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#05-10-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Magnanimous on Magnuson
Thursday, 09 May 2013
As we looked at each other over steaming cups of coffee yesterday morning, somewhat in awe of the atmosphere of the NOAA conference we're attending, New Hampshire groundfish fisherman Dave Goethel summed up my sentiments exactly: The tenor of the panel discussions at Managing Our Nation's Fisheries is surprisingly amenable to the commercial fishing industry. The sessions here in Washington, D.C., were organized by NOAA staff and have been hosted by panels of knowledgable consensus builders taking a hard look a... http://www.nationalfisherman.com/blogs/the-rudderpost/1223-magnanimous-on-magnuson

CRS plans Anchorage salmon celebration
Posted 05/10/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
Copper River Seafoods will welcome sockeye and king salmon to Anchorage on May 16, the opening day of the Copper River salmon fishery, with an invitation only event celebrating the famed fish at the Bridge Seafood Restaurant.... http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1319crs-plans-anchorage-salmon-celebration

Big skate retention prohibited for Prince William Sound, Cook Inlet, central Gulf of Alaska
MOLLY DISCHNER
May 9, 2013 - 11:20 AM
Fishermen in Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound targeting halibut and groundfish may not retain incidentally-caught big skates as of noon today....... http://www.alaskajournal.com/Blog-Fish-Bytes/Blogs-2013/Big-skate-retention-prohibited-for-Prince-William-Sound-Cook-Inlet-central-Gulf-of-Alaska/

Powerhouse Bristol Bay, Alaska salmon fishery produces $1.5 billion in value
Map of Alaska highlighting Bristol Bay Borough
Map of Alaska highlighting Bristol Bay Borough (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By MARY KAUFFMAN
May 09, 2013
(SitNews - Ketchikan, Alaska) - The Bristol Bay, Alaska commercial salmon fishery is the world's most valuable wild salmon fishery and in total produces an astounding annual value of $1.5 billion, according to a new report, "The Economic Importance of the Bristol Bay Salmon Industry." The fishery supports a significant number of jobs in the four West Coast states, Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California, and the total value of Bristol Bay salmon product exports in 2010 was about $370 million, accounting for nearly 20% of the total value of all US seafood exports. Written by researchers at the... http://www.sitnews.us/0513News/050913/050913_salmon.html



3:22 PM THU MAY 9, 2013
Total Value of the Bristol Bay Sockeye Fishery Estimated at $1.5-Billion Dollars
By MIKE MASON
The massive sockeye fishery that occurs each June and July in Bristol Bay generates about $1.5-billion dollars worth of value according to a new study that was unveiled Thursday. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details..... http://kdlg.org/post/total-value-bristol-bay-sockeye-fishery-estimated-15-billion-dollars

Final action set for June on GOA Chinook bycatch
Posted 05/10/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is set to take final action in Juneau in June on Gulf of Alaska Chinook salmon bycatch in non-pollock trawl fisheries and freezer longline sideboards for Pacific cod sideboards. Chinook salmon stocks are in decline and the Alaska Senate, in its final days in April, passed a resolution encouraging fishery managers to lower limits on Chinook bycatch in both the Gulf of.... http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1319final-action-set-for-june-on-goa-chinook

Record-breaking Norton Sound winter king crab fishery to end May 15
MOLLY DISCHNER
May 9, 2013 - 03:21 PM
The winter Norton Sound commercial king crab fishery is coming to a close after a record-breaking season. The winter commercial king crab fishery in Norton Sound will end May 15. As of 11 a.m. yesterday, commercial fishermen had caught more than 19,600 crabs, according to an Alaska Department of Fish and Game, or ADFG, announcement about the closure. That’s more.......  http://www.alaskajournal.com/Blog-Fish-Bytes/Blogs-2013/Record-breaking-Norton-Sound-winter-king-crab-fishery-to-end-May-15/

ADFG says Kenai River kings could be the smallest early run measured
MOLLY DISCHNER
May 9, 2013 - 03:50 PM
Sport fishermen targeting king salmon on the Kenai River will mainly be restricted to catch and release fishing for the start of the season. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, or ADFG, today announced regulations for the start of..... http://www.alaskajournal.com/Blog-Fish-Bytes/Blogs-2013/ADFG-says-Kenai-River-kings-could-be-the-smallest-early-run-measured/

