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#09-07-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Trawlers waste 104 tons of Alaska halibut
Craig Medred
October 4, 2011
The Seattle-based trawler Alaska Beauty recently had a great week of halibut fishing in the Gulf of Alaska, according to the latest reports from the Fisheries Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Only one problem: Alaska Beauty wasn't supposed to be fishing halibut; it was supposed to be fishing cod. Despite that, 43 percent of its catch was halibut. All of that halibut, by law, must be dumped back into the sea. Most of it goes back dead. Some Alaskans are starting to get angry at this sort of large "by-catch" of halibut by Pacific Northwest and Kodiak-based trawlers at a time when the species' stocks are declining, and Alaska charter and commercial longline fisheries are locked in a bitter battle over every flatfish. Against that backdrop, the tolerance of halibut waste in the trawl fishery .....

4:42 PM FRI SEPTEMBER 6, 2013
Bristol Bay Driftnet Permit Prices Trend Upwards
The prices of Bristol Bay driftnet fishing permits have been inching upwards in recent week despite the smaller than expected run this year. KDLG’s Mike Mason reports......

Subsistence Board to hear public comment
by Sean Carlson
September 6, 2013 3:26 PM
Technically, Saxman is not rural. At least, that’s according to the federal government after the 2000 census. Following that determination, though, the feds put a hold on that decision until an official review of the entire process. Now, that review is happening. And both the Federal Subsistence Board and the Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council are meeting in Ketchikan later this month to hear the public’s opinion.....

People of King Cove make case for road in remote Alaska directly to Interior Secretary Jewell
Jillian RogersThe Dutch Harbor Fisherman
September 6, 2013
On Friday, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Sen. Lisa Murkowski visited the communities of King Cove and Cold Bay to hear from locals in person about why they need the proposed road connecting the two villages. “All we can do is remain hopeful,” said Della Trumble, a spokeswoman for the Agdaagux Tribal Council and the King Cove Corporation, from King Cove on Monday. Born and raised in King Cove, Trumble said she is one of many who have been advocating for the road for 30 years. “(Jewell) made it very clear that she has a tough decision,” Trumble said. “I believe she walked away with a clearer understanding of the impact of not having reliable transportation.” The proposed route, a single-lane gravel road stretching through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, would offer.... - FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 06 2013
Murkowski Welcomes Additional Funds for Alaska Tsunami Debris Relief
WASHINGTON, DC — Senator Lisa Murkowski today welcomed the news that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is directing an additional $750,000 towards Alaska’s efforts to clean up and address debris from the $5 million gift from the Japanese government help in the response to the impacts from the 2011 Fukushima earthquake and tsunami: “When it comes to dealing with the effects of tsunami debris, Alaska has more shoreline than the rest of the country combined and therefore is dealing with a disproportionate amount of the debris still crossing the Pacific and hitting our shores.  I’ve been asking all parties to recognize this reality and work together.  I was encouraged when my colleagues on the Senate Appropriations Committee agreed with my request to increase funding levels for debris clean-up, and today’s announcement is further proof that they are hearing our message loud and clear.”

Mark Begich Continues His Attack On “Health Guru”
Posted: September 6, 2013 at 5:01 pm
Continuing his effort to promote and protect Alaska seafood, U.S. Senator Mark Begich challenged Hollywood fitness guru Harley Pasternak’s People Magazine article about the difference in traits of farmed fish vs. wild fish. In a letter that describes the benefits of wild salmon over their “floating corncob” counterparts, Begich describes fish farms as environmental polluters that feed their fish “crops” with.....

Huge tug homeported in Dutch Harbor
September 7th 1:45 am | By Jim Paulin
A tug boat strong enough to prevent a major shipwreck and oil spill is now stationed fulltime in the Aleutians, following the merger of two salvage companies, according to Dan Magone of Resolve-Magone Marine Service. The big orange salvage tug Resolve Pioneer arrived in Unalaska a few weeks ago, and this week heads to its first Alaskan assignment, recovering the sunken salmon tender Lone Star in the Igushik River in the Nushagak section of Bristol Bay. The Resolve Pioneer made national news in February when it towed the Carnival Triumph passenger ship from Mexican waters to Mobile, Alabama, after the luxury liner lost power. "Resolve has relocated two vessels to augment Magone's fleet in Alaska: the salvage tug Resolve Pioneer, with an 80-ton bollard pull capability, and the salvage barge RMG 300 which has a 450-ton capacity crane on board. Resolve....

SEPTEMBER 05, 2013
Fishy business
By Stephen H. Dunphy
Highly regulated, and profitable, commercial fishing is a survivor of the resource-based economy that once dominated the Pacific Northwest. At the beginning of the 20th Century, Seattle’s economy was based on natural resources and the processing of them. Timber from the region’s vast forests was turned into lumber.  Wheat and produce were milled and canned for consumption elsewhere. Coal from places with names like Black Diamond fueled industry and was exported to other areas. Fish from Alaska was processed in the canneries that lined the waterfront.....

Thank you, Tongass National Forest, for banner Southeast Alaska salmon season
Heather Hardcastle
September 6, 2013
OPINION: Southeast Alaska is having a banner salmon season. The fish drive an enormous economic engine on the Tongass National Forest, and they should be a larger part of new discussions about reviving the timber industry.....

EPA and Coast Guard Reach Pollution Control Agreement with Carnival
Federal Emissions Control Act Imposing Costs on Alaskans Says Governor
September 06, 2013
(SitNews) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Coast Guard announced Thursday an agreement in principle was reached with Carnival Corporation to develop advanced emission control technology to be used in waters surrounding U.S. coasts. Under the agreement, Carnival will convert 32 of its ships to an innovative two-stage scrubber system by 2016.  The system will remove particulate matter, black carbon and sulfur.  Because the ECA regulations focus primarily on sulfur, the....

EPA chief: Pebble Mine decision to be based on science, not popularity
By M.D. Kittle  /   September 6, 2013
MADISON – The Environmental Protection Agency’s new administrator last week assured residents of an Alaska town that’s ground zero in the battle over a mine of precious metals that the agency won’t let public pressure sway its decision. Lisa Reimers, CEO of the Iliamna Development Corp., said new EPA director Gina McCarthy’s “fact-finding” visit to Iliamna was a good sign. The last EPA director, according to several community members, made no attempt to visit the proposed mine site or the people who call the remote country around Illiamna Lake home.....

UAS Ketchikan Offering New Maritime Industrial Skills Course
September 06, 2013
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan is offering a new training course designed to prepare students for career opportunities in marine engineering departments, ship building and repair, heavy industrial machine repair, construction, and a variety of physical plant operations, such as seafood processing.....

Report: Catch limits boost depleted fish stocks
Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 3:34 pm | Updated: 5:01 pm, Thu Sep 5, 2013.
Associated Press
Federal efforts to rebuild depleted fish populations have largely been successful, but pressure to overfish some species remains high, and some fish stocks have not rebounded as quickly as projected, according to a new report by a scientific panel. The report by the National Research Council says 43 percent of fish stocks identified as being overfished were rebuilt or showed good progress toward......

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