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#12-07-2012 - ComFish News Roundup (NPFMC LiveStream)

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Sealaska timber touts habitat maintenance
by Leila Kheiry
December 6, 2012 5:40 PM
Sealaska Corporation is in the business of cutting trees. Part of that is timber regrowth, which officials say maintains or even improves habitat for deer and fish. Thick stands of young trees surround Election Creek, near Klawock on Southeast Alaska’s Prince of Wales Island. The forest was logged in 1989, and it’s been left to grow back on its own. Now, more than 20 years later, Sealaska is getting ready to thin the crowded stands of trees that have returned..... http://www.krbd.org/2012/12/06/sealaska-timber-touts-habitat-maintenance-program/

North Pacific council sets catch limits
MOLLY DISCHNER
Dec 6, 2012 - 07:41 PM
The allowable catch of pollock, Pacific Ocean perch and a handful of groundfish species in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands will increase next year under catch limits approved by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council today. The 2013 pollock total allowable catch, or TAC, is 1,266,100 tons for the entire Bering Sea and Aleutians area, an increase of a nearly 47,000 over 2012. The perch TAC was set at 35,100, an increase of more than 10,000 tons over 2012. Atka mackerel will see the biggest decrease, at 25,920, down nearly 25,000 compared to 2012. Pacific cod and sablefish were set at 260,000 tons and 3,720 tons respectively, both decreases compared to 2012. The limits increase the TACs for rock sole, squid, and... http://www.alaskajournal.com/Blog-Fish-Bytes/April-2012/North-Pacific-council-sets-catch-limits/

Ninth Circuit Hears Steller Sea Lion Appeal
By Stephanie Joyce
Thursday, December 06 2012
For years and years, a legal battle has been raging over the endangered western stock of Steller sea lions. That battle finally made its way to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals this week. The State of Alaska and the Freezer Longline Coalition petitioned to overturn a lower court ruling that said... http://kucb.org/news/article/ninth-circuit-hears-steller-sea-lion-appeal/

Dec 6, 2012 - 12:16 PM AKST
Halibut cut likely for 9th year in row
MOLLY DISCHNER, ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE
Halibut catch limits could be cut for the ninth year in a row.
Despite changes to the stock assessment model and a new format for harvest advice, the news the International Pacific Halibut Commission heard from staff at its interim meeting was the same as it has been since 2005: the number of harvestable halibut has declined, and catch limits are following suit. Under the most likely scenario, the coastwide harvest from California to the Bering Sea would be 22.7 million pounds, down from a 33.54 million pound catch limit in 2012. That limit is less certain than in prior years, as the commission, or IPHC, changed how staff harvest advice was delivered. The new format provides a range of possible harvests, along with potential... http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/December-Issue-2-2012/Halibut-cut-likely-for-9th-year-in-row/

Halibut catch limits expected to plummet
December 6, 2012
Halibut catches could be cut by 33 percent next year if proposed numbers get the nod by the International Pacific Halibut Commission next month. That would mean a coast-wide harvest of just 22.7 million pounds for fisheries in California, Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Alaska. Alaska’s share of the halibut catch would be 17.4 million pounds, down from about 25 million this year. Unlike past years, staff scientists are not making catch limit..... http://www.thesewardphoenixlog.com/story/2012/12/06/fishing/halibut-catch-limits-expected-to-plummet/925.html

Public Testimony to the Alaska Board of Fish
12/07/12
The ongoing Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting focused on Bristol Bay featured the public testimony of 70-stakeholders in the commercial, sport and subsistence fisheries in the Bay. KDLG’s Mike Mason has been covering the meeting and filed this report. (6:46)... http://www.kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=2360

Board of Fish Turns Down Proposed Changes to the 32-Foot Length Restriction for Drift Vessels in Bristol Bay
12/07/12
The Alaska Board of Fisheries has voted to keep in place the traditional 32 foot length restriction on drift vessels in Bristol Bay. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story. (3:06)... http://www.kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=2361

Canadian universities aim to make mining more responsible
Posted 12/07/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
The University of British Columbia and Simon Frazer University have announced plans for an international coalition to help developing countries benefit from their natural resources in environmentally and socially responsible ways. Plans to fund the Canadian International Institute for... http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1249canadian-universities-aim-to-make-mining-more

Custom Seafood Processors now has the Turf to match their Surf products
Posted: December 5, 2012 - 10:39am  |  Updated: December 6, 2012 - 11:02am
For many years Custom Seafood Processors on the Spur Highway in Soldotna has been known for literally “Preserving” Alaskan fishing adventures at their state of the art facility.  Now those Alaskan hunting adventures are also being preserved and shipped home for you at Custom Seafood Processors, “We gave a warm welcome to Avery Hansen and his family... http://peninsulaclarion.com/dispatch/2012-12-05/custom-seafood-processors-now-has-the-turf-to-match-their-surf-products  FB > https://www.facebook.com/CustomSeafoodProcessors

Researchers Pinpoint 1,500-Year Cycle in Arctic Atmospheric Pattern
December 06, 2012
(SitNews) - A team of scientists supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) has identified for the first time a clear 1,500-year cycle in the far North's surface atmosphere pressure pattern. Called the Arctic Oscillation (AO), the cycle greatly influences weather in the Northern Hemisphere..... http://www.sitnews.us/1212News/120612/120612_arctic.html