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#11-27-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Fish and Game forecasts drop in Bristol Bay salmon
The early fishing boats
The early fishing boats (Photo credit: toddraden)
Nov 26, 2012 - 03:07 PM
The 2013 Bristol Bay sockeye salmon forecast is out, with a drop in total fish meaning a drop in harvest is likely. Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game is predicting a total of 26.03 million sockeye, which could produce a total harvest of 17.53 million fish, with 16.59 million for Bristol Bay, and 940,000 for South Peninsula fisheries. The department released its 2013 forecast Nov. 26.....

Hatchery king release proposed for Frederick Sound near Petersburg
by Matt Lichtenstein
November 21, 2012 3:53 pm
A plan aimed at establishing a hatchery king salmon return to Frederick Sound near Petersburg is gathering local support. Proponents gave presentations during Monday’s City Council meeting and Saturday’s meeting of the Petersburg’s Fish and Game Advisory Committee. Matt Lichtenstein reports...

Lawyer files motion for consolidated fishing trial
Published: November 26, 2012
The Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — A lawyer is asking a judge to consolidate the trials of 22 Alaska Native fishermen charged with illegal fishing during a poor salmon run. Attorney James J. Davis Jr. says in a motion filed Monday in Bethel that consolidating the multiple separate cases into one would allow two specialists on Yup'ik Eskimo culture to act as pro bono experts for all the fishermen. Davis says..

Seafood processors fined for violating Clean Water Act
Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 06:00 (GMT + 9)
Three seafood processors agreed to settle federal Clean Water Act violations for their vessels’ seafood waste discharges off Alaska’s coast with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and pay fines. The companies in question are Aleutian Spray Fisheries, Inc, United States Seafoods, LLC and Ocean Peace Inc, and their vessels are responsible for releasing millions of lb of seafood waste into the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska and North Pacific Ocean every year. “These permits are intended to protect Alaska's marine habitat and species,” said....

Fuel Removed From Grounded Tug
By Alexandra Gutierrez
Monday, November 26 2012
After a week of harsh weather, responders were finally able to remove fuel from a tug that grounded off the Alaska Peninsula. The Polar Wind was carrying about 20,000 gallons of diesel when it -- and...

Ocean acidification already taking its toll on Antarctic marine snails
Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 23:20 (GMT + 9)
The shells of marine snails – known as pteropods – living in the seas around Antarctica are being dissolved by ocean acidification according to a new study published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience. These tiny animals are a valuable food source for fish and birds and play an important role in the oceanic carbon cycle. During a science cruise in 2008, researchers from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and...