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#04-22-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013
Fleet reduction in Bristol Bay?
The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association is conducting an "informal poll" of drift gillnetters on the idea of a permit buyback......

Sitka Sound having another spawning wave
Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013 9:59 am | Updated: 10:03 am, Sun Apr 21, 2013.
Shannon Haugland / Daily Sitka Sentinel
SITKA, Alaska — Herring are spawning again in Sitka Sound on the shores of Baranof and Kruzof islands. The second wave comes after a previous peak of spawning was observed about two weeks ago, around the time of the commercial sac roe openings.....

Preventing ‘Frankenfish' from landing on your dinner table
April 21, 2013 @ 5:24 pm (Updated: 5:57 pm - 4/21/13 )
Seattle is a city where ocean-caught fish are thrown at Pike Place Market daily and fresh seafood from the Pacific can be found in most grocery stores. Councilmembers want to keep it that way as they vote Monday on a resolution opposing the genetically-engineered fish critics call "Frankenfish."......

Bycatch a problem that just won't go away for Southcentral Alaska fisheries
Margaret BaumanThe Cordova Times
April 21, 2013
Incidental harvest of thousands of Chinook salmon in Gulf of Alaska trawl fisheries is an issue that just won't go away, simmering before federal fisheries managers as debate continues over whether a catch share program would solve the problem. Final action on Gulf of Alaska king salmon bycatch in non-pollock trawl fisheries is scheduled for the June 3-11 meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council at Juneau, as well as the initial review of discussion papers on Gulf trawl bycatch management and Gulf trawl data collection. The federal council also is working on a Gulf trawl catch share program.....

Cook Inletkeeper, state at odds over habitat protection
Posted 04/22/2013
by Margaret Bauman - for the Cordova Times
Alaska Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell has rejected a petition signed by more than 6,000 Alaskans asking for regulatory changes to prohibit coal mining activities in anadromous waterways, saying her agency can already do so if warranted. Campbell's comments came April 15 in a letter to Trustees for Alaska, which filed the legal petition in mid-March on behalf of four organizations seeking clear rules that ban large scale coal strip mining through salmon habitat, and providing Alaskans with public notice when fish habitat permits are processed. Trustees filed the petition on behalf of Cook Inletkeeper, the Chuitna Citizens Coalition, United Cook Inlet Drift Association, and Northern District Setnetters Association of Cook Inlet. Signers included 6,603 individuals, among....

MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013
Shrimping starts slow in Prince William Sound ....

Three marine debris cleanup projects planned at Kodiak
Posted 04/22/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
Concern over some two million metric tons of marine debris afloat in the aftermath of the 2011 Japanese tsunami, some of which is coming ashore in Alaska, is prompting three cleanup events on Kodiak Island.....

Some depleted stocks still can recover, others can not
Monday, April 22, 2013, 04:00 (GMT + 9)
A new study by Rutgers University shows that fish species that have been overfished for decades can be brought back to health more easily than originally thought, once limits are placed on fishing. Marine scientists reported that a fish stock’s ability to recover from overfishing is enhanced even if it has been moderately overexploited for decades, possibly allowing for a quick recovery if sensible catch limits are enforced. Philipp Neubauer, a postdoctoral scholar, and Olaf Jensen, an assistant professor of.......

What BP Doesn’t Want You to Know About the 2010 Gulf Spill
Apr 22, 2013 4:45 AM EDT
The 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill was even worse than BP wanted us to know.
"It’s as safe as Dawn dishwashing liquid.” That’s what Jamie Griffin says the BP man told her about the smelly, rainbow-streaked gunk coating the floor of the “floating hotel” where Griffin was feeding hundreds of cleanup workers during the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Apparently, the workers were tracking the gunk inside on their boots. Griffin, as chief cook and maid, was trying to clean it. But even boiling water didn’t work......