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#12-06-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

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North Pacific council approves salmon excluder research
Dec 5, 2012 - 09:43 PM
The Gulf of Alaska pollock trawl fleet could get a hand in cutting salmon prohibited speces catch before rationalization, depending on how an experimental piece of equipment works out. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council approved John Gauvin’s application to test a salmon excluder for use in the pollock fishery on Dec. 5 at the recommendation of both the...

Council talks observer program, no changes requested yet
Dec 5, 2012 - 09:43 PM
The revised fisheries observer program was back on the menu at the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s meeting Dec. 5. The council, or NPFMC, heard a report from the National Marine Fisheries Service, or NMFS, regarding its changes to the program since the council’s October motion. Although NMFS addressed many of the council’s requests, fishermen said the program still doesn’t..

New Pebble study looks at salmon, tribes
Anthropologists document loss of salmon would mean loss of cultures
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
Dec 5th, 2012
Salmon cultures dotted the world over from the Saami in Norway to the Ainu of Hakaido, Japan. Most of the more than 30 world salmon cultures are now diminished or faded away since the salmon no longer make their way to the nets. Most that is, except in Alaska and particularly those of the Bristol Bay region, said Alan Boraas in a talk, “Fish, Family, Freedom and Sacred Water,” Friday night at Kachemak Bay Campus. Boraas, an anthropology professor with the Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna and anthropology professor Catherine Knott of the Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, were assigned a...

Alaska Native leaders attend White House Tribal Nations Conference
By Peter Granitz, APRN - Washington DC
Posted on December 6, 2012 at 6:15 am
Alaska Native leaders are in Washington D.C. for the White House Tribal Nations Conference. They’re using the time to voice concern over federal mismanagement. This was the fourth annual Tribal Nations conference … something President Barack Obama made light of in his remarks. “Now three years ago, I was proud to see that this conference was the largest gathering of tribal leaders in our history. And back then, an event like this was rare. It’s gotten routine,” Obama said.....

Spending cuts shadow Obama meeting with tribes
Posted: December 6, 2012 - 12:10am
WASHINGTON — Hours after talking tough against Republicans in “fiscal cliff” negotiations, President Barack Obama and members of his Cabinet reassured hundreds of Native American leaders the administration’s programs and efforts on their behalf would continue. Obama ticked off a list of achievements by his administration on behalf of Native Americans and then spoke of improving America’s roads....

Arson charged in boat burning
In police standoff, suicidal man surrendered but boat exploded
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
A Voznesenka man was charged with first-degree arson in connection with a police standoff and suicide threat that resulted in the near total loss of his father’s fishing vessel. Mike Makai Martushoff, 58, remains hospitalized from burn injuries sustained in the alleged suicide-arson threat case. But Homer Police asked an Alaska District Court judge on Monday to grant an arrest warrant to press charges prior to his discharge from an Anchorage hospital....

Harbor fee increase on the way in Petersburg
by Joe Viechnicki
December 5, 2012 9:49 am
Harbor fee increases in Petersburg are one step closer to taking effect. Petersburg’s city council Monday approved the second reading of an ordinance increasing permanent and transient moorage fees, as well as charges for cruise ships and use of other harbor facilities....

ADF&G Wants to Drop the "Stock of Concern" Listing for the Kvichak River Sockeye Run 
The health of one of the most important wild salmon runs on earth was discussed during the first day of the ongoing Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting in Naknek. KDLG’s Mike Mason is covering the meeting and filed this report. (2:47)...

Council to consider SEAPA streamlining report #SmartGrid
by KRBD Staff
December 5, 2012 4:42 PM
A report calling for streamlining operations at the two Southeast Alaska Power Agency hydroelectric dams is back on the table for Thursday’s regular Ketchikan City Council meeting. City Manager Karl Amylon recommends that the Council essentially reject the report from D. Hittle and Associates, and send the city’s objections to the SEAPA board....

Two Thomas Bay hydro permits expire, one pending #SmartGrid
by Joe Viechnicki
December 5, 2012 10:00 am
Two preliminary federal permits for proposed hydro electric power plants near Petersburg have expired and another permit application remains under consideration by the federal commission that regulates hydro power....

Story last updated at 1:56 PM on Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Seattle event gives good exposure to Homer's harbor, marine trades
By McKibben Jackinsky
Staff Writer
For the second year in a row, thousands of people visiting the three-day Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle got to hear about Homer, thanks to a collaborative effort between the city of Homer and the Homer Marine Trades Association.....

The Alaska Board of Fish Will Take Up Bristol Bay Escapement Goals
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s plan to increase most of the escapement goals for salmon in Bristol Bay has prompted a response from the Alaska Board of Fisheries. KDLG’S Mike Mason has the details. (4:48)...