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#05-04-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Fisherman Dies After Falling Overboard Near King Cove
By Stephanie Joyce
Friday, May 03 2013
A crew member from the 42-foot F/V Taurus died after falling overboard near King Cove Friday morning. A Good Samaritan vessel found the deceased, but the Coast Guard isn’t releasing the crew member’s name or any details about the incident until next of kin have been notified......

Lose a dock? It washed ashore at China Poot
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
Alaskan coastal communities have seen strange things come in with the tide in the two years since the Japanese Tsunami and earthquake in March 2011 – soccer balls, slabs of roof, buoys as large as Mac truck tires. Among the strong winter storm damage in Kachemak Bay is a lone dock that likely broke lose and rode the currents out of Peterson Bay – this one not related to tsunami debris.....

Coast Guard expects to cut back on Arctic patrols
Coast Guard plunge
Coast Guard plunge (Photo credit:
Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013 12:46 pm
Associated Press
KODIAK, Alaska - The Coast Guard expects to scale back on its Arctic patrols this summer because of budget cuts and a lack of commercial traffic. How much Arctic deployments are decreasing is still being debated as crews from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak fan out across the state for summer deployments, the Kodiak Daily Mirror (Paywall ) reported this week....

Murkowski says government overreach is hurting economy
State Seal of Alaska.
State Seal of Alaska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013 12:00 am
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said federal government overreach continues to hinder economic development in Alaska. Murkowski made the comments at the 10th annual luncheon of the LTL Committee in Fairbanks on Friday afternoon. Her talk ranged from topics like the sequester, energy, military and regulation. She said the federal government has overstepped on nearly everything from resource development, to roads in certain communities and small businesses....

11:42 AM FRI MAY 3, 2013
Tundra landscape near Bristol Bay
Tundra landscape near Bristol Bay (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Bristol Bay: Harbors, Ports Preparing For Season
Though a little late spring ice is proving to be a nuisance, vessels are coming and going from ports in Bristol Bay. Barges have begun to trickle in to Bristol Bay in the last two weeks, and docks and harbors are being cleared, dredged, and readied for the busy season. KDLG's Dave Bendinger has more....

10:29 AM FRI MAY 3, 2013
Bristol Bay (near Ugashik Bay), Alaska
Bristol Bay (near Ugashik Bay), Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Monday is the Deadline to Comment on Changes to the Bristol Bay Area Plan
Monday is the deadline to comment on the proposed changes to the Area Plan for the Bristol Bay region.     The plan will help shape the future of development in the region but it's come under criticism for favoring mining over habitat protection. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story.....

Fishermen want humpback whales off endangered list
Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013 12:47 pm
Associated Press
HONOLULU - A group of Hawaii fishermen is asking the federal government to remove northern Pacific humpback whales from the endangered species list, saying the population has steadily grown since the international community banned commercial whaling nearly 50 years ago. Hawaii Fishermen's Alliance for Conservation and Tradition Inc., a coalition of fishing clubs and groups from across the islands, filed a petition to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last month.....

Cook Inlet: Jack-up rigs back to work
Wind Farm, windmills, wind turbines on Fire Is...
Wind Farm, windmills, wind turbines on Fire Island, NutuĊ‚’iy, or "object that stands in the water", Currant Island, Turnagain Island, Cook Inlet, Anchorage, Alaska, USA (Photo credit: Wonderlane)
Posted: May 2, 2013 - 7:51pm  |  Updated: May 3, 2013 - 8:37am
By Tim Bradner
Morris News Service-Alaska, Alaska Journal of Commerce
Two jack-up rigs are back at work in Cook Inlet. The Spartan 151 rig drilling for Furie Operating Alaska is on location at the company’s new Kitchen Lights Unit No. 3 well and was installing casing prior to the start of drilling, company officials said May 1. Furie moved the Spartan 151 from its winter storage at Port Graham on March 19 and was on location in North Cook Inlet on March 20.....