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#08-14-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Petersburg Concerned With Future of USCG In Community
By Joe Viechnicki, KFSK - Petersburg | August 13, 2013 - 5:17 pm
Petersburg officials are seeking answers about the future of Coast Guard ships in the community. Borough Mayor Mark Jensen sent a letter to Senator Mark Begich this month voicing concern that the cutter Anacapa could be replaced by larger vessels planned for other Southeast ports......

AK set up 12 RSDA regions for fishermen; Only 2 are active
August 13, 2013 by Laine Welch
At Prince William Sound/Copper River, the 540+ permit holders generate about $400,000 a year; at Bristol Bay, the 1,800+ drift fleet generates up to $2 million a year.  The money may be used in any way the RSDA decides.   Below is the 2004 statute that put RSDAs into law........

New faces marketing more than salmon at Bristol Bay, Copper River/PWS
Seal of Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska
Seal of Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
August 13, 2013 by Laine Welch
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch — They’re marketing much more than salmon at Bristol Bay and Copper River.....

Report on Kulluk grounding won't likely be made public until 2014
Published: August 13, 2013 Updated 10 hours ago
A report into the Coast Guard investigation into the Dec. 31 grounding of Royal Dutch Shell's drilling rig, the Kulluk, has been delayed more than six weeks and likely won't be released publicly until early next year, a spokesman said this week. The lead investigator, Cmdr. Joshua McTaggart of the....

Alaska king crab rehab programme to boost its numbers
University of Alaska Fairbanks
University of Alaska Fairbanks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 06:30 (GMT + 9)
A joint effort of fishermen´s groups as well as academic and government organizations resulted in the Alaska King Crab Research, Rehabilitation and Biology (AKCRRAB) Programme, which will bear fruit in the upcoming weeks with the release of the first Alaskan artificially bred red king crabs into the wild. Alaska Sea Grant, in partnership with regional fishermen, coastal communities, NOAA Fisheries, the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery and Chugach Regional Resources Commission and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences have teamed up to....