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#09-17-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Gaming of observer program before council in October
Published: 2013.09.16 05:02 PM
The National Marine Fisheries Service issued a draft report on its revamped fisheries observer program after nearly a full year of implementation, and few changes are planned for 2014 although issues surrounding tendering continue. The September draft of the 2014 plan for the observer program, which was restructured this year, is set to be discussed at the North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Anchorage Oct. 2 to 8. The council had made requests for changes in June, and a letter and report addressing those requests, along with the 2014 plan, were released in preparation for the meeting. The new annual deployment plan, or ADP, does not have any major changes. Nor does it explain all of the concerns raised at the June council meeting. According to the report and other council documents, tendering issues involving unobserved deliveries persist but will not be addressed in the immediate future. In addition to predicted “gaming” where vessels in the trip-selection pool can continuously....

Studying factors affecting Gulf of Alaska marine life
Monday, September 16, 2013, 22:50 (GMT + 9)
The Gulf of Alaska Integrated Ecosystem Research Project, which is more than just a long-drawn-out title, is a five-year study that engages more than 40 scientists from a variety of disciplines—oceanographers, fisheries biologists, and modelers—to look at the naturally occurring factors influencing the survival of five commercially important groundfishes. The communities on the Gulf of Alaska coast are tremendously reliant on....

Pebble Partnership Moves Forward After Anglo American Pulls Support
By Mike Mason, KDLG - Dillingham | September 16, 2013 - 5:21 pm
The giant mining company Anglo American has pulled its support for the proposed Pebble Mine but the other company in the partnership pledges to continue moving the project toward permitting and development.....

  • Shares in Vancouver firm Northern Dynasty Minerals plunge as partner abandons Pebble Mine
  • MONDAY SEPTEMBER 16 2013 Sen. Murkowski Comments on Anglo American Decision on Pebble Project WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following statement regarding Anglo American’s decision to pull out of the Pebble Limited Partnership, which was formed to develop a gold and copper mine in Southwest Alaska: “Anglo American’s choice to withdraw from development of the Pebble mine was a private business decision driven by a variety of economic factors. The company has stated its reasons and I have no reason to question the decision,” Murkowski said. “Mining is an important part of our state’s economy and I continue to believe that Alaska’s resources can be developed responsibly for the benefit of all.”
Fire damages Kodiak, Alaska, ship at Seattle pier

Updated 8:17 am, Tuesday, September 17, 2013
SEATTLE (AP) — Fire has damaged the 167-foot Bristol Leader fishing ship moored at Pier 91 in Seattle. Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore says smoke....

Final MSC decision made on Russia pollock fishery
Russia’s Sea of Okhotsk pollock fishery has been cleared to be certified to the Marine Stewardship Council standard as a sustainable and well-managed fishery. Independent Adjudicator (IA) Michael Lodge on Monday released his final decision in the objection filed by the At-Sea Processors Association (APA) in the fishery, and accepted the responses of the Conformity....