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#10-05-2013 - ComFish News Roundup (#NPFMC Streaming Live - Link)

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Calif. fishermen defeat NOAA
Two Santa Barbara brothers accused of violating federal laws related to a no-fishing zone off San Miguel Island beat the charges in late August when a federal judge determined that the government presented insufficient evidence to prove the crime. The decision highlighted deficiencies in the vessel monitoring system (VMS) used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to watch fishing boats...

Friday, October 4, 2013
Alaska Crab Fishery Faces Federal Shutdown Delays
By Margaret Bauman
Alaska’s multi-million dollar commercial crab fishing season faces delays if a federal government shutdown is not resolved soon, because National Marine Fisheries Service biologists won’t be able to issue individual fishing and processing quotas. The fisheries are set to open on Oct. 15. The announcement today came from Heather Fitch, area management biologist for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands at Dutch Harbor for....

11:40 AM FRI OCTOBER 4, 2013
Aerial view of Dillingham, Alaska.
Aerial view of Dillingham, Alaska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Value of Bristol Bay Driftnet Permits Continues to Increase
The value of Bristol Bay driftnet permits is increasing according to information from the State of Alaska. The Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission tracks all of the sales of fishing permits in Alaska and monthly they produce a permit value report. The September report puts the value of a Bristol Bay driftnet permit at $100.7-thousand dollars. That’s up from the $95.5-thousand dollars permit value recorded back in August. The September value of $100.7-thousand dollars for a Bristol Bay driftnet permit is....

Corkline-News for Southeast Gillnetters
October 3, 2013

Sitka fish processor recalls two years’ worth of product
by Robert Woolsey, KCAW
October 4, 2013 6:24 pm
The US Food and Drug Administration announced the recall by Big Blue Fisheries on September 30. It covers all vacuum-packed smoked fish produced by Big Blue — for the last two years. Greg Johnstone, the Environmental Health Officer with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, inspected Big Blue on September 20 and discovered that a recording graph on Big Blue’s smoker was not working. “On a commercial smoker there needs to be a chart recorder that records the internal temperature of the fish in the smoker on a continuous recording graph. And for smoked fish in Alaska — anywhere throughout the US — it needs to reach an....

River won't release Lone Star
October 4th 2:27 pm | By Joseph Miller
The salvaging process of digging out the tender Lone Star from the Igushik River seems to be a bit stuck. The Lone Star was being used as a tender ship for Trident Seafoods during this year's sockeye salmon run, but it sank on June 30 and has remained stuck in the mud ever since. Through the efforts between the salvaging company, Resolve Marine, and the U.S. Coast Guard, the process of dislodging the Lone Star is a collaborative effort. "The Coast Guard is simply monitoring this salvage project," said Nathan Menefee, the assistant inspections division chief in Anchorage for the U.S. Coast Guard. "We're just......

Coast Guard rescues 2 mariners near Seward, Alaska
Iridium satellite phone
Iridium satellite phone (Photo credit: brunosan)
Date: Oct. 04, 2013 D17 PADET Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued two stranded mariners from a beach near Seward, Thursday. The men were hoisted and safely delivered to Seward by the Jayhawk crew after their 22-foot vessel capsized in Resurrection Bay. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 17th District command center in Juneau received a call Thursday night from a 911 emergency call center reporting the two men were in danger. The men used a satellite phone to call for help and were reportedly holding onto a rock in Resurrection Bay with water rising around them. The men also reported they had only one lifejacket and no signaling devices. Control of the case was passed to the Sector Anchorage command center and a request for support was made to Air Station Kodiak and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mustang, homeported in Seward. The Seward Fire Department and two good Samaritan vessels arrived on scene but reported they could not reach the men who had made it to a nearby beach while waiting for rescue.....