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#01-30-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

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Tsunami warning (Photo credit: jemasmith)
Is Seward prepared for a zombie invasion?
JANUARY 29, 2013 8:52 PM
by Brent
On the evening of Saturday, October 27, 2012, many Seward residents were out celebrating Halloween. Pirates,angels,ghosts and other ghouls were abundant. At 7:04 that evening, miles away in the Queen Charlotte Islands of British Columbia, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake was occurring. At 7:16 p.m. AST, the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for coastal areas of British Columbia from the northern tip of Vancouver Island to Alaska. The tsunami warning was later.................. I sent an inquiry to Mr. Jim Hunt, Seward City Manager: would he be willing to discuss the tsunami warning system for a Seward City News article? Was the tsunami warning system working as it was supposed to? Unfortunately, because of a last minute scheduling conflict, Mr. Hunt was unable to attend. Mr. Eddie Athey, Assistant Fire Chief of the Seward Volunteer Fire Department, was available and agreed to answer my questions.
Brent: Thank you for agreeing to meet with me today on such short notice. Were you aware that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has a web paged dedicated on what to do in the event of a zombie invasion?
Eddie: I had heard that.
Brent: Do you think that Seward is prepared in the event of a zombie invasion?
Eddie: (with a chuckle) I’ve never been asked that before. Yes, Seward is well prepared to react and respond to a variety of natural and “unnatural” disasters.
Brent: On the evening of 6/24/11 there was an earthquake in the Aleutian Islands. A tsunami warning was sent out. That warning was not received until 1 hour and 20 min after it was issued.......

Board of Fisheries Adopts New Kuskokwim River Plan
By Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK - Bethel | January 29, 2013 - 5:20 pm
The Board of Fisheries adopted a new management plan for the Kuksokwim River which includes stronger language supporting the King salmon subsistence fishery. Listen to the full story....

Fish and Game Releases Chinook Research Plan
By Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau | January 29, 2013 - 5:19 pm
Meanwhile, the Department of Fish and Game has just released its long-term research plan to manage – and ideally prevent – future Chinook salmon disasters like the one Alaska experienced last year. The proposal calls for better estimates of young salmon populations on a number of major rivers, and it puts an emphasis on getting more local knowledge of fish stocks. Listen to the full story..
Eastern Bering Sea Fish Survey Yields Surprising Results
By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA - Anchorage | January 29, 2013 - 5:18 pm
About a thousand people gathered for the Alaska Marine Science Symposium last week. Dozens of scientists spoke on topics ranging from ocean acidification, and changes in the productivity of plants and animals in the marine environment to jobs in science. A survey of fish in the eastern Bering Sea had surprising results. Listen to the full story.....

Seymour herring forecast out
by Matt Lichtenstein
January 29, 2013 1:12 pm
Southeast gillnetters will be able to fish for just over a thousand tons of herring in Seymour Canal off Admiralty Island this spring. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced a guideline harvest level of 1014 tons in the sac roe fishery, which is somewhat above average for the past half-decade. Gillnetters had GHL of just under 1300 tons last year, but they never got to fish it. That’s because.....

Alaska house resolution rebukes FDA findings on GE salmon
By Associated Press
Posted on January 29, 2013 at 6:27 am
A group of Alaska legislators are fighting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s preliminary findings on genetically engineered salmon......
McSustainable Seafood
Posted: 01/29/2013 12:29 pm
McDonald's, one of America's largest buyers of fish, announced last week that all 'Fillet O'Fish' sandwiches and new 'Fish McBites' will be made from Marine Stewardship Council certified Pacific pollock. While retail chains like Whole Foods, Wal-Mart and Target have recently introduced sustainable seafood programs, McDonald's is....

MSC certification recommended for Russian pollock
Thursday, January 31, 2013, 00:40 (GMT + 9)
The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) has welcomed the news that certifiers assessing the Russian Sea of Okhotsk pollock fishery have determined that the fishery should be certified under the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard. Commenting on the news, Jim Cannon, CEO for SFP, said: “Sustainable Fisheries Partnership would like to congratulate the Pollock Catchers Association, the Russian Pollock Sustainability Alliance and everyone involved in ensuring the sustainability of the Russian pollock fishery. We are hopeful that final certification will come....

Senate panel advances cruise ship bill
Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 4:15 am
Associated Press | 3 comments
JUNEAU, Alaska - The Senate Resources Committee has advanced legislation that would change how Alaska regulates wastewater from cruise ships.....
Murkowski Introduces Bill to Restore Subsistence Harvest of Gull Eggs in Southeast Alaska
By Office of Senator Murkowski 01/29/2013 07:01:00
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, yesterday reintroduced legislation restoring the traditional rights of the Huna Tlingit to gather glaucous-winged gull eggs in Glacier Bay National Park as part of their subsistence hunting activities.....

My Turn: An opportunity to bring common sense to a federal program
Posted: January 30, 2013 - 12:02am
The Alaska House and Senate will hold hearings this week on Gov. Sean Parnell’s legislation to assume administration of the U.S. Corps of Engineers’ dredge and fill program. The bureaucratic term for this action is “primacy.” I call it the last chance to bring common sense to a regulatory program—based on my experience with the Corps—which is a rat’s nest of rules, ad hoc imposition of requirements that are essentially “fast food law,” and is huge federal overreach triggered by...

Bill Allows Tribes To Directly Apply For Federal Disaster Aid
By Peter Granitz, APRN - Washington DC | January 29, 2013 - 5:21 pm
Alaska did not receive any money in the Sandy relief bill that cleared the Senate Monday night. The bill did include a provision that will allow tribes to directly apply to the federal government for future disaster aid. A governor needs to request a federal disaster declaration for any issues in a particular state. Senator Mark Begich says that’s changing for tribes....

New England fishermen face grim vote on cuts
January 30, 2013
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - New England's fishing fleet faces grim news Wednesday as regulators meet to consider steep cuts in catch limits that fishermen warn will trigger industry collapse. The New England Fishery Management Council is meeting in Portsmouth to decide 2013 limits on stocks including cod on Georges Bank and in the Gulf of Maine.....


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