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#06-08-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Map of Bristol Bay, Alaska
Map of Bristol Bay, Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
AVCP Looks to Leverage Izembek (Cold Bay/King Cove) Road
By Peter Granitz, APRN - Washington DC | June 7, 2013 - 5:35 pm
The Department of Interior is reviewing its decision to block the road through the wilderness.
AVCP, a coalition of 56 Native villages in the Y-K Delta, has opposed the would-be road through the wilderness for years.  President of AVCP Myron Naneng said the geese Western Alaska Natives rely on for food stop in the Izembek Refuge before heading to Baja California for the winter..............
..................... Mack said there’s been a long-simmering battle over the intercept fishery at False Pass, and he’s invited Naneng and others from AVCP to the region before to look at the issues – the road, the bird habitats – only to be ignored.....

4:43 PM FRI JUNE 7, 2013
Lake Illiama3 - Alaska
Lake Illiama - Alaska (Photo credit: Jeremy Brown Photography)
The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for June 7, 8 and 9
For the last few week’s millions of sockeye smolt have been leaving the major lakes in the Bristol Bay region headed for the salt water. They will be back in a couple of years as the adult sockeye that power the Bay’s massive commercial fishery. For the last 6-years a project has been ongoing on the Kvichak River to count the migrating smolt in an effort to better document the health and productivity of the Iliamna Lake system. As part of that project a small team of technicians go out every night this time of year and collect a sample of 600-smolt from a location about 2-miles downriver from the Lake. Some of the technicians work for Fish and Game, while others work for the BBEDC’s “Bristol Bay Science and Research Institute”. Both are....

Council hears agency, public feedback on marine observer program
USA - Dept of Commerce - National Marine Fishe...
USA - Dept of Commerce - National Marine Fisheries Service - Law Enforcement (old) (Photo credit: conner395)
Much of today’s discussion at the North Pacific Fishery Management Council revolved around the restructured marine observer program and work towards an electronic monitoring option. The council heard from the National Marine Fisheries Service, NMFS, about the marine observer program, and how it worked for the first 16 weeks of 2013. The public also weighed in on how the program has worked out for fishermen during testimony, which will continue tomorrow morning. Ultimately, NMFS did not plan any major changes for....

North Pacific council makes observer program recommendations
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council unanimously agreed to a lengthy motion regarding the marine observer program and electronic monitoring today. The motion asked for certain updates to the 2014 deployment plan, suggested information the council would like to see in future reports from the National Marine Fisheries Service, or NMFS, and adopted the agency’s strategic plan for electronic monitoring, or EM. The council’s motion was largely in line with the recommendations from the Observer Advisory Committee, or OAC, and came after significant public testimony. The council also asked for a discussion paper on issues that it could address with....

Council OKs sideboard removal for freezer longliners
The Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod fishery could see a change in participation under sideboard changes the North Pacific Fishery Management Council approved today.....

Begich: Didn't support Pebble study extension
Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska — U.S. Sen. Mark Begich says he didn't support a federal decision extending the comment period on a study of large mining impacts in the Bristol Bay region....

Alaskan Leader Announces 2013 Grantees
Sen. Mark Begich at the December 2012 National...
Sen. Mark Begich at the December 2012 National Executive Council Meeting (Photo credit: AFGE)
Jun 07, 2013
Alaskan Leader Fisheries Foundation announced its annual round of grant recipients this week. The foundation was created by Alaskan Leader Fisheries, and has operations out of Kodiak and in Bristol Bay, where they focus their giving. In a release, Linda Kozak said that this year 13 grants were given in Kodiak, including........

11:17 AM THU JUNE 6, 2013
Naknek-Kvichak District Preview
For the last few years the commercial fishing district in Bristol Bay with the largest harvest was the Naknek-Kvichak District. As KDLG’s Mike Mason reports… that trend is expected to hold true again this year....

3:44 PM THU JUNE 6, 2013
Naknek-Kvichak Area Management Biologist Slim Morstad to Retire After This Upcoming Season
The 2013 season will be the last season for one of the men that’s been a constant presence in the Bristol Bay commercial salmon fishery since the mid-1980’s. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story....

3:22 PM FRI JUNE 7, 2013
Chefs, Nonprofit, Team Up To Serve Sockeye Across the US
75 chefs have signed on with Boston-based Chefs Collaborative to host Bristol Bay sockeye salmon dinners to help raise awareness about the fishery.....

‘Little’ Redoubt Lake A Boon To Sockeye?
Sitka Bridge
Sitka Bridge (Photo credit: Steven Tan (maethlin))
By Robert Woolsey, KCAW - Sitka | June 7, 2013 - 10:19 am
The U.S. Forest Service believes fish populations in Redoubt Lake near Sitka survived last month’s devastating landslide unharmed. The massive avalanche piled up debris over 20-feet thick across the the lake’s inlet stream, completely destroying a nearby recreational cabin whose occupants escaped in the nick of time. A watershed team recently surveyed the...

Cook Inlet beluga survey schedule will be biennial
Posted 06/07/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
Federal fisheries officials have decided to reduce the frequency of abundance estimate surveys for endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales from annual to biennially, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said June 3.....

NL farm suffers ISA outbreak for third time in a year
Friday, June 07, 2013, 23:30 (GMT + 9)
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed that farmed salmon at a Gray Aqua salmon farm on Newfoundland and Labrador's (NL) south coast have tested positive for the lethal disease infectious salmon anemia (ISA)....

Southern senators outmaneuver enemies of catfish program
By Erik Wasson - 06/06/13 03:06 PM ET
Senate opponents of a small but controversial U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) catfish inspection program have been outmaneuvered during the farm bill debate.
Last year, the Senate approved an amendment on the farm bill by voice vote to end the $14 million annual inspection program that opponents say risks a trade war with Vietnam. That farm bill never made it into law, however. This year, a farm bill amendment sponsored by Sens. Jean Shaheen (D-N.H.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) is on track not to get a vote at all. The.....

June 8, 2013
Budget items target fish science
By Richard Gaines
Staff Writer
Three initiatives now included within the fiscal 2014 state budget hold hope for a Massachusetts fishing industry under increasing duress due to landing cuts imposed by NOAA based on controversial scientific fish stock assessments and the agency’s interpretation of the federal Magnuson-Stevens Act. The budgeted projects, announced Friday by the Gloucester delegation of state Sen. Bruce Tarr and Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante, are: The Gloucester Genomics Initiative, an effort to identify and sequence the genetic code of groundfish such as cod, allowing...

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