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#10-12-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Alaska scientists now among the people banned from federal wildlife refuges
Craig Medred
October 11, 2013
Scientists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game have joined average Americans in the class of folks now banned from their own country's national wildlife refuges. Until the federal government shutdown is over, state wildlife biologists are prohibited from venturing onto an area about the size of the state of Nevada, according to Larry Bell, acting deputy regional director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska. The reasons are unclear. "We are not able to allow state management activities on national wildlife refuge lands during the government shutdown caused by a lapse in appropriations," Bell said in a Thursday email to Alaska....

Fish and Game Set to Host Joint Meeting (video)
Dan Carpenter, Oil, Gas, Native Issues, Corporations and Subsistence Multimedia Reporter
POSTED: 11:06 PM AKDT Oct 11, 2013  UPDATED: 11:09 PM AKDT Oct 11, 2013
Will the state’s subsistence boundaries change? It’s one of the issues the Alaska Boards of Game and Fisheries will consider over five days during a joint meeting. The Joint Board will take a look at over 40 proposals; many of the proposals concern the advisory committees that inform the two boards. Currently, Alaska has five areas where subsistence hunting and fishing is not permitted....

Fishermen and Biologists Dig Into Crab Science
By Lauren Rosenthal
Friday, October 11 2013
Although the federal government shutdown is threatening to delay the opening of the crab season next week, fishermen -- and state biologists -- are getting prepared anyways. This week, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game finished writing up catch limits for all of the state’s crab fisheries. And on Friday morning, Fish and Game biologist Doug Pengilly spent a few hours explaining the science behind those limits to fishermen in Seattle, with crabbers joining in from....

Board of Fisheries finishes work session
Published: 2013.10.10 08:58 PM
Today, Alaska’s Board of Fisheries finished reviewing the requests to add out-of-cycle issues to the meeting schedule, and scheduled most for the March meeting in Anchorage. The board agreed to consider a proposal about bycatch accounting in March, and to talk about a scallop management plan in January, at the Kodiak meeting. On the scallop front, the Commercial Fisheries Limited Entry Commission will meet tomorrow afternoon in Juneau to discuss its proposed regulations for the open access...

Salvagers May Tow F/V Lone Star This Weekend
12:22 PM FRI OCTOBER 11, 2013
Having overstayed its visit in the Igushik River by about 3 months, Coast Guard says the F/V Lone Star could finally depart Sunday....

IPHC sets interim meeting for Dec 4-5
Posted 10/11/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
The International Pacific Halibut Commission will hold its interim meeting Dec. 4-5 at its offices in Seattle, with webcasts of all sessions, except for finance and administration, open to the public.....

Chum numbers up, but price down in Kotzebue Sound fishery
October 11th 11:04 am | By Jillian Rogers
Though the chum salmon numbers in Kotzebue Sound were exceptionally high this year, the price per pound was exceptionally low, leaving some captains wondering how long they can keep up their summer fishing habit. This summer's healthy fish numbers were a direct result of strong numbers in 2008 and 2009, said Jim Menard, the area management biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Since 2008 and 2009 were healthy years, the 2012 and 2013 seasons saw those four- and five-year-old fish coming back in large amounts. "The overall chum run to Kotzebue Sound in 2013 was estimated to be well above average based on commercial...

Alaska Construction Career and Maritime Trades Career Day at Ketchikan Shipyard 
October 11, 2013
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - Monday, Columbus Day, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF), Vigor Alaska, Southern Southeast Alaska Technical Education Center, and Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District will join forces for the first time to provide career and technical education opportunities for students at the Alaska Construction Career Days & Maritime Trades at the Alaska Ship & Drydock in Ketchikan.....

The Alaska Fisheries Report
Oct 10, 2013
Coming up this week, Bering Sea crabbing might be delayed because of the federal government shutdown, clean up continues on the fuel spill caused by that tender sinking in Haines, and the largest longliner built in Alaska gets christened. All that and more coming up...

OPINION: Pebble fallout sheds light on tenuous nature of resource development
October 11th 11:02 am | Carey Restino
This week, the pink slips started flying for Pebble Partnership employees. Anyone following the developments at the proposed Pebble Mine, where the major backer recently pulled out, expected downsizing would follow. Anglo American has invested more than $500 million in the project since it came on board, and its financial backing was the driving engine of the controversial effort. Without that money behind them, the remaining Pebble partners will need to seriously regroup, if that. The reality of those who worked for the partnership in a region where jobs are scarce and winter is coming is far....

EPA facing fire for armed raid on mine in Chicken, Alaska: Population, 7
By Valerie Richardson-The Washington Times Friday, October 11, 2013
The Environmental Protection Agency is coming under increasing fire for a raid conducted in Alaska this summer by armed agents seeking violations of the Clean Water Act. Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell announced late Thursday that he has named a special counsel to investigate the August incident in the tiny town of Chicken, Alaska, shortly after Republicans at a House subcommittee hearing characterized the episode as an effort to intimidate miners. “[A]n EPA SWAT team of heavily armed and armored agents conducted ‘paperwork’ inspections on small mining operations in what attempts to be nothing more than an effort to intimidate and scare hardworking.....

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013
Buccaneer struggles with offshore plans
By TIM BRADNER Morris News Service-Alaska
Alaska Journal of Commerce
Buccaneer Energy Ltd. is having its share of problems with its Cook Inlet offshore exploration. The company has pulled its Endeavour jack-up rig off a planned offshore exploration location in Cook Inlet because of delays in setting up for the well. Buccaneer cited a pending Oct. 31 state deadline for being off the location as its reason for quitting the well. However, Bill Barron, director of the state Division of Oil and Gas, says the company could have requested an extension to the Oct. 31 operations deadline and....

Town nets fish- processing business
Lax Kw'alaams has invested $13 million in plant in hopes of awakening slumbering industry
By Jenny Lee, Vancouver Sun October 12, 2013
One year ago, the tiny coastal B.C. village of Lax Kw'alaams - population 900 - opened the doors to their shiny, new, state-of-the-art fishprocessing plant. It was as bold a move as any could remember. Mayor Garry Reece was risking $13 million in the hopes of reviving an industry that had vanished decades earlier. The hopes of the Lax Kw'alaams band would now rest not only on the Great Creator and the volume of fish in the rivers, but also on the goodwill of the fishermen. Trollers, who bring in the valuable hook and line fish, are particular folk who won't sell their fish to just anyone, so when Norman Black, general.....

Salmon Roe Woe In Russia Could Spark Caviar Trade War
Kremlevskaya Naberezhnaya and Moscow skyline
Kremlevskaya Naberezhnaya and Moscow skyline (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
To satisfy Russian apetites, frozen shipments of the low-end *red caviar* have come in from Alaska. Not all are pleased.
Cvetlana Mentyokova (2013-10-11)
MOSCOW — In Russia, caviar is not just a snack for the elite. That would be black caviar, which can cost thousands of dollars per pound, and comes from sturgeon. Salmon roe, also called red caviar, is much cheaper and is a favorite of ordinary Russians, particularly on special occasions — making the production of red caviar a billion dollar industry in Russia. Last summer the cost of red caviar jumped by 70%, largely because of a bad start to the salmon season in eastern Russia. That price has more or less returned to normal (about $50 per kilo) thanks in part to a large import of frozen red caviar from Alaska. That is good....

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