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#01-03-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Julianne Curry - Petersburg Pilot
United Fishermen: Curry, Wallace take helm
Posted: January 2, 2013 - 12:00am
Julianne Curry is the new executive director for the United Fishermen of Alaska. Curry most recently worked for six years with the Petersburg Vessel Owners Association. She also served on UFA’s Executive Committee as chair of subsistence for five years before taking........
  • Curry Onboard As UFA Director (audio) By Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK - Petersburg | January 2, 2013 - 1:46 pm Alaska’s largest commercial fishing group has a new skipper at the wheel. Julianne Curry started today (Weds 1/2) as Executive Director for the United Fishermen of Alaska. Curry grew up in a fishing family and gained statewide prominence as director of the Petersburg Vessel Owners Association. Curry says she has a deep found respect and passion for the industry and wanted to continue her advocacy on a larger scale....
Blue King Crab Delivered to Seward for Research Project
Sixteen egg-bearing blue king crab captured off St. Matthew Island in November have arrived at the Alaska King Crab Research, Rehabilitation and Biology program site in Seward to be studied for ways to increase hatchery production. Biologists with the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery said the crab were an in-kind contribution...

Harvest Allocations for Drifters and Setnetters in Bristol Bay Will Remain Unchanged
During last month’s meeting the Alaska Board of Fisheries turned down an effort to make major changes to the allocation percentages for drifters and setnetters in Bristol Bay’s massive commercial sockeye fishery. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story. (3:11)....

Changes in the Use of Herring Spawn on Kelp in the Togiak Area
The subsistence foods used in southwest and western Alaska vary depending on location. Across much of the region salmon is a staple of a subsistence diet while users in other areas rely heavily on moose and caribou. The Togiak area is somewhat unique in that many subsistence users rely on herring spawn on kelp to supplement their diet. Some new research about the use of herring spawn on kelp was outlined during last month’s Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting. KDLG’s Mike Mason covered the meeting and filed this report. (3:42)....

Derelict ship causes ammonia scare
Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 3:36 pm | Updated: 4:46 pm, Wed Jan 2, 2013.
Associated Press
KODIAK, Alaska - A derelict fish processing ship caused an ammonia scare in Kodiak when two crewmembers living onboard the vessel reported a leak.
Kodiak firefighters were joined by Coast Guard firefighters on Monday in responding to reports of a leak on the 169-foot Pacific Producer, according to the Kodiak Daily Mirror ( Kodiak City Pier 2 was cordoned off for five hours.....

Ambitious Alberta-Alaska rail link proposed
Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 11:42 pm
Jeff Richardson
FAIRBANKS — A Canadian business group is proposing a railway link between Alberta and Alaska as a possible route for bringing landlocked oil to market, but some of the details have been met with skepticism by trans-Alaska oil pipeline officials. The proposal, being pushed by a business consortium called G Seven Generations, would connect Fort McMurray, Alberta, and Delta Junction with a rail line. G7G is seeking $10 million from the Alberta government to help fund a $40 million feasibility study, according to an article in Wednesday’s Edmonton Journal.....

The Aleutians East Borough is Working on a New Land Use Permitting System 
The idea of instituting planning and zoning in rural Alaska is a controversial one. Some believe it infringes on a person's right to develop their own land as they see fit while others believe planning and zoning allows for development to move forward responsibly. Full fledged planning and zoning does not yet exist in the Aleutians East Borough but as KDLG's Mike Mason reports... the Borough is starting a new permitting program. (1:42)....

LNG gains political value as Japan's needs soar
Alaska looks to be key source if pipeline plan goes through

Staff writer - Japan Times
OSAKA — With Japan's nuclear power future clouded by discoveries of active faults near atomic plants in Fukui and Aomori prefectures, liquefied natural gas has become a critical resource and an area of great potential for strengthening relations with the United States. From the frozen wilderness of Alaska's North Slope to Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, American LNG reserves have increasingly drawn interest from Japan since the March 2011 megaquake and tsunami. With all but two of the nation's....

DC/Florida: $150 million in fisheries aid put off until mid-January
January 03, 2013 12:00 AM
A bill that will provide funding for communities affected by Hurricane Sandy and that also includes $150 million for fisheries disaster relief will now be voted on in two parts, leaving the fate of funds for local fishing grounds up in the air until Jan. 15, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. House leadership decided not to allow a vote on the bill, which had...