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#04-05-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Proceeding Quietly with Vigor

By Joseph KeefeThursday, April 04, 2013
West Coast Shipyard banks on the old adage, “if we build it, they will come.”
In a climate of both seemingly fat backlogs and at the same time uncertainty for domestic shipyards, Vigor Industrial is one company that continues to make news in the shipbuilding and repair merger and acquisition markets. After acquiring Todd Pacific Shipyards in 2011 for $130 million, Vigor also diversified its geographic offerings when it scooped up Alaska Ship and Drydock in Ketchikan after raising $75 million through private equity firm Endeavour Capital. Vigor CEO Frank Foti continues to build scale through acquisitions, while diversifying the company’s construction and repair capabilities to include cargo fleets, barges and workboats, ferries, and US Navy and Coast Guard vessels, among others.
Vigor’s quiet expansion is built upon four primary pillars: the acquisitions mentioned above, an aggressive capital spending plan that includes a new vessel assembly hall in Alaska and a new drydock that once deployed will be one of the largest on the U.S. West Coast, a Workforce...

Borough denies Tamico North Harbor bid appeal
April 4, 2013 | Vol. 39, No. 14
The Borough Assembly on Monday voted unanimously to deny the appeal filed by Tamico regarding the award of the North Harbor Reconstruction contract to a Ketchikan company. During an hour-long hearing on Monday, Tamico’s Vice President Jim Martinsen gave testimony regarding the legality of going with a vendor that is outside of Petersburg. Tamico had submitted the....

Land-based sockeye salmon will hit the market next week
Friday, April 05, 2013, 04:20 (GMT + 9)
Willowfield Enterprises has become the first company in the world to successfully raise sockeye salmon in a land-based fish farm. Located in Surrey, British Columbia (BC), the firm took 15 years to perfect land-based fish aquaculture and will gut, scale, package and sell its first batch of sockeye next week, said company owner Don Read. Consumers will be able to buy the fish in Choices Markets under the brand West Creek Farms. The farm plans to eventually produce up to 500 kg of sockeye a week, Vancouver Sun reports. “We have plans to double our capacity, but we...
Halibut, Sablefish prices sink; Sitka herring stalls; land grown sockeyes
April 4, 2013 by admin
Fish Radio
Prices for the first fresh Alaska halibut tanked from previous years. First deliveries at Kodiak fetched $5.25 – $5.75 with a 20 pound split, and then dropped by about one dollar in the first week.  Likewise, Southeast halibut was at $5.25 to $5.50, well below last year. Market push back to high prices and lots of halibut holdovers in freezers are likely to keep a downward press on prices.   Less...

Fishing Fleet Holds Impromptu Donation Drive for Unalaska's Clinic
By Lauren Rosenthal
Thursday, April 04 2013
The ventilator is a critical part of the Iliuliuk Family and Health Services emergency room. It provides breathing support for patients while they wait for medevac flights. But after ten years, the clinic’s ventilator seemed to be....

Tongass official explains importance of wild salmon
'Lunch and Learn' presentation at Capitol Thurs.
Posted: April 4, 2013 - 10:42pm  |  Updated: April 5, 2013 - 12:06am
The Tongass National Forest is a globally significant source of wild salmon and efforts should be made to preserve that resource, the forest’s fish program manager said at a “Lunch and Learn” presentation at the Alaska State Capitol Thursday. Ron Medel said that while non-wild salmon may outsell wild salmon, salmon that hatch in and return to the wild as part of their natural life....

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
Apr 04, 2013
Coming up this week, looks like another bust in the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery this year; nobody likes Chinook Salmon bycatch, and a Kodiak-bound fishing boat lost for 41-years is finally found. All that, and...

Apr 4, 2013 - 05:16 PM AKST
Multiple fisheries studies under way for Watana hydro #SmartGrid
Editor's note: Since this issue went to press, the Alaska Energy Authority announced Wednesday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had approved the 14 remaining study plans. Now, 58 studies are approved, to be conducted over the next two years. Fisheries studies are under way on the Susitna River north of Talkeetna as part of the regulatory process for the proposed Susitna-Watana Hydro project.....

Jack up rig starts new beginning
Cosmo location allows blow out installations; public comment period open on West Eagle Prospect at East End Road
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
Now that the jack up rig Endeavour moved Friday from the Homer Deep Water Dock, its owners will need to demonstrate its blowout defense system works after repairs and installation are complete. Buccaneer Energy, owner of the rig, held the goal of getting to the Cosmopolitan site off Anchor Point in order to make these installations. It could not be done at the Homer dock where it remained tied for seven months. “They are getting the rig trimmed out, ready to go. We’ll go when they get it ready to demonstrate it is doing what.....

Sitka sac roe closes as co-op yields 250 tons
by Ed Ronco, KCAW
April 4, 2013 9:51 am
The Sitka Sound sac roe herring season is over.
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game announced the closure Thursday morning. After three competitive openings, the seine fleet captured just under half the 11,549....

Feds recommend removing dams from Klamath River
AP Environmental Writer
Published: Thursday, Apr. 4, 2013 - 11:04 am
Last Modified: Thursday, Apr. 4, 2013 - 1:48 pm
GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- The federal government on Thursday recommended that all four aging hydroelectric dams be removed from the Klamath River in southern Oregon and Northern California to help struggling wild salmon runs, and nearly $1 billion should be.....