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#09-03-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

2:05 PM MON SEPTEMBER 2, 2013
2 Men Found Guilty of Commercial Fishing Violations
A couple of commercial fishermen were found guilty of violations last week in Naknek. 46-year old Sergie Chukwak of Naknek was cited by the State Troopers for fishing during a closed period near Naknek and he was found guilty of that charge during a bench trial on August 26th in the Naknek District Court.....

NOAA Says Charter Halibut Concerns ‘Unfounded’
Posted: September 3, 2013 at 5:58 am
The NOAA Halibut Catch Sharing Plan is at the center of another political fishing battle, with charter fishermen up in arms about the idea of a one halibut per day limit.........

NOAA receives thousands of comments on catch sharing plan
Posted: September 2, 2013 - 8:11pm
By MICHAEL ARMSTRONG Morris News Service-Alaska
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration–Fisheries officials estimated thousands of comments were received on the proposed halibut Catch Sharing Plan. The....

Halibut boats needed for surveys next year – 390 new survey spots added
September 2, 2013 by Laine Welch
Halibut scientists plan to expand the yearly stock assessments by 30% next summer, adding 390 survey stations to the existing 1,300. The stations are located coast wide from Oregon to the Bering Sea. Since 1998 the halibut surveys have been done in a depth range of 20 to....

Wave energy stalls off the coast
By Elizabeth Case / The Oregonian
Published: September 03. 2013 4:00AM PST
Last September, with great fanfare, Ocean Power Technologies began construction on America’s first wave-powered utility. Holding the first — and only — wave energy permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, OPT had planned to deploy a test buoy off the coast of Reedsport by spring. But a year after the permit, regulatory and technical difficulties have all but halted the project.....

A fishy situation at the top of the world
With climate change opening up the Arctic, a pact regulating commercial fishing in the region is urgently needed.
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2013 07:36
Michael Byers
Michael Byers is professor of Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia.
The Antarctic is a continent surrounded by oceans. The Arctic, in contrast, is an ocean surrounded by continents. The relatively shallow, increasingly ice-free waters of the Arctic Ocean constitute the last unexploited fishery on Earth. Commercial fishers have avoided the Arctic Ocean because of the near-constant presence of sea-ice and the absence of commercially attractive species. But as the Arctic Ocean warms and the sea-ice melts, valuable species such as sockeye salmon, pollock and Arctic cod could move northwards. Unregulated fishing has led to the collapse of fish stocks around the world, famously including the Grand Banks of the North Atlantic. The Arctic Ocean is now threatened by the "tragedy of the commons", a phenomenon in which....

Warming seen as reason for squid boom
Fishermen and boaters of Cape Ann and other parts of the North Shore are seeing a marked increase in long fin squid, a species normally more common south of Cape Cod. It's the second summer of a squid population explosion, from the Cape to Southern Maine, said Michael Armstrong, assistant director of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries' Gloucester field station.....


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