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#09-13-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Ray Hilborn on Magnuson
Ray Hilborn, Professor, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences University of Washington was one of the people who testified at the House Committee on Natural Resources Magnuson hearing this week.
 Ray makes the point that we have lost sight of the original goals of Magnuson, which were to achieve jobs and economic benefits from sustainable resources, as well as protecting those resources from over use. Accordingly, he suggests that too rigid an approach to fishery management focusing exclusively on overfishing has distorted the outcome, so that while we lose perhaps 3% of total yield to continued overfishing, we lose as much as 48% of achievable yield by not fishing enough.  He calls for a rebalancing of these goals, so that we may have both sustainable fisheries, and the economic benefits that are acheivable from our resources.The testimony > ............

Alaska seafood industry awaits Walmart response
Posted 09/13/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
In the line-up of fishermen on an Anchorage side street leading to a Walmart superstore, John Renner stood smiling, holding high a sign reading "What is Vladimir Putin' In Them Humpies?" Beside him stood Jack Hopkins, holding high another sign that read "Alaska State Constitution Demands Sustainability." "We are here today to tell Walmart that they are swimming against the tide when it comes to Alaska salmon," said Renner, vice president of Cordova District Fishermen United, who, along with....

Sept. 12, 2013
Coast Guard rescues injured crewman from freighter near Adak, Alaska - KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced an injured crewman from the freighter Cinzia D’Amato near Adak, Wednesday.

The Jayhawk crew rendezvoused with the vessel 117 miles from Adak Island, safely hoisted the man aboard and transported him to awaiting emergency medical personnel in Adak who then transferred him to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage for further medical care. An Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules airplane crew accompanied the Jayhawk crew to provide cover, communications and self-rescue capabilities.

Coast Guard 17th District Command Center watchstanders received a call at 3:50 a.m., from the master of the 738-foot freighter Cinzia D’Amato requesting the medevac of a 21-year-old Italian crewmember who had suffered severe internal injuries after falling approximately 75 feet from the vessel’s exhaust stack.

The Coast Guard duty flight surgeon concurred with the medevac request and the watchstanders advised the master to alter the vessel’s course toward Adak to close the 370 miles distance and come within range of the Coast Guard Jayhawk crew.

“This medevac demonstrates the ability of our crews to adapt to challenging situations and conduct rescue operations in remote areas,” said Petty Officer Rob Luna, a search and rescue coordinator for the 17th District command center. “Due to the location of this case, approximately 1,054 miles southwest of Kodiak, Coast Guard watchstanders in Juneau needed to coordinate the deployment of multiple Coast Guard assets and crews from Kodiak. The coordination and teamwork of the different units and personnel involved ensured the injured mariner was safely hoisted from the vessel and transferred to medical services for treatment.”

Weather conditions in the vicinity of Adak were reported as 28 to 46 mph winds with 16-foot seas and rain. The Cinza D’Amato is an Italian-flagged cargo vessel on a voyage from Japan to California.
1:19 PM THU SEPTEMBER 12, 2013
A New Plan has been Approved to Try and Recover the Sunken Fishing Tender Lone Star
The new plan to recover the sunken fishing tender Lone Star has been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. The vessel has been sitting in the middle of one of the major sockeye salmon producing rivers in Bristol Bay since late June. To date all of the efforts to remove the 78-foot Lone Start from the middle of the Igushik River have been unsuccessful. Despite several attempts the vessel has....

Kodiak" City, Borough Gear Up For NPFMC Meetings
Sep 12, 2013
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
Last night the Kodiak Borough Assembly and City Council met for a joint work session to discuss, among other things, fish. Specifically, bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska groundfish trawl fishery. The two governing bodies were gearing up for the matter being a topic during the upcoming North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s meeting at the end of the month. The management council will be reviewing eight proposals for management of bycatch in the groundfish trawl industry, five of which deal with areas of interest for Kodiak. Assemblywoman Chris Lynch said the local fisheries work group heard presentations about....

