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#04-11-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Ad hoc committee wrestles with otters

by Matt Lichtenstein
April 9, 2013 11:53 am
A committee of fishermen and other Petersburg residents is wrestling with what to do about the impact of a growing sea otter population on Southeast’s commercial crab and dive fisheries. The Borough Assembly appointed the ad hoc committee this month after choosing not to endorse proposed legislation that would put a bounty on the animals. The Committee had a wide-ranging discussion during its first meeting Friday. Matt Lichtenstein has more...

Kodiak: City, Borough, Decry 'Fish Stealing'
April 10, 2013
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
Last night the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and City Council gathered for a joint work session to discuss a variety of topics pertaining to both governing bodies. One item on the agenda was a fisheries update from Kodiak fishery advisor and a former member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, Denby Lloyd. He spoke about a number of fishery items, including a recent incident involving what has been called alleged “fish stealing.”....

April 11, 2013, 12:14 p.m. ET
Chile Salmon Producer Multiexport's Shares Drop on Virus Outbreak
By Sebastian Perez-Ferreiro
SANTIAGO, Chile--Shares of Chilean farmed-salmon producer Multiexport Foods SA (MULTIFOODS.SN) were down 3.7% midsession Thursday as the company confirmed an outbreak of the ISA virus that nearly wiped out the local industry after it was detected in 2007. The infectious salmon anemia, or ISA, virus isn't harmful to humans but in the past it has driven away some of the major buyers of Chilean farmed salmon. The original outbreak six years ago nearly wiped out the billion-dollar local industry, as farms were shut down and production suffered a steep drop.....

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
King Salmon Bycatch Prompts Request for Another NPFMC Report
In high seas groundfish fisheries, where the goal is the catch of pollock by the ton, the controversy over the allowable incidental harvest of Chinook salmon just won’t go away. On April 8, the final day of the April meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in Anchorage, the council approved a motion offered by Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell for a report to the council on Chinook salmon bycatch in the......

Alaska to test pilot ‘one-stop’ TWIC process
by KRBD Staff
April 10, 2013 3:46 PM
Alaska will be the testing grounds for a new process that, it’s hoped, will make it easier for mariners to obtain their federal Transportation Worker Identification Credentials, also called TWIC. TWIC is a required security credential proving that workers with access to ports....

Sitka Tribal Government Disappointed With ADF&G
April 10, 2013
Wednesday PM
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - Sitka Tribe of Alaska said they are disappointed in the recent decision by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to allow a cooperative Sitka Sound Roe fishery to take place and not close the fishery all together. Considering that reported observations from fisheries managers indicated that a viable commercial fishery was not obtainable and that the projected spawning biomass had not materialized, the Sitka Tribe is questioning the validity of additional fishing effort and the effects this effort will have on the Sitka Sound herring stock. Sitka Tribe of Alaska is the Tribal Government for Sitka, Alaska. At the time the cooperative was formed, the fishery had harvested approximately 5,600 tons of the 11,549 ton guideline harvest level. The previous opening on March 30, 2013, lasted a little over an hour and resulted in a 175 ton harvest. This....

Super simple temperature monitoring labels
11 Apr 2013
Simple to use and completely independent of any mechanical devices or software, XpressPDF temperature monitoring labels from PakSense are ideal for seafood shippers who want to be assured that consignments travel to their destination at the correct temperature. “The label, which measures 61mm by 85mm pouched and weighs 17g, can be plugged into a USB port on a laptop or other computer on arrival,” says Amy Childress, vice-president of marketing at PakSense. “The temperature history is then downloaded as a PDF document. “Temperature variations and when they occurred during the journey will be apparent on the graph. The....

CVRF increases processor wages and fish prices in 2013 – and stays Alaskan
April 10, 2013
Coastal Villages Region Fund (CVRF) announced last week that its subsidiary, Coastal Villages Seafoods (CVS), will increase the starting hourly rate for processors at its plants in western Alaska to $10.00 per hour, believed to be the highest starting wage for processors in the history of the Alaska seafood industry. CVRF also announced that it will strive to meet or exceed its....

Great American Bites: For USA's freshest seafood, head to Alaska
Larry Olmsted, special for USA TODAY5a.m. EDT April 11, 2013
The scene: Alaskans are so spoiled by fresh seafood that they don't know how good they have it. Ask someone in Anchorage where to go for great seafood and they'll likely shrug because it can be hard to go wrong. After all, in Alaska fresh is the norm, the waters are some of the cleanest fishing grounds anyplace. Fish farming is prohibited by law....

Southeast critiques 2013-2014 ferry schedule
By Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
Posted on April 10, 2013 at 9:42 am
Southeast Alaskans critiqued the Marine Highway System’s 2013-2014 fall, winter and spring schedule Tuesday. Leaders and some others from around the region spoke and asked questions during a teleconference.....

Obama's 2014 budget will propose cancelling USDA catfish inspections
Thursday, April 11, 2013, 05:00 (GMT + 9)
President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget will be unveiled this week and is expected to “go further” than past submissions in eliminating and consolidating wasteful programmes to save more than USD 25 billion in 2014. One of proposed cuts will involve cancelling the funding in the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) appropriations bill for catfish inspections, as at this time catfish inspections are also....

Fishing vessels wanted for energy audit pilot project
Posted: April 10, 2013 - 12:29pm
By Cristy Fry
The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation is seeking vessel owners for a fishing vessel energy audit pilot program. The foundation notes that the high cost of fuel is a challenge that affects the entire seafood industry. More than 8,000 commercial fishing vessels are licensed in Alaska, and the operation of fishing vessels accounts for....

Apr 10, 2013, 1:09pm CDT
ConocoPhillips suspends 2014 drilling in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea
Deon Daugherty
Houston Business Journal
Houston-based ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) has put on hold its 2014 exploration drilling in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea, based on the uncertainty created by evolving federal regulatory requirements and operational permitting standards. “While we are confident in our own....

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Exploring the ocean floors: Three teens and an engineer construct a Rover
Two different groups of students unveil their underwater robots.
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
Friday morning a robot combs the swimming pool bottom at Homer High School, moving left or right, up or down, by a series of simple levers operated by a 15-year-old teen. The robot’s eye is a digital camera connected to a television screen. It fits in a lap-top sized case. The screen shows the Rover on a mission to collect a ring from the bottom of the pool. “We assembled two of these Remote Operating Vehicles or Rovers, that will be at Peterson Bay for future education,” sophomore Trevor Flynn explains. “They’ll be....

Sustainable Fishing' Certification Too Lenient and Discretionary
Apr. 10, 2013 — The certification of seafood as "sustainable" by the nonprofit Marine Stewardship Council is too lenient and discretionary, a study by a consortium of researchers has found.....

Panel OKs ecosystem plan for West Coast fisheries
Jeff Barnard/AP Environmental Writer
Posted:   04/10/2013 09:19:21 AM PDT
Updated:   04/10/2013 09:19:22 AM PDT
GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- After three years of consideration, West Coast federal fisheries managers on Tuesday unanimously adopted their first ecosystem approach to decisions on fishing seasons and catch quotas. Meeting in Portland, the Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted the Fishery Ecosystem Plan, whose first initiative....

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