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#07-03-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Commercial catch exceeds 20 million salmon
Posted 07/02/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
Statewide commercial harvests of wild Alaska salmon rose to 20 million fish July 1, the bulk of them red, as the Bristol Bay catch reached a harvest of over 9 million salmon, the bulk of them sockeye.
The preliminary statewide salmon harvest, which is updated daily during the season by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, included 14.7 million red, 4.1 million chum, more than a million pink.....

Dungeness summer crab season shortened
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Dungeness Crab (Photo credit: Kevin H.)
by Joe Viechnicki
July 2, 2013 9:45 am
Southeast Alaska’s commercial Dungeness crab fleet will have a shortened summer season this year. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game last week announced the reduction in crabbing time. The season length is based on the projected total catch from the first week of crabbing, which started up June 15th.....

1:41 PM TUE JULY 2, 2013
The Sockeye Harvest in the Naknek-Kvichak District Tops 3-Million Fish

9:25 AM TUE JULY 2, 2013
Sockeye Escapement to the Nushagak River is Approaching the Upper End of the Escapement Goal

Petersburg harbor fish scrap ban advances
by Joe Viechnicki
July 2, 2013 9:54 am
An ordinance prohibiting the disposal of fish scraps in Petersburg’s harbors got its first of three approvals from the borough assembly Monday. The assembly also voted to keep purchasing and bidding requirements for the borough staff “as-is” and approved a contract for the property tax assessor.....

11:00 AM TUE JULY 2, 2013
Changes in Fishing Permit Values
The latest permit values report from the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission shows some changes in the Bristol Bay and Alaska Peninsula Fisheries. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.....

Council Gives PND Go-Ahead on Pier III Design
July 2, 2013
Jay Barrett/KMXT
At its Thursday meeting the Kodiak City Council approved a design contract for Pier 3, the city’s cargo dock. City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski said the concept work, wave study and geo-technical report have all been done, and the funding is in place, so it’s time to start the design and permitting process. To that end, she recommended the council approve the...

Halibut catch share plan refloated for comment
By Carey Restino
Homer Tribune
The controversy over how to divide halibut resources between charter operators and commercial entities continues this week as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration opened the public comment period for its reworked catch-sharing plan for commercial and guided sport.
The program, which was first proposed in 2011 but reworked by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council last year, establishes a clear allocation between commercial and charter sectors in Southeast Alaska and the Central Gulf regions. Among its features is a more responsive system for generating harvest limits as...

Harvester indicted for making false records
Posted 06/28/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
A Washington State resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Anchorage for making false records under federal fish and wildlife laws, and making false material statements to a federal agency
According to the indictment, released June 21, Steven Carr, 54, who fishes out of Kodiak, was the owner and operator of the F/V Sea Mac, and......

AIS Update – Tracking Ships In Alaska
exactEarth has  teamed up with the Marine Exchange of Alaska (MXAK) to form the Alaska vessel tracking alliance which is built on the MXAK PacTracs  product offering.  PacTracs is a vessel tracking display system that utilizes the MXAK’s 100 coastal Automatic Identification System (AIS) receivers throughout Alaska.   With this new agreement, users are now able to upgrade their PacTracs service to.......

July 02, 2013
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The Western Federal Lands Highway Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is releasing the draft Purpose and Need Statement for the Kake Access project in Southeast Alaska. Preliminary alternatives to be considered include roads and shuttle ferries that would connect Kake with Petersburg. In 2012, the Alaska State Legislature.....

Track Your Vessels Stability Using the SCraMP Iphone App
July 2, 2013 by ladyfish
Fishing boats rock and roll, pitch, yaw, surge, sway, and heave.  Skippers respond to the movements as they navigate rough seas in tough weather.  Now, a new iPhone app provides stability indicators in time to make corrections. It is called SCraMP – for Small Craft Motion Program, and has a variety of tools boat operators can select....