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#01-16-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Alaska - Cook Inlet from Arctic Valley
Alaska - Cook Inlet from Arctic Valley
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Cook Inlet salmon management plan implications discussed
Task force considers changes
Posted: January 15, 2013 - 8:38am  |  Updated: January 15, 2013 - 1:38pm
By Rashah McChesney
Peninsula Clarion
Ten Upper Cook Inlet Task Force members met Monday to address the mountain of data generated since their last meeting, propose changes to salmon management plans and hear from local fishermen. The day began with a presentation on a draft escapement goal recommendation of 15,000 to 30,000 late-run chinook salmon in the Kenai River. Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Chief Fisheries Scientist, Bob Clark answered questions about the draft report and how the DIDSON-sonar based goal was developed. The new escapement goal is based on the department’s DIDSON sonar and will replace..... http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2013-01-15/cook-inlet-salmon-management-plan-implications-discussed

Board of Fish meeting begins
MOLLY DISCHNER
Jan 15, 2013 - 01:52 PM
The Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim fisheries meeting began today (yesterday) with staff reports on river systems in those areas. Alaska's Board of Fisheries will consider proposals to change regulations, escapement goals and other aspects of management in those northern waters. The meeting is part of the regular three-year board cycle....  http://www.alaskajournal.com/Blog-Fish-Bytes/Blogs-2013/Board-of-Fish-meeting-begins/

Tanner Crab Fishery Opens in Unalaska Bay
By Stephanie Joyce
Tuesday, January 15 2013
The Unalaska Bay tanner crab fishery opened Wednesday at noon for the first time in several years. Six boats are registered for the fishery. Fish and Game biologist Britta Baechler says that’s five... http://kucb.org/news/article/tanner-crab-fishery-opens-in-unalaska-bay/

Over 50-Percent of the Catch in Bristol Bay Last Year Was Chilled
01/16/13
Over 50-percent of the sockeye caught last year in Bristol Bay were chilled at the point of harvest. That's the first time in history that the 50-percent mark has been achieved. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (2:52)..... http://www.kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=2446

NOAA seeks nominees for 2 vacancies on International Pacific Halibut Commission
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 15, 2013 - 6:06 pm EST
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The National Marine Fisheries Service is again seeking nominees for two seats on the International Pacific Halibut Commission..... http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/65bd44b77165481699627745d2caf133/AK--Halibut-Commission

2012 West Coast Commercial Fishing Year In Review Part 1
Salmon
January 16, 2013
In May, Copper River Reds started the salmon season off with a bang. A huge unexpected run pounded the Copper River flats as the season began with triple the amount of forecasted reds.  In 2012, 374,000 sockeyes were harvested in just the first two openers. Sadly, the price plummeted to as low as 1.25 a pound in the first few weeks of the record run. The rest of the salmon season of 2012 was fairly lackluster. Bristol Bay had a mediocre run of 20 million fish, which is down from the average of 25 million fish. Prince William Sound was expected to.... http://juneautek.com/2013/01/16/2012-west-coast-commercial-fishing-year-in-review-part-1/

Russia roars ahead in race to develop Arctic shipping route
Mia Bennett | Eye on the Arctic | Jan 15, 2013
The new headquarters for the Northern Sea Route (NSR) will open in Moscow on January 28. The new, state-owned enterprise will have a budget of 35 million rubles (about $1.1 million) and will set forth tariffs and regulations regarding "navigation safety and the prevention, reduction, and control of pollution in the marine environment," according to a July 2012 law passed by the State Duma on the regulation of commercial navigation in the NSR. The law also defines the NSR (translated with Google Translate) as:
"The aquatic space adjacent to the northern coast of the Russian Federation, covering internal waters, territorial sea, the contiguous zone and the exclusive economic zone of the Russian Federation and bounded.... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/russia-roars-ahead-race-develop-arctic-shipping-route

Jan. 14, 2013
The ocean reveals some of its secrets and helps predict salmon returns to the Columbia
A team of scientists from NOAA and Oregon State University has found that a wide range of biological indicators from the Pacific ocean are better predictors of adult salmon returns to the Columbia River than local or regional physical indicators. The accuracy of such predictions is invaluable to state and federal fishery managers in setting harvest limits and allocations, and for tracking recovery of endangered or threatened salmon runs..... http://www.nwr.noaa.gov/Newsroom/ocean-indicators.cfm

Miners May Pay U.S. More in Royalties Under 1872 Overhaul
By Jim Snyder - Jan 15, 2013 8:00 PM GMT-0900
The U.S. government could reap hundreds of millions of dollars in the next decade by collecting royalties from gold, silver and other mines exempt under an 1872 law President Ulysses S. Grant signed to promote the frontier. “It’s astounding in this time of trillion-dollar deficits that we aren’t looking more closely at revenue off of public lands,” Senator Tom Udall, a New Mexico Democrat, said in an interview. “This would be a very good place to do it.”...... http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-16/miners-may-pay-u-s-more-in-royalties-under-1872-overhaul.html

A wifi hotspot at the coldest spot on earth
Israel’s Alvarion makes rugged routers that facilitate communication in some of the most challenging environments — like Alaska’s North SlopeBy DAVID SHAMAH January 16, 2013, 5:19 am
TThere is civilization at the end of the world, and its people need to talk on cellphones and surf the Internet. To their rescue comes Israel’s Alvarion, which will be installing fast wireless broadband service for the use of residents and workers of the North Slope of Alaska, one of the remotest and harshest places on earth. Alvarion, based in Tel Aviv, has sales offices in 15 countries, with equipment deployed in some of the roughest rural environments in Africa and Asia, as well as in the US, Europe, and Asia. The North Slope is about as north as you can get without going to the North Pole; it’s at the top tip of Alaska, and totals 94,763 square miles.... http://www.timesofisrael.com/a-wifi-hotspot-at-the-coldest-spot-on-earth/