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#04-17-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Conditions are smiling on Prince William Sound shrimp
Published: April 16, 2013
By STEVE EDWARDS — Daily News correspondent
Get those taxes done on time? Celebrate with fresh Prince William Sound shrimp. April 15 was tax day and the opening for those tasty treats too....

Murkowski Grills Blank on Observer Policy
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Apr 16, 2013
Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski questioned acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank on several ocean policy issues facing Alaskan coastal communities during a Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee hearing last week. Topics ranged from the federal fisheries observer program to Japanese tsunami debris clean up, among other things.....

Kodiak Shipyard Rates Increasing
Apr 17, 2013
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Fishermen needing their boats taken out of the water for work at the still-young and growing City of Kodiak Shipyard on Near Island will be paying higher fees – but not nearly as high as they could have been. The Kodiak Ports and Harbors Committee had suggested boosting the fees 60-percent....

4:14 PM TUE APRIL 16, 2013
Former Interior Secretary Calls for Permanent Protections for Bristol Bay
With the appointment and confirmation of new U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell, the outgoing secretary, Ken Salazar, took the opportunity to hold a “good bye” chat online with supporters....

1:57 PM TUE APRIL 16, 2013
Legislature O.K.'s First Step Towards 404-Permit Primacy for Alaska
On the last day of the Legislative session in Juneau lawmakers passed a piece of legislation that will begin the process for the State to take over permitting for dredge and fill activities that impact wetlands in Alaska. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details.....

Fish bills flop in AK legislature, No $$ for Chinook salmon research
April 16, 2013 by AdminFish
Fish Radio
April 17, 2013
Funding for Chinook salmon research was among the casualties in the budget just passed by the Alaska legislature.  Governor Parnell promised in November that his FY 2014 budget for would contain $10 million as a first payment of a comprehensive five year, $30 million research initiative. But the money was not cut loose by Alaska lawmakers when they adjourned last Sunday.......

St. Paul's Weather Radio Station Experiences Outage
By Lauren Rosenthal
Tuesday, April 16 2013
The remote island of St. Paul lost its radio weather service Tuesday. Dave Snyder, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Anchorage, says technicians aren’t sure why the signal....

Accord Would Regulate Fishing in Arctic Waters
Published: April 16, 2013
MOSCOW — It was once protected by ice. Now regulation will have to do the work. Talks are scheduled for later this month among diplomats and fisheries officials from Norway, Denmark, Canada, the United States and Russia. Most concern is focused on newly ice-free waters above the Bering Strait, above the exclusive economic zones of Russia and the United States, and now accessible to trawler fleets from hungry Pacific Ocean nations like China and Japan.....

The Cost of Rescue: Why Carnival Shouldn’t Pay and the U.S. Shouldn’t Accept
Should people pay for rescue when it’s their fault?  I get asked that question often.  For years I was on a team that went out to the end result of someone else’s bad decision and saved their backside – at great expense to the taxpayer I might add.   So it makes sense that I would think that the costs of those rescues should be recovered, right?  Well, I don’t.  Not at all. Not even a little. The last thing I would want is to know that a family was out there in real danger, in a fight between their brain and their wallet trying to figure out  if they can afford to call “Mayday.”....

Carnival Cruise Lines to Spend $300 Million on Fleet Upgrades
Carnival Cruise Lines plans to spend $300 million to improve emergency power and fire safety mechanisms across its entire fleet following a series of mishaps that have stained the largest brand of the world’s largest cruise ship operator. The upgrades will be aimed at enhancing emergency power capabilities, introducing new fire safety technology, and improving the level of operating redundancies across its entire 24-ship fleet, Carnival Cruise Lines said in a statement. Carnival added that the program will....

U.S. Coast Guard Lists AMS Accepted Ballast Water Treatment Systems
The U.S. Coast Guard announced Tuesday the acceptance of nine ballast water treatment systems as Alternate Management Systems (AMS) in compliance with the service’s March 2012 final rule for Standards for Living Organisms in Ships’ Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. waters. AMS acceptance by the Coast Guard....