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#06-14-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

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Q&A with ADFG Commissioner Cora Campbell
BY BOB TKACZ, FOR THE JOURNAL
Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell sat down with Journal correspondent Bob Tkacz on June 4 in Juneau to talk about fish management and fish politics.
Tkacz: You are midway through your third year as commissioner of the department. What’s the state of ADF&G now as opposed to when you took over in December 2010? What are people going to remember the Cora Crome, Cora Campbell ADFG administration for?
Campbell: Hopefully years from now people are going to be able to remember my last name. The state of things now as opposed to when I first got here, I think things are more stable and that’s good. When former.... http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/June-Issue-3-2013/Q-A-with-ADFG-Commissioner-Cora-Campbell/

AJOC EDITORIAL: NMFS Alaska puts trawlers ahead of conservation
The Chinook salmon, Oregon's state fish.
The Chinook salmon, Oregon's state fish. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
BY ANDREW JENSEN, MANAGING EDITOR
The final vote to limit chinook salmon bycatch by the Gulf of Alaska bottom trawl fleet to 7,500 per year was 10-1, but the decision by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council was hardly as decisive as that margin would indicate. While the drama was lacking on the final chinook salmon limit vote in Juneau on June 8, the council came precariously close to adopting a cap for the non-pollock trawl fleet of 10,000 rather than 7,500. The six-member Alaska delegation on the 11-member council fought off that effort, but they.... http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/June-Issue-3-2013/AJOC-EDITORIAL-NMFS-Alaska-puts-trawlers-ahead-of-conservation/

Bering Sea canyons research approved with wide support
BY MOLLY DISCHNER, ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE
JUNEAU — The North Pacific Fishery Management Council agreed to continue studying the Bering Sea canyons at its June meeting and work with stakeholders to draft possible protections, steps that were supported by both industry and environmental groups. “I think all in all they listened to everyone, were thoughtful in their approach and that’s how the system works,” said Stephanie Madsen, executive director of the At-sea Processors Association. The council passed two motions on the Bering Sea canyons, one regarding research on the canyons, and another calling for a broader discussion paper on a fisheries ecosystem plan for the region. Both passed with no objections. Greenpeace and other environmental groups asked the council to.... http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/June-Issue-3-2013/Bering-Sea-canyons-research-approved-with-wide-support/

English: Map of sightings of North Pacific rig...
Map of sightings of North Pacific right whales in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska between 1973-2008 and Critical Habitat designation for this species. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
NMFS has recovery plan for North Pacific right whales
Posted 06/14/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
North Pacific right whales, whose numbers have dwindled from thousands to perhaps as few as 30 individuals in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska are getting some help from the National Marine Fisheries Service. Prompted by a notice of intent to sue from the Center for Biological Diversity, NMFS on June 7.... http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1324nmfs-has-recovery-plan-for-north-pacific

Senators Urge Caution on Pebble Mine, Partnership Says Fishing on Decline
By Peter Granitz, APRN - Washington DC | June 13, 2013 - 2:11 pm
Pebble Partnership CEO John Shively is in Washington, D.C. this week lobbying Congress – which has no authority over whether the mine proceeds. The EPA could veto the mine outright if it deems the project too damaging to the region’s watersheds. Shively said he understands the concerns of the senators, but their fears would be allayed by the environmental review process. He said the commercial salmon industry in Alaska is losing its importance...... http://www.alaskapublic.org/2013/06/13/senators-urge-caution-on-pebble-mine-partnership-says-fishing-on-decline/

2:44 PM THU JUNE 13, 2013
Commercial King Salmon Opener Announced for the Nushagak District
By MIKE MASON
The first commercial opening in the Nushagak District will occur Friday evening. As KDLG’s Mike Mason reports… fishermen will be targeting one of the healthiest king salmon runs in the state..... http://kdlg.org/post/commercial-king-salmon-opener-announced-nushagak-district

