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#08-21-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Halibut plan aired at meeting
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By Carey Restino
Aug 20th, 2013
Homer Tribune
As the comment period for a proposal to change the way halibut is divvied up between charter operators and commercial fishermen nears to an end, a teleconference workshop with officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries aimed at explaining the proposed halibut Catch Sharing Plan drew a dozen or so residents last week from the Homer area. The teleconference, hosted at the Homer Chamber of Commerce, was a far cry.... http://homertribune.com/2013/08/halibut-plan-aired-at-meeting/

Developing a Prince William Sound Bowpicker
September 1, 2013
Finn the Fisherman has been working hard. He had a busy, but productive, season. He’s been performing maintenance on his boats and nets and supervising some minor upgrades to his boat. After months of hard work, Finn thinks to himself, “I deserve a day off!” Finn decides to visit a local boat builder to see what is going on, and heads to Sedro-Woolley to visit Barbary Cove. As he pulls up.... http://www.fishermensnews.com/story/2013/09/01/features/developing-a-prince-william-sound-bowpicker/207.html

Aleutian Islands golden king crab kicks off Alaska’s big fall crab fisheries
August 20, 2013
by Laine Welch
A small fleet of boats dropped pots last week in Alaska’s most far flung crab fishery:  golden king crab along the Aleutian Islands.  The boats can remain at sea for a month or more through February.  Golden king crab is Alaska’s most stable crab fishery with a conservative harvest each year capped at just over  6 million pounds.  The golden kings live.... http://www.alaskafishradio.com/aleutian-islands-golden-king-crab-kicks-off-alaskas-big-fall-crab-fisheries/

Demand, Prices Up for Succulent Yukon River Chums
September 1, 2013
Autumn has set in on Alaska’s Lower Yukon River, where the fall harvest of those oil-rich Yukon chum salmon is in progress, a fishery that feeds the regional economy with seafood sales in markets domestic and European. After a robust harvest of summer chum, enhanced by an innovative dip net fishery, the Yupik Eskimo harvesters who deliver to Kwik’Pak Fisheries, a subsidiary of the Yukon Delta... http://www.fishermensnews.com/story/2013/09/01/features/demand-prices-up-for-succulent-yukon-river-chums/206.html

1:15 PM TUE AUGUST 20, 2013
Bristol Bay Forever Initiative Reaches Signature Threshold
By BEN MATHESON
Sponsors of a ballot initiative to require legislative approval of large metal sulfide mining projects say they have enough signatures.  Upon approval from the state.... http://kdlg.org/post/bristol-bay-forever-initiative-reaches-signature-threshold

Aug 20, 2013, 2:41pm PDT UPDATED: Aug 20, 2013, 5:32pm PDT
Fishing fleet swamped with record catch of Alaska pink salmon
Steve Wilhelm
Staff Writer-
Puget Sound Business Journal
A record catch of pink salmon is flooding fishing boats and fish processors in Southeast Alaska — a boon for the Puget Sound-based fishers and fishing companies that support the run.
The Alaska Fish and Game “blue sheet” website showed 185 million pinks so far this season on Tuesday, already surpassing the 2005 record of 161 million, according to... http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2013/08/20/seattle-fish-fleet-swamped-with-record.html

NOAA, CDQ Groups Back Bering Sea Beach Clean Ups
Aug 20, 2013
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Almost a half-million dollars will be heading into five Bering Sea villages to assist in cleaning marine debris from their beaches. The Alaska Marine Stewardship Foundation has received a $210,000 grant from NOAA’s Restoration and Marine Debris Program, and has secured the same amount in matching funds from area CDQ groups. Dave Gaudet, the director of the foundation in Auke Bay, said his group has been working with villages on.... http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4972

Former NOAA chief to speak in Fairbanks
Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 12:00 am
Staff Report
FAIRBANKS — Jane Lubchenco, the former administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will speak at the University of Alaska Fairbanks next week.
Lubchenco served as NOAA administrator from 2009 until February of this year; she was the.... http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/former-noaa-chief-to-speak-in-fairbanks/article_eafec5b0-0a2e-11e3-bab9-001a4bcf6878.html

Search & Deploy! Building Trust Through Collaborative Marine Research
Posted by Guest Blogger in Water Currents on August 20, 2013
By Holly Rindge, California Ocean Science Trust
As we sail out of Moss Landing Harbor, there are no familiar sounds of sea lions or crashing waves.  The early morning fog seems to have muted even the seabirds.   The swells are small today, but that is little comfort to my queasy stomach. I’m onboard the F/V Donna Kathleen with scientists from The Nature Conservancy (TNC), California Sea Grant (CSG), and the Fisheries & Conservation Biology Lab at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML)..... http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/08/20/search-deploy-building-trust-through-collaborative-marine-research/

Scientists urge Obama to update warnings of dangers of mercury in fish
UNITED STATES
Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 00:50 (GMT + 9)
Updated federal advice regarding the presence of methylmercury in fish and the debated safety of seafood consumption during pregnancy seems to have been stuck with red tape by the US Department of Health causing frustration to several groups in society. Earlier this month, senators expressed concern in this regard, and now scientists and non-governmental organisations have joined.  In a recent letter sent on 15 August to Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius a group presenting itself on behalf of a wide range of  scientists, doctors and organisations posing interest to the public and consumers stated that..... http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=63003

Bleeding herring in Johnstone Strait tested for disease
MARK HUME
VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Aug. 20 2013, 9:21 PM EDT
Last updated Tuesday, Aug. 20 2013, 9:25 PM EDT
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has confirmed a report by independent researcher Alexandra Morton that there are diseased herring in Johnstone Strait, near the north end of Vancouver Island..... http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/bleeding-herring-in-johnstone-strait-tested-for-disease/article13887497/