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#06-17-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Fish Counting Technology Upgrade in Kenai (video)
By Adam Pinsker
Channel 2 News
11:39 p.m. AKDT, June 14, 2013
Inside a tent along the Kenai River, thousands of dollars worth of computer equipment sits on the water’s edge to collect fish data. A new system called Adaptive Resolution Imaging Sonar or ARIS will be used at this station located off of Kalfornsky Beach Road in Soldotna. Some Alaska anglers may recall DIDSON, the fish counting....,0,1687859.story

4:56 PM SUN JUNE 16, 2013
Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Sunday June 16
This version of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report includes 2 stories from the recent BB-RSDA Annual Meeting and a story about a new tool to help retrofit some of the Bay's smaller driftnet vessels. The Report also includes an update on the Bristol Bay Jobs Accelerator Project and the latest information from the Port Moller Test Fishery. The ....

2:04 PM SUN JUNE 16, 2013
Slightly Larger Escapement Goal This Year for the Nushagak River
Last year the Alaska Department of Fish and Game made public proposed new sockeye escapement goals for many of the rivers in Bristol Bay. Those goals won’t be implemented for a couple of years… except for one. KDLG’s Mike Mason explains......

SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2013
Salmon notes
Lots of salmon fisheries are open around Alaska, but the statewide catch remains modest at this point. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports about 2.9 million fish have been taken so far, on a preseason forecast of 179 million. Here are a few notes on the young season....

Alaska Fish Factor: Back to Drawing Board for Halibut iTags
17 June 2013
US - It’s back to the drawing board for halibut iTags that will soon tell us more about where the fish travels than ever before. The internal tags, which were deployed in 30 halibut two years ago, were the first to test Smart Phone geomagnetic advances to track the migrations of fish. The tags record magnetic field strength on three axes and have accelerometers and pitch and roll detectors, explained Tim Loher, a biologist with the International Pacific Halibut Commission. “Without being able to tell whether or not your tag is horizontal, you can’t really get the axis of the magnetism. The invention of the.............

Fish tender crew recognized for dramatic rescue in winter 2012
By NICOLE KLAUSS  Kodiak Daily Mirror
First Posted: June 16, 2013 - 10:34 am
Last Updated: June 16, 2013 - 10:38 am
KODIAK, Alaska — The U.S. Coast Guard presented the crew of the Trident Seafoods fish tender Tuxedni with the prestigious Gold Lifesaving Medal awards for their heroic actions that saved the lives of five people from the sinking fishing vessel Heritage in 2012. Tuxedni Capt. Greg Plancich, engineer Dan Hardwick, deckhands Jim Fultz and Wayne Kit received the medals Wednesday during a special ceremony at Coast Guard Base Kodiak. "Your actions on the 25th of January 2012, were nothing short of heroic," said Capt. Melissa Rivera, commander of Air Station Kodiak. "You answered....

Herring Cove Estuary
By Josh Pinkley
June 14, 2013
Friday AM
Dear SitNews,
I am concerned about the impact of livestock (reindeer) on the vital salmon spawning area of Ketchikan's Herring Cove. The reindeer feces and other....

June 17, 2013
Fed Farm Bill includes provisions for fishermen
By Times Staff
Gloucester Daily Times
The federal government’s 2013 Farm Bill approved last week by the U. S. Senate also includes a pair of provisions aimed at providing help for the embattled Gloucester and New England groundfishing industry. But there remain no signs of direct aid aimed at addressing the “economic disaster” declared last September by the U.S. Department of Commerce, and no relief from the tight limit cuts and regulations now strangling New England’s....

Greenland fishery plans cause alarm
EilĂ­s Quinn, Eye on the Arctic
June 16, 2013
Every winter, salmon from all over the north Atlantic, including Canada, converge on Greenland to feed in the territory’s waters. For the last decade, Greenland has forgone commercial fishing of these salmon, in the interest of conservation. But a recent announcement by the territory that it plans to...
Global cooling could also cause marine ecosystem crisis
Monday, June 17, 2013, 23:00 (GMT + 9)
A "cold snap" 116 million years ago triggered a similar marine ecosystem crisis to those witnessed in the past as a result of global warming, according to research published in Nature Geoscience. The international study involving experts from the universities of Newcastle, UK, Cologne, Frankfurt and GEOMAR-Kiel, confirms the link between global cooling and a crash in the marine ecosystem during the mid-Cretaceous greenhouse period. It also quantifies for the first time the amplitude and duration of the temperature.....

Companies await permits for Alaska Arctic seismic exploration
Hannah HeimbuchThe Arctic Sounder
June 16, 2013
As Arctic ice quickly succumbs to summer sun, several major energy companies are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to make good use of open ocean for exploration. Shell Oil, Norwegian geoscience company TGS, and SAExploration have all submitted requests to the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management to conduct seismic exploration projects this summer. Those requests are pending, awaiting permits from BOEM and approval from other federal organizations like U.S. Fish and Wildlife and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric.....

Amazon’s Grocery Business Learns From Webvan That Rapid Growth Is The Enemy Of Fresh
posted 5 hours ago
Amazon is moving deeper into at-home grocery delivery with AmazonFresh, which is expanding to L.A. as of last week, and which is set to continue to roll out to further markets over the course of this year and beyond. But it learned to take things slow from Webvan (the name and web presence of which it now own), the famous home grocery delivery flare-out of the 90s, and also to limit delivery areas to only high density urban areas, and to pursue as efficient a warehousing strategy as possible, according to a new Reuters report. How did Amazon learn those lessons? Well....

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