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#05-21-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Judge: Salmon run's survival trumps religious rights of Alaska Native fishermen
Map of the Kuskokwim River watershed.
Map of the Kuskokwim River watershed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Craig Medred
May 20, 2013
BETHEL -- One by one, Yupik fishermen from along the Kuskokwim River appeared before an Alaska District Court judge here Monday to be judged guilty of violating a state salmon closure nearly a year ago. What began as a hot protest beneath a warm sun last June had 11 months later, with ice still clinging to the Kusko, become a legalistic ritual in which some decided they no longer wanted to take part. Fisherman Yago Evan bailed completely. He told the defense attorney trying to make a religious case out of the citations issued against 25 fishermen that he didn't want to play anymore. No one in court quite knew how to handle that. Judge Bruce G. Ward finally had his clerk call Evan at home to see what he wanted to do about the....

12:00 AM TUE MAY 21, 2013
Togiak Herring Update... Purse Seine Fleet Approaching Their Quota
The harvest of herring as part of the Togiak Sac-Roe Herring Fishery picked up on Saturday and Sunday. As KDLG’s Mike Mason reports… the purse seine fleet is approaching their quota of herring.....

Radio Weather Service Restored in St. Paul
By Lauren Rosenthal
Monday, May 20 2013
After a month-long outage, St. Paul’s federal radio weather service is finally back up and running....

Homer group receives grant for electronic monitoring
English: Aerial view of Homer Spit and Homer H...
English: Aerial view of Homer Spit and Homer Harbor, Homer Alaska, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Posted: May 15, 2013 - 10:46am  |  Updated: May 15, 2013 - 10:48am
By Cristy Fry
Homer-based North Pacific Fisheries Association has received a $147,400 National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Fisheries Innovation Fund grant for a two-year project to use electronic monitoring in the pot and longline cod fisheries. National Marine Fisheries Ser-vice is providing another $120,000 in matching funds. NPFA president Buck Laukitis said the focus would be on the small boat cod fleet. The grant was awarded while NPFA was wrapping up a similar grant project for smaller halibut boats. Laukitis expressed optimism the technology would work for everyone working with pots, including...

May 21, 2013, 05.33 PM IST
Adak-City, Adak Island, Alaska (USA).
Adak-City, Adak Island, Alaska (USA). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Adak Seafood processing equipment to be sold at auction
Hilco Industrial, a world leader in industrial machinery and equipment auctions, will conduct the sale of over 500 lots of seafood processing equipment formerly owned by a very large seafood company.....

Fishing with Duke
Extreme sourcing with the man behind Duke's Chowder House
By: Roddy Scheer |   May 2013
As the wheels touch down in Cordova, a little fishing town on Prince William Sound in southcentral Alaska, Duke Moscrip already has his coat on and his finger on the latch of his seat belt. Outside, dozens of black 10-by-10-foot crates filled with freshly caught, flash-frozen Copper River salmon—what many consider to be the tastiest fish in the world—sit on the side of the tarmac waiting to be loaded onto the plane for the return trip to Seattle. While the unassuming airport consists of only one runway and a single corrugated metal terminal building, the place is buzzing with activity. It’s the tail end of the salmon season, and Cordova’s fishermen are working hard to get their catches out. Moscrip, the 60-something proprietor of Duke’s Chowder House, a chain of six Puget Sound–area....

Ketchikan Breaks World Rainboot Race Record
Water Street Tunnel in Ketchikan, Alaska.
Water Street Tunnel in Ketchikan, Alaska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Leila Kheiry, KRBD - Ketchikan | May 20, 2013 - 5:26 pm
And now for some breaking news. Record-breaking, that is. Nearly 2,000 people turned out in Ketchikan Saturday afternoon to break the Guinness World Record for the largest rainboot race.....

MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013
WA: All safe after fire on the Arctic Storm
The U.S. Coast Guard today responded to a report of an uncontrolled engine room fire aboard the factory trawler Arctic Storm....

Coast Guard begins drill barge grounding inquiry
Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The grounding of a Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill barge off a remote Alaska island began with a bracket connected to a tow line being ripped off the vessel in heavy Gulf of Alaska weather, a Shell official testified Monday. Norman "Buddy" Custard, Shell Alaska's emergency response coordinator, was the first witness at a Coast Guard marine casualty investigation hearing that will review the grounding of the Kulluk, a 266-foot diameter drilling barge that Shell used last year to drill in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska's north coast. Damage to the ship from the grounding was a factor in Shell's decision not to drill in Arctic waters in 2013. The vessel is now undergoing repairs in....

March Against Monsanto planned in Sitka
May 20, 2013
(SitNews) Sitka, Alaska - Tens of thousands of people around the world will gather on May 25, in more than 300 cities in protest of the agrochemical giant, Monsanto. One of those cities where a march is scheduled to take place is in Sitka, Alaska, on Castle Hill, the location where Russia sold the vast territory of Alaska to the United States.......

Maersk building 20 mega-ships despite 'challenging' conditions
Monday, May 20, 2013, 23:20 (GMT + 9)
Danish shipping firm Maersk is going ahead with a plan to build 20 ships stretching almost a quarter of a mile long. These new ships -- which will be some of the largest in the world -- are expected to give the company a better competitive edge on the Asia to Europe routes thanks to these vessels' ability to save on fuel and operational costs......

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