Fisheries service staff defend catch sharing plan
Posted: Friday, September 13, 2013 12:13 am
Staff Report
FAIRBANKS — A proposed plan to allocate halibut catch shares between charter and commercial boats will not necessarily lead to a one-fish per day limit for charter boat customers in waters off Southcentral Alaska, according to a summary released by North Pacific Fishery Management Council staff. The plan would replace the current “guideline harvest level” system with a system that allocates a percentage of the total allowable halibut catch between the commercial and charter sectors. The council staff, employees of the National Marine Fisheries Service, said the plan was.....'s_law
Petersburg and Wrangell officials debate future of Thomas Bay Power Authority
By Brian O'Connor
September 12, 2013
Ptersburg and Wrangell officials debated Tuesday the future of the Thomas Bay Power Authority in a joint workshop session. The at-times contentious meeting called into the question the future of the TBPA as an independent entity from the larger Southeast Alaska Power Authority. A May 6 vote by Petersburg to withhold its portion of the TBPA budget triggered the workshop session. Council members said concerns about the role of the....

The Alaska Fisheries Report
Sep 12, 2013
Coming up this week, Walmart officials seem sound open to accepting Alaska salmon – even without MSC approval; Bristol Bay gillnetting permits are increasing in prices, even though this summer didn’t live up to expectations, and the fella who’s towed more grounded fishing.....

UAS Ketchikan Hosting Marine
Invasive Species Bioblitz
September 12, 2013
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - UAS Ketchikan is hosting a Marine Invasive Species Bioblitz for a day of learning and fun. The goal of the Bioblitz is to engage and educate the public about invasive species that threaten Alaskan coastal waters. Participants will learn about the targeted invasive species in the morning and then....

Catching hypocrites? Alaska’s salmon run and the silent ‘dead loss’
By M.D. Kittle  /   September 13, 2013
Dead fish.
Wasted salmon, as far as the eye can see, washed up on the dark beaches of Alaska’s Naknek River, just before the 35-mile-long waterway opens up into the Kvichak Bay arm of the state’s famed Bristol Bay. A video obtained by shows a beach littered with lifeless sockeye and the incredible king salmon. The fish appear to be the leftovers of what state Fish and Game biologists describe as dead loss, in this case massive amounts of salmon that drop out of the commercial fishing boats’ curtainlike gill nets..................
.............Such waste would seem to run counter to the image painted by the commercial fishing industry as protector of Alaska’s sacred salmon — particularly from the clutches of a proposed large-scale copper and gold mine the fishing trade, sport fishermen and environmentalists (Robert Redford stepping into the fray once again) paint as an unholy threat to the sockeye population. And they implore President Barack Obama to use his administration’s authority to kill the Pebble mine project before a plan is submitted to environmental regulators. They warn such a mine would be disastrous to the Bristol Bay watershed, leaning on an Environmental Protection Agency assessment that many in the scientific community find flawed. In short, mine opponents like the salmon industry, are making dire predictions that a....

In The Tongass, Every Job Counts
By Governor Sean Parnell
September 12, 2013
The story of America includes starting a business and passing that entrepreneurial spirit on to your children. Whether it was a farm, a hardware store, or something else, America was built by these kinds of family enterprises, and family businesses still power Alaskan opportunity. Southeast has all the elements necessary to succeed. Low-cost hydropower, mining opportunities, forest products, and aquaculture provide a diverse base for a vibrant economy. Alaskans are just asking the Obama administration for a fair....

BC: Is salmon food being threatened?
By Neil Horner - Parksville Qualicum Beach News
Published: September 12, 2013 9:00 AM
Updated: September 12, 2013 2:27 PM
Some central Island residents are worried the removal of wrack from local beaches might lead to their ruin. Speaking at Tuesday night's Regional District of Nanaimo committee of the whole meeting, Ramona deGraff said the harvesting of seaweed that has washed....

Russian Icebreaker to Take Olympic Torch to North Pole
An Olympic organizing committee in Russia unveiled plans today to take the Olympic torch relay to the North Pole ahead of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi this February. To get to there, the torch will depart this October from the port of....

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