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#12-18-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Crabbers Take Full Blue King Crab Quota
By Stephanie Joyce
Monday, December 17 2012
For the first time since the fishery reopened in 2009, crabbers have caught the entire quota of St. Matthew’s blue king crab. The last of...... http://kucb.org/news/article/crabbers-take-full-blue-king-crab-quota/


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MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2012
We're all doing great!
As noted previously here on Deckboss, the state is conducting a major performance review of the Community Development Quota program. Launched 20 years ago, the CDQ program reserves a share of the lucrative Bering Sea fisheries for the benefit of disadvantaged... http://deckboss.blogspot.com/2012/12/were-all-doing-great.html

Murkowski Hires New Fisheries Aide
By Stephanie Joyce
Monday, December 17 2012
Senator Lisa Murkowski has hired a new fisheries and Arctic policy advisor. Jay Sterne is a former federal lobbyist, and he comes to Murkowski’s office from Windward Strategies, a consulting group. In a press release, Sterne is described as “a twenty year veteran of.... http://kucb.org/news/article/murkowski-hires-new-fisheries-nzhy/


Fishing Vessel Reports Floating Dock Off of Washington State
By GW Rastopsoff | Alaska Native News 12/17/2012 06:00:00
On Friday evening, it was reported by fishermen on the fishing vessel Lady Nancy, that they had spotted what appeared to be a portion of floating dock similar to the dock that floated up onto the beach in Oregon earlier this year in July. It is likely that the dock floating off of the coast is one of four portions of dock missing from Japan's coast. The other portion that already floated up was another portion of that same dock. There was another instance of a dock reported floating at sea in September of this year floating off of the island of Molokai. The large piece of marine debris was spotted approximately 16 nautical miles northwest of Grays Harbor entrance. The United States Coast Guard has been continuously broadcasting a Safety Marine Information Message alerting mariners to be on the lookout for this floating object off of.... http://alaska-native-news.com/alaska-native-news-at-sea/7355-fishing-vessel-reports-floating-dock-off-of-washington-state.html

Deadline for ocean leadership awards nomination is Jan. 11
Posted 12/17/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
Nominations are being accepted through Jan 11 for the 2013 Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards, to be presented Feb. 16 at the Alaska Marine Gala at the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage, a fund-raiser for Seward's Alaska SeaLife Center. The awards were established as an annual honor to encourage and give recognition to outstanding achievements related to ocean sciences, education and resource management in Alaska...... http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1251deadline-for-ocean-leadership-awards

Distance-learning program aims to educate fisheries managers
Jennifer Gibbins | The Cordova Times | Dec 17, 2012
This spring, a distance learning program offered through the University of Alaska Southeast, will offer aspiring fisheries professionals an opportunity to gain insight into some of the principals, concepts and techniques of fisheries management. The entry-level college course is being taught by Cordova Fish and Game area management biologist, Tommy Sheridan, who is also an adjunct professor at the University of Alaska Southeast. Sheridan, who grew up in Bellingham and took part in the program at the beginning of his own college career, says that even after earning his.... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/distance-learning-program-aims-educate-fisheries-managers