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#09-18-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Changes Urged in Reauthorization of Magnuson-Stevens Act
A University of Washington fisheries scientist says reauthorization of a major piece of fisheries legislation is a good time to focus on sustainable jobs, recreational opportunity and income to the industry. Americans should be proud of our record of fisheries management, University of Washington Professor Ray Hilborn told the US House Committee on Natural Resources in testimony in early September. That record is unrivaled for rebuilding of fish stocks, transparency of.....

Trolling extended for big coho run
by Joe Viechnicki
September 17, 2013 11:00 am
A big run of coho salmon in Southeast Alaska means commercial trollers have an extension of the summer fishing season. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced a 10-day extension for the troll fleet, with fishing....

Anglo departure not the end of Alaska's Pebble mine, locals say
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 11:41 p.m. EDT
By Yereth Rosen
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Supporters and opponents of a giant mine to tap Alaska's gold and copper wealth have found a rare point of agreement: The Pebble project remains alive even without its heavyweight financial backer. Anglo American, the global mining group that partnered with Canada's Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd in 2007 to develop Pebble, said on Monday it was pulling out, less than two month after promising shareholders it would cut costs and halve its $17 billion pipeline of potential mines. Anglo's departure dealt a sharp blow to the ambitious plan to build an open-pit mine in Alaska's....
1:40 PM TUE SEPTEMBER 17, 2013
It was a good year for Nushagak River King Salmon
The local Fish and Game Advisory Committee for the Nushagak River region received an update on this year’s king salmon sport fishery during a meeting held Tuesday in Dillingham. KDLG’s Mike Mason was there and filed this report.....

1:50 AM TUE SEPTEMBER 17, 2013
Social Scientists in Bristol Bay for NOAA Project
They'll be holding community meetings in Dillingham and Naknek, and are looking to schedule individual interviews over the next two weeks.
A team of social scientists from NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center will be in Bristol Bay this week and next, looking to talk with folks around several communities in an effort to gather information that could be useful for fisheries management decisions in the future. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger has more....

From The Crab Lab Into The Wild….AKCRRAB Baby Red King Crab Release
September 17, 2013 by ladyfish
Phase two of a seven year project takes place this week. NOAA biologists along with their star dive team are releasing 13,000 hatchery raised Alaska red king crab into their new home on Kodiak in Old harbor. The AKCRRAB project started back in 2006 and is a coalition of managers, scientists, academics, and industry. What began as a test in the NOAA crab lab to see if it was possible to raise crab in a hatchery setting will now be taken to a whole new level......

Matson to Pay for Honolulu Molasses Spill Response
Jones Act shipping company Matson (NYSE: MATX) says it will cover all costs associated with the Honolulu Harbor molasses spill response, sparing Hawaiian taxpayers of the burden. Matson President and CEO, Matt Cox, reaffirmed Matson’s commitment at a news conference, held at Pier 34 in the harbor. He also stated that customer rates would not be affected by the incident. “We operate the pipeline and it is our transfer operation,” Cox said. “Matson is taking responsibility and we’ll continue to fully cooperate with the state on this....

Russian Warships Are Returning to A Place They Haven’t Been Since the Cold War
Sep. 17, 2013 2:49pm
MOSCOW, Sept 16 (TheBlaze/Reuters) – Russia is reopening the Soviet-era military base in the Arctic it abandoned after the Cold War, President Vladimir Putin said on Monday, as part of a drive to make the northern coast a global shipping route and secure the region’s vast energy resources. Two decades after abandoning it, Russia has sent 10 warships behind four nuclear-powered ice breakers to the base on the Novosibirsk Islands — a show of force as it resumes a permanent naval presence in the thawing region.....

Shots Fired in the Arctic, Greenpeace Activists Held by Russian Security
“Imagine you’re that activist. For a moment, in the middle of the chaos of protesting in the frigid Arctic ocean, you lock eyes with a Russian Coast Guard officer. He is there to stop your peaceful protest, and help ensure the company’s operation goes ahead.” That’s how Greenpeace saw it today when they boarded the Prirazlomnaya, the Russian arctic production platform located 60 kilometers offshore in the Pechora Sea.  11 warning...