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#09-12-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Flatfish are latest seeking RFM certification

Posted 09/11/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
Alaska's flatfish fishery, in the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands, and Gulf of Alaska, has entered into assessment by Global Trust Certification, in a program sponsored by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute..... http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1337flatfish-are-latest-seeking-rfm-certification


With fish stocks rebounding, Congress mulls steps to ease catch limits
Red snapper limits in Gulf controversial
Sep. 11, 2013 11:59 PM
WASHINGTON — Environmental groups, the fishing industry and government agencies don’t often see eye to eye, but they do agree the federal law regulating fishing off America’s coasts has contributed to an extraordinary rebound in marine life over the past decade. As Congress prepares to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery and Conservation Management Act, the question is whether to ease some restrictions that have helped nurse once-endangered fish populations back to healthier levels but are criticized as overly.... http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20130912/NEWS02/309120037/With-fish-stocks-rebounding-Congress-mulls-steps-ease-catch-limits

Silver salmon scarce on Yukon
Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013 12:00 am
Staff report
FAIRBANKS — Preliminary sonar estimates of silver salmon entering the Yukon River point to the second-lowest passage numbers on record..... http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/silver-salmon-scarce-on-yukon/article_e8feeeee-1b80-11e3-9d9a-0019bb30f31a.html

Judge hears arguments on voter initiative that could thwart Pebble
Published: September 11, 2013 Updated 11 hours ago
By LISA DEMER
Just as signatures are being gathered for a new ballot initiative that could affect the proposed Pebble mine, an Anchorage Superior Court judge is being asked to throw out the results of an earlier measure that Pebble says is a sideways attempt to kill the controversial project. Judge John Suddock on Wednesday heard arguments from Pebble and the state on one side, and the Lake and Peninsula Borough and backers of the 2011 Save our Salmon initiative on the other.Voters in the borough, which includes the site of the proposed giant copper and gold mine, in October 2011 approved the initiative by a margin of a few dozen votes. If the initiative stands, Pebble probably couldn't be developed, the state has told the judge. The ballot measure itself didn't mention Pebble or ban mining outright. Rather, it outlawed any.... http://www.adn.com/2013/09/11/3070917/judge-hears-arguments-over-2011.html

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Prowler Fisheries Ready to Christen New Freezer Longliner
Prowler Fisheries, an Alaska freezer longliner company, will christen its newest freezer longliner vessel, the F/V Arctic Prowler, in ceremonies Oct. 5 at the Ketchikan Shipyard in Ketchikan, AK. The new vessel, designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants of Seattle, to be used to fish for Pacific cod, black cod and turbot in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska, will have a freezer hold of 16,300 cubic feet and the capability of fishing 56,000 hooks per day. It will be powered by a pair of 1,000 horsepower MTU main engines and three 330-kilowatt gensets, according to.... http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2013/09/prowler-fisheries-ready-to-christen-new.html

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Developing a Prince William Sound Bowpicker
fishermensnews.com

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 to the shop, Finn notices the overhead door is open and he observes the activity of boatbuilding. Finn walks into the shop, noticing a new 32-foot bowpicker sitting on a trailer. He asks one of the workers, “Where is the owner?” Just then, Jim Bower, the owner of Barbary Cove emerges from his office and greets Finn, “Hello Finn! It sure is good to see you. How long has it been? Seems like forever!” Finn grins and responds, “Well Jim, it has been a while. Not forever – more like 6 months. I’ve been busy with fishing and boat maintenance.” Jim shakes his head.... http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2013/09/developing-prince-william-sound.html

IFQ market for AK halibut, sablefish in a stall for all regions except Southeast
September 11, 2013 by Laine Welch
Alaska’s record salmon season has permit brokers hopping, especially for seine cards. But it’s a very different story for the quota share market.
 In a word it’s ‘negative.’... http://www.alaskafishradio.com/ifq-market-for-ak-halibut-sablefish-in-a-stall-for-all-regions-except-southeast/

Kodiak: Fire Damages Pacific Seafoods Shop
Sep 11, 2013
Jay Barrett/ KMXT
Shelikof Street in downtown Kodiak was closed for a time yesterday evening as the.... http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5034

Red King Crab Serial Killers
September 11, 2013 by ladyfish
Dive into Womens Bay, an inlet located on the island of Kodiak and you will find a graveyard of lost or abandoned crab pots or as NOAA’s diving biologist Pete Cummiskey likes to call “Ghost Pots.”.... http://www.alaskafishradio.com/red-king-crab-serial-killers-2253/

