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#11-30-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Wrangell: Italian firm might have winning TravelLift bid
November 29, 2012
Planning for the proposed Mariner’s Memorial at Heritage Harbor, and the purchase of a new travel lift for the Marine Service Center were the highlights of the most recent Wrangell Port Commission meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 20. After the selection of Brennon Eagle as the new chairman of the commission, and the seating of Eric Yancey as the newest member, the quorum present got down to business beginning...

Halibut Commission looks at possible 30 percent reduction
Nov 29, 2012 - 04:41 PM
Halibut catch limits could be cut more than 30 percent under preliminary numbers discussed at the International Pacific Halibut Commission’s interim meeting Nov. 29. The commission met in Seattle and heard from staff about a new stock assessment model and a new format for harvest advice. The new format provides a range of possible harvests, along with potential affects of each harvest size. No decisions were made at the interim meeting, as catch limits will be set at the January annual meeting in Victoria, British Columbia. If the commission adopts the...
A serious new player at Bristol Bay
Deckboss was delighted to receive in his inbox yesterday a forwarded email confirming some talk he's been hearing for quite some time. The email says Silver Bay Seafoods recently purchased eight acres on the Naknek River to....

Fish board should follow governor's lead
Posted: November 29, 2012 - 4:15pm
By Clarion editorial
We’ll admit it, we can be a tough crowd down here on the Kenai Peninsula, especially when it comes to fishery management issues. Nevertheless, we were pleased to see Gov. Sean Parnell, his fisheries adviser Stefanie Moreland and Alaska Department of Fish and Game....

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
Nov 29, 2012
Coming up this week: More groundfish boats are going to have observers on them come the new year, Surimi prices are well up in Japan, and the governor wants to almost double the amount of state funds that go to chinook salmon research. All that and a plan in Petersburg to boost survival of hatchery king salmon is gaining support. We had help from KFSK’s Matt Lichtenstein in Petersburg, KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran in Kenai and KSTK’s Ariel Van Cleve in Wrangell....

A Fisherman’s Feast
St. Louis priest Father Joe Classen’s Alaskan wildlife adventures are now a pastoral mission.After eight years of parish work in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Father Joe Classen answered another call in 2011: serving the faithful in Alaska. America’s northernmost state is always in need of priests, so Father Classen, who has enjoyed outdoor adventures his whole life, jumped at the opportunity to voyage north for domestic missionary work. And not just face-to-face, either; soon after his arrival, he helped to launch a local Catholic station that is now broadcasting Seattle-based Sacred Heart Radio to Alaskan listeners. Father Classen has written four books, the most recent of which is The Essentials of Catholic Spirituality: Living and Breathing Our Faith (Alba House, 2011). Currently on a hiatus from writing, his main hobby now is wildlife photography on Kodiak Island, where he need not travel far for fascinating photos. This is made quite clear with...

Japan donates $5M for tsunami debris cleanup
Published: November 29, 2012 Updated 8 hours ago
The Associated Press
TOKYO — Japan is providing $5 million to the U.S. to help with collection and disposal of marine debris from its March 2011 tsunami disaster. The Foreign Ministry announced the donation to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Friday. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda informed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of the plan during a meeting in September on...

Published:  30 November, 2012
RIOTS have broken out in Santiago, the capital of Chile following protests against a new fish catch quota scheme. Local fishermen are angry because they say the new legislation rides roughshod over independent groups in favour of the large and more powerful fishing companies. There were large demonstrations in Santiago on Tuesday this week and police had to use water cannons to disperse, a...

Column: Salmon drama raises questions about government’s role
 By Elizabeth Payne, Ottawa Citizen November 29, 2012
If there were persistent reports of mad cow disease in Canadian beef, say, or hoof-and-mouth disease, you would expect the federal government to act quickly to get to the bottom of the issue. Which makes the government’s reaction to the threat of a potentially devastating salmon virus on the West Coast confounding. Canada has a growing fish farming industry on both coasts and world-renowned wild salmon stocks, which many fear are at risk from fish farms. Infectious...