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#01-05-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

ICYMI.... It was an exciting night in Alaska last night.


Ketchikan City Council: Processors should pay more for water
by Leila Kheiry
Alaska Salmon
Alaska Salmon - Ketchikan (Photo credit: rogersmithpix)
January 4, 2013 3:50 PM
City of Ketchikan residents likely will see a 10 percent increase in the wastewater portion of their monthly utility bill, but a water rate increase still is in question. Both rate hikes were programmed into the 2013 budget, but must be approved in separate ordinances. The Ketchikan City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to move the wastewater increase forward. If approved in a second reading, that monthly fee will go from $37.45 to $41.20 for each residential customer. The Council also voted unanimously to defer the water rate increase, citing inequities in the rate structure. Council Member Bob Sivertsen requested the delay. He referred to a cost-of-service study that the city commissioned. “The report does talk about having to increase the fish processors by almost 400 percent in order to equalize...

Board of Fish Turns Down Proposals to Change Harvest Allocations Between Drifters and Setnetters in the Naknek-Kvichak District
During last month’s meeting the members of the Alaska Board of Fisheries turned down proposals to change the harvest allocations for commercial fishermen in the full Naknek-Kvichak District and the Alagnak River Special Harvest Area. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story. (4:49)......

Board of Fish Rejects Proposal 71 to Allow Setnetters to Fish in the Naknek River
An effort to allow commercial setnetters to fish in the Naknek River was turned down last month by the Alaska Board of Fisheries. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details. (2:12)....

OPINION: When the news gets personal
January 4th 2:04 pm | Carey Restino
Hercules overflight Kulluk tow
Hercules overflight Kulluk tow (Photo credit: U.S. Coast Guard)
Most of the time, we in the news world try to separate our private lives from our work lives. We don't write about things in which we are directly involved. Mostly. Except... this is Alaska, an incredibly small state despite its size, and sometimes it doesn't work that way. Take, for example, last year, when I had to interview my boss, and ask some pretty tough questions over rumors concerning a fuel delivery to Nome that he had a big part in organizing. Not standard. Would never fly in the Lower 48. But, this isn't there. This week, it happened again. I got an early morning wake-up call from my significant other saying he was on his way to the waters off Kodiak to help wrangle Shell's drill rig, the Kulluk. And despite the knowledge that the Crowley tug he works on is plenty strong to handle the conditions, I was worried. I was worried because so many things have gone wrong with regards to Shell's Arctic operations this year, and quite frankly, I would be much happier if....

State Of Alaska Rejects Contract Bid For Emergency Food Stockpile (video)
By Nancy Lockwood
Channel 2 News
9:02 p.m. AKST, January 4, 2013
In the event of a catastrophic emergency, Alaska will be forced to rely on food supplies from out of state because a bid to provide, store, and manage an emergency food supply has been rejected by the state. During the most recent legislative session, Gov. Sean Parnell was able to secure $4.9 million for a state emergency food storage program. Following the governor's initiative the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management sought a contract bid, which was made by Select Medical Product.   The goal of....,0,1524960.story

Maine lobster catch up, value down; glut cited
Posted: Jan 04, 2013 2:33 PM AST
Updated: Jan 04, 2013 2:33 PM AST
Associated Press
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The state's lobster catch surged 18 percent last year for another record, but a marketplace glut depressed the value of its signature seafood, causing financial hardship for lobstermen, processing plants and dealers up and down the East Coast, officials said Friday. The lobster catch topped 100 million pounds for the first time in 2011, and the numbers grew again in 2012 with a preliminary total suggesting a catch of more than 123 million pounds, according to the Maine Department of Marine Resources. Final numbers will be released next month. Tensions boiled over in August when the huge lobster haul caused a crash in wholesale prices. Canadian lobstermen blocked truckloads of Maine's lobster from being....

Commercial Herring Fishing Starts in San Francisco Bay
January 5, 2013
California fishermen are harvesting the first herring of 2013 in San Francisco Bay this week.  The total gillnet quota is.....

Gill-netters challenge Oregon's plans to bump them off Columbia River's main stem
By Scott Learn, The Oregonian
on January 04, 2013 at 4:06 PM, updated January 04, 2013 at 4:09 PM
Two Oregon gill-net fishing leaders asked the Court of Appeals today to invalidate a plan pushed by Gov. John Kitzhaber to move nontribal gill-netters off the main stem of the lower Columbia River.
Jim Wells, a commercial fisherman and president of Salmon for All, and Steve Fick of Astoria's Fishhawk Fisheries, filed the legal petition. They allege that the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission's 4-2 decision in December violated several state laws, including.....