Kodiak: Fish, Sales Tax, Composting and Animals on Joint Work Session Agenda
Sep 11, 2013
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
Tonight continues the busy week of municipal government meetings with the city and borough coming together under the same agenda. The borough assembly will chair a joint work session with the city council and hear a fisheries analyst report, including a discussion about Gulf of Alaska trawl bycatch management. Following that will be a discussion about city sales tax charges. Recently the city was notified that some borough residents may be being charged city sales tax on services..... http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5024

Southeast residents weigh in on draft ferry schedule
by Leila Kheiry
September 11, 2013 4:39 PM
Southeast Alaska residents from Ketchikan to Skagway participated in Wednesday’s Alaska Marine Highway System public hearing on the proposed schedule for next summer..... http://www.krbd.org/2013/09/11/southeast-residents-weigh-in-on-draft-ferry-schedule/

SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 · 5:24 PM
Water well? Scientists take temperature of Kenai River watershed
By Jenny Neyman
Redoubt Reporter
When a baby is sick it can’t clearly communicate what’s wrong. So an examiner looks for symptoms to make a diagnosis — collecting samples, measuring temperature, looking at coloration and lethargy, and checking on past illnesses to see if there’s been a flare-up. Environmental factors are.... http://redoubtreporter.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/water-well-scientists-take-temperature-of-kenai-river-watershed/

Why “Alaska” means milk and basketball to many Filipinos
By Jeremy Hsieh
Posted on September 12, 2013 at 5:00 am
When Filipinos hear “Alaska,” often the first two things that come to mind are milk and basketball. That’s according to the Philippines’ recently appointed honorary consul to Alaska, Jenny Gomez Strickler. It turns out, the Philippines-based Alaska Milk Corporation sells milk in the country and sponsors the Alaska Aces — not Anchorage’s minor league hockey team, but a professional basketball team in the Philippines. Neither the milk nor the basketball team have a meaningful connection to the 49th state............ But Strickler says connections are being forged that could help build a market for Alaska seafood, and even liquefied natural gas..... http://www.ktoo.org/2013/09/12/why-alaska-means-milk-and-basketball-to-filipinos/

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Five Fisheries Meetings On Tap in Seattle
Five meetings of importance to the commercial fishing industry are scheduled in Seattle in September, on issues ranging from crab and groundfish to ecosystems and fisheries observers. The Joint Groundfish Plan Teams began a four-day meeting Sept. 10 at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, with an agenda that includes status updates on several fisheries, reports on... http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2013/09/five-fisheries-meetings-on-tap-in.html

Ever Wondered: Why is wild salmon a deeper red than farmed salmon?
When it comes to salmon, color is king.
By Andrew P. Han | Posted September 11, 2013
It’s 1:30 AM at the New Fulton Fish Market in the Bronx, New York City. As forklifts zip pallets of seafood through ice-packed loading bays, the fishmongers of Lockwood & Winant are selling fresh Pacific King salmon right off the plane from Washington. Further down the large, cold, cavern.... http://scienceline.org/2013/09/ever-wondered-why-is-wild-salmon-a-deeper-red-than-farmed-salmon/

DC: Making a kitchen-table case for massive water bill
By SCOTT WONG | 9/12/13 5:15 AM EDT
Less wonk. More real-world relevance.
That could be the new slogan for the lawmakers and lobbyists trying to pass the House’s first massive water and infrastructure bill since 2007. The strategy: Emphasize the impact the bill will have on people’s everyday lives, including their clothing, home appliances and jobs. Expect to hear that message a lot as House Transportation Committee bosses continue rolling out their version of the Water Resources and Reform Development Act this week. The Senate passed its own $12 billion water bill by an 83-14 vote in May, using the legislation’s traditional name (the Water Resources Development Act) and a much-debated strategy for getting around Congress’s ban on earmarks. House.....http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/making-a-kitchen-table-case-for-massive-water-bill-96656.html

How to make sustainable aquaculture inclusive—and actually sustainable
Embrace public-private governance, and don't forget about the little guy.
by Jeremy Jacquot - Sept 12 2013, 5:30am ADT.... http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/09/how-to-make-sustainable-aquaculture-inclusive-and-actually-sustainable/