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#07-26-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Alaska Delegation Asks For Consensus Among CDQ Groups
Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens'), hauled ...
Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens'), hauled out on Bering Sea ice, Alaska, June 1978. (Source: NOAA) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK - Bethel | July 25, 2013 - 5:19 pm
Coastal Villages Region Fund, the state’s largest Community Development Quota group, has been asking for more fish for their fishermen. It would require Congress amending the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. In response, Alaska’s congressional delegation says before pursuing changes to fishing allocations they would need a consensus.....

Late-running chum salmon cause problems for Bering Sea pollock fleet
Jill Homer
July 25, 2013
After a relatively light year for chum salmon bycatch in the Bering Sea, numbers are back up this season as the pollock fleet clears out of “hot spots” in order to avoid compromising the fishery. As of July 7, more than 18,000 non-chinook salmon were taken in the Bering Sea fishery, compared to 2,700 over the same period in 2012. The early numbers are comparable to 2011’s high bycatch rate, when 188,000 non-chinook salmon were taken over the B season, compared to 23,000 in 2012. Chum salmon comprise more than 99 percent of the bycatc....

DIPAC spreads the wealth of chum salmon

By Lisa Phu
Posted on July 25, 2013 at 10:04 am
For the first time since it started in 1976, Douglas Island Pink and Chum – better known as DIPAC – is operating in the black. The salmon hatchery recently finished paying back 42 million dollars of loans and interest, and is getting more salmon to the commercial fishing fleet than ever before. DIPAC rears and releases chum, coho, sockeye, and chinook, but chum salmon is the......

Hearing scheduled for Inlet setnetters’ lawsuit vs. ADFG
Published: 2013.07.25 12:22 PM
An Anchorage judge will hear Cook Inlet fishermen’s request for additional fishing time July 30. The Cook Inlet Fishermen’s Fund, or CIFF, filed a lawsuit against the Alaska Department of Fish and Game July 15, asking that a court require the department to provide setnetters with additional fishing time. CIFF and Alaska Department of Fish and Game, or ADFG, will each have the opportunity to state their case in a July 30 hearing. Judge Andrew Guidi scheduled the evidentiary hearing and oral argument after asking the parties about the information and discussion they thought was necessary during a July 23 status hearing. Attorney Leslie Need said CIFF planned to have at least three....

More Fishing Time in Togiak
11:39 AM THU JULY 25, 2013
Bristol Bay’s final significant sockeye run is to the Togiak River and like the rest of the Bay’s sockeye runs, it’s showing up early. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.....
Study looks at interaction between red, blue king crab
Posted 07/26/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
Researchers at the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Kodiak are exploring predation between red and blue king crab as a possible mechanism for limiting the recovery of blue king crab populations around the Pribilof Islands......

American Seafoods seeks hearing on proposed fines
Posted 07/26/2013
by John Sackton, Editor and Publisher - - for the Cordova Times
American Seafoods is facing three separate NOVAs (Notice of Violation Assessment) for violations concerning the weight reported on its flow scales. The original NOVA from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) was a proposed $543,500 fine for the American Dynasty, for flow scale violations from 2007 and 2008. This case...

BLM to prepare Bering Sea-Western Interior Resource Management Plan
July 25, 2013
The Bureau of Land Management will prepare a Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the Bering Sea-Western Interior planning area of Alaska. The Planning Area is in western Alaska and encompasses approximately 62 million acres of land, including 10.6 million acres managed by the BLM. The planning area includes all lands south of the Central Yukon watershed to the southern boundary of the Kuskokwim River watershed, and all lands west of Denali National Park and Preserve to the Bering Sea, including Saint Lawrence, Saint Matthew and Nunivak islands. The lands are currently managed under the 1981.....

Finishing plan 'top priority' for Pebble
Posted: July 25, 2013 - 8:04pm
By TIM BRADNER Morris News Service-Alaska
Alaska Journal of Commerce
Developers of a potential large copper and gold mine at the Pebble prospect say they are focused on completing their plan for the project and applying for permits by the end of the year. “It’s our top priority,” said Mike Heatwole, spokesman for the Pebble Limited Partnership, a joint-venture of Anglo American PLC and....

A Red Tide That's Not THE Red Tide
Jul 25, 2013
Jay Barrett/KMXT
In some parts of the world, a “Red Tide” is a signal that a poisonous algae bloom is occurring and beachcombers should not eat clams and mussels and other bivalves. Here on Kodiak, that poisonous algae is pretty much always present and locals know not to eat bivalves to avoid exposure to paralytic shellfish poisoning. So, when an actual red tide caused by an algae bloom appeared in local bays during the last few weeks, it brought up the question whether it was the Red Tide. Julie Matweyou of the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program says no. “I’ve been receiving quite a few calls about the red tide, the orange discoloration we’ve....

The Alaska Fisheries Report
Jul 25, 2013
Coming up this week, the 9th Circuit says NOAA Fisheries was right to restrict fishing to protect Steller Sea Lions; and as if king salmon did have enough challenges, over a thousand of them are killed by the hot summer. All that, plus the governor pleads with Walmart to take Alaska salmon. We had reports contributed by KUCB’s Stephanie Joyce in Unalaska, KFSK’s Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg and KDLG’s Mike Mason in Dillingham.....

BBC: Salmon v Copper in Alaska and Ancient Arts of Polynesian Seafarers
Duration: 11 minutes
First broadcast: Thursday 25 July 2013
Stephen Sackur visits Dillingham, a small town in Alaska, where many youngsters spend summer at camp, filleting fish in the local smokehouse. He finds that this traditional subsistence livelihood is now threatened by a proposal to build the world’s biggest copper and gold mine in the Bristol Bay catchment area. An ancient fishing community is locked in conflict with a mining industry......

FMC buys Omega3 firm for USD 345 million
Friday, July 26, 2013, 03:00 (GMT + 9)
In its largest purchase ever, FMC Corporation has invested USD 345 million in all of the shares of two subsidiaries manufacturing high purity, premium grade Omega-3 fatty acid concentrates, with the aim to strengthen and expand FMC's presence in the nutraceutical market. The Philadelphia-based chemical firm announced yesterday that it had purchased Epax Nutra Holding III AS (Norway) and Epax UK Holding III AS (United Kingdom) from private-equity company Lindsay Goldberg and Norwegian biotechnology firm......

Robots battle for underwater supremacy
By Allison Barrie
War Games
Published July 25, 2013

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