and regulatory oversight in Alaska. His background includes 13 years at the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) permitting agency, where he supervised four major operating divisions implementing waste water discharge and air quality permitting, as well as all state environmental programs, including spill prevention and.....

Testimony welcome at Board of Fisheries meeting in Naknek
Posted 11/20/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff (follow with
Ninety-one proposals regarding Bristol Bay finfish issues are up for consideration Dec. 4-12 when the Alaska Board of Fisheries meets in Naknek....

Will Alaska Native fishermen prevail in religious freedom defense?
Carey Restino | Bristol Bay Times | Nov 19, 2012
When I saw that headline -- Yup'ik Alaskans on trial for violating salmon fishing restrictions claim religious rite -- I had to pause. Ever since taking this position, people have been trying to explain the connection between Alaska Native culture and harvesting food. There is no connection, they say -- they are one. In a way, Natives are what they eat -- their traditional diet is the true soul food. So is it that far-fetched to claim religious freedom as a defense for....

Alaska’s Network of Fish Habitat Partnerships: Working for Healthy, Sustainable Fisheries;
Southeast Alaska Partnership will also hold symposia next year
November 20, 2012
(SitNews) - Each year, after the shovels have been put away and waders stowed, a broad cross-section of individuals and organizations interested in salmon and involved in on-the-ground efforts to ensure that important habitats are identified, safeguarded, and restored in the Mat-Su region gather for the Mat-Su Salmon Science and Conservation Symposium. This 2-day event, organized by the Mat-Su Basin Salmon Habitat Partnership, provides a forum for the sharing of information...

Leone: CG 6017 ‘hit something we never saw’
by Ed Ronco, KCAW
November 19, 2012 8:20 am
This is the first of a three-part interview with Lt. Lance Leone, the sole survivor of a 2010 Coast Guard helicopter crash, in which three people from Air Station Sitka died. The MH-60 Jayhawk, known by its tail number, 6017, had been upgraded in Elizabeth City, N.C.....

Crab fisheries observers featured in video
Posted 11/19/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
Ever wonder what the observer program for the Bering Sea commercial fisheries is all about? Then check out the featured video on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website under Fish and Wildlife News....

Group petitions to protect Alaska lake seals
Posted: November 20, 2012 - 12:02am
ANCHORAGE — A population of Pacific harbor seals living in an Alaska lake could be another hurdle for developers proposing a massive open-pit copper and gold mine. The Center for Biological Diversity on Monday petitioned the federal government for endangered species protection for harbor seals that live in Iliamna Lake about 200 miles southwest of Anchorage. The Pebble Mine....

Santa Monica Seafood supports Alaska king crab research with $10,000 donation
Published:  20 November, 2012
Santa Monica Seafood, the largest distributor of seafood in the American Southwest, has donated $10,000 to support the Alaska King Crab Research, Rehabilitation and Biology Program (AKCRRAB). Santa Monica Seafood began their support of AKCRRAB in 2010, and has donated $10,000 each year to the research effort. "We send our congratulations to the team at the Alaska King Crab Research Rehabilitation and Biology Program on the excellent progress....$10,000_donation.html