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#02-03-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

English: "Cape Promontory, Cape Lutkes, A...
Cape Lutkes, Alaska. Cape Lutkes is part of the Aleutian Islands." – Cape Lutke, a landhead at the southern central coast of Unimak Island, Aleutian Islands, Alaska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Chenault: 'Voters have spoken' on coastal management
Comments echo Parnell on controversial issue
Posted: February 1, 2013 - 5:03pm  |  Updated: February 3, 2013 - 12:11am
Although some legislators remain interested in authorizing a state coastal zone management program, a year and a half after the former program expired amidst disagreement between the House and Senate and five months after voters overwhelmingly rejected an initiative to establish a new program, Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, suggested Friday that he feels voters have already weighed in. During a Friday morning press conference, Chenault made an oblique reference to the defeat of Ballot Measure 2, the initiative that.....

NPFMC May Start Ocean Zoning Tomorrow (Video from Greenpeace)
By Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage | January 31, 2013 - 5:36 pm
Next week the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council may start work on zoning the ocean – something it began in 2005, when it protected the coral gardens of the Aleutian Islands.  This time, sea skate nursery areas are being considered.  The Council’s preferred alternative would.....

Ready, not waiting
As Ketchikan Shipyard develops, it continues to fill its dance card with ship repair and building projects for the new year. The Alaska-owned shipyard, operated by Alaska Ship and Drydock, will deliver its first completed project from its new assembly and production hall in May 2013, with Alaska Longline Company's fishing vessel Arctic Prowler. The late John Winther of Petersburg brought the project to the shipyard, paving the way for Alaska Ship and Drydock to build other vessels for the state's commercial fishing industry. The shipyard had to push the reset button after the state called off the Alaska Class Ferry project late last year. But the shipyard is seeking new contracts in order to fill the assembly hall after Prowler's departure. At least two possibilities exist, and ASD officials say one or both of those will be made known to the public, ideally in a week or a month's time. One of those projects could carry the shipyard's ship-building schedule until the state Department of Transportation presents the design concept and moves ahead with the ferries it....

Portland: Vigor signs deal for largest floating drydock in the United States
Portland, Jan. 14, 2013 - Vigor Industrial has reached an agreement with Daoda Marine Heavy Industry Company (DDHI) to purchase a new floating drydock for $40 million. At 960 feet long, with an inside width of 186 feet and a lifting capacity of 80,000 long tons, it will be the largest floating drydock in the United States. “We decided now is the time to buy because demand to service large vessels is growing and large drydock capacity in proximity to....
Efforts continue to reduce PCBs found in salmon
13 hours ago
Mark Worthing makes numerous errors in his recollection of facts about salmon farming and feed ingredients (“Salmon farming requires further research,” Jan. 25). He misrepresents and ignores many facts in the testimony given in court when we sued anti-aquaculture activist Don Staniford for defamation. The facts were given by Jason Mann, who is in charge of nutrition and purchasing at our feed mill and sister company, EWOS Canada. Worthing is wrong to state that EWOS Canada “is the primary fish farm food company operating in....

ENVIRONMENT: Speaker looks at ocean acidification's impact on fish
Scott Steltzner, a fisheries biologist with the Squaxin Island Tribe, will be the next presenter in the Discovery Speakers Series.
Published: Feb. 3, 2013 at 12:05 a.m. PST
Scott Steltzner, a fisheries biologist with the Squaxin Island Tribe, will be the next presenter in the Discovery Speakers Series. Steltzner will give his presentation Thursday, the final program in the 2012-13 series. Working for the tribe the past nine years, Steltzner’s research has.....

Millionaire financing to unravel salmon diseases using genomics
Monday, February 04, 2013, 00:40 (GMT + 9)
The consortium Blue Genomics Chile will fund with USD 17 million during eight years the main challenges of the national salmon industry through the application of genomics: caligidosis and Salmon Rickettsial Syndrome (SRS) diseases. It is expected that this initiative will be beneficial for Atlantic salmon and trout. According to the consortium general manager, Patrick Dempster, they are seeking to combat these diseases, which have brought many problems to the sector, using......

February 02. 2013 10:52PM
Cod wallop: So long, New England fishermen?
Are New England cod dying off, or have they just moved to colder waters? Though the answer to that question remains in doubt, New England fishermen have been ordered to behave as though the cod are nearly wiped out. Thus, bureaucracy could kill off New England's fishing industry even though it might not be killing off the fish.........