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#09-04-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

A debunker on the halibut catch sharing plan
The North Pacific Council has posted this two-page summary of the pending halibut catch sharing plan....

11:07 AM TUE SEPTEMBER 3, 2013
Commercial Fishermen Plan to Protest Walmart on Wednesday
On Wednesday several commercial fishermen from across Alaska are expected to protest a recent decision by Walmart that could result in salmon products from Alaska not being available on store shelves. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.....
Wild salmon harvest hits record 261 million fish
Posted 09/03/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
Wild salmon harvests in Alaska have reached 261 million fish, up from the previous record of 221.9 million fish in 2005, Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists said Sept. 3 in a preliminary harvest report.
The harvest of pink salmon meanwhile has reached 210.3 million fish, far exceeding...

Jewell: No decision imminent on Alaska refuge road
Posted: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 2:27 pm | Updated: 2:32 pm, Tue Sep 3, 2013.
Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has completed a firsthand look at a remote Alaska national wildlife refuge that shelters millions of migratory waterfowl but said Tuesday she's set no timetable for deciding whether to allow a road through it to...

2:20 PM TUE SEPTEMBER 3, 2013
No Progress, No Plans Yet For Salvaging Lonestar
The US Coast Guard is still waiting on a new salvage plan, a spokesman said Tuesday, after Magone Marine's salvage attempts failed last month.
DILLINGHAM:  The F/V Lonestar has not been moved from the shallow, muddy waters of the Igushik River, and for the time being the crews hired to remove it have...

Humpback Whale Remains Entangled in Gillnetting 12 Days Later
By Joshua Staab
Channel 2 News
3:26 p.m. AKDT, September 3, 2013
Despite continued efforts, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration crews have been unable to free a humpback whale entangled in gillnetting near Petersburg. The humpback first became entangled in the netting in Frederick Sound near Petersburg, on Aug. 23, according to NOAA officials.....,0,4039539.story

Court sides with feds in dispute over California oyster farm closure
Published September 04, 2013 Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO –  A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a decision by former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar not to renew the lease of a popular oyster farm operating in the Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California. In a 2-1 decision, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Salazar had the authority to allow Drakes Bay Oyster Co.'s lease to expire. While the farm was slated to close for good in February, it continued operating after the court issued a preliminary....

Oil platforms not major cause of fish contamination: study
Wednesday, September 04, 2013, 23:10 (GMT + 9)
A recent study by UC Santa Barbara scientists analyzed whole-body fish samples taken from oil-and-gas production platforms and natural sites for heavy metal pollutants and its results show all but four elements were relatively consistent at both types of location. The findings were published in the Bulletin of Marine Science. The research, led by fish expert Milton S. Love, a research biologist with UCSB's Marine Science Institute, entailed collecting a total of 196 fish –– 18 kelp bass....

Commercial fishermen disregarding food fishery
Fishermen deserve answers
DFO fails Canadians with closure of the Halibut fishery
Wise decisions aren’t made based on a lack of data
By Contributed - The Northern View
Published: September 04, 2013 7:00 AM..................... Aaron Hill reported that "the Alaskan commercial fisheries are still going right across the border and hammering these fish." Commercial fisherman such as these are only thinking about the future in relation to their wallets and giving no heed to the future of our fish stock. Mary-Ann Speirs, Hazelton, BC.....

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