APICDA Searches for Ferry to Serve Pribilof Islands
By Stephanie Joyce
Thursday, May 09 2013
The Pribilof Islands of St. Paul and St. George are just 45 miles apart, but getting between them can be challenging because of limited flight service and the area’s notoriously foggy weather..... http://kucb.org/news/article/apicda-searches-for-ferry-to-serve-pribilof-islands/

No Bids Received for Oil and Gas Leases in the Alaska Peninsula and Bristol Bay Area
By MIKE MASON
The latest State sponsored oil and gas lease sale that covered large sections of the Alaska Peninsula and Bristol Bay did not receive any bids from exploration companies. The results of the Alaska Peninsula lease sale, as well as the Cook Inlet Areawide sale, were announced Wednesday in Anchorage...... http://kdlg.org/post/no-bids-received-oil-and-gas-leases-alaska-peninsula-and-bristol-bay-area

Fishermen Develop New Business Models to Save Their Communities
Posted by Brian Clark Howard of National Geographic News in Ocean Views on May 9, 2013
Theresa Peterson has been an Alaska fisherman for three decades.
During summer break one year in college she went to Homer, Alaska, to work in a cannery. She lived in a tent with friends. But after four days of being cooped up in the factory she decided she wanted to get a job on a fishing boat. Peterson told Ocean Views that she spent a week “hanging around the docks,” before she finally talked her way onto a shrimp trawler. “They said they’d take me out, but not pay me, if I would cook and help ice down the shrimp,” said Peterson. She was also asked to pick through the bycatch (unwanted fish and other organisms) and toss them back. Someone suggested she save the herring. She put some in a cooler, and then sold.... http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/05/09/fishermen-develop-new-business-models-to-save-their-communities/

Researchers test bycatch reduction device for groundfish trawling
The following was written and submitted by Oregon State University News and Research Communications staff (edited by Sci-what?!):
NEWPORT — Researchers working with the groundfish fishing industry in the Pacific Northwest have tested a new “flexible sorting grid excluder” — a bycatch reduction device that shows promise to significantly reduce the incidental bycatch of Pacific halibut from commercial bottom trawl fishermen. In a series of tests that included 30 tows off the Washington coast, commercial fishermen were able to reduce the number of halibut taken as bycatch by 57 percent, while retaining 84 percent of the targeted groundfishes... http://community.statesmanjournal.com/blogs/science/2013/05/09/researchers-test-bycatch-reduction-device-for-groundfish-trawling

The Alaska Fisheries Report With Jay Barrett
May 09, 2013 http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4670

5:19 PM THU MAY 9, 2013
BBNC, Millrock Agree to Mineral Exploration on BBNC Land
By DAVE BENDINGER
The agreement covers a tract of land with three known porphyry copper-gold occurrences around the Chigniks, down the Alaska Peninsula. The Bristol Bay Native Corporation and the mineral exploration company Millrock Resources made an agreement to explore for gold, copper, and molybdenum prospects on BBNC land near the Chigniks. KDLG's Dave Bendinger has more.... http://www.kdlg.org/post/bbnc-millrock-agree-mineral-exploration-bbnc-land

Petersburg Assembly won’t fund TBPA
by Matt Lichtenstein
May 10, 2013 8:15 am
The Petersburg Borough will not fund the Thomas Bay Power Authority this coming year. The Assembly this week voted not to approve the organizations 2014 budget. The majority of the assembly believes those costs should all be covered by the Southeast Alaska Power Agency which owns the hydro-electric plant that TBPA operates. Matt Lichtenstein reports... http://www.kfsk.org/2013/05/10/petersburg-assembly-wont-fund-tbpa/

Salmon sperm spawns better LED lighting
May 9, 2013 by AdminFish
Fish Radio
May 10, 2013
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch … Salmon sperm is spawning a revolution in new lighting..... http://www.alaskafishradio.com/salmon-sperm-spawns-better-led-lighting/


New Deep-Sea Fish Species Found in Antarctica
By Douglas Main, Staff Writer | LiveScience.com – 22 hrs ago.... http://news.yahoo.com/deep-sea-fish-species-found-antarctica-162707459.html