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#11-23-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

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English: Map of the Copper River Highway in Al...
Map of the Copper River Highway in Alaska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Streets of Cordova - How to improve Cordova's boat harbor
Posted 11/23/2012
by - Gerald Masolini
Hi boys and girls. Well, I guess I'm being a bit reckless with the truth by suggesting that there is a genius quality to my ideas. But admit it: quite often the truth needs a little polish. If my choice of words offends some readers, I apologize. For in fact, the ideas presented here are merely brilliant. Anyway, after you finish sputtering about there being no fool like an old fool, and why does the editor allow such drivel in her otherwise fine newspaper, check out the following:
GENIUS IDEA NUMBER ONE: How to improve Cordova's harbor.
From the Bering Sea to Mexico, guess which commercial fishing boat harbor has the most envied.....

Nov 21, 2012 - 12:35 PM AKST
Northern District salmon not faring better than Kenai, Y-K
WASILLA — Southcentral residents gathered in Wasilla Nov. 15 to talk about Northern District salmon issues with fisheries managers and local politicians. Mat-Su fishermen mostly target the Northern District of the Cook Inlet, including the Susitna River drainage and various Parks Highway streams. Salmon in those waters haven’t fared any better than their Kenai Peninsula and Yukon-Kuskokwim delta counterparts, with several declared stocks of concern. Rep. Mark Neumann, R-Wasilla, introduced the other Mat-Su elected officials, and reminded the public that the meeting was as much for them to share their concerns as for Alaska Department of....

Wrangell: Proposed ordinance deals with rural zoning
By Greg Knight
November 22, 2012
A proposed change to Title 20 of the Wrangell Municipal Code is up for review by the Borough Assembly – and would alter some definitions and add language regarding zoning in some of the borough’s most remote areas. The most expansive change to the code would be the addition of a new section dealing with the Remote Residential Mixed Use zone, and would include Meyers Chuck, Union Bay, Thom’s Place, Olive Cove and Wrangell Island East. “The remote residential mixed-use (RMU) district is intended to provide for very low impact land and water uses and activities in....

Exposing Fish Fraud: 20/20 Reveals Why We Need Traceability in Seafood
Posted by Brian Clark Howard of National Geographic News in Ocean Views on November 21, 2012
According to a recent report on ABC’s 20/20, Americans consumed more than 4.7 billion pounds of fish last year. “But an ABC News investigation reveals consumers don’t often get what they pay for,” said the report............. Seaver added that while 40,000 Copper River salmon were sold last year, only 12,000 fish were actually caught in Alaska’s Copper River during that time...... hmmm..

Greenpeace seeks to protect underwater canyons
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Dan Ashley
Bay Area conservationists are back from a dramatic deep sea expedition to research and protect huge underwater canyons in Alaska. The area is the heart of the state's $1 billion-a-year fishing industry and the canyons may be a vital link in the lifecycle of fish that you eat. San Francisco-based Jackie Dragon with the conservation group Greenpeace is one of several staff members trained to pilot a submersible, deep into two mysterious underwater canyons off the coast of Alaska....

Four processing vessels cited for Clean Water Act violations
Posted 11/21/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
Companies operating four seafood processing vessels in federal waters off the coast of Alaska have settled with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for violations of the Clean Water Act, the EPA said Nov. 21. Jeff KenKnight, manager of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Compliance Unit of the EPA in Seattle, said....

Alaska's DEC critical of Alaska Magazine shellfish article
Alaska Dispatch | Nov 21, 2012
A single sentence in the December/January issue of Alaska Magazine has the publication catching flak from a state agency. The offending passage from the article, titled “Hunting the Mighty Cockle,” appears to be this:
Juneau's 40 miles of road give us access to even larger stretches of coastline – a cockle-digging paradise, with the caveat: it is only safe to dig cockles in the late fall and winter, when the water temperature is too cold to allow blooming of the algae that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning. PSP is a nasty illness. In its early stages, it may cause tingling in the lips and...

Alaska departments advise caution in harvesting shellfish
No 'safe' months for recreational harvesting
Posted: November 21, 2012 - 5:54pm  |  Updated: November 22, 2012 - 12:10am
ANCHORAGE — The Alaska departments of Health and Social Services and Environmental Conservation warned Wednesday that an article in the December/January issue of Alaska magazine, titled “Hunting the Mighty Cockle,” contains incorrect information about the safety...

Disaster loans for businesses affected by Alaska salmon closures available
Alaska Dispatch | Nov 21, 2012
Small businesses feeling the pinch due to the Alaska king salmon fishery disaster this summer may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet their financial needs. State officials estimate that commercial fishery permit holders alone directly lost $16.8 million in seasonal profits this summer. The figure doesn't account for economic effects on crew, communities, businesses or others who help harvest, process and sell fish in the state. In August, Gov. Parnell requested a disaster declaration from U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank....

New Fisheries Observer Program Begins Jan. 1
The new fisheries observer program for Alaska’s commercial groundfish and halibut fisheries beginsJan. 1, making big changes to how observers are deployed, how observer coverage is funded and which vessels and processed are observed. Officials with the Alaska regional office of the National Marine Fisheries Service said these changes would increase the statistical....

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
Nov. 2012
Coming up on this Thanksgiving week show, we get a dive fishery update from Southeast, scientists worry melting glaciers are increasing the acidity of our oceans, and two posthumous inductions into the Alaska Seafood Hall of Fame. We had help from KFSK’s Joe Vichnickie in Petersburg, Coast Alaska’s Ed Schoenfeld in Juneau, and KTOO’s Matt Miller in Juneau....

Norton Sound CDQ Extends Crab Holdings
Norton Sound Economic Development Corp. in Nome has acquired KDS Inc., a Seattle-based fishing company that primarily harvests golden king crab in the Aleutian Islands. KDS Inc., formerly owned by Dick Powell of Kodiak, is now a wholly owned subsidiary of NSEDC, the community development quota entity announced on Nov. 15. The acquisition includes...

Lecture on Alaska's coastal zones and seaweeds to be held Dec. 8 at state museum
Posted: November 22, 2012 - 12:03am
Mandy Lindeberg, a federal fisheries research biologist with NOAA’s Auke Bay Laboratory in Juneau, will share her fascination with Alaska’s coastal ecology and seaweeds during a presentation Saturday, Dec, 8, at 2 p.m. at the Alaska State Museum. Lindeberg’s research has...

Federal budget cuts hit home
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
Federal employees make up 33 percent of the state’s employment picture, and a new retirement incentive in place is encouraging 10 percent of them to retire.
The potential to lose the more experienced wildlife biologists, NOAA experts and career professionals in National Marine Fisheries Service could cause a significant impact in coastal communities along Kachemak Bay. In the Homer area, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the largest federal employer with 25-30 people, including seasonal workers. Employees of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center building already went through heavy budget cuts last year, said Refuge Manager Steve Delehanty. An incentive system to encourage longer term employees to retire is currently in...

Scientists learn how to attract live fish to robot fish
Thursday, November 22, 2012, 06:00 (GMT + 9)
A new study analyses how zebrafish are attracted or repelled by robotic fish with a similar body shape and colour pattern. The live fish were found to be more attracted to robots with tail motions that mimicked their own. Researchers at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) designed...

Michael's Gourmet Delicacies recalls salmon sold at Whole Foods in Florida