9:54 AM THU JUNE 13, 2013
Over 5,000 Kings Counted as Escapement to the Nushagak River
By MIKE MASON
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game counted another 790 king salmon in the Nushagak River on Wednesday to push the total escapement to just over 5000. The escapement goal for the season is 95,000 kings. 291 sockeye were counted to push the season total to just 940 fish. Another..... http://kdlg.org/post/over-5000-kings-counted-escapement-nushagak-river

Petersburg ferry terminal work resumes
by Joe Viechnicki
June 13, 2013 10:47 am
Work is restarting this month on replacing some mooring structures at Petersburg’s ferry terminal. Petersburg’s Tamico Construction is doing the work on the two point six million dollar project. “The purpose of the project is to remove and replace up to four pile supported mooring and breasting dolphins at the Petersburg ferry terminal,” said Jeremy.... http://www.kfsk.org/2013/06/13/petersburg-ferry-terminal-work-resumes/

Three ferries hit by mechanical problems
by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
June 13, 2013 9:11 pm
Onboard mechanical problems continue to delay some Alaska Marine Highway sailings. The ferry LeConte is at the Ketchikan Shipyard due to a recurring issue with its bow thruster. Marine highway spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says it will take close examination to determine what needs to be fixed. “Because of where the bow thruster is.... http://www.kcaw.org/2013/06/13/three-ferries-hit-by-mechanical-problems/

Fish Tech Degree Program Starts Up In Sitka
University of Alaska Southeast
University of Alaska Southeast (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
June 13, 2013 - 4:16 pm
Starting this fall, the University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka campus will be inheriting a new degree program. The UAS Fisheries Technology Program will be coming to Sitka from Ketchikan..... http://www.alaskapublic.org/2013/06/13/fish-tech-degree-program-starts-up-in-sitka/

KMXT's Alaska Fisheries Report
Jun 13, 2013
Coming up this week, news of chinook and coral gardens from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting, both sides are far apart in Togiak herring prices, and listen up, mariners, some of your Marine Forecast Zones will be changing this fall. We couldn’t have done it without the help of Seafood.com’s John Sackton in Lexington, Massachusetts, APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez in Juneau, and KUCB’s Stephanie Joyce in Unalaska..... http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4763

Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens'), hauled ...
Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens'), hauled out on Bering Sea ice, Alaska, June 1978. (Source: NOAA) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Rep. Doc Hastings’ bill would protect salmon from California sea lions
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013
By Kevin Thibodeaux | McClatchy Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON — Rep. Doc Hastings argued in a heated House subcommittee hearing Thursday that stepping up lethal means against predatory California sea lions could protect the Northwest salmon populations. The debate centered on a bill sponsored by Hastings , R-Wash., that would allow Washington, Oregon and Idaho to grant.... http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/06/13/193868/rep-doc-hastings-bill-would-protect.html

Farmed Fish Production Overtakes Beef For The First Time In World History
The Huffington Post  |  By Rachel Tepper
Posted: 06/13/2013 4:18 pm EDT  |  Updated: 06/13/2013 4:18 pm EDT
The production of farmed fish has overtaken the production of beef for the first time in modern history, according to an article from environmental think tank Earth Policy Institute. In 2012, world beef production reached 63 million, but it couldn't top the production.... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/13/farmed-fish-production-beef_n_3437229.html

Dishing up trash: New look for sustainable seafood
A growing number of chefs turn to so-called trash fish to create sustainable menus
By Michele Kayal, Associated Press | Associated Press – 1 hr 1 min ago
Most people have only ever seen a scorpion fish in an aquarium. Unless they dine at Carolina Crossroads Restaurant in Chapel Hill, N.C., where they'll find the spiny, venomous creature on the menu. It's called trash fish dining, and it's catching on with chefs around the country searching for fresh ways to fill their menus with sustainable — and delicious — seafood. "The fishermen would be like, 'This is all trash, junk,' but I said, 'I'll...... http://news.yahoo.com/dishing-trash-look-sustainable-seafood-132222305.html