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#01-11-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Map of Bristol Bay, Alaska
Map of Bristol Bay, Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Jan 10, 2013 - 10:47 AM AKST
Chinook conservation, permit stacking approved for Bristol Bay fisheries
Bristol Bay fisheries will operate under some revised regulations this year. The Alaska Board of Fisheries met in Naknek in December to consider changes to Bristol Bay finfish regulations, including 73 proposals regarding area salmon fishing. Commercial salmon fishermen will see a number of changes. Under the changes to how permits can be stacked, two driftnet permit holders can fish from the.......

Jan 10, 2013 - 10:46 AM AKST
Board of Fisheries to discuss Yukon, Kuskokwim fishery changes
Commercial fisheries disasters were declared after low chinook runs on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers in 2012, and several proposals to be considered by the Board of Fisheries will consider ways to preserve fishing opportunity for residents reliant on those fish....
Once a fisherman, always a fisherman
Posted 01/11/2013
by - Jennifer Gibbins
Long-time Cordova representative, Bill Thomas, says he is busy getting his fishing gear back in order after losing a tight race for Alaska House of Representatives this past November. Thomas lost to Sitka Democrat and newcomer Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins by just 32 votes. "After an eight-year detour, I am getting back to fishing," Thomas told The Cordova Times speaking from his home in Haines earlier this week. "I am a life-long fisherman. I've still got my permits for gillnetting, halibut, shrimp. And I've got an eight-year pile of gear in the basement that needs to be sorted through."....

PWS catches the most salmon in 2012
Fish Factor
January 10, 2013 | Vol. 47, No. 21
Prince William Sound topped all other Alaska regions for salmon catches last year — but not by much. Fishermen in the Sound squeaked by their colleagues in the Panhandle by just 44,000 fish to get the number 1 ranking for the 2012 season. The tally: 34.39 million salmon crossed the docks at PWS compared to 34.346 million for Southeast. For the second year running, Southeast Alaska beat out Bristol Bay for the most valuable salmon catch. According to preliminary numbers from the state, Southeast landings totaled $153 million at the docks, compared to $121 million at Bristol Bay. Bristol Bay can still lay claim to being home to Alaska’s most valuable salmon fishery by far: sockeye, valued at $117 million.....

Expert Finds Individual Catch Shares Hurt Communities
Jan 10, 2013
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
All eyes and ears were on visiting fisheries professor Seth Macinko Tuesday night during the joint session of the Kodiak Island Borough and the City Council. Macinko, who teaches at the University of Rhode Island  has worked closely with catch share management programs thought the world and offered hi take on the growing issue in Alaska. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is working toward a catch shares in the Gulf of Alaska to help address bycatch issues. Macinko said....

Jan 10, 2013 - 09:35 AM AKST
Kodiak woman sentenced in Trident Seafoods embezzlement case
A Kodiak woman has been sentenced to four months in prison for her role in an embezzlement scheme involving a seafood company.....

Engineered fish are harmful to our state's salmon industry ( #nopaywall )
Posted: January 11, 2013 - 12:03am
The following editorial first ran Jan. 4. The new year is beginning with an old debate over genetically engineered salmon. Last month, the Food and Drug Administration released an environmental assessment of the AquaAdvantage salmon, a genetically engineered fish that grows twice as fast as its wild counterparts. The assessment said the fish is unlikely to harm the environment, and the....

Selling Food to China May Be Easier than You Think
By Ina Steiner
January 11, 2013
....... Online shoppers can place orders on a special website from Dec. 26 to Jan. 15. Products on offer, including frozen Alaska salmon and other seafood, nuts and snacks, will be delivered at the end of January.....  Direct Tube (Malware free according to Google Chrome ) >

Homer: Sheen spreads from sunken fishing vessel in Jakolof Bay
Cleanup crews on hand but weather, tides and a solid plan remain elusive at Jakolof now for 16 days
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
Two fishing vessels that sank in Jakolof Bay on Christmas day continue to spread an oily sheen in sensitive oyster farming waters while a plan for removing the vessels still isn’t formulated. Jakolof is 10 miles south of Homer, a sparse community of about 70 homes near the town of Seldovia.....

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
Jan 10, 2013
Coming up this week, a Board of Fish member resigns citing “personalities” as part of the reason; a unique salmon share program out of Sitka is gaining some national recognition; and the Commercial Fishing Film Festival wraps up this weekend in Juneau. All that and, has the new record price for a single tuna soured some bidders in Japan. We had help from KTOO’s Casey Kelly in Juneau, KFSK’s Matt Lichtenstein in Petersburg, and KCAW’s Robert Woolsey in Sitka....

Shell may have moved troubled Alaskan rig to avoid $6 million tax, congressman says
By Edmund DeMarchePublished January 10, 2013
Royal Dutch Shell may have moved an oil rig that ran aground last month in order to avoid $6 million in taxes to Alaska, Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., charged in a letter to the oil behemoth's president......

Published: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 / Updated: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 07:52 PM
Begich: Arctic drilling is happening
By BECKY BOHRER - Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska --
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich says there's no question in his mind that drilling in the Arctic will continue to move forward.....

7.5 quake shutters local GCI customers
January 10, 2013
Customers of GCI in Wrangell lost Internet, cable television and cell phone coverage in the early hours on Saturday, Jan. 5 after a massive earthquake rattled the coast of Southeast Alaska. The 7.5 magnitude temblor, which was located 110 kilometers west of Craig and was approximately six miles under the earth’s...

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