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#01-22-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

IPHC meeting opens with staff presentations
Jan 21, 2013 - 08:15 PM
The International Pacific Halibut Commission’s 89th annual meeting began today(yesterday ) in Victoria, British Columbia. The meeting, which is more open to the public than in years past and is webcast online, runs through Friday, when a decision of 2013 catch limits is due. Today, Executive Director Bruce Leaman talked about the apportionment process for the halibut...

Alaska exports for 2012 total $4.5B
Posted: January 22, 2013 - 12:06am
Alaska exported the second highest value of goods and services in its history in 2012 — second only to 2011. Based on the first nine months of available data for the year state exports are expected to have totaled $4.5 billion in 2012. Below 2011’s record $5 billion and change in exports. Greg Wolf executive director World Trade Center Alaska spoke during the World Trade Center Alaska’s annual Statewide Economic Forecast Luncheon at the Juneau Arts and Humanities building, Thursday. It was Wolf’s sixth year presenting at the event.....

Pollock A Season Gets Underway Amid Price Uncertainty
By Stephanie Joyce
Monday, January 21 2013
The Bering Sea’s largest fishery got underway on Sunday with the opening of pollock A season. The quota is slightly up from last year, at 1.266 million metric tons. Roughly 40 percent of that is slated to be...

Marine Science Conference Zeroes In On The Arctic
By Lauren Rosenthal
Monday, January 21 2013
This week, field researchers are gathered in downtown Anchorage to talk about the changes they’ve seen in Alaskan coastal waters, with a particular focus on the Arctic -- including the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea. KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal is at the event and has this preview. The 900 scientists gathered at the Alaska Marine Science symposium aren’t just here to present research. Together, they’re...
Fish and Game's "Chinook Salmon Research Plan" 
The poor return of King salmon to rivers across much of Alaska last year has prompted the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to step up their research efforts. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (2:49)....

Shell makes more food deliveries to remote villages
Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013 1:36 pm
Associated Press
KODIAK, Alaska - Royal Dutch Shell PLC is continuing to help deliver food to Kodiak's rural communities. The food from the Kodiak Island Food Bank was delivered to Larsen Bay last week. The community received....

Bill would add 12th seat to Marine Transporation Advisory Board Addition seat for Kodiak Island and Kenai Peninsula communities
Posted: January 22, 2013 - 12:06am
A bill introduced last week by Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, would add a 12th member to the Marine Transportation Advisory Board, giving Southcentral Alaska another representative on the board. Stevens, who was the previous Senate president, said Monday that the bill would provide local residents, including many of his constituents, with more representation. “I just want to expand the board a little bit to include communities in the west route area,” said Stevens, referring to the western reaches of the Alaska Marine Highway System’s ferry network. He added, “It just adds that citizen input to it. … As a legislator, that’s often one of the complaints I get.....

Buccaneer Energy could begin drilling soon
Posted on January 22, 2013 at 6:46 am by Associated Press
KENAI, Alaska — The president of Buccaneer Energy’s Alaska operation said the company could be firing up its jack-up rig in northern Cook Inlet waters this spring. The jack-up rig, called the Endeavour-Spirit of Independence, has been idling at dock in Homer since late August after encountering numerous problems, including delays caused by repairs and permitting complications. What was planned as a short-eight day stay in Homer before leaving to drill in northern Cook Inlet waters has.....

Susitna-Watana project can move forward: Feds reverse environmental studies decision
Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013 11:40 pm | Updated: 11:42 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.
JUNEAU — The Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project is back on track after federal regulators reversed a decision that could have delayed the project by a year.
In December, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission sent a letter informing the Alaska Energy Authority that the plan for 13 of 58 proposed studies “lacks sufficient detail.”....

Bills aimed at pushing back fed overreach
Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 12:01 am
Matt Buxton
JUNEAU — In addition to continuing work on oil taxes and energy relief, the 28th Legislature could be gearing up for a standoff with the federal government about what some members see as the feds’ overreach into state affairs. A handful of bills have been filed with the Legislature aimed at standing up against federal......

Scientists gather in New Orleans to discuss effects of BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill
By Mark Schleifstein, | The Times-Picayune
on January 21, 2013 at 5:24 PM, updated January 22, 2013 at 6:43 AM
More than 1,000 scientists and public officials gathered in New Orleans on Monday for the most comprehensive review of scientific information about the short- and long-term effects of the BP Deepwater Horizon accident and spill since it occurred in April 2010. The three-day Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference is aimed at understanding the effects of pollution resulting from the spill and its effect on natural systems in the Gulf and along the shoreline, and on the people who live and work there. "This conference is designed to bring together the research community in the Gulf of Mexico and scientists interested in working in this area, and in the.....

Cooke Aquaculture authorized to process ISA infected salmon
Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 07:10 (GMT + 9)
New Brunswick (NB)-based Cooke Aquaculture is assuring consumers that its fish that became ill with infectious salmon anemia (ISA) is safe to eat. The company has started moving about 240,000 fish from a quarantined Nova Scotia farm off Coffin Island to a factory for processing in Blacks Harbour, NB. The process will take about a month. Cooke has thus become the first company to process its fish even if ill with ISA......

BC Sea Lion, Seal Deaths: Charges Dropped Against Fish Farm
CP  |  By The Canadian Press
Posted: 01/21/2013 5:51 pm EST  |  Updated: 01/21/2013 11:29 pm EST
CAMPBELL RIVER, - Charges have been dropped against a B.C. salmon farming company after it reached a deal with the Department of Fisheries over the deaths of almost 70 sea lions and seals. Sixty five sea lions and four seals became entangled and drowned in nets at Grieg Seafood B.C.'s Gold River farm in early 2010.....
Russia Set for Year’s First Baikonur Space Launch Feb. 5
Topic: Russian space programs
MOSCOW, January 21 (RIA Novosti) - In the first space launch from the Baikonur space port this year, a Russian carrier rocket Soyuz-2.1a is to orbit six Globalstar-2 communication satellites........

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