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#03-22-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Local fishermen urge support for sea otter bounty bill
March 21, 2013
Several Petersburg fishermen came out to support Senate Bill 60, implementing a $100 bounty on all sea otters taken legally under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, Monday evening during the regular meeting of the Petersburg Borough Assembly. The resolution that was proposed by the Assembly at the March 4 meeting was brought back to the table for discussion due to the interest of the residents and fishermen of the area. Local commercial fisherman Max Worhatch was the first to step to the microphone. “On the surface, this may seem like a bill to exterminate sea otters,” Worhatch said. “I look at it as a bill to protect Alaska's resources.” Worhatch explained that dungeness crab, geoduck and sea cucumber are vital components of the Petersburg fishing fleet’s....
Board of Fisheries changes king escapement
Mar 21, 2013 - 10:08 PM
The Board of Fisheries changed the escapement goal for late-run king salmon on the Kenai River today at its statewide finfish meeting in Anchorage. The new escapement goal, which passed unanimously, is 15,000 to 30,000. The board discussed other changes to the plan, but ultimately chose not to enact any. The board’s decision came after several hours of public testimony on Cook Inlet salmon over the.....
New management in place for halibut fishery opening March 23
Posted 03/22/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
Commercial fishing for halibut from California to Alaska opens on March 23 with the latest regulatory recommendations of the International Pacific Halibut Commission already firmly in place for a season ending Nov. 7. The final rule to implement the management measures for the 2013 season have been published in the Federal Register by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service. For Area 2C, in Southeast Alaska, charter anglers will....

US pollock industry faces ‘perfect storm’ on roe, blocks, surimi
March 21, 2013, 8:18 am
Tom Seaman
Disappointing prices and lower volumes on the roe auctions of last weekend are the latest headache for the US Alaska pollock industry, which is also facing soft markets for its other core products. “It’s the worst environment for over a....

Second conspirator in Trident embezzlement case gets jail time
March 22, 2013, 4:11 pm
Undercurrent News
A second conspirator in the Trident Seafoods embezzlement case has been sentenced to prison, reports KMXT Public Radio News. Thirty-one-year-old Anne Wilson of...

BS - A report, a graph multicolored and a flowchart
Posted 03/22/2013
by - Bob Smith
Not so long ago I submitted a "piece" regarding our local seafood marketing association. So you could say this one is a follow-up "piece." I don't usually do followups because it implies that I have some sort of attention span. I hate to imply any such thing. Before proceeding with this week's literary marvel I must apologize for calling our little association CRSMA (Copper River Seafood Marketing Association). Our association is actually CRPWSSMA: Copper River Prince William Sound Seafood Marketing Association. Go ahead and make an acronym for that. I.....

Copper River/Prince William Sound stands out at Boston Seafood Show
Posted 03/22/2013
by Beth Poole - for the Cordova Times
Last week I had the honor to represent the fishermen and processors of Copper River and Prince William Sound at the International Boston Seafood Show. For anyone unfamiliar, the show is North America's largest seafood trade show with over 1,000 exhibitors from around the world meeting in one place for a 3-day seafood free for all. Exhibitors from around the world tout their seafood, which ranges from the familiar, including salmon, lobsters and whitefish, to the exotic and outrageous, have you heard of powdered seafood protein for weight loss or automatic sushi machines? It's all there under one roof and in the midst of new flavorings, harmoniously raised aquaculture and a sea of salesmen in suits, Copper River Salmon stuck out as....

Irish fisherman rescued from icy Alaskan waters
AN IRISH fisherman has been rescued after spending 30 minutes in the ice cold waters off Alaska by the US Coast Guard. James McCarthy (35), originally from Co Cork, was pulled from the sea after falling overboard from the Stella, a trawler captained by his brother Peter. According to the US Coast Guard, Mr McCarthy was exposed to a water temperature of just 3C for 25 minutes before....
Murkowski Comments on Release of NOAA Arctic EIS
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today made the following statement in response to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s release of a draft supplemental environmental impact statement (EIS) for oil and natural gas activities in the Arctic Ocean.

“While I appreciate NOAA’s decision to take a second look at the EIS, I continue to believe it’s unnecessary for the agency to conduct this review. Environmental reviews are already required at each step of the offshore oil and gas development process – from five-year plans through production,” Murkowski said. “The agency is also acting beyond its jurisdiction by analyzing impacts on polar bears and walruses, which are clearly the responsibility of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”

Murkowski met last spring with NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco over concerns that the original draft EIS – released in late 2011 – could jeopardize the opportunity to develop the oil and natural gas resources offshore Alaska.

“I remain concerned about the scope of the EIS and the potential for area closures and additional mitigation and technological requirements to result in a de facto moratorium on the development of oil and gas in the Arctic,” Murkowski said. “I have long said that we should move forward with development in the Arctic only if it can be done safely, but don’t believe this EIS contributes to that goal.”

Dam studies don’t dig deep enough on impacts to tributaries, says Sound Science report
by Lorien Nettleton ~ March 21st, 2013
Monday was the deadline for comments on 14 remaining studies proposed by the Alaska Energy Authority to analyze and predict the impacts of a hydroelectric dam on the Susitna river. So far, 20 Federal, state, professional organization and individuals have submitted reviews of the 14 studies. One review was prepared by Sound Science, LLC, on behalf of the Coalition for Susitna Dam Alternatives. As KTNA’s Lorien Nettleton reports, Sound Science found gaps in the proposed study plan regarding what effect lower water flow on the main channel would have on the side-streams and....

“It’s only a test:” Wednesday morning tsunami alert goes off
 Mar 21st, 2013
A tsunami early warning siren and message is set to go off on Wednesday morning at 9:45 a.m., and emergency responders want the message to reach as many people as possible ahead of time: It is only a test